This position is located within the Research Service at the VA Medical Center in Ann Arbor, MI. The Biological Science Aid will perform duties that support basic laboratory research.
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Using common laboratory software and databases;
Receiving, logging, and keeping records of biological specimens;
Handling, pipet, aliquotting, and storing biological specimens;
Operating common laboratory instruments (pH meters, balances, centrifuges, DNA extractors, spectrophotometers, etc.);
Purifying DNA from saliva, and processing with spectrophotometer and gel electrophoresis;
Ordering and maintaining supplies, making buffers, etc.;
Performing biological study procedures;
Handling and archiving specimens;
Performing basic biological assays such as PCR and spectrophotometry.
Work Schedule: Intermittent, generally within Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
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0404 Biological Science Technician
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
Must be a U.S. citizen
Subject to a background/security investigation
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
May be required to serve a probationary period
Selected applicants may be required to complete an online onboarding process
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: This position requires three months of general experience performing any type of work that demonstrates your ability to perform the work of the position, or experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation. This experience must be detailed in your resume to receive credit.
high school graduation or the equivalent.
You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
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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 http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
There is no educational substitution at this grade level.
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.
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