U.S. Army Medical Command Biological Science Laboratory Technician in Fort Detrick, Maryland

U.S. Army Medical Command
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Fort Detrick, MD
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (8 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 10/25/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:

The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), a subordinate research laboratory under the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, is the lead medical biological defense research laboratory for the DOD Chemical Biological Defense Program. For additional information about USAMRIID and Fort Detrick, please visit http://www.usamriid.army.mil and http://www.detrick.army.mil.

USAMRIID is participating in an alternative personnel system known as the Personnel Demonstration Project (PDP). The DE-02 payband is equivalent to the GS-05 step 1 to GS-08 step 10 level. In keeping with the Demonstration pay fixing policies, employees earning a salary that falls within this payband equivalent, may not receive an immediate pay increase (promotion) if appointed to this position. Future pay increases within the payband will be accomplished through the pay for performance management system.

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens

  • Serve as Biological Select Agents and Toxins (BSAT) Inventory Technician.
  • Work on Department of Defense (DoD) BSAT database to review and update records, and resolve BSAT inventory and recording issues.
  • Assist in all BSAT inventory and accountability matters to include transfer, usage, destruction and maintenance of BSAT-related records.
  • Assist in freezer rescue of BSAT in bio-containment in the event of freezer failure.
  • Monitor exempt toxin amounts.
  • Provide administrative support including but not limited to procurement (ordering) and management of supplies, picking up and delivering packages/mails, travel assistance to personnel, and coordinating meetings.
  • Serve as Hand Receipt Holder of Select Agent Management Team.
  • Provide assistance prior to and during facility inspections.
  • Assist in SOP reviews and conduct BSAT inventory database training.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain Security Risk Assessment (SRA) and Biological Personnel Reliability Program (BPRP) eligibility.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Business Travel may be required 5% of the time
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Obtain and maintain eligibility to a Top Secret security clearance
  • Drug Testing designated position
  • This position requires pre-employment and annual physical exams
  • Must participate in the Biological Personnel Reliability Program (BPRP)
  • Must participate in the Occupational Health Surveillance Program (OHSP)

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Experience required: 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as: (1) Experience performing Biological Select Agents and Toxins (BSAT) inventory, handling, management, storage and accountability; (2) Experience providing BSAT procurement administrative and technical support; and (3) Experience conducting BSAT rescue in bio-containment during freezer failures. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (DE-01/GS-04).

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of Biological Select Agents and Toxins (BSAT) Inventory Procedures
  • Ability to maintain BSAT Inventory Databases
  • Skill in BSAT freezer rescue

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you may qualify if your education meets the definitions below:

Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must have been directly related to the position to be filled (Transcripts are required at the time of application). The successful completion of a full course of study of at least 12 months in a school for clinical laboratory technicians may be substituted for the 1 year of specialized experience required at the GS-5 level for positions involving microbiology and biochemistry technician work.

Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Extended Probationary Period: The length of the probationary period for the Engineers and Scientists Technicians (DE) Occupational Family will be two years.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
  • Obtain and maintain eligibility to a Top Secret security clearance
  • Drug Testing designated position
  • This position requires pre-employment and annual physical exams
  • Must participate in the Biological Personnel Reliability Program (BPRP)
  • Must participate in the Occupational Health Surveillance Program (OHSP)
Security Clearance

Top Secret

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position.

If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.


The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program.In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described in the USAJOBS Resource Center.

Other Information
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitantinformation sheet.
  • You may claim military spouse preference, see the information in the Military Spouse Preference Under Delegated Examining Procedures information sheet.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • This is a Career Program (CP) 53-Medical position.

Salary Range: $35,265.00 to $62,888.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: DE-0404-02/02

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453044300

Job Announcement Number: NEBB165200471822553D