Engineering, Food Engineering, Research & Development
4 Year Degree
This position may be placed in the Biological Scientist (GS-0401) or Food Technologist (GS-1382) series depending on the qualifications of the selectee. If selected for the position, you will serve as a senior technical advisor performing a variety of assignments related to implementation and oversight of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) and the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (the Standard).
The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity. The duties may include, but are not limited to:
Serves as an expert advisor to senior staff, including the Deputy Director and Director, and provides complex technical knowledge and guidance related to the implementation of the Standard and compliance.
Researches bioengineering and testing methodologies to give guidance to industry officials on how to properly label their products
Conducts research and provides technical advice to Agency and program officials in the interpretation of policies, standards, regulations, and procedures
Advises on the preparation of regulatory documents
Prepares and presents various outreach materials on bioengineered food labeling for use by stakeholders, at public meetings, conferences, and symposiums.
Prepares and presents briefing materials and recommendations for senior leadership within the Agency and Department.
Occasional travel - Travel for training and work assignments may be required.
Conditions of Employment
You must be a US Citizen or US National
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check
Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.
Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution
Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at https://www.e-verify.gov/
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement, including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.
BASIC REQUIREMENT for 0401 - Biological Sciences series:
Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position
OR Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
BASIC REQUIREMENT for 1382 - Food Technology series:
Degree: food technology, or dairy technology, microbiology, biology, chemistry, physics, or a related discipline or field of biological or physical science. The course work must have been comprised of at least 30 semester hours in the basic biological and physical sciences, and included at least 20 semester hours in food technology and closely related subjects, or 20 semester hours in subjects that can be applied directly to food technology
OR Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major, including the course work specified, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
TRANSCRIPTS are required. This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified. This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university.
FOR THE GS-13 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-12 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
Developing or analyzing food ingredient and food product formulations.
Applying molecular biology to analyze food and food ingredients.
Understanding and communicating the process used to develop new, innovative food products through the use of biotechnology.
Advising industry representatives on how to regulate and properly label food products.
Formulating new developments in food and biotechnology.
Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level.
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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
This position does not have an education qualification requirement.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
First time hires to the federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range for the grade selected.
Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expense associated with reporting for duty will be the responsibility of the selected employee.
This position is eligible for telework within the local commuting area of the duty location of the position. Employee participation is at the discretion of the supervisor.
The Food Disclosure and Labeling Division (FDLD) is responsible for administering the regulatory requirements of the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) program and the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (the Standard). The FDLD is part of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Fair Trade Practices Program (FTPP) that oversees a wide range of programs designed to assure fair trade in the marketplace. In addition to providing consumers with more information about their food, the program includes a variety of protections for the fruit and vegetable industries, the livestock sector, and providers of commercial warehouse services throughout the U.S.