Research Biologist

Updated: about 1 year ago
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Position Description:
This position is that of a Science & technology (S&T) in the Warfighter Protection & Applications Division, Warfighter Performance Department within the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The person in this position plans, organizes, directs, coordinates, and evaluates projects for basic research, applied research and advanced development research that are essential to the Department of the Navy (DoN) and Department of Defense (DoD) in the general fields of biology, synthetic biology, biomaterials, bio-nanotechnology, and neuroscience. Scientific and technical fields include: microbiome, biological component sensors and circuits, computational tools, fuel synthesis, bio-inspired or biomimetic materials/devices, and DNA nanotechnology. The person in this position will be responsible for collaboration within the other Program Officers, the direct management of special programs, and the development and management of Future Naval Capability products. The person selected for this rol e must be able to translate and communicate complex scientific and technological concepts into clearly understood options and opportunities for senior management.

The duties of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Performs Science and Technology Planning and Leadership by establishing goals and directs S&T programs designed to increase knowledge and understanding of fundamental aspects of phenomena and observable facts leading to new capabilities.
  • Performs Science and Technology Management and Execution by implementing S&T programs through the management and execution of individual projects and tasks.
  • Performs Science and Technology liaison and expertise by serving as a source of S&T information and interacting with senior officials internally and externally.
  • Participates in DoD and DON overall S&T goals and needs formulation.

In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience.

Applicants must meet the following positive education qualifications requirements of the Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Standard Manual:

0401- Biologist: Bachelor's Degree (or more advanced degree) in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position OR; a combination of education and experience- courses equivalent to a major, as described above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Your resume must demonstrate at least one year of progressively responsible specialized experience considered to be equivalent to the GS-13 level. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and had equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities, to successfully perform the duties of the position. Creditable specialized experience is defined as experience working within a federal and/or research environment in the general fields of biology, synthetic biology, biomaterials, bio-nanotechnology, and neuroscience including some or all of the following: reviewing and identifying new scientific and technological concepts in the infancy stages to evaluate their impact on current programs; organizing and managing science and technology programs that respond to current and emerging needs; implementing science and technology programs through the management and execution of individual projects and asks and; serving as a source of science and technology information in their fields.

Management desires applicants with an Advanced degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) in a field of Biology or related fields (e.g. synthetic biology, biomaterials, microbiology, bio-nanotechnology, neuroscience) in order to possess knowledge, skills and abilities relevant to understanding past, current, and emerging scientific and technical data.

Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management web site: Biology:

For positions requiring positive education requirements, you must submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume. See OPM's General Policies for information on crediting education.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying for further information, visit:
Must be able to obtain an interim and/or final (e.g., confidential/secret/top secret, etc.) security clearance prior to entrance on duty AND must be able to maintain the required level of clearance while employed in the subject position. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal. Selectee will be required to complete and submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450, prior to entering the position and annually thereafter.

This position may require occasional travel. This position is covered under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) and requires additional education, training and experience. This position has been identified as a Career Field Science & Technology Manager at Level III. If you possess DAWIA Certification, please indicate your Certification Level and Career Field information in your resume. Applicants not certified may still apply and be selected, but must achieve certification within 24 months of appointment. Certification requirements may be viewed at .

To Apply:
Interested candidates should apply to the vacancy announcement at .

For additional assistance, you may contact Star Spratley, servicing HR Specialist via email at or by phone at 703-696-0749 or Dawn Crockett via email at or by phone at 703-696-0171.

The Department of the Navy is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factor.

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