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BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST I TRAINEE - 42001588

Date: Jan 31, 2018

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

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Requisition No: 29004 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST I TRAINEE - 42001588

Position Number: 42001588 

Salary:  $29,344.38 - $38,659.92 

Posting Closing Date: 03/31/2018 

FAST FELLOW
BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES

DIVISION OF FOOD SAFETY

FAST (Florida Agricultural Science and Technology) Fellowship Program

BUREAU OF FOOD LABORATORIES

***OPEN COMPETITIVE OPPORTUNITY--

THIS IS A TIME LIMITED PERIOD POSITION THROUGH AUGUST 2020. 

APPLICANTS ACCEPTING APPOINTMENT TO TIME LIMITED POSITIONS WILL

BE REQUIRED TO SIGN AN AGREEMENT LETTER

ACKNOWLEDGING EMPLOYMENT END DATE. ***

CONTACT:

Alex Mandakunis

3125 Conner Blvd, C-18

Tallahassee, FL 32399-1650

(850)245-5582

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

FAST (Florida Agricultural Science and Technology) Fellowship Program

Applicants must have received their degree (Bachelors, Masters, or PhD) by the time the Fellowship program begins (September 2018) and may not have received it prior to September 2015.  Eligibility requirements for the program are listed below:

  1. A bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university with a major in a Natural Science (Biological Sciences, Agricultural and Natural Resources, or Physical Sciences) received within the last three (3) years.  Salary is based on degree of selected candidate.
  2. Be a United States citizen, or a lawfully authorized alien worker.
  3. Have a Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher in the science courses completed.
  4. Less than three (3) years of post-graduation professional experience in the Natural Sciences as described in (1).

Required Documentation to be submitted at the time of application via People First or by U. S. Mail (Post Marked by Closing Date of this advertisement) addressed to Alex Mandakunis, 3125 Conner Boulevard, C-18, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1650, is as follows:

  • TRANSCRIPT(S) (Unofficial transcripts or grade reports are acceptable for the application submission; however, if offered an interview, applicants will be required to submit official transcripts to verify the accuracy of the uploaded transcripts or grade reports.)
  • A RESUME, INCLUDING A LIST OF REFERENCES TO ANY PUBLICATIONS AND/OR DISSERTATIONS.

    This position performs analyses of food samples in a food testing laboratory.

    This position performs work using Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

    This position may require a security risk assessment (background check).

    ***Applicants must complete all fields in the Candidate Profile.  Work history, hours
    worked and formal education are required to qualify for this position. Responses to
    Qualifying Questions must be verifiable in the Candidate Profile. Resumes and
    other documentation can be attached to provide additional information. ***

    The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services values
    and supports employment of individuals with disabilities. Qualified
    individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

     

    NOTES:

    The salary for this program is based on the degree that the selected candidate has attained.

    Bachelor Degree:  $29,344.38 Annually

    Master’s Degree:   $32,696.82 annually

    PhD:                 $38,659.92 Annually

    The application deadline for our program is March 31, 2018, and the tentative interview period will be April - May with the candidate selection process completion anticipated to be June 2018.  All applicants are required to have completed their degree prior to the deadline date of September 2018.

     

    JOB DUTIES:

    This position is designated for the Florida Agricultural Science and Technology (FAST) fellowship program trainee.  The fellowship is a two year program offering a rotation through the laboratory with the opportunity to work on state of the art equipment.  The trainee will work with advanced level scientists and complete a project during the program.

    Under supervision, using standard operating procedures, trainee performs a variety of routine microbiological tests and analyses of foods in a timely manner.  Verifies the analytical results generated.

    Trainee works with supervisor, staff and laboratory quality manager to ensure quality assurance and ultimately, improvement, as required under International Organization of Standardization (ISO) 17025.   Works to make inventories (equipment and chemical/reagent) current and complete.

    Trainee strives to ensure proper working of section, including equipment maintenance, maintaining supplies (including reagent and chemicals), ensuring laboratory and work areas are clean and orderly, etc.

    Trainee maintains personal expertise in analytical procedures, instrument technology, quality assurance and improvement through self-motivation.  Trainee complies with state and department policies and procedures for analysis of foods.  Performs other related duties as may be assigned. Presents (oral or poster format) results from the project developed during the Fellowship Program, when applicable.   Publishes or compiles project results for scientific publication (PhD Fellow requirement).

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of the terminology, principles and techniques of biological research, analysis or testing.
  • Knowledge of the procedures, techniques, and equipment used in laboratory testing and analysis.
  • Knowledge of the methods of data collection.
  • Skill in the use of scientific laboratory equipment.
  • Ability to collect, record, and analyze scientific data relating to microbiology.
  • Ability to conduct microbiological analyses using scientific methods and techniques.
  • Ability to perform quantitative/qualitative analysis of scientific data.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to keep accurate research records.
  • Ability to utilize problem-solving techniques.
  • Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies, and procedures relating to the biological sciences.
  • Ability to comply with strict procedural and quality control/quality assurance guidelines in an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory.
  • Ability to perform calculations.
  • Ability to use laboratory computer applications (email, data processing, spreadsheet, database, word processing) in a networked environment.

    SPECIAL NOTES:

     

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 


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