Lab assistant Position at the CDC
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|From:||Tim Morken <email@example.com> (by way of histonet)|
Currently there is an opening for a Biological Science Laboratory
Technician in the Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases, Infectious
Disease Pathology Activity (IDPA) of the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC). This position has just been announced and will be open
for applications until January 13, 1999. The full announcement with
details of how to apply can be seen at the CDC Employment Opportunities
web page: http://www.cdc.gov/hrmo/jobstype.htmunder the heading
"Technical and Medical Support."
The IDPA serves as a scientific and technical resource to CDC by
providing expertise in molecular pathology, histopathology, and electron
microscopy analysis for detecting infectious disease agents in human and
animal tissues. We also conduct basic and applied research into the
pathogenesis of infectious diseases as well as consultative diagnostic
support and epidemic aid to state, federal, and international health
I don't hire anyone and don't have anything to do with choosing the
person to be hired. I can answer some questions concerning the
application process, however.
The announcement is reproduced below:
Tim Morken, B.S., EMT(MSA), HTL(ASCP)
Infectious Disease Pathology
Centers for Disease Control
1600 Clifton Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30333
See the CDC web page at:
OPENING DATE: December 30, 1998
POSITION: Biological Science Laboratory Technician, GS-0404-07/08/09
CLOSING DATE: January 13, 1999
(Applications must be received or postmarked by the closing date;
however, postmarked applications must be received in Human Resources
Management Office within 5 days of the closing date.)
(If filled at the GS-07 or GS-08 level, position has promotion to
Please indicate the grade(s) for which you wish to be considered. You
will only be considered for the grade(s) for which you indicate an
GS-07, $27,202 - 35,362 per annum
GS-08, $30,126 - 39,160 per annum
GS-09, $33,276 - 43,260 per annum
National Center for Infectious Diseases, Division of Viral and
Rickettsial Diseases, Infectious Disease Pathology Activity, Atlanta, GA
TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: Permanent/Full-time
WHO MAY APPLY:
U.S. Citizens; no previous Federal experience or tenure required. Apply
Current or former competitive service Federal employees with permanent
tenure. Apply for: MP2-99-053
Commissioned Corps; candidates for employment programs such as VRA
eligibles, 30% disabled veterans, Persons with Disabilities, and ICTAP
eligibles. Preference eligibles or veterans who have been separated from
the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of
continuous active service may apply.
THIS IS NOT A BARGAINING UNIT POSITION
MOVING EXPENSES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED.
The incumbent performs work involving biological laboratory techniques
used in studying tissues, or microscopic and submicroscopic organisms.
Maintains the laboratory facilities and equipment, controls supplies,
and maintains and controls hardcopy and computerized laboratory records.
Controls stock of reagents, antigens, or other media or control
substances/chemical. Ensures an appropriate environment is maintained
and that an effective system is in place to control stock levels and
maintain a high quality in the products. Uses appropriate handling
procedures for hazardous specimens, chemicals, etc. Adheres to safe
laboratory practices for working in biosafety environments. Properly
disposes of potentially infectious waste materials or other potentially
hazardous waste. Maintains records describing results pertaining to
tests and examinations performed. Prepares production or other reports
as scheduled or requested by the supervisor. Prepares assays in
accordance with professional standards. Participates in the
introduction of new assays in the laboratory. Establishes effective
record keeping procedures, provides training on procedures and
establishes quality control methods to ensure effective use of the
system, and to identify inadequacies/discrepancies. Maintains accurate
and detailed records of all laboratory experiments, test, examinations,
and results to provide adequate information on which professional
determinations can be made.
Candidates must meet the basic qualification requirements outlined in
OPM Qualification Standards Handbook. Applicants must haveone year of
specialized experience at a level equivalent to the next lower grade in
the Federal service.
Specialized Experience: is that which is directly related to the
position and which has equipped the applicant with the particular
knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the
duties of the position, such as performing work in a laboratory involved
with studying tissues, or microscopic and submicroscopic organisms.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE:
For the GS-7 level: one full year of graduate education or superior
For the GS-9 level: two full years of graduate education or a master's
Graduate education or an internship meets the specialized experience
required in those instances where it is directly related to the work of
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains a smoke-free
All applicants will receive equal consideration without regard to race,
religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, political
affiliation, age or any other nonmerit factor.
Page 2 Announcement 2-99-053
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs):
KSAs are the specific characteristics that applicants should possess in
order to perform the major duties of the position.
Applications should address the specific KSAs on a separate sheet of
paper as an attachment to your application. KSAs identified as (M) are
considered to be critical to the position and are considered to be
mandatory for qualifications. KSAs identified as (D) are considered to
FAILURE TO ADDRESS KSAs MAY RESULT IN A LOWER RATING.
1. Knowledge of general microbiology laboratory techniques. (M)
2. Ability to use spreadsheets, databases, tables and graphs. (D)
3. Ability to organize information, prioritize projects and manage
For each of the above, give examples of how and where you gained the
knowledge, skill, or ability and the dates of such experience and
Applicants who apply for DE announcements must address (M) Mandatory and
(D) Desirable KSAs.
BASIS OF RATING:
Applicants will be rated on the basis of education, experience, and KSA
responses appropriate to this position. Applications for MP2-99-053 will
be evaluated and ranked as indicated in the CDC Merit Promotion Plan and
must meet appropriate time-in-grade requirements for promotion. Unpaid
or voluntary experience related to the position will be considered in
FORMS REQUIRED TO APPLY:
Applicants may submit one of the following forms: SF-171, OF-612,
Curriculum Vitae, a Resume,
CDC 0.996, or any other application form. All current and former Federal
employees must submit a current SF50 that reflects tenure group 1 or 2.
All candidates who wish to be considered under both MP2-99-053 and
DE2-99-053 must submit two (2) applications. When only one (1)
application is received, and no announcement number is shown, it will be
considered under MP2-99-053 only.
Here's what you resume or application must contain (in addition to
specific information requested in the position announcement.)
- ** Correct announcement number(s), title and grade(s) of the job you
are applying for,
- Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day and evening phone
number (with are code) - ** Social Security Number
- Country of citizenship (Most Federal jobs require United States
citizenship.) Reinstatement eligiblity (if applicable, attach SF 50
proof of your career or career-conditional status.) - Highest Federal
civilian grade held (also give job series and dates held).
- ** High School Name, City, and State (zip code if known) - Date of
diploma or GED - Colleges or universities; Name, City, and State (zip
code if known) Majors, type and year of any degrees received (if no
degrees, show total credits earned and indicate whether semester or
Send a copy of your college transcript only if the job vacancy
announcement requests it.
5 point Veterans Preference may be documented with a DD214, Certificate
of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof of eligibility.
An SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veterans Preference) and written
verification must accompany application in order to receive 10-point
- Give the following information for your paid and nonpaid work
experience related to the job you are applying for. (Do not send job
Job Titles ** Duties and accomplishments -
Employer's name and address, Supervisor's name and phone number,
starting and ending dates (month and year) - ** Hours per week (** Month
and Years), salary; - Indicate if we may contact your current
- Job-related training courses (title and year); - Job-related skills,
for example, ** typing speed, other languages, computer
software/hardware, tools, machinery; - Job-related certificates and
licenses (current only); - Job-related honors, awards, and special
accomplishments, for example, publications, memberships in professional
or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, and
performance awards (give dates but do not send documents unless
** FAILURE TO COMPLETE THE STARRED ITEM MAY RESULT IN YOUR BEING
DETERMINED INELIGIBLE OR NOT QUALIFIED.
MAIL FORMS TO:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HRM Announcement
No.MP2-99-053 and/or DE2-99-053
4770 Buford Highway, N.E., Mailstop K-16 Atlanta, Ga 30341-3724 Fax:
Applicants are requested to complete an Applicant Background Survey (OBM
0990-0208) and send with the application. A written Receipt of
Application will be sent to the address on the application. For forms,
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) criteria and
additional information, contact CDC Jobline on 1-888-232-4473 or visit
the website http://www.cdc.gov/hrmo/ictap~2.htm
A SEPARATE APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED FOR EACH ANNOUNCED POSITION
AND NO EXTENSIONS WILL BE GRANTED.
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