Overview

<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />Incumbent serves as Research Leader for the Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory (AGIL) of the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC) in Beltsville, MD. The mission of AGIL is to discover and develop improved methods for the genetic and genomic evaluation of economically important traits of dairy animals and small ruminants, and conduct fundamental genomics-based research to improve their health and productive efficiency.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Conduct research to ensure complementarity of project goals, and integration of plethora of "omic" and physiological information to define, through systems biology or functional studies, the genetic potential of ruminants, particularly dairy animals.</li> <li>Maintain strong, productive personal research program as well as oversee and provide guidance to scientists in the Unit for their research program.</li> <li>Manage human (administrative and scientific) capital, fiscal and physical resources of the Management Unit.</li> <li>Ensures proper interpretation and reporting of scientific research data.</li> <li>Use research approaches spanning a wide array of quantitative genetic, computation/bioinformatics and/or molecular biology techniques to include: development of high-performance algorithms for quality control, imputation, and genomic evaluation.</li> <li>Provides technical information and consultation internal and external to ARS concerning the research of the AGIL.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – You will be expected to travel for this position.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> Yes <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 15 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must be a US Citizen or US National</li> <li>Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt</li> <li>Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check</li> <li>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.</li> <li>Direct Deposit-Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.</li> <li>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/.</li> <li>Successful completion of a three year probationary period.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />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.<br /><br />This is an 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.<br /><br />Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.<br /><br />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. <br /><strong> Basic Requirements </strong><br /> <b>0401 Series: </b>Degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position <strong>OR </strong>Combination of education and experience – courses equivalent to a major as show above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.<br /><br /><strong>0440 Series</strong>: Degree in genetics or one of the basic biological sciences that included at least 9 semester hours in genetics.<br /><br /><strong>Additional Requirements:</strong> <br /> In addition to meeting the basic requirements described above, applicants must also meet additional qualification requirements as stated below.<br /><br /><b>GS-14:</b> 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:<br /><br />-Experience in conducting research focused on devising and developing tools for production trait prediction and/or performing physiological studies that examine the interaction between genetics and management (feed nutrients) and the environment (methane production) in dairy cattle/ruminants; and<br /><br />-Presenting research results related to the basis for genetic potential and/or value of ruminants, particularly dairy animals, to professional societies and other outside of the organization; and<br /><br />-Experience publishing research results in peer reviewed journals in the area of genetic merit in dairy cattle or ruminants that elucidate the accuracy of genomic evaluation or underlying biological mechanisms; and<br /><br />-Experience managing human (hiring, evaluating performance, monitoring work progress), fiscal, and physical resources for research projects.<br /><br /><b>GS-15:</b> 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:<br /><br />-Leading a multidisciplinary team conducting research focused on focused on devising and developing tools for production trait prediction and/or performing physiological studies that examine the interaction between genetics and management (feed nutrients) and the environment (methane production) in dairy cattle/ruminants; and<br /> -Organizing or leading national and international research symposia or workshops within and outside the organization to present and discuss research related to the basis for genetic potential and/or value of ruminants, particularly dairy animals; and<br /><br />-Experience publishing research results in peer reviewed journals in the area of genetic merit in dairy cattle or ruminants that integrates "omic" (such as genomics, epigenetics) and physiological information to ascertain the accuracy of genomic evaluation and/or underlying biological mechanisms; and<br /><br />-Experience in analyzing and establishing human (hiring, evaluating performance, monitoring work progress), fiscal, and physical resources for a research program and providing overall management of each research project.<br /><br /><strong>Supervisory/Managerial Competencies</strong> <strong>- the following KSAs will also be used to evaluate candidates in the interview and selection process: </strong><br /> 1. Ability to lead and accomplish work through others (i.e. team building, conflict management, cultural awareness, strategic thinking, technology management, and political savvy.)<br /> 2. Ability to communicate with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds in a variety of situations.<br /><br /><strong>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</strong>.<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />Please see above for education qualification requirement information. <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br /><strong>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.</strong> <br />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 <strong>may</strong> be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of the effective date of your appointment and annually thereafter.<br /><br />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.<br /> 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. <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />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.<br /> 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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />To view the application form, visit: https: apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10527055 <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br />Position sensitivity and risk <br /> Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk <br /><br />Trust determination process <br /> Suitability/Fitness <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />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. <ul> <li>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.</li> <li>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.</li> <li>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.</li> <li>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 </li> <li>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.</li> </ul>


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