Student Trainee Geneticist

Company Name:
Department Of Agriculture
US Citizens, Nationals, or Foreign Nationals who meet immigration and annual appropriations requirements; no prior Federal experience is required. See "Conditions of Employment" for more information.
Students who are currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis at a qualifying educational institution in a certificate, degree, or diploma program.
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This position is a student trainee Geneticist located in Starkville, MS with responsibility for assisting in planning and performing experiments within prescribed approaches used in ARS National Program 301 Plant Genetic Resources, Genomics, and Genetic Improvement.
The successful candidate may be converted to a TERM or Permanent Research Scientist position upon completion of education, training, and Pathways program requirements.
This announcement has been amended to replace the location of Stoneville, MS with Starkville, MS.
SSR Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
Performs work in the area of plant breeding and genetics - specifically on host plant resistance in corn to disease and insect pests with emphasis on resistance to Aspergillus flavus infection and aflatoxin accumulation.
Design and implement laboratory and field experiments.
Collects, prepares, evaluates, and verifies samples and supporting records. Keeps detailed records of experimental data.
Tabulates, statistically analyzes and summarizes data using computers and software. Maintains records and locates and compiles data and information from various sources.
Prepares manuscripts reporting findings from experiments conducted including initial interpretation of significance to the overall project for publication in journals.
All academic degrees or course work must be completed in an educational institution that has obtained accreditation from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see /.
A post-secondary certificate program must have been completed at a qualified educational institution equivalent to at least 1 academic year or full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum.
Students must be at least 16 years of age and meet Federal, State and Local laws governing the employment of minors.
Must have at least one year of academic study remaining toward completion of current academic degree.
Must be in good academic standing as defined by the educational institution which is typically a 2.0 GPA.
A signed participant agreement is required for employment under Pathways.
Enrolled at least half-time at a qualifying educational institution or accepted as degree seeking student.
If converted to a Term or Permanent position, the selectee must be a U.S. Citizen.
Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
Individuals will be evaluated against the OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Schedule D, Pathways Internship Positions.
Note : If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have provided false documentation, you will be removed from consideration.
To view the application form, visit:
Applicants must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
Pathways Intern Eligibility Requirements
All applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a student on at least a half-time schedule at a qualifying educational institution in a certificate, degree, or diploma program. You will be required to provide documentation to support your eligibility for the program. See the "How to Apply" section for details.
Requirements for consideration at the GS-9: Completion of 2 academic years of graduate level education, or a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree.
Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin. The following instructions outline our application process.
You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.
Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at . It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.
Step 2: Create a Resume with USAJOBS or upload a Resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).
Step 3: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required. You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application" to continue. NOTE: Verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Once in the Agency's staffing system you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded documents must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).
You must submit a complete Application Package, prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date of this announcement. The following documents must be submitted for your application package to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.
Proof of enrollment or acceptance of enrollment and good academic standing:
In the form of letters, records, or statements issued from a high school, vocational institution, college or university. The documentation provided must be issued from an authorized source (example: university registrar's office). AND/OR
A copy of your most recent transcripts which show your field of study, school name, students name, current GPA or academic standing, past and current course work, degree program, and major/concentration. _An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty._
DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) if claiming Veterans' Preference. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit a VA Letter and an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference. Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days.
Students with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDAs TARGET Center at (voice and TDD).
NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).
Conditions of Employment:
Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment during the pre-employment process.
Selection for this position is contingent upon proof of U.S. citizenship or, for noncitizens, proof of authorization to work in the United States plus proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information and guidance on the employment of non-citizens can be found at: #icc. For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, available at . If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an email acknowledging: 1) the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, 2) if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and 3) if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate.
USDA-ARS will provide the following benefits to their student hires:
All students hired under the USDA Pathways Internship Program are entitled to benefits such as:
Commuter Transit Subsidy (pending the availability of budgeted funds/allocations)
Telework and/or Flexible work schedule (upon supervisor approval)
Student interns without a NTE date are eligible to enroll in the Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) Program, the Federal Employee's Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Program, the Federal Employee's Retirement System (FERS) and the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).
The cost of premiums is split between the employee and the agency, as it is for all permanent employees. (See 5 CFR 870.202 for life insurance and 5 CFR 890.102 for health benefits.).
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility to include your most recent performance appraisal, SF-50, and proof of eligibility such as a RIF separation notice or letter from OPM/your agency. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified if achieving a rating of 85or above. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPMs Career Transition Resources website at .
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDAs TARGET Center at (voice and TDD).
More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.
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