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Osborn, Karen via annelida%40net.bio.net (by OsbornK from si.edu)
Tue Apr 24 12:09:38 EST 2012

Please excuse the cross posting but we are hoping to get the word out to all people interested in invertebrate morphology.

We are hiring a new research technician in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology so if you know anyone looking for a great long-term technician position please pass this along and encourage serious applicants to contact me for further information.  We are looking for someone with experience in at least two of the following areas:
invertebrate morphology
invertebrate specimen handling and archiving
microscopy (high-end light microscopy, SEM, confocal, TEM, or automated slide scanning)
histology (tissue prep, sectioning, staining, and imaging)
databasing (cataloguing, MS Excel, bibliographic, general computer skills, either Mac or PC)
Adobe Creative Suite (primarily Photoshop and Illustrator)

The opening is only until May 8, so time is short. It is a US federal position so only US citizens can apply - sorry.

Thank you for spreading the word,

Karen Osborn
osbornk from si.edu<mailto:osbornk from si.edu>
Research Zoologist/Curator
Department of Invertebrate Zoology
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, MRC-163
P.O. Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012 USA

Job Title:Museum Technician (Zoology)
Agency:Smithsonian Institution
Job Announcement Number:12R-JC-297552-DEU-NMNH
        $34,075.00 to $44,293.00 / Per Year
        Tuesday, April 24, 2012 to Tuesday, May 08, 2012
        Full-Time, Permanent - Federal
        1 vacancy(s) in the following locations:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC, US

        This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.

This position is located in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History. The employee provides support by performing such tasks as assisting with a broad spectrum of research projects and helping to maintain the zoology collection and associated records.

The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce. Join us in "Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery."


 *   Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
 *   May need to complete a Probationary Period
 *   Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
 *   Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
 *   Requires working at the Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD.

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 *   Handles and processes incoming specimen collections. Sorts, prepares labels, and applies appropriate preservation techniques for intended research (e.g., freezing, fixation, transfer through alcohol series, subsampling specific tissues for DNA studies, etc.).
 *   Develops and maintains databases to support curatorial research.
 *   Photographs specimens and processes images in support of curatorial research.
 *   Prepares and images histological thin sections to support curatorial research.

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Experience: One year of full-time experience at the GS-4 level that is close or similar to the work of this job. The experience includes activities such as as handling and processing invertebrate specimen collections in a museum setting or through college-level courses, and working with computer software applications in order to maintain collections data.

The experience should be related to the operation or management of a museum or similar collection of valuable objects. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include collections management, registration, cataloging, research, preservation, restoration, or conservation of collections of museum material, or other experience related to the position to be filled. Most positions require a particular subject-matter specialization, e.g., zoology.

Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

Or Education: 4 years above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or 24 semester hours of course work in a related field.

Or a Combination: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications. For a full explanation of this option please see the Qualification Standards<http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-05.asp>. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and/or proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.


Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:

 *   Knowledge of invertebrates and the basic methods of handling small, delicate specimens.
 *   Knowledge of database software.
 *   Knowledge of digital photography and associated image processing software.
 *   Knowledge of preparation and photography of histological thin sections.

Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria: Best Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most of the job related competencies above. Better Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and satisfies most of the job related competencies above. Good Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not satisfy most of the job related competencies above to a substantive degree. This category rating process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system and/or have not answered all of the vacancy questions will not be considered for this position. Important Note: Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire or other assessment tool for consistency. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Your resume should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.
To preview questions please click here<https://jobs.mgsapps.monster.com/si/vacancy/previewVacancyQuestions.hms?orgId=1&jnum=19633>.

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The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, health/life insurance, accident insurance, and excellent retirement program options. Please see Benefits at www.sihr.si.edu<http://www.sihr.si.edu/> for a complete description.


Flexible Spending Accounts - http://www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/index.asp Health Insurance - http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp Leave - http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp Life Insurance - http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp Long Term Care Insurance - http://www.ltcfeds.com<http://www.ltcfeds.com/> Retirement Program - http://www.opm.gov/retire/index.asp

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Click on the "Apply Online" button on the upper right side of the page. Please Note:

 *   You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button and submit required supplemental documents (if they are relevant to you).
 *   You may submit required documents by uploading them online during the application process; OR You may manually fax required documents. Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine. Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date. Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.
 *   The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
 *   If you are unable to apply online, paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the Contact Person listed below.


Your application package should include the following documents:

 *   Detailed resume created in the USAJOBS Resume Builder.
 *   Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD214 (Member 4 Copy), if you are a veteran. Additionally, applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, as well as additional documentation required by the SF-15, such as a VA letter.
 *   Proof of prior federal service such as the latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, if applicable.
 *   Unofficial school transcripts, if the position has an education requirement or if you are using education to qualify. If selected for the position, you must provide an official transcript before appointment.
 *   Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable.

John Chiu, Jr.
Phone: 202-633-6344
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 202-633-6409
Email: chiuj from si.edu<mailto:chiuj from si.edu>
Agency Information:
Office of Human Resources
POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517
Suite 5060
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052

At the end of the application process you will be able to create and save a PDF file that contains your responses to the assessment questions. You may save this file as initial receipt of your application. After the job announcement closes, you will receive an email from the Smithsonian with confirmation of receipt. The Smithsonian receives many applications for each job. Each application is reviewed carefully which may take a few weeks. We will send you an e-mail to update you as we go through phases of the application review process. You may also check your application status by logging into www.usajobs.gov<http://www.usajobs.gov> and selecting the tab "My USAJOBS;" e-mailing vacancy.info from si.edu<mailto:vacancy.info from si.edu>; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed. Additional Information:

 *   Tips on applying for Smithsonian jobs are available at www.sihr.si.edu/jobs.cfm<http://www.sihr.si.edu/jobs.cfm>.
 *   The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses.
 *   The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (www.si.edu/oeema<http://www.si.edu/oeema>).

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