Geneticist Job Announcement

Nobody nobody at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk
Wed Oct 18 09:07:03 EST 2000


Position Title: Geneticist (Plants)
Series/Grade: GS-440-09/11
Promotion Potential: GS-11
Salary: GS-9:   $34,575 - $44,945
           GS-11: $41,834 - $54,385
Type of Appointment: TERM, temporary full-time not-to-exceed two 
years (Appointment may be extended without further competition).
Location of Position: Woodward, OK
                               Rangeland and Pasture Research Laboratory
Announcement Number: ARS-X1S-1026
Opening Date: October 23, 2000
Closing Date:  November, 20, 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.  The incumbent performs a wide 
range of duties 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. Evaluates data by 
performing appropriate calculations and analyses. Incumbent=B9s duties 
may include manipulation of chromosomes in polyploid species, 
chromosome counts, and preparation of plant cell samples. Searches 
scientific 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 
experimental findings from completed projects in the form suitable as 
the basis for the first draft of written reports to scientific 
journals.  Organizes experimental findings in the form suitable for 
oral presentation or posters for scientific meetings.

QUALIFICATIONS:

BASIC REQUIREMENT: Bachelor=B9s degree in genetics; or one of the basic 
biological sciences that included at least 9 semester hours in 
genetics.

In addition to the Basic Requirement, applicants must have directly 
related graduate education or specialized experience as outlined 
below:

GRADUATE EDUCATION in genetics, or a curriculum or pattern of 
training that placed major emphasis on genetics.  Graduate study in 
related fields that involved cross-training in genetics is 
qualifying, provided it placed sufficient emphasis on genetics.

GS-9:   2 years of progressively higher directly related 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 level.

GS-11: 3 years of progressively higher directly related graduate 
education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or  equivalent doctoral 
degree; OR 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the next 
lower grade level.

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. Knowledge of cytogenetic techniques (e.g., manipulation of 
chromosomes in polyploid species).

Applicants qualifying based on education MUST attach a copy of 
undergraduate and graduate transcripts or a list of university 
courses with titles of courses, number of semester or quarter hours, 
date completed, and grades. Transcripts are preferred. If this 
information is not provided your education may not be appropriately 
evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position.

All applications must be marked ARS=ADX1S-1026 and postmarked by 
November 20, 2000.

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.

CONTACT:

=46or a copy of this vacancy announcement and/or applications forms, 
call Kelli Hickman at 580/256-7449.

=46or a detailed vacancy announcement and application procedures, 
please check the following internet address:

     INTERNET ADDRESS: www.ars.usda.gov

Then look under Opportunities/Employment Opportunities/REE Job 
Opportunities and look for announcement #ARS-X1S-1026

     DIAL-A-VACANCY: 301-504-1482
     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 
position vacancy.)







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