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Supervisory Research Microbiologist/Entomologist/Plant Pathologist

Agricultural Research Service, Peoria, IL, United States
Employer Description
Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table.
Job Description
The incumbent serves as Research Leader for the Crop Bioprotection Research Unit in the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research. The incumbent develops and maintains an internationally recognized research program and leads a diverse group of scientists and support staff in research addressing national needs for new biological control agents, processes, and methods.
Job Requirements
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. Basic Requirements: Microbiology Series, 0403

A. 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

B. 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. Entomology Series, 0414

A. Degree: entomology; or a related discipline of the biological or physical sciences that included at least 16 semester hours in entomology. OR

B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major that included course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Plant Pathology Series, 0434

Degree: plant pathology; or a related scientific discipline that included at least 20 semester hours in basic botany or plant science, and 10 semester hours in plant pathology. Graduate Education: must have been in plant pathology, or in one of the recognized subject-matter fields of plant pathology, or have followed a curriculum or pattern of training that placed major emphasis on plant pathology or one of the recognized subject-matter fields of plant pathology, such as those dealing with particular types of pathogens, diseases of particular kinds of crops, or chemical or biological controls. Graduate study in related fields such as microbiology, entomology, plant physiology, genetics, agronomy, horticulture, forestry, or chemistry may also be qualifying, provided it placed a sufficient amount of emphasis on plant pathology. Additional Requirements:

Applicants must meet the basic requirements for one of the series shown above as well as the specialized experience requirements shown below to qualify for the GS-14 or GS-15 grade levels.

GS-14: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience (defined below) equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level in the Federal Service. * Planning and conducting independent research related to new biological control agents, processes, and methods; and

* Managing human, fiscal, and physical resources to accomplish research goals; and

* Publishing independent research results related to sustainable biological control in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

GS-15: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience (defined below) equivalent to at least the GS-14 grade level in the Federal Service. * Leading a multidisciplinary team conducting research related to new biological control agents, processes, and methods; and

* Developing and maintaining relationships with commodity groups or other stakeholders; and

* Managing human, fiscal, and physical resources to accomplish research goals; and

* Publishing independent research results related to sustainable biological control in peer-reviewed scientific journals. 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. Supervisory/Managerial Competencies - the following KSAs will also be used to evaluate candidates in the interview and selection process:

1. Ability to lead and accomplish work through others (i.e. team building, conflict management, cultural awareness, strategic thinking, technology management and political savvy.)

2. Ability to communicate with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds in a variety of situations.

To further support your qualifications, it is strongly recommended that you submit a one-page abstract of your MS thesis and/or Ph.D. dissertation. Failure to do so could result in loss of your consideration/referral. Also, please submit a list of names, addresses, and phone numbers of persons familiar with your stature, contributions, recognition; any honors or awards received; memberships in professional or honor societies; invitations to make presentations at scientific/technical meetings; scientific society office and committee assignments; presentations (other than invitation); and publications. Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made. Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

For more information and to apply go to https://www.usajobs.gov:443/GetJob/ViewDetails/611500900

JOB DETAILS
POSTED
09 November 2021
CLOSES
21 September 2021
JOB TYPE
Full-Time
ANNUAL SALARY (US Dollars)
108885 – 166502
INDUSTRY / FIELD
Microbiology