Job Title:Research Food Technologist / Research Chemist – Fargo, ND
Department:Department Of Agriculture
Agency:Agricultural Research Service
Job Announcement Number:ARS-X13W-0073
to $106,369.00 / Per Year
August 01, 2013 to Wednesday, September 11, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
Time - Permanent
vacancy in the following location:
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Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From
Field to Table
incumbent is a Research Food Technologist / Research Chemist in the Hard
Spring and Durum Wheat Quality Laboratory, located at the Red River Valley
Agricultural Research Center in Fargo, North Dakota. This lab is a part of
the Cereal Crops Research Unit, whose mission is to improve quality and
disease resistance of small grains through research on genetics, genomics,
pathology, and end-use quality. The project goal is to provide an improved
understanding of the factors that underlie and influence end-use quality,
and apply the knowledge gained to wheat improvement.
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· Provides leadership for end-use quality
evaluations as well as in research on the enhancement of end-use quality of
hard spring and durum wheat. Specific lines of research may include the
following: 1) Develop a better understanding of the relationships between
wheat biochemical constituents (e.g. proteins, starches, lipids, and pentosans) and end-use quality and functionality; 2)
Develop rapid analytical procedures to determine wheat chemical components
and quality traits; 3) Collaborate with colleagues in the identification
and/or development of molecular markers linked to genes of wheat
biochemical components or quality traits to facilitate selection of wheat
lines with high end-use quality; 4) Identify milling, baking, and pasta
processing traits of experimental and advanced lines of hard spring and
durum wheat that impact end-use quality and the overall development and
release of new commercial cultivars of wheat;
· Designs, conducts, and publishes research
in peer-reviewed, scientific journals.
· Provides consultation and advice to
leaders in the farming, milling, and baking industries, and state and
federal action/regulatory agencies on technical matters related to cereal
crop quality problems, milling and baking quality, and grain quality measurement.
A: Degree: physical sciences,
life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry,
supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and
integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics OR B- Combination of education and
experience - course work equivalent to a major as shown in A above,
including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by
mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6
semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional
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
Experience is experience directly related to the position
to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for this position are:
1. Knowledge of the principles, theories and practices of food technology,
cereal science/chemistry, or biochemistry in order to improve wheat
performance and develop basic information on end-use quality of wheat.
2. Ability to conduct research on wheat end-use quality.
3. Skill in conceiving, designing, conducting, and reporting research
results in peer-reviewed, scientific journals.
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.
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.
Vacant research positions may be filled at one of several grade levels
depending upon the scientific impact of the person selected. A peer review
may be required to determine the appropriate grade level of the position
and supplemental materials may be required from the selectee.
Research scientists have open-ended promotion potential. Research
accomplishments and their impact on the duties and responsibilities of
positions are evaluated periodically. The grade level is limited only by
the individual's demonstrated ability to perform research of recognized
importance to science and technology. *Final grade level may be determined
by a peer review panel.
position has a positive education requirement. You must submit a copy of
your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours,
dates completed, and grade point average or class ranking to verify
education when applying for this position. If this information is not
provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may
lose consideration for this position. If you are selected for this
position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts
prior to entering on duty.
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.
Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent
to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be
acceptable for Federal employment. It is your responsibility to provide
such evidence when applying. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website
additional information on this topic.
restrictions apply for all candidates considered under Alternative Merit
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this
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
HOW YOU WILL
You will be
evaluated to determine if you meet the basic and any additional
requirements. The Agricultural Research Service uses a category rating
process. Based on evaluation of all written materials submitted in application for the position, you will be determined
to be Ineligible if you do not meet eligibility and/or minimum
qualifications criteria; Eligible if you meet all eligibility and minimum
qualifications criteria; OR Quality if you meet quality criteria in
addition to eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria.
government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The
following link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to
Federal employees: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.
Employees: Individuals eligible under the USDA Career
Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition
Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to
receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be
considered well qualified if they meet basic eligibility requirements and
all selective factors, and are rated in the Quality Category as described
in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP
eligibility must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most
recent performance rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting
current position, grade level and duty location. Click here for additional information
on CTAP and ICTAP.
you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point
veterans' preference, you must attach Member 4 copy
of your DD-214. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans'
Preference plus the proof required by that form.
Qualified candidates eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities
Act (VEOA), a special hiring authority, will be considered.
VEOA eligibles are preference eligibles
or veterans who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable
conditions after 3 years or more of active service. Veterans who are
released under honorable conditions shortly before completing a 3-year tour
are also eligible.
Status candidates who wish to be considered under both alternative merit promotion and
non-status competitive examining must submit two complete applications when
the position is open to both status and non-status candidates. When only
one application is received, it will be considered under alternative merit
Disclosure Requirement: 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.
statements: If you make a false statement in any part of
your application, you may not be hired; may be fired after beginning work;
or may be fined or jailed.
Accommodation: If you need a reasonable
accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have
questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any
part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability
Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on
HOW TO APPLY:
may be mailed, faxed, or e-mailed to the appropriate address and/or
facsimile number listed below, but they must
be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday,
September 11, 2013. Certain individuals are entitled to file a
late application and must contact the Agency Contact listed below for
details and application instructions.
Department of Agriculture
5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Stop 5106
Beltsville, MD 20705-5106
your application as an attachment to an email, do not send zipped files.
They will be removed in accordance with standard electronic security procedures.
If hand delivered, be sure your application is received in the Human
Resources Division on or before closing date.
your application fully outlines your qualifications and eligibility for
this position, please review the application package checklist at: http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/staffing_recruit/AppCheckSYLink/ARSChecklistSY.doc
Applications received in postage paid government envelopes will not be
You will be
notified by mail once your application is received. After a review of your
complete application is made, you will be notified or your rating and/or
referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required
you will be contacted.
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