Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Animal)

Veterans Health Administration
Baltimore County, Maryland, US
Jun 18, 2021
Jun 26, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/24/2021. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For this GS5 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS4. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: Specialized Experience: One year of full time (40 hours per week) experience must have been related to the work of the Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Animal) position. The specialized experience required for this position is normally work performed in a controlled environment. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include but are not limited to: Collecting animal tissue, performing perfusion-fixation of rodents, and staining cells and brain tissue sections for histological examination of the animal disease model. Carrying out experiments and procedures on laboratory mice according to protocols approved by the Institutional Animal Use and Care Committee that include gene delivery experiments, and genotyping of transgenic animals. Helping to evaluate the health, well-being, and behavior of the mice before, during and after research experiments. Experience in basic principles of laboratory and animal research and husbandry in order to make observations and understand significance of results. Maintaining records of mice breeding and genotyping. Maintaining laboratory records and notebooks of experiments and results. Submitting required documentation, supply and equipment orders through the proper Research and Development Service office for processing. Receiving newly purchased supplies and equipment relevant to the laboratory studies and certifying that these are undamaged and in-acceptable condition. Maintaining laboratory supply, chemical and equipment inventories, and maintenance of equipment in the laboratory. Your experience (including beginning/ending dates) must be clearly listed in your resume. OR Education: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must have been directly related to research. Transcripts must be included with your application. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
Analysis and Problem SolvingAnimal HusbandryBiologyCommunicationResearch Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Physical Requirements: Some physical exertion, such as regular and recurring walking bending to observe, collect or record research data. The nature of the job in the laboratory may also call for special requirements for agility or dexterity such as exceptional hand/eye coordination. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at