|Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below. This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled in any of the job series/position titles listed. In addition to the specialized experience requirements, applicants must submit proof that they meet the educational requirements for at least one of the series described in the announcement. Applicants may only be appointed to job series/position titles for which they meet all experience and educational requirements. Minimum qualification requirements are found in the OPM Qualification Standards Operating Manual for General Schedule Positions. Requirements for Soil Science Series (0470): Degree: Soil science or a closely related discipline that included 30 semester hours or equivalent in biological, physical, or earth science, with a minimum of 15 semester hours in such subjects as soil genesis, pedology, soil chemistry, soil physics, and soil fertility. OR Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major in soil science or a related discipline that included at least 30 semester hours in the biological, physical, or earth sciences. At least 15 of these semester hours must have been in the areas specified in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Requirements for Microbiology Series, 0403 Degree: Microbiology; or biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in microbiology and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms, and 20 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences combining course work in organic chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent. OR Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Requirements for General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences Series, 0401 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. Additional Requirements In addition to meeting the basic requirements for one of the series described above, applicants must also meet the additional qualifications requirements as stated below. |
GS-12: Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree directly related to the duties of the position (i.e. soil science, microbiology, or molecular biology) OR one-year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the Federal Service conducting research related to the dynamics of microbial communities associated with crop plants and their response to crop rotation; utilizing next-generation sequencing and established bioinformatic methods to identify microbes in soil and associated with plants; and publishing research results in peer-reviewed scientific journals related to agronomy, plant pathology, or microbial ecology; OR a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience.
GS-13: Applicants must have one-year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to at least to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal Service planning and conducting independent and collaborative research related to the dynamics of microbial communities associated with crop plants and their response to nitrogen/fertilizer amendments, crop chemicals, and/or environmental conditions; developing bioinformatic methodologies for microbiome community analysis; and publishing independent research in peer-reviewed scientific journals related to dynamics of microbial communities associated with crop plants. 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.
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