Research Toxicologist – Wisconsin

Agency
U.S. Geological Survey - Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
Location
La Crosse, WI
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
$74,596 to $136,271 per year
Last Date to Apply
08/21/2019
Website
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/541259800
Description
Apply only at - https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/541259800 Overview Open & closing dates 08/01/2019 to 08/14/2019 - will be extended to 8/21/19 Service Competitive Pay scale & grade GS 12 - 14 Salary $74,596 to $136,271 per year Appointment type Permanent Work schedule Full-Time Help Location 1 vacancy in the following location: La Crosse, WI Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes Relocation expenses have been authorized. Telework eligible Yes as determined by agency policy Help This job is open to The public U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S. Apply Print Share Save Announcement number DEN-2019-0251 Control number 541259800 Duties Help Duties Summary What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position? NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Gov't are typically hired at the Step 01. GS-12: $74, 596 (Step 01) to $96,978 (Step 10) GS-13: $88,704 (Step 01) to $115,313 (Step 10) GS-14: $104,821 (Step 01) to - $136,271 (Step 10) Open to All current and former Federal employees under DEN-2019-0250 Learn more about this agency Responsibilities As a RESEARCH TOXICOLOGIST within the UPPER MIDWEST ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES CENTER, some of your specific duties will include: The Scientist leads a toxicology program, i.e. supervises staff, manages budgets, coordinates research with stakeholders, and ensures product delivery. The Scientist works as a principal investigator planning, designing, and executing comprehensive experimental and descriptive research for discovery and evaluation of biological and chemical tools to control populations of invertebrate and vertebrate aquatic invasive species and assess the impacts of those tools on native species with emphasis on the Laurentian Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi River Basins. The Scientist understands the toxicity of compounds to aquatic organisms, identify species specific toxicants, develop structure activity relationships to identify bioactive compounds, develop analytical techniques to determine mode of action of the bioactive compounds, understand the environmental fate of chemical toxicants, and develop pharmacokinetic models for chemical toxicants. The Scientist regularly submits scientific proposals to garner funds to conduct research and pursues collaboration with other government scientists and academic institutions. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: When conducting infrequent field work, the Scientist encounters some physical exertion such as walking over wet, rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities. The Scientist implements moderate physical ability and average agility and dexterity. WORK ENVIRONMENT: A major portion of the scientist's work occurs in a laboratory and office setting. Temperature and weather extremes may be encountered. Laboratory and field work may require the use of special protective gear. The Scientist conducts work in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, fellow workers, or property with which entrusted. Travel Required 25% or less - 1-2 overnights of travel are required for this position per month. Supervisory status No Promotion Potential 15 - The full performance level for a Research position is GS-15; however, promotion eligibility is dependent upon the scientific contributions of the incumbent as evaluated by a peer panel. Job family (Series) 0415 Toxicology Similar jobs Toxicologists Requirements Help Requirements Conditions of Employment Applicants must be U.S. Citizens. Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation. Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period. More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information. Selectee must provide a valid state driver's license & safe driving record. Selectee subject to successful completion of a pre-employment medical exam. Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position? Because this position requires travel for official business, the selectee will be required to apply for a charge card within 30 calendar days of appointment. Individuals who have delinquent account balances from a previous Government charge card will be required to satisfy their existing obligation before a new card can be issued. A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination. Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.
Qualifications
Basic Education Requirement: toxicology; or an appropriate discipline of the biological, medical, or veterinary sciences that included at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, biochemistry, or physiology, and 12 semester hours in toxicology. https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0400/toxicology-series-0415/ In addition to the basic education requirements, you must have 1-year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. For the GS-12: In addition to the basic education requirements, if you are qualifying based on specialized experience you must have 1-year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service Specialized experience must include; moderate experience as a lead researcher determining the toxicity of molecules, identifying the structural components of a molecule that cause it to be toxic and selective, applying knowledge to answer complex toxicological and risk assessment questions using multidisciplinary data (e.g., physical, chemical, biological, physiological, pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, genomic, proteomic, metabolomic) garnered from experimentation, peer-reviewed journals, and toxicology databases, *OR* a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a directly related field of study, *OR* A combination of successfully completed progressive graduate level education, as described above, that is beyond the second year of graduate study and professional experience, as described above. For the GS-13: At least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-12) or equivalent. Specialized experience must include experience as a lead of an interdisciplinary research team determining the toxicity of molecules, identifying the structural components of a molecule that cause it to be toxic and selective, applying knowledge to answer complex toxicological and risk assessment questions using multidisciplinary data (e.g., physical, chemical, biological, physiological, pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, genomic, proteomic, metabolomic) garnered from experimentation, peer-reviewed journals, and toxicology databases. This should be demonstrated with multiple first-authored manuscripts and presentations in the field of toxicology. For the GS-14: At least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-13) or equivalent. Specialized experience must include experience as a lead of an interdisciplinary research team determining the toxicity of molecules, identifying the structural components of a molecule that cause it to be toxic and selective, applying knowledge to answer complex toxicological and risk assessment questions using multidisciplinary data (e.g., physical, chemical, biological, physiological, pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, genomic, proteomic, metabolomic) garnered from experimentation, peer-reviewed journals, and toxicology databases. This should be demonstrated with multiple first-authored manuscripts and presentations in the field of toxicology. In addition, they should demonstrate active and successful procurement of funds to support their research activities. You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement. Education 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. Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: https://www.usgs.gov/about/organization/science-support/human-capital/how-foreign-education-evaluated-federal-jobs . Additional information The full performance level for a research position is GS-15, however, promotion eligibilty is dependent upon the scientific contributions of the incumbent as evaluated by a peer panel.Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position. Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position. USGS employees are subject to Title 43, USC Section 31(a) and may not: (a) have any personal, private, direct or indirect interest in lands or mineral wealth of lands under survey; (b) have any substantial personal, private, direct or indirect interests in any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business with the United States; or (c) execute surveys or examinations for private parties or corporations. The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361. DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Close How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. Basis of Rating: Category rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position. The quality categories are Best Qualified and Qualified. You will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. If you are eligible, your on-line responses to the application questions will determine your placement in the appropriate quality category described above. Your responses must be substantiated by your resume. If you do not respond to the application questions you may be rated ineligible. Veterans’ preference rules for category rating will be applied. Vacancy Related Questions: As part of the online application process, you will need to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies: 1. Scientific Knowledge 2. Program/Project Management 3. Interpersonal Communications 4. Written Communication --NOTE: If it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than is supported in your description of experience and/or education as described in your resume/application, or that your resume or application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered. To preview questions please click here. Close Background checks and security clearance Security clearance Not Required Drug test required No Required Documents Help Required Documents --If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement or you will be disqualified from further consideration. This proof may be faxed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Required Documents" and/or "Contact Information"). Please ensure that all documentation is legible. --If you are claiming veterans' preference you must provide a legible copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, member 4 copy or any official documentation or statement from the Armed Forces that confirms your dates of service and that your separation, discharge, or release from active duty was under honorable conditions (i.e., Honorable or General Discharge). Note: If you have more than one DD-214 for multiple periods of active duty, submit a copy for each period of service. --If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide documentation (e.g., campaign document, award citation, etc.), that verifies entitlement to veterans’ preference and that your character of military service is honorable. --If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the documents specified above, you must also submit documentation that supports your claim, e.g., an official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs (dated 1991 or later) or from a branch of the Armed Forces certifying the existence of a service-connected disability, or the award of the Purple Heart, etc. The overall rating must be identified on your certification letter or separation orders. --Documentation must be received by the closing date shown in this vacancy announcement. If you fail to submit any of the required documentation, you will not be granted veterans’ preference. Additional information on veterans' preference can be found in the VetGuide. --If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, the Servicing Human Resources Office must receive proof by the closing date of this announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330 Subpart F for CTAP and 5 CFR 330 Subpart G for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. This includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Required documents may be faxed, uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Contact Information"). If you are a CTAP or ICTAP eligible, you will be considered well qualified if you earn a minimum score of 85 (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference points). For more information on CTAP/ICTAP please click here. --Required documents may be: 1)faxed to the Agency Contact (see "Contact Information") 2)uploaded directly from your desktop 3)uploaded directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments 4)hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see 'Contact Information'). --Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume. If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. Benefits Help Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. USGS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. The official worksite for the selectee is the duty station identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this duty location on a regular and recurring weekly basis. For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at: https://www.doi.gov/telework/policies. Working for the U.S. Geological Survey offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; health, life, dental, vision, and long term care insurance, flexible spending accounts, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. Review our benefits Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. How to Apply Help How to Apply --Applications (resume and application questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line via USAJOBS BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete online resume, you will not be considered for this position. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Most libraries, employment offices, and all USGS personnel offices can provide access to the Internet. If applying online poses a hardship for you, you must speak to someone in the Servicing Human Resources Office listed on this announcement PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE for assistance. --Instructions for Applying Online for this Vacancy Announcement: 1)Click the blue "Apply Online" button. 2)If you are not a registered USAJOBS user, please create a new account and follow the instructions to complete your application process. If you are a registered user, login to access your existing USAJOBS profile. 3)As a registered user, select a stored resume and select one or more of your stored documents to attach to your application. 4)Check the "Certification" box and click the "Apply for this position now!" button located at the bottom of the screen. 5)Address the eligibility questions as well as the questionnaire containing questions and/or task statements that address the knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies for this vacancy. 6)Submit required documents using one of the available methods listed below. 7) If you experience technical difficulties during the online application process, please contact the USAJOBS helpdesk. Close Agency contact information Jackie Jiron Phone 303-236-9580 Fax 303-236-5973 Email JJIRON@usgs.gov Address INTERIOR, Geological Survey W 6th Ave Kipling St 612 Lakewood, Colorado 80225 United States Learn more about this agency Next steps --If you meet the basic qualification and eligibility requirements of this position, you will be contacted via email after the vacancy announcement closes and given a period of time to submit narrative responses that address the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) required to perform the duties of the position. Then, if you are rated as one of the most highly qualified candidates, you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 45-60 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified via email of the outcome. You can also go to "My Account" within USAJOBS to review your Application Status. 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For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency. Close Legal and regulatory guidance Financial suitability Social security number request Privacy Act Signature and false statements Selective Service New employee probationary period
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