The National Animal Disease Center, Virus and Prion Research Unit in Ames, Iowa is seeking a permanent Research Microbiologist (Computational) to conduct research on viral disease concerns for the U.S. swine industry, e.g., porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus, influenza A virus, swine enteric coronaviruses, as well as potential emerging livestock diseases.
Research will involve characterizing and understanding the evolving epidemiology of current and emerging swine pathogens. Research objectives include developing new approaches to evaluating the genetic evolution of economically important swine viruses to provide scientific-based approaches for intervention strategies, vaccine and diagnostic test development, pandemic preparedness in swine or other hosts, and potentially detect unknown agents or mutations in known pathogens that contribute to a unique expression of the related disease.
Occasional travel – Domestic travel may be required to attend and present at scientific meetings and conferences.
Conditions of Employment
Successful completion of a three year probationary period. Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check. U.S. Citizenship Required. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT: Federal employees are subject to prohibitions against officially dealing with outside organizations in which they have a financial interest. If hired for this position, you may be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of the effective date of your appointment and annually thereafter.
To be considered for a research scientist position, you must submit a one-page abstract of your MS thesis and/or Ph.D. dissertation. Also, 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 meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.
Your education and experience will be evaluated against all qualification requirements (basic and any additional requirements) listed below.
Graduate education must be directly related to the work of the position and must have equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
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.
Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in microbiology, 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, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Additional Requirements: In addition to meeting the basic requirements described above, applicants must also meet additional qualification requirements as stated below.
GS-12: Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree directly related to the duties of this position OR 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the Federal Service OR a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience.
The specialized experience requirements for this position at the GS-12 level are:
* Using data structures and algorithms to represent, manipulate, and quantitatively analyze biological sequence data;
* Using numerical and statistical methods for data mining and analysis;
* Working as a project or team member conducting research or planning research objectives which are broad and complex in scope; and
* Primary authorship of papers, reports, or articles in professional publications related to microbiology, computational biology, or bioinformatics.
GS-13: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal Service.
The specialized experience requirements for this position at the GS-13 level are:
* Conducting and publishing genome sequence analysis;
* Designing novel algorithms;
* Working as a project or team leader who has experience in microbiology and/or the research on viral disease concerns for the U.S. swine industry;
* Addressing novel and difficult problems requiring modification of standard methods;
* Preparing comprehensive reports of research findings; and
* Primary authorship of articles in peer-reviewed journals related to understanding the evolving epidemiology of current and emerging swine pathogens.
GS-14: Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service.
The specialized experience requirements for this position at the GS-14 level are:
* Planning and conducting independent research related to relational genetic databases and evolutionary models for viral swine pathogens;
* Managing personnel, materials, equipment, resources, and facilities needed to accomplish research goals; and
* Publishing independent research results related to understanding the relationships among viral mutation, viral evolution, and economically important diseases of swine.
Applicants must address the specialized experience requirements in their resume (or application documents). Applications that do not reflect the specialized experience requirements will not be deemed qualified.
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.
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