Agricultural Research Service Biologist in Manhattan, Kansas
Summary This position is with the Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research Unit in Manhattan, KS. The objective is to use cutting-edge, systems-level approaches to understand the ecology and biology of arthropod pests and pathogens in order to develop innovative and biologically-relevant solutions for arthropod-borne disease problems. *This position is covered under and may be filled through the STEM Direct Hire Authority. Responsibilities Conducts a wide range of organismal biology research on arthropod-borne disease research problems. Develops methods for studying the biology of arthropods, including ecology, behavior and/or physiology in order to solve problems involving arthropod pests and arthropod-borne diseases. Performs required background subject-matter investigations, designing appropriate experimental and analytical approaches, executing research, organizing, and evaluating results, and contributing to reports on findings. Collaborates in the planning and translating of biological research and results into transformative technologies used in sustainably in integrated pest management programs. Requirements Conditions of Employment 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 Requirement: A. Degree: Biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. Related disciplines include biology, zoology, microbiology, molecular biology, cellular biology, physiology, genetics, entomology, or ecology. Or B. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Appropriate experience includes experience providing advice and technical support on arthropods or arthropod-borne disease agents; documenting activities and research results related to organismal biology; and providing training and making presentations at conferences, workshops, and professional meetings within the discipline(s) of arthropod biology or entomology or arthropod-borne diseases. In addition to meeting the basic requirements described above, applicants must also meet additional qualification requirements as stated below. Minimum Qualifications: 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: GS-12 Specialized Experience: Qualifying experience for GS-12 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-11 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 includes selecting, modifying, and/or adapting established and/or emerging methods in organismal biology, and defining their technical scope in applications to arthropod-borne disease systems. Participating in developing and implementing solutions to a wide variety of problems involving arthropod pests and arthropod-borne diseases. Performing biological assays to understand the behavior, ecology, physiology, and general biology of arthropods. GS-13 Specialized Experience: Qualifying experience for GS-13 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-12 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 includes designing advanced experimental methods and procedures to discern the biological underpinnings of arthropod pest behavior, ecology, biology and/or physiology. Using cutting-edge, systems-level approaches to understand the ecology and biology of arthropod pests and pathogens in order to develop innovative and biologically-relevant solutions for arthropod-borne disease problems. Providing support for organismal biology research and serving as a resource for organismal biology projects, including assay design, interpretation of results and advanced statistical analyses. Physical Demands: The work involves normal risks associated with working in an office environment and using equipment, but may include some field research if applicable. There is no special physical effort required. Travel to meet with scientists at other laboratories and at professional meetings may be required. Travel to field sites may be necessary. Work Environment: The work is performed in a normal office environment, including everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meeting rooms, training rooms, etc. The work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated. If laboratory work is required, appropriate safety training and risk mitigation (e.g., PPE such as lab coats, gloves, goggles) will be necessary. Other Considerations: None Education Please see above for education qualification requirement information. Additional Information 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 85 out of a possible 100. Recruitment Incentive may be authorized. The final determination to pay an incentive will be made by the hiring official at the time of job offer. If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.