Agricultural Research Service Molecular Biologist in Ames, Iowa
This position is located on Agricultural Research Service (ARS), National Animal Disease Center (NADC), Genomic Support Unit, in Ames, IA. The incumbent is responsible for serving as lead scientist in providing genomic analysis to solve critical and complex problems related to food safety and animal health. This position is limited to current USDA-ARS applicants within the local commuting area.
Prepare and advise, high-throughput sequencing, data assembly and analysis, data acquisition and analysis, and distribution of data/analyses and/or associated information to ARS scientists and collaborators throughout the United States and the world.
Plan, organize and execute long-range goals involving the effective and efficient sequencing of isolated DNA or RNA, making observations, evaluations, and interpretation of data related to pathogenicity, epidemiology, and/or disease characteristics.
Prepare libraries from purified DNA and RNA and uses high-throughput sequencing to develop genomic data.
Analyze data quality, assembles data sets, conducts bioinformatics analysis as indicated, and archives data for access by research scientists.
Elicit, organize, import, process, and interconnect data using sequencing, comparative analysis, gene expression data, genome assembling and other techniques.
Design new techniques, recognizing complex problems and initiating new ways to represent data in accordance with the specific requirements for the data.
Develop experimental approaches to generate specific characterization and evaluation information which support targeted genomic approaches.
Coordinate bioinformatics and statistical data analysis to resolve complex and novel problems related to large amounts of data using a variety of sequencing platforms.
Design and use computer software, algorithms, and approaches to facilitate bioinformatics analyses for experimental procedures, techniques, and data formats.
Use computational simulation techniques and statistical methods for storage, retrieval and manipulation of large data sets, especially sequences.
Implement generally accepted algorithms for analyzing genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic, and metagenomic data, and develops new algorithms, as necessary, in developing understanding of complex relationships.
Conditions of Employment
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below. Time in Grade: Applicants must have one year at the next lower grade to be considered for the next higher grade (e.g. one year at the GS-12 grade level for consideration for the GS-13 grade level). Basic Requirements:
Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. AND Specialized Experience: 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: At The GS-13:
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 is experience leading and developing experimental approaches for genetic research; sequencing DNA or RNA for research; and presenting experimental results to internal or external stakeholders. At The GS-14:
Qualifying experience for GS-14 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-13 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 is experience leading and developing experimental approaches related to agricultural plants or agricultural animals; sequencing DNA or RNA for research; presenting experimental results to internal or external stakeholders; and publishing peer-reviewed journals related to agricultural plants or agricultural animals. Physical Demands: The work is performed in an office and laboratory setting, requiring some physical activity including regular and recurring sitting, standing, walking, or bending. The work requires occasional travel. Work Environment: Work is performed in an office setting with adequate light, heat, and ventilation. Work in the laboratory requires wearing protective gear (clothing, masks, gloves, etc.) and the potential exposure of harmful chemical or agents. Recommended standard safety and health precautions are employed during all operations. 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.
Please see above for education qualification requirement 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 or Relocation Incentive may be authorized. Final determination to pay an incentive will be made by the hiring official at time of job offer.