Status: Full-time position
Location: Orient Point, NY
Salary: $53,500.00 to $84,146.00 / Per Year
Deadline Date: 3/1/13
Job Summary: Relocation expenses will not be paid. This position is located in Orient Point, New York with the Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (FADDL), National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL), Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC). The incumbent is responsible for managing and organizing a wide variety of standard techniques for the evaluation of the purity, safety, efficacy, potency, and stability of vaccine antigens, vaccines, virus master seeds, master cell stocks, and challenge viruses.
You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people.
Qualifications: To qualify, you MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
A. Degree in microbiology; or biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in microbiology and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms, and 20 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences combining course work in organic chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent.
B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Duties: 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
Responsible for the receipt of virus master seeds, cell stocks, vaccine antigens, pilot vaccines, and experimental vaccines for the testing of their safety and efficiency.
Performs extraneous agents testing.
Coordinates and develops production outlines needed to prepare test reagents, which include inoculation of cell cultures, animals, collection and processing of animal tissues, cell culture supernatant and serum extraction.
Assumes responsibility for conducting sections of developmental projects, such as obtaining organs, growing primary cell cultures, characterizing unknown isolate as to particle size, and more.
Takes references, such as laboratory protocols, journal articles, or rough outline, from a professional and conducts laboratory techniques making modifications if necessary.
Is accountable to recognize complex problems in the assignment making pertinent observations, drawing conclusions, and making corrective actions for improving testing and developmental procedures.
Reviews and prepares accurate written reports describing test procedures and results and summarizes findings on assigned portions of developmental projects.
Provides leadership and training, plans work schedules, and sets standard time intervals for tasks.
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