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Geneticist Job Announcement

Sherry Dewald sdewald at spa.ars.usda.gov
Thu Sep 14 07:38:42 EST 2000

Position Title: Geneticist (Plants)
Series/Grade: GS-0440-11
Salary: $41,834 - $54,385
Type of Appointment: Temporary Not-To-Exceed one year (Appointment 
may be extended up to one additional year without further 
Location of Position: Woodward, Oklahoma
Rangeland and Pasture Research Laboratory
Announcement Number: ARS-ROS-0326R
Opening Date: September 11, 2000    Closing Date: September 25, 2000
Area of Consideration: All United States citizens


DUTIES: Incumbent serves as a support scientist providing 
professional support to a plant germplasm research program concerned 
with developing improved forage cultivars. Incumbent works in both 
laboratory and field environments. The incumbent performs a wide 
range of duties designed to provide answers to research problems in 
the areas of molecular genetics, cytology, botany, and plant 
breeding. Plans and carries out individual experiments. Devises and 
recommends alternative methods of analysis. Evaluates data by 
performing appropriate calculations and analyses. Incumbent's duties 
may include manipulation of chromosomes in polyploid species, 
chromosome counts, and preparation of plant cell samples. Searches 
scientific literature and selects or modifies methods and procedures 
most appropriate for the research goals. Maintains cytogenetic, 
molecular genetic, and additional related equipment and 
instrumentation in working condition, performing preventative 
maintenance and repairs. Maintains laboratory notebooks and records 
the methods, procedures, and results. Prepares results of 
experimental findings from completed projects in the form suitable as 
the basis for the fist written draft of written reports to scientific 
journals. Organizes experimental findings in the form suitable for 
oral presentation or posters for scientific meetings.

BASIC REQUIREMENT: Bachelor's degree in genetics; or one of the basic 
biological sciences that included at least 9 semester hours in 

In addition to the Basic Requirement, applicants must have directly 
related education or specialized experience as outlined below:

GS-11: 3 years of progressively higher graduate education leading to 
a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; OR 1 year of 
specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is experience which has provided the applicant with:

1. Knowledge of the principles and theories of cytogenetics as 
related to botany and/or plant breeding.

2. Skill in operating and maintaining cytogenetic laboratory 
equipment used for DNA analysis.

3. Knowledge of cytogenetic techniques (e.g., manipulation of 
chromosomes in polyploid species).

All applications must be marked ARS-ROS-0326R and postmarked by 
September 25, 2000.

EEO STATEMENT: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits 
discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of 
race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, 
political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. 
(Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with 
disabilities who require alternative means for communication of 
program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should 
contact USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice or TDD).

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office 
of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence 
Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202)720-5964 (voice or 
TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

ACCOMMODATION: This agency provides reasonable accommodations to 
applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation 
for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the 
agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on 
a case-by-case basis.


For a copy of this vacancy announcement and/or applications forms, 
call Kelli Hickman at 580/256-7449.

For a detailed vacancy announcement and application procedures, 
please check the following internet address:

     INTERNET ADDRESS: http://www.ars.usda.gov

Then look under Opportunities/Employment Opportunities/REE Job 
Opportunities and look for announcement #ARS-ROS-0326R

     DIAL-A-VACANCY: 301-504-1482
     DC RELAY SERVICE: 202-855-1234 (TDD)

(If submitting applications via E-mail, be sure to mail college 
transcripts separately and include the announcement number of the 
position vacancy.)

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