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USDA-ARS Biological Science Lab Technician (Plants)

Junping Chen jchen at lbk.ars.usda.gov
Mon Mar 7 14:28:20 EST 2005

To whom it concerns,

I would like to add a position to the Arabidposis newsgroup job posting list.

Thank you,

Junping Chen

Plant Molecular Geneticist

Plant Stress and Germplasm Unit, USDA-ARS

Lubbock, TX79415


Lab: Chen. USDA-ARS Biological Science Lab Technician (Plants), Lubbock, Texas

Announcement Number:  ARS-X5S-0128

Demo/Alternative Merit Promotion

Position Title/Series/Grade:

Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Plants)


Promotion Potential:  GS-9

Employment Type:  Full-time - Permanent

Grade and Salary Range:

GS-5    $27,569.00 - $35,844.00  Per Year

GS-6    $30,731.00 - $39,951.00  Per Year

GS-7    $34,149.00 - $44,395.00  Per Year

GS-8    $37,819.00 - $49,161.00  Per Year

GS-9    $41,772.00 - $54,300.00  Per Year

Location of Position:

Cropping Systems Research Laboratory

Lubbock, Texas

Who Can Apply: 

All U.S. Citizens

Opening Date:   March 14, 2005

Closing Date:   March 28, 2005

For copies of vacancy announcements and/or application materials, 
please call (301) 504-1482.  For additional information regarding 
employment opportunities, please visit 

Contact Information

Human Resources Specialist: 

Nardia Bennett

(301) 504-1511

Location Contact Information: 

Glenda Yarbrough

(806) 723-5213

DC Relay Service:  (202) 855-1234 (TDD)

Send Applications to:

USDA, Agricultural Research Service

Human Resources Division

Attn: Nardia Bennett

5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Stop 5105

Beltsville, MD 20705-5105

Fax:  (301) 504-1535

E-mail:  scirecruit at ars.usda.gov

Applications must be postmarked, e-mailed or faxed by the closing 
date of the announcement.  Applications received in Government 
envelopes will not be considered. 

Please take advantage of the Application Package Checklist at the end 
of this announcement to ensure your application is complete.

Major Duties:

At the full performance level, the incumbent participates with the 
scientist in all phases of the research process and assumes full 
technical and operational responsibility for specific phases of the 
molecular biology and genetics research.  Performs routine and 
recurring techniques and studies in isolation and characterization of 
DNA and RNA, molecular mapping, cloning and characterization of plant 
genes.  Operates and maintains a variety of specialized equipment 
such as high performance liquid chromatograph, genetic analyzer for 
sequencing, real-time PCR machine and other equipment used for test 
and evaluation procedures.  Collects, prepares, evaluates and 
verifies samples and supporting records.  Maintains records and 
locates and compiles data and other information from various sources. 
Keeps detailed records of experimental data.  Tabulates, 
statistically analyzes and summarizes data using personal computers 
and software packages.  Maintains inventory of chemicals.  Prepares 
solutions and reagents for use in the laboratory or greenhouse and 
safely disposes of waste material.

Working Conditions and Other Considerations:

Assignment includes moderate risks such as working with potentially 
hazardous chemicals.

Qualifications Required:  Your education and experience will be 
evaluated against all qualification requirements (basic and any 
additional requirements) listed below.

Basic Requirements

GS-05:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 
level OR successful completion of a full 4-year course of study 
leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 hours 
in any combination of courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, 
entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture or 
mathematics.  At least six semester hours must be directly related.

GS-06:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 
level OR six months of directly related graduate level education.

GS-07:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 
level OR one full year of directly related graduate level education.

GS-08:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 
level OR one and a half years of directly related graduate level 

GS-09:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-08 
level OR two full years of directly related graduate level education 
or a master's degree.

If qualifying all or in part based on your education, please submit a 
copy of your college transcripts OR a list of college courses with 
credit hours, dates completed, and grades received.  If this 
information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately 
evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position.  If your 
qualifications are based in any part on education and you are 
selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy 
of your academic transcripts prior to entering on duty.

Time-In-Grade Restrictions apply for all candidates considered under 
Merit Promotion/Alternative Merit Promotion.

Specialized Experience - experience which has equipped you with the 
following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities - 'KSAs' required to 
perform the duties of this position:

1.  Knowledge of the methods, procedures, and techniques of plant 
physiology and molecular biology.

2.  Ability to operate and maintain laboratory equipment and instruments.

3.  Ability to collect, analyze and summarize data using personal 
computers and software packages.

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