Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Animals)


Vacancy ID: 916115   Announcement Number: CK-13-916115-TW   USAJOBS Control Number: 346511900

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916115
1. Title of Job

Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Animals)
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address


4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

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6. Citizenship

Are you a citizen of the United States?
7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade


05
06

11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

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17. Service Computation Date

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18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

Please review the descriptions of the specialty codes listed below in order to determine how you would like to be considered for this position.  You may make more than one selection as applicable.  You will only be considered under the options you have selected, so please choose carefully.

001 – You may apply as an open-competitive candidate if you are a United States citizen or national.

002 - You may apply as a merit promotion candidate if you meet the requirements for one of the following categories:

1. Current competitive service Federal employees with career or career-conditional status applying for promotion or transfer to a position at a higher grade level than your current permanent position in the competitive service.

2. Current competitive service Federal employees with career or career-conditional  status applying for reassignment, transfer, or change to lower grade to a position that has greater promotion potential than currently or previously held on a permanent basis in the competitive service.

 

3. Former competitive service Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility applying to a higher grade or position with greater promotion potential than a position previously held on a permanent basis in the competitive service. 

 

If applying based on #1-3 above, you must provide a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing tenure group 1 or 2 in block 24.  You should also submit your most recent performance appraisal.

4. Veterans eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA).  You must submit a copy of your DD-214.  NOTE:  Current employees applying under VEOA must submit a qualifying SF-50 to show they meet time-in-grade requirements.

003 - You may apply as a non-competitive candidate
if you meet the requirements for one of the following categories:

1. Current competitive service Federal employees with career or career-conditional status who hold a position with the same or higher promotion potential as the position applying for; or former competitive service Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility who held a position with the same or higher promotion potential as the position applying for.  You must provide a copy of the SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing the same or higher promotion potential as that of the position applying for (i.e. initial hire action, promotion action or reassignment action.)  Do not submit SF-50s for awards, within grade increases or pay adjustments.

2. Veterans eligible for a Veterans’ Recruitment Appointment (VRA). 
You must submit a copy of your DD-214.  NOTE:  VRA only applies to positions at the GS-11 level and below.

3.
30% or more disabled veterans.  You must submit your DD-214 and a completed SF-15.

4. Military spouses whose active duty military spouse:  1) receives a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move; 2) has a 100% disability rating; or 3) died while on active duty.  For further information and eligibility criteria, please visit: 
http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shams/index.aspx#msaa.

5. Persons with disabilities eligible for a
Schedule A appointment.  
 

6. Former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers.  You must provide documentation as proof of non-competitive eligibility.

7. Employees under an OPM approved
Interchange Agreement.   


001 Biological Science Lab Tech (Animals) - U.S. Citizens
002 Biological Science Lab Tech (Animals) - Merit Promotion

21. Geographic Availability


311040035 Clay Center, NE

22. Transition Assistance Plan

23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. From the descriptions below, please select the one response that best describes how your experience and/or education meet the requirements for the Biological Science Technician (Animals), GS-0404-05 position. Read all responses before making your selection. MARK ONLY 1 RESPONSE. IF YOU SELECT MORE THAN ONE RESPONSE OR LEAVE THE QUESTION BLANK YOU WILL BE RATED INELIGIBLE. NOTE: Your application materials must support your responses to the following questionnaire.

A. I have at least one full-time year (12-months) of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-04 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized work experience is defined as: conducting meat quality and safety research, assays, and techniques such as shear force, RNA and DNA extraction, colorimeter, processing animal tissues from swine, cattle, and sheep, and conducting bacterial enrichment and identification; assisting in maintaining, calibrating, and modifying equipment used for testing livestock such as swine, cattle, and sheep; and keeping records of experimental data.
B. I have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as animal science, food science, environmental science, biology, chemistry, statistics, physics, mathematics or other closely related field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities required by this position. At least 6 semester hours of courses were directly related to the study of animals. Note: One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university.
C. I have a combination of the specialized experience as described in "A" above and the education as described in "B" above such that when the two are added, they equal at least 100%. To determine your combination, first compute your experience as a percentage of the experience listed above; then determine your education as a percentage of the education listed above; then add the two percentages. Note: Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements.
D. I do not possess the required education and/or experience to qualify for this position.

2. From the descriptions below, please select the one response that best describes how your experience and/or education meet the requirements for the Biological Science Technician (Animals), GS-0404-06 position. Read all responses before making your selection. MARK ONLY 1 RESPONSE. IF YOU SELECT MORE THAN ONE RESPONSE OR LEAVE THE QUESTION BLANK YOU WILL BE RATED INELIGIBLE. NOTE: Your application materials must support your responses to the following questionnaire.

A. I have at least one full-time year (12-months) of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized work experience is defined as: conducting meat quality and safety research, assays, and techniques such as shear force, RNA and DNA extraction, colorimeter, processing animal tissues from swine, cattle, and sheep, and conducting bacterial enrichment and identification; assisting in maintaining, calibrating, and modifying equipment used for animal testing; and maintaining inventory of chemicals, preparing solutions for use in the laboratory or field, and safely disposing of waste material.
B. I have half a year of graduate level education (9 semester hours) in animal science, food science, environmental science, biology, chemistry, statistics, physics, mathematics or other closely related field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities required by this position. At least 6 semester hours of courses were directly related to the study of animals. Note: One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study.
C. I have a combination of the specialized experience as described in "A" above and the education as described in "B" above such that when the two are added, they equal at least 100%. To determine your combination, first compute your experience as a percentage of the experience listed above; then determine your education as a percentage of the education listed above; then add the two percentages.
D. I do not possess the required education and/or experience to qualify for this position.

The following statements pertain to your knowledge of the principles and practices of animals and biological research.

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

3. Research literature pertinent to area of research for new procedures or techniques to use in the laboratory or field.

4. Initiate action to resolve or correct technical research difficulties and/or results.

5. Perform collection and organization of biological data as part of research or a research project according to instructions and standardized procedures (e.g., recognition of valid data, data quality assessment and appropriate storage).

6. Follow detailed sampling and laboratory procedures to ensure compliance with quality control/quality assurance guidelines.

The following statements pertain to your skill with research techniques, procedures, and experiments.

7. Collect and prepare animal blood samples, tissue samples, and meat samples for experimentation.

8. Adapt, modify or develop new techniques and/or procedures to satisfy the needs of the research project.

9. Conduct field and laboratory experiments of collected animal tissue samples.

10. Maintain detailed records of experimental data.

11. Interpret variables, trends, correlations, and interrelationships among research data and conditions.

12. Work with livestock husbandry, meat science, nutrition, genetics, biochemistry, and general physiology in a lab or field environment.

13. Utilize equipment such as pH meter, homogenizer, image analysis system, colorimeter and spectrophotometer for measurements on tissue or meat samples.

The following statements pertain to ability to adapt, develop or improve research techniques and procedures.

14. Adapt, modify or develop new techniques and/or procedures to satisfy the needs of the research project.

15. Research literature pertinent to area of research for new procedures or techniques to use in the laboratory or field.

16. Test new research techniques and/or procedures to determine viability of use.

17. Test and develop new methodologies in sample preparation, extraction and quantification.

18. Write laboratory protocols for all methods developed during the sample preparation, extraction and quantification.

The following statements pertain to ability to obtain, tabulate, statistically analyze, and summarize research data.

19. Use electronic and microprocessor-based calculators and equipment to tabulate, statistically analyze and summarize research data.

20. Use computers and software packages to tabulate, statistically analyze and summarize research data.

21. Maintain detailed records of experimental data.

22. Interpret variables, trends, correlations, and interrelationships among research data and conditions.

23. Transcribe research data from forms or devices into a computerized database.

24. Create graphic displays and data sheets using spreadsheet software (e.g. Excel).

25. Use spreadsheet software (e.g. Excel) to extract and analyze scientific and/or technical data.

26. Input and display scientific and/or technical data into spreadsheet software (e.g. Excel).

27. Enter, maintain, and modify biological data in computer databases (e.g. Access).

Certification of Understanding - Select the appropriate answer to the statement below. Failure to provide an answer will result in your not being considered for this position.

28. I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information included in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I understand that if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application and its supporting materials, or in any document or interview associated with the examination process, I may be fined or imprisoned (18 U.S.C. 1001); my eligibilities may be cancelled; I may be denied an appointment; or I may be removed and debarred from Federal service (5 C.F.R. part 731). I understand that any information I give may be investigated and that responding "No" or providing no response to this item will result in my not being considered for this position.

A. Yes, I understand the information provided above and certify that the information provided in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith.
B. No, I do not certify this information and do not wish to be considered for this position.