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Supervisory Research Molecular Biologist/Biologist (Computational)/Plant Physiologist/Geneticist

Agricultural Research Service Albany, CA
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Supervisory Research Molecular Biologist/Biologist (Computational)/Plant Physiologist/Geneticist
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##### Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Overview
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- ##### Open & closing dates

07/01/2019 to 07/31/2019

- ##### Service

Competitive

- ##### Pay scale & grade

GS 14 - 15

- ##### Salary

$127,187 to $166,500 per year

- ##### Appointment type

Permanent

- ##### Work schedule

Full-Time

Location
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1 vacancy in the following location:

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Albany, CA

##### 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
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### Summary

As the Research Leader the incumbent is responsible for maintaining
and enhancing the creativity and productivity of Crop Improvement
and Genetics Research Unit; hiring personnel and managing the human,
fiscal, and physical resources assigned to CIG; serving as Unit fund
holder; providing technical consultation, internal and external to
ARS; and ensuring the proper interpretation and reporting of
scientific research results and information.

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### Responsibilities

- Conducts and directs research that involves crops among the
Triticeae or other species relevant to the Pacific West Region
such as potato or citrus.
- Research approach rely on basic or applied genomics,
computational biology, crop genetics, molecular breeding,
comparative genomics, or biotechnology.
- Utilize promising genetic, physiological, and molecular
strategies for improvement of one or more quality traits or
disease resistance under variable environmental conditions.
- Develop computational resources and bioinformatics solutions for
analyzing, interpreting, and integrating disparate genetic,
phenotypic, and molecular datasets utilized by the small grains
research community.

### Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

##### Supervisory status

Yes

##### Promotion Potential

15

- #### Job family (Series)

0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences

0435 Plant Physiology

0440 Genetics

#### Similar jobs

- Physiologists, Plant
- Plant Physiologists

- Requirements
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### 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
- Subject to one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period
unless prior service is creditable. New USDA supervisors must
successfully complete all components of the required training
program before the end of their probationary period.
- 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 https://www.e-verify.gov/.
- 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.

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.
Basic Requirements
**0401 Series:** Degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural
resources management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate
to the position OR Combination of education and experience - courses
equivalent to a major as show above, plus appropriate experience or
additional education.

**0435 Series:** Degree in botany or plant physiology; or a related
scientific discipline that included at least 10 semester hours in
plant physiology.

**0440 Series**: Degree in genetics or one of the basic biological
sciences that included at least 9 semester hours in genetics.

Additional Requirements
In addition to meeting the basic requirements described above,
applicants must also meet additional qualification requirements as
stated below.

**GS-14:** Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year of
specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 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-14 level of this position are:
- Conducting independent research that relies on basic or applied
genomics, computational biology, crop genetics, molecular
breeding, or comparative genomics;
- Identifying specific project goals, setting priorities,
determining research strategies, and managing resources to
accomplish project goals;
- Ability to lead scientists and research staff and build
relationships with stakeholders;
- Presenting research results in the areas above to professional
societies and others outside of organization; and
- Publishing independent research results related to plant biology
(Genetics, Molecular Biology and Physiology) in peer-reviewed
scientific journals.


**GS-15:** Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year of
specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 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-15 level of this position are:
- Leading highly effective multidisciplinary team research that
relies on basic or applied genomics, computational biology, crop
genetics, molecular breeding, or comparative genomics;
- Collaborating with colleagues on multidisciplinary research
projects;
- Managing personnel, materials, equipment, resources, and
facilities needed to accomplish research goals;
- Publishing independent research results related to plant biology
(Genetics, Molecular Biology and Physiology) in peer-reviewed
scientific journals;
- Ability to lead multidisciplinary scientists and research staff
and build relationships with stakeholders; and
- National and international recognition for leading innovative
scientific research.

Supervisory/Managerial Competencies - the following KSAs will also
be used to evaluate candidates in the interview and selection
process:

1. Ability to lead and accomplish work through others (i.e. team
building, conflict management, cultural awareness, strategic
thinking, technology management, and political savvy.)
2. Ability to communicate with individuals or groups from diverse
backgrounds in a variety of situations.

This is a interdisciplinary position and may be filled in any of the
job series/position titles listed. In addition to the specialized
experience requirements, applicants must submit proof that they meet
the educational requirements for at least one of the series
described in the announcement. Applicants may only be appointed to
job series/position titles for which they meet all experience and
educational requirements.

**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.

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.

### Education

Please see above for education qualification requirement
information.

### Additional information

**This position requires the selectee to undergo a pre-employment
check and a full background investigation. Any offer made is
considered a tentative job offer pending the outcome of the
pre-employment check. Retention in the position is based upon a
favorable adjudication of the background investigation. The
incumbent will be subject to periodic reinvestigations.**

CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT: Federal employees are
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,
visit:https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10520661

### Background checks and security clearance

##### Security clearance

Other

##### Drug test required

No

##### Position sensitivity and risk

Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

##### Trust determination process

Credentialing

- Required Documents
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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
qualifications.
- 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
translation.
- 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
FEDSHIREVETS
- 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
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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
benefits.

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
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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
closing.

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
documents.

**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

### Amanda Wilkerson

##### Phone

3015047266

##### Email

amanda.wilkerson@ars.usda.gov

##### Address

Agricultural Research Service
5601 Sunnyside Ave
Beltsville, MD 20705
US

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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
applications.

Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

- Fair & Transparent
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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
applicants

### 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 www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to
apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/537572500. Only resumes
submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed
at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Agricultural Research Service

Address

Albany, CA
USA