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Research Geneticist Plants

Agricultural Research Service Wenatchee, WA
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Research Geneticist Plants

##### Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service


- ##### Open & closing dates

07/25/2019 to 08/15/2019

- ##### Service


- ##### Pay scale & grade

GS 12 - 13

- ##### Salary

$74,596 to $115,313 per year

- ##### Appointment type


- ##### Work schedule



1 vacancy in the following location:


Wenatchee, WA

##### Relocation expenses reimbursed

Yes You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in
accordance with agency policy.

##### Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

- Duties

### Summary

This position is located in the Physiology and Pathology of Tree
Fruits Research Unit in Wenatchee, Washington.

Research scientists have open-ended promotion potential. Research
accomplishments and their impact on the duties and responsibilities
of positions are evaluated periodically. The grade level is limited
only by the individual's demonstrated ability to perform research of
recognized importance to science and technology. \*Final grade level
may be determined by a peer review panel.

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### Responsibilities

- Incumbent contributes to understanding the genetic basis for
pear rootstock disease susceptibility/tolerance, abiotic stress
tolerance, tree size, propagation efficiency, and precocity.
- Incumbent interacts with other scientists including
Horticulturists, Plant Pathologists, Plant Breeders, Plant
Physiologists, and Plant Molecular Biologists to contribute to
research that expands genetic and genomic resources for pear.
- Incumbent identifies genetic sources of pathogen resistance and
contributes to improved pest-resistant, size-controlling
rootstocks to enhance orchard efficiency in pears.

### Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

##### Supervisory status


##### Promotion Potential


- #### Job family (Series)

0440 Genetics

- Requirements

### Conditions of Employment

- You must be a US Citizen or US National
- Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered
or exempt
- Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation
and/or fingerprint check
- Direct Deposit Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are
required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to
their financial institution.
- Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To
learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and
responsibilities, visit E-Verify at
- Successful completion of a three year probationary period.

### Qualifications

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

Basic Requirement for the **Genetics Series, 0440:**
**Degree:** genetics; or one of the basic biological sciences that
included at least 9 semester hours in genetics.

**Graduate Education:** Genetics, or a curriculum or pattern of
training that placed major emphasis on genetics. Graduate study in
related fields such as agronomy, horticulture, animal, dairy, or
poultry husbandry, entomology, microbiology, plant pathology,
chemistry, molecular and cellular biology, and physiology that
involved cross-training in genetics is qualifying, *provided* it
placed sufficient emphasis on genetics.

**GS-12:** Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year of
specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level
in the Federal service **OR** possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral
degree **OR** possess an equivalent combination of graduate level
education and experience. Graduate education must be directly
related to the work of the position and must have equipped
applicants with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do
the work. Specialized experience is experience directly related to
the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements
for the GS-12 level of this position are:

-Conducting molecular genetics or genomics research on plants;
-Communicating research results through technical publications
and/or presentations; and
-Leading a research project, to include Ph.D. dissertation research
or postdoc research project on plants.

**GS-13:** Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year of
specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level
in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience
directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized
experience requirements for the GS-13 level of this position are:

-Coordinating and managing a collaborative research project on
molecular genetics or genomics of plants;
-Publishing research findings related to genetics or genomics as
first, or corresponding, author; and
-Presenting research findings on research related to plant molecular
genetics or genomics at national or international conferences.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer
work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps,
AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional;
philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social).
Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide
valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid
employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience,
including volunteer experience.

**To be considered for this position, you must submit a one-page
abstract of your MS thesis and/or Ph.D. dissertation. Also, submit a
list of names, addresses, and phone numbers of persons familiar with
your stature, contributions, recognition; any honors or awards
received; memberships in professional or honor societies;
invitations to make presentations at scientific/technical meetings;
scientific society office and committee assignments; presentations
(other than invitation); and publications**.
Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a
selection is made. Selections are typically made within 30 days of
the closing date of the announcement.

### Education

Please see above for education qualification requirement

### Additional information

subject to prohibitions against officially dealing with outside
organizations in which they have a financial interest. If hired for
this position, you **may** be required to submit a financial
disclosure report within 30 days of the effective date of your
appointment and annually thereafter.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List
(RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP):
Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP,
RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this
vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility
requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must
be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an
evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be
Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category
rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at
least 71 out of a possible 100.

Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized. Final
determination to pay an incentive will be made by the hiring
official at time of job offer.

### How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the
qualifications above.

You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating
procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan.
Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements
established for the position will be placed in the Eligible
category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against
criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is
based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as
determined by your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire.
Applicants with veterans' preference are listed ahead of applicants
who do not have veterans' preference within each category.

Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting
documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your
qualifications and or experience, your score may be adjusted to more
accurately reflect your abilities, or you may be found ineligible.
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may
affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal
documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action
up to including removal from the Federal service.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application
form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below
will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application
process. To initiate the online application process, click the
"Apply" button to the right.

To view the application form,

### Background checks and security clearance

##### Security clearance


##### Drug test required


- Required Documents

The following documents are required for your applicant package to
be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible
software, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be
accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result
in loss of consideration.

- Resume that includes:1) personal information such as name,
address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work
experience related to this position as described in the major
duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of
employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) other
- If education is required or you are using education to qualify,
you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An
unofficial copy is sufficient with the application if it
includes your name and the necessary course information;
however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit
official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must
have been successfully obtained from an accredited school,
college or university. If any education was completed at a
foreign institute, you must submit with your application
evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an
accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private
organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is
normally associated with this service. For a list of private
organizations that evaluate education, visit the NACES website.
All transcripts must be in English or include an English
- If claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD214,
Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of
service and discharge under honorable conditions.If currently on
active duty you must submit a certification of expected
discharge or release from active duty service under honorable
conditions not later than 120 days after the date the
certification is submitted.Veteran's preference must be verified
prior to appointment.Without this documentation, you will not
receive veteran's preference and your application will be
evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.
- If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the
DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the
proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15
Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should
be included but is not required. Failure to submit these
documents could result in the determination that there is
insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point
preference. For more information on veterans' preference visit
- Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP
priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation
notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of
function or directed reassignment to another commuting area,
notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting
separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting
position, grade level, and duty location with your application
per 5 CFR 330.

- Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a
comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your
family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to
make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold
and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent.
Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific
benefits offered.

- How to Apply

Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you
begin. You must complete this application process and submit all
required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on
the closing date of this announcement.

Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you
during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday -
Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency
Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate
method. All hardship application packages must be complete and
submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the
announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with
disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to
request this.

To begin, click "Apply" and follow the instructions to complete the
Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required

**NOTE**: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous
submission, which means the previous document is no longer available
to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than
replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old
document and the new document. You must verify that uploaded
documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system as
there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be
transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will
have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Applicants may
combine all like required documents (e.g. SF-50s or veteran docs)
into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application.
Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files
will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of
the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC
or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital
signature, or other encryption to open.

### Agency contact information

### Candace Jacobs

##### Phone


##### Email

##### Address

Agricultural Research Service
5601 Sunnyside Ave
Beltsville, MD 20705

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### Next steps

Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the
eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to
issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further
evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in
to your USAJOBS to check your application status. We expect to make
a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for

Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement

- Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent.
Please read the following guidance.

### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on
the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and
gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual
orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age,
membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental
status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job

### Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants
with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable
accommodation for any part of the application process should follow
the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part
of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the
hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable
accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work
environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an
individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties
or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide
reasonable accommodations when:

- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an
equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform
the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive
equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and
office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the
application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are
considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations
or how to contact an agency.

#### Legal and regulatory guidance

- Financial suitability
- Social security number request
- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to
apply, visit Only resumes
submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed
at will be considered.

Agricultural Research Service


Wenatchee, WA