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Summary

This position is located within the Research and Development Service at the Oklahoma City VA Health Care System in Oklahoma City, OK. The Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Animal) – Research works in a research program within a laboratory environment, requiring a practical knowledge of the methods and techniques of one or more of the biological sciences to provide practical technical support in a laboratory.

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Duties

  • *THIS IS NOT A VIRTUAL POSITION, YOU MUST LIVE WITHIN OR BE WILLING TO RELOCATE WITHIN A COMMUTABLE DISTANCE OF THE DUTY LOCATION***

The major duties include but are not limited to:

  • Prepares samples of blood, tissue, urine or other organic substance from animal test subjects to provide specimens that effectively support laboratory test, examination or research procedures;
  • Prepares samples, slides, smears and diagnostic reagents common to the laboratory; Prepares primary cultures for relatively pure populations of specific cell types to evaluate regulation of cell behavior independent of the animal;
  • Observes physiological or behavioral effects of various conditions, agents and stimuli on laboratory animals;
  • Performs tests and examination procedures for diagnostic, surveillance, experimental and reference samples that involved delicate and exacting steps using elaborate and complex instrumentation;
  • Demonstrates an in-depth knowledge of the reaction of biological systems to chemical or other organic interactions;
  • Interprets recorded or collected data that may involve very fine distinctions to identify trends in results;
  • Accurately assesses the validity of an experimental process, recognizing common environmental or other considerations that could affect the results;
  • Performs common laboratory assays including preparation of solutions and calculations of dilutions and concentrations, pH determination, bicinchoninic acid assay (BCA) protein determination, gradient and high-speed centrifugation and microscopy;
  • Performs advanced laboratory assays such as Western blot, fluorescent imaging, immunochemistry, tissue and cell cultures, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) techniques, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) isolation and purification, preparation and analysis of ribonucleic acid (RNA), Southern blots, kinase and signal transduction assays;
  • Develops and maintains detailed records of all experimental or other protocols;
  • Presents data in a logical and systematic fashion;
  • Performs data analysis, including arithmetic calculations, algebra, graphing of data using interactive computer programs and preliminary statistical evaluations;
  • Calibrates and maintains laboratory equipment; and,
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

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Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to background/security investigation
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) – See “Additional Information” below for details.

Qualifications

To qualify for this position at the GS-7 level, you must meet one of the following:

Experience: You must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-6) in the Federal Service that has given you the particular knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of a Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Animal) – Research, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Experience must have been related to the work of the position for which application is made. The specialized experience required for some positions in this series is normally work performed in a controlled environment. Qualifying specialized experience includes: research activity or control program work; nursery work that required the growing and maintenance of plants in a controlled environment; work comparable to that with a large dairy farm where production records, animal environment, and sanitary conditions were kept in accordance with modern dairy practice. This specialized experience needs to include work performed in a controlled environment such as a research program, and includes applying knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, behavior, health and care of laboratory animals; performing tests and experiments involving laboratory animals, including operative and autopsy techniques, gross pathology techniques, methods peculiar to the collection and examination of animal fluids or tissue; and observing the physiological and behavioral effects of various conditions, agents and stimuli on laboratory animals. Farming experience that was not performed in a controlled environment, or experience as a laborer who was not responsible for planning and scheduling their own work, but only performed assigned tasks, would not qualify as specialized experience.

NOTE: Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title, duties, month and year start/end dates AND hours worked per week. :OR:

Education: Successfully completed one (1) full year of graduate education (or 18 semester hours) or an internship in course matter that must include courses directly related to the work of the Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Animal) – Research position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.

NOTE: Transcripts (unofficial or official) must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation. :OR:

Combination: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience, as described above, which meet the total experience requirements for this grade level. The education portion must include graduate courses directly related to the work of the Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Animal) – Research position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.

NOTE: Transcripts (unofficial or official) must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation.

You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

  • ANIMAL HUSBANDRY
  • ANALYSIS AND PROBLEM SOLVING
  • CREATIVE THINKING
  • DECISION MAKING


IMPORTANT:
A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. 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.

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; religious; 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.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management’s website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/.

Education


IMPORTANT:
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

NOTE: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional information

Physical Requirements: The work of this position requires regular and recurring physical exertion such as standing for long periods of time, bending over microscopes, manipulating small parts, and lifting moderate to heavy weights. The work also requires fine motor skills and coordination (hand/eye coordination) in the use of laboratory equipment. Some of the work may need to be performed under hoods. Tasks may involve repetitive motion.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities (i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities), and/or disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. For more information on how to apply using this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator within the office, contact the facility Human Resources Department at (405) 456-1000.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM’s Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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Oklahoma City VA Health Care System

921 Northeast 13th Street

Oklahoma City, OK 73104

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