Food Technologist - NATICK, MA

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Army Research, Development & Engineering Command


$61,425.00 to $79,847.00


11 to 11





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Department: Department Of The Army
Agency: U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command
Job Announcement Number:

Salary Range: 61,425.00 - 79,847.00 USD per year
Open Period: Wednesday, January 28, 2009
to Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Series & Grade: GS-1382-11/11
Position Information: - This is a Permanent position. -- Full Time
Duty Locations: 1 vacancy - MA - Natick
Who May Be Considered:
US Citizens
Job Summary:
Challenge Yourself - Be an Army Civilian - Go Army!
Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.
About the Position: The Food Engineering Services Team, Combat Feeding Directorate, U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC), is a Customer-Driven, Customer-Focused organization. The NSRDEC is the Science Behind the Soldier. Through our research, development, engineering and technology transfer of products and systems (such as clothing and individual soldier equipment, rations and field feeding equipment, personnel and cargo airdrop systems, and shelters), the NSRDEC plays a vital role to maximize the effectiveness of America's military. Help shape our future to become the recognized center of choice for individual warrior-related technologies and warrior systems, and internationally known as a preeminent provider of research, development, engineering and integration services.
Who May Apply: Click here for more information.

  Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) eligibles.

  All U. S. citizens.

Key Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizen

Major Duties:
You will serve as a Food Technologist in subsistence commodity area for the preparation and coordination of performance-based procurement documents and for processing Engineering Support to Procurement actions. You will prepare revisions and engineering change proposals to detailed specifications and performance-based contract requirements documents involving complex technical changes, prepare, coordinate and approve new documents on items of the most complex nature. This includes the preparation of the new performance-based contract requirements in developing the initial draft including a brief description of scope of the document, ensuring that product requirements are stated in performance terms, providing adequate and accurate quality assurance provisions in accordance with recognized statistical sampling methods, and unique military packaging requirements. You will review draft Federal specifications and Commercial Item Descriptions prepared by other DoD and Federal agencies.

Click on link below to view qualification standard.
General Schedule

  THIS POSITION HAS A MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENT A) Degree: food technology, or dairy technology, microbiology, biology, chemistry, physics, or a related discipline or field of biological or physical science. The course work must have been comprised of at least 30 semester hours in the basic biological and physical sciences, and included at least 20 semester hours in food technology and closely related subjects, or 20 semester hours in subjects that can be applied directly to food technology. OR B) Combination of education and experience--courses equivalent to a major, including the course work specified, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Qualified candidates for this job must show in their resume that they possess one year of specialized experience that provided the knowledge of and skill in the characteristics, properties, processing methods, evaluation, test requirements, acceptable quality levels, and packaging requirements of food products and operational rations. Resume must show knowledge or experience in preparing or revising engineering change proposals, preparation of the performance-based contract requirements documents and reviewing drafts to ensure they meet required specifications or Commercial Item Descriptions. This specialized experience should be equivalent to at least the GS-9 level.

  The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened for the Office of Personnel Management's basic qualifications requirements, and the skills needed to perform the duties of this position as described in this vacancy announcement.

  Education can be substituted for experience. Review the qualification requirements for specific information.

  Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - and

  On your resume, please include college/university, dates attended, degree achieved, semester hours earned, GPA, major field of study, 24 semester hours of specific courses and course hours in your major. Failure to provide this education information on your resume may result in an ineligible rating.

  Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume.

  GS-11: Bachelor's degree directly related to this occupation and 1 year of experience directly related to this occupation equivalent to the next lower grade level, or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
Other Requirements:
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  Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.

  Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Career Field Position.

  This is an Army Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Workforce position. Selectees must meet position requirements for certification at Level II in Acquisition Career Field Systems Planning, Research Development, and Engineering within 24 months of entrance on duty.

  Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.

  Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.

  You may claim Military Spouse Preference.

  Applicants claiming veteran's preference must clearly show an entitlement to such preference on the resume/supplemental data submitted.

  Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid experience or volunteer work.

  One year trial/probationary period may be required.
How You Will Be Evaluated:
Resumes will be evaluated for basic qualifications requirements and for the skills needed to perform the duties of the position, as described in this vacancy announcement and identified by the Selecting Official for the position.

The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:

  Comprehensive health and life insurance

  Competitive salaries

  Generous retirement programs

  Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time

  Flexible work environment and alternate work schedules

  Paid employment related training and education

  Possible student loan repayment

  Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable

  Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.
Other Information:
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  To successfully claim veteran's preference, your resume/supplemental data must clearly show your entitlement. Please review the information listed under the Other Requirements link on this announcement or review our on-line Job Application Kit.

  The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants issued March 18, 2004 will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available on

  This is a Career Program Position (CP). # 16

  Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.

  Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.
Other Advantages: We are conveniently located on the shores of Lake Cochituate, in Natick, MA, (a suburb of Boston, near Routes 9, 90, 95 and 495). Parking is free and access to site facilities is available to include an on-site federal credit union, recreational facilities (swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts), barbershop, dining facility, and post-exchange store. Additional information on the town of Natick, MA can be found at:

How To Apply:
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 Self-nomination must be submitted by the closing date.

  Resume must be on file in our centralized database.

  Announcements close at 12:00am (midnight) Eastern Time.

  You must have an ACTIVE resume with the Army Centralized Resumix database before you submit your Self-nomination. If you do not have an ACTIVE resume on file, please click here to use the Army Resume Builder to create or update your resume.
Required Documents:

  You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.

  If selected, official college or university transcript must be submitted.
Contact Information:

Central Resume Processing Center
Phone: 410-306-0137
Or write:
Central Resume Processing Center
314 Johnson Street
Proving Ground, MD 21005-5283

What To Expect Next:
Once this announcement closes, candidates will be evaluated using an automated system, (Resumix) which compares your skills and experience as described in your resume with the requirements of the position. If you are found to be a highly qualified candidate, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.) Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official. You can view the status of announcements that you applied for through our automated response system, ANSWER, accessed through our Civilian Personnel On-Line web page.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


Send Mail to:
Central Resume Processing Center
314 Johnson Street
Proving Ground, MD 21005-5283
For questions about this job:
Central Resume Processing Center
Phone: 410-306-0137

Control Number: 1456556


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