Position Title: Geneticist (Plants)
Salary: $34,575 - $44,945
Type of Appointment: Temporary Not-To-Exceed one year (Appointment
may be extended up to one additional year without further
Location of Position: Woodward, Oklahoma Rangeland and Pasture
Announcement Number: ARS-ROS-0326
Opening Date: July 31, 2000 Closing Date: August 14, 2000
Area of Consideration: All United States citizens
APPLICATIONS WILL ALSO BE ACCEPTED FROM USDA SURPLUS AND FEDERAL
DISPLACED EMPLOYEES IN THE COMMUTING AREA.
DUTIES: Incumbent serves as a support scientist providing
professional support to a plant germplasm research program concerned
with developing improved forage cultivars. Incumbent works in both
laboratory and field environments. Performs experiments designed to
provide answers to research problems in the areas of molecular
genetics, cytology, botany, and plant breeding. Plans and carries out
individual experiments. Devises and recommends alternative methods of
analysis. Performs tests and analyses by applying established methods
and procedures. Incumbent=B9s duties may include manipulation of
chromosomes in polyploid species, chromosome counts, and preparation
of plant cell samples. Reviews pertinent literature and selects or
modifies methods and procedures most appropriate for the research
goals. Maintains cytogenetic, molecular genetic, and additional
related equipment and instrumentation in working condition,
performing preventative maintenance and repairs. Maintains laboratory
notebooks and records the methods, procedures, and results. Prepares
results of findings from experiments for inclusion in manuscripts,
technical reports, oral presentations, and progress reports.
BASIC REQUIREMENT: Bachelor=B9s degree in genetics; or one of the basic
biological sciences that included at least 9 semester hours in
In addition to the Basic Requirement, applicants must have directly
related education or specialized experience as outlined below:
GS-9: 2 years of progressively higher graduate education leading to a
Master=B9s degree or completion of a Master=B9s or equivalent degree; OR
1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is experience which has provided the applicant with:
1. Knowledge of the principles and theories of cytogenetics as
related to botany and/or plant breeding.
2. Skill in operating and maintaining cytogenetic laboratory
equipment used for DNA analysis.
3. Ability to collect, analyze, and summarize data.
EEO STATEMENT: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits
discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of
race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability,
political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status.
(Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with
disabilities who require alternative means for communication of
program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should
contact USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice or TDD).
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office
of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence
Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202)720-5964 (voice
or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
ACCOMMODATION: This agency provides reasonable accommodations to
applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation
for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the
agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on
a case-by-case basis.
=46or a copy of this vacancy announcement and/or applications forms,
=46or a detailed vacancy announcement and application procedures,
please check the following internet address:
INTERNET ADDRESS: http://www.ars.usda.gov
Then look under /Opportunities/Employment Opportunities/REE
Job Opportunities and look for announcement # ARS-ROS-0326.
DC RELAY SERVICE: 202-855-1234 (TDD)
(If submitting applications via E-mail, be sure to mail college
transcripts separately and include the announcement number of the