Biological Science Labratory Technician

Agricultural Research Service | Wyndmoor, PA

Posted Date 2/14/2020
Description This position is located within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Services (ARS), Eastern Regional Research Center, Dairy and Functional Foods Research Unit located in Wyndmoor, PA.

Participates in one or more phases of the research process by performing a variety of complex technical duties, in a laboratory environment, and contributes ideas towards the planning and sequencing of the technical aspects of a bacterial research project.
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience must be described for each grade level advertised. The specialized experience requirements for this position are:

At the GS-07:
Qualifying experience for GS-07 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-06 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience participating in an experiment or research project related to bacteria; collecting or evaluating samples related to bacteria; performing molecular biology assays, such as DNA extractions and qPCR; maintaining records of scientific data; and operating or maintaining scientific equipment.

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Education: One full year of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent graduate degree, if directly related. Related degrees may include Microbiology, Cell Biology, Immunology, or Molecular Biology.

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A combination of specialized experience and graduate level education directly related to the work of the position as stated above. For example 6 months of specialized experience combined with 9 credit hours of relevant graduate level coursework.

At the GS-08:
Qualifying experience for GS-08 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-07 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience conducting an experiment or research project related to bacteria; performing molecular biology assays, such as DNA extractions and qPCR; collecting or evaluating samples related to bacteria; recording or analyzing of scientific data; and operating and maintaining scientific equipment.

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Education: Two full years of graduate level education or a Master's degree, if directly related to the position. Related degrees may include Microbiology, Cell Biology, Immunology, or Molecular Biology.

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An appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education directly related to the work of the position as stated above. For example 6 months of specialized experience combined with 18 credit hours of relevant graduate level coursework.

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.

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