Geneticist Job Announcement
sdewald at spa.ars.usda.gov
Thu Sep 14 07:38:42 EST 2000
Position Title: Geneticist (Plants)
Salary: $41,834 - $54,385
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 Research Laboratory
Announcement Number: ARS-ROS-0326R
Opening Date: September 11, 2000 Closing Date: September 25, 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's 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 fist written draft of written reports to scientific
journals. Organizes experimental findings in the form suitable for
oral presentation or posters for scientific meetings.
BASIC REQUIREMENT: Bachelor's 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-11: 3 years of progressively higher 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).
All applications must be marked ARS-ROS-0326R and postmarked by
September 25, 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.
For a copy of this vacancy announcement and/or applications forms,
call Kelli Hickman at 580/256-7449.
For 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-0326R
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
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