Geneticist (GS-11 Term) – New Mexico

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Dexter, NM
Job Category
Full time Positions
GS-11 (starts at $64,649)
Last Date to Apply
We are hiring a term GS-11 Geneticist at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Southwestern Native Aquatic Resources and Recovery Center located in Dexter, New Mexico. The town of Dexter is a small agricultural community located approximately 20 miles from Roswell, NM, where most Center staff currently live. We are approximately 3 hours from each of Albuquerque, El Paso, and Lubbock. We are hoping to recruit people with experience conducting library preparation for various Illumina sequencing applications, and experience analyzing Illumina (or similar) data. We have an Illumina MiSeq on station, as well as an ABI 3500XL. Primarily, we perform a lot of population genetic studies on threatened and endangered aquatic species (primarily fishes) of the desert southwest. We also have an eDNA cleanroom that was installed last year; however, we do not currently have any active eDNA projects. The job announcement will be available on USAJobs until 11:59 PM Eastern time on March 5. Start date is negotiable.
Only experience and education obtained by 03/05/2021 will be considered. In order to qualify for this position you must possess both the Basic Requirement and Minimum Qualification. Basic Requirement: Possess a degree with a major in genetics; or one of the basic biological sciences that included at least 9 semester hours in genetics. Minimum Qualification (you must possess one of the following): A. I have one year of professional experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: operating specialized molecular population genetics laboratory equipment such as thermal cyclers, automated DNA sequencers, and centrifuges; professional knowledge of and skill in molecular genetic techniques including DNA extraction and PCR amplification of DNA; professional knowledge of genetic concepts and principles to conduct studies using common molecular genetics methods of population assignment, species identification, parentage assessment, and population structure. B. I have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or have successfully completed 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. in genetics or another closely related field which places sufficient emphasis on genetics and which provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work of the position. You must upload a copy of your transcript. C. I have less than one-year of experience as described in "A", and I have not completed my graduate level education as described in "B". However, I have a combination of experience and graduate level education that, when combined, equals at least 100% of the total requirement. (Please note that only graduate education in excess of the first two years may be used in this calculation.) You must upload a copy of your transcript. 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, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. See job advertisement for additional details and application (
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Steven Mussmann
Contact Phone
575-734-5910 x115
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