Status: Full-time position
Location: Kansas City, MO
Deadline Date: 6/3/13
Job Summary: The Technology and Science Division (TSD) located in Kansas City, Missouri, is responsible for maintaining uniform application of standards for grains and commodities, providing reference standards for Federal Grain Inspection Services (FGIS) methods and subjective guidelines, and performing analytical analysis of grains and commodities. The incumbent develops new or improves existing analytical methods for characterizing biotechnology-derived grains, oilseeds, and related commodities.
You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!
Qualifications: A. Degree in 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.
B. Combination of Education and Experience – course work equivalent to a major as shown in A above plus appropriate experience or additional education. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level.
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal Service. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors. Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to:
Analyzing and characterizing DNA derived from grains or oilseeds and having expertise in qualitative and quantitative polymerase-chain reaction (PCR) of genetic traits in grains and oilseeds.
Possessing professional knowledge of inspection program procedures; grain marketing practices; Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) programs; and industrial practices.
Designing and conducting experiments to evaluate the practical application of new or improved methods for the analysis of constituents in grain.
Duties: Investigates and stays current on developments in the grain markets and the grain industry and makes recommendations to the Program Leader on market-relevant test methods for further investigation.
Identifies, develops, and conducts research projects involving the development and validation of new and improved methods for the analysis of constituents in grain.
Uses initiate, resourcefulness, and past personal experience to deviate from established approaches and precedents to develop methods and procedures and to apply program principles and theories.
Evaluates, analyzes, and interprets laboratory data to determine their validity and scientific meaning.
Maintains technical awareness of new developments in the area of specialization.
Determines the major error contributions for each method and incorporates quality assurance and quality control procedures for the method being developed.
Coordinates and conducts validation of new and improved methods according to the standard method validation protocols.
Reviews the scientific literature and attends scientific and trade meetings with the goal of recommending new methods and instrumentation for the laboratory.
A complete on-line application will require the submission of the following
Responses to the vacancy specific questions (you will be prompted to complete these questions during the online application process)
Supporting Documentation which may be required.
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