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Supervisory Biologist / Supervisory Physical Scientist

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Department Of Agriculture Athens , GA 30602

Posted 4 months ago

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The Director of the Laboratory QA/QC Staff has oversight responsibilities for quality control and assurance systems in all FSIS laboratories performing analytical work in microbiology, chemistry, veterinary pathology, and related food and medical sciences. Assures that the integration of the quality system is achieved across all laboratories.

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  • The incumbent evaluates all quality assurance activities within the laboratories for consistency among the laboratories and with OPHS policies, goals, and objectives.

  • Formulates policies and procedures to assure that a single, comprehensive quality system is developed and maintained in all FSIS laboratories.

  • Approves updates of the OPHS Laboratory Quality Manual and all other official documents that are required to maintain accreditation e.g., under ISO Standard 17025 requirements.

  • Approves quality parameters for laboratory analytical procedures and for analysts.

  • Defines, reviews, and resolves quality issues related to acceptability criteria for new and extended laboratory methods.

  • Recommends and oversees proficiency testing programs for the laboratories.

  • Provides for adequate and timely proficiency sample manufacture and distribution.

  • Coordinates and oversees assessment programs including in-house audits,management reviews, and third party audits of the Laboratory Quality System.

  • Assures that all findings are documented, properly reviewed and reported, and that corrective actions are taken as indicated.

  • Arranges for samples to be used in method validations and/or verifications and for corrective actions. Reviews, recommends and monitors corrective actions, and verifies that required actions are taken.

  • Reviews new accreditation requirements and coordinates their implementation into OPHS laboratories.

  • Oversees and assures follow-up to client complaints concerning quality and data reliability.

  • Responsible for evaluating or overseeing the evaluation and approval of test kits purchased by FSIS laboratories.

  • Plans long range goals to be accomplished by subordinates; supervises and evaluates their performance. Directs the administrative, scientific, and technical phases of the Laboratory Quality Assurance Staff, recommending policies and objectives relative to the development, implementation, and management of program responsibilities.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some travel may be required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

  • Job family (Series)
    1301 General Physical Science
    0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check required.

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

  • May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.

  • If you are selected, you may need to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) prior to being appointed to determine suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on a resume or application can jeopardize employment and may be grounds for disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

  • 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.

  • Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. Failure to successfully meet these requirements could lead to adverse action proceedings including possible termination.

  • CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT: If selected, you will be required to submit Form OGE-450 within 30 days of your initial appointment date, and annually thereafter in accordance with 5 CFR, Part 2635, Sub part E regarding business or personal transactions with applicants, borrowers, or business contacts who have or who are seeking business with this Agency.


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

Time in grade:

Applicants must meet one year at the next lower grade to be considered for the next higher grade (e.g. one year at the GS-14 grade level for consideration for the GS-15 grade level.)

For the GS-15 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-14 level) that demonstrates:

  • Experience performing as an agency liaison with other agencies (federal, state, local, foreign, etc.) or accreditation bodies on quality and accreditation issues.

  • Experience in leading staff or management responsibilities for quality control and assurance systems for laboratories performing analytical work in a ISO 17025 accredited environment.

  • Experience coordinating and overseeing assessment programs which may include in-house audits, management reviews, and/or third party audits of laboratory management systems.

  • Experience leading, defining, reviewing, and resolving quality issues related to laboratory methods or management system performance.

  • Experience determining acceptability and overseeing laboratory proficiency testing programs.

For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here:

General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences Series, 0401

General Physical Science Series, 1301

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.


General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences Series, 0401 Basic

  • Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


  • Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
General Physical Science Series, 1301 Basic

  • Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.


  • Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
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Supervisory Biologist / Supervisory Physical Scientist

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Department Of Agriculture