USAJOB Opportunities (Supervisory Research Biologist)

Deadline: 06/27/2022

USAJOB Opportunities (Supervisory Research Biologist)

USAJob is the United States Government’s website for listing civil service job opportunities with federal agencies. Federal agencies use USAJOBS to host job openings and match qualified applicants to those jobs. Applications are now open for eligible persons to apply for the Supervisory Research Biologist position.

This position is open to all applicants with the right to work in the United States!

Responsibilities – USAJOB Opportunities (Supervisory Research Biologist)

  • Independently initiates, develops, and personally participates in research programs and fieldwork related to area of expertise. Undertakes fieldwork in all parts of the world, with the potential focus on enhancing the National Collections, or undertakes research using the resources of the National Collections. Collaborates with researchers of other institutions to encourage studies of interest and to promote the increase and diffusion of knowledge in marine sciences. Oversees preparation of major synthetic research products of exceptional scope and originality in high profile venues with major impact within and across disciplines and contributes to strategic long-term growth and/or improvement of collections. Independently seeks funding from sources within and beyond the Smithsonian.
  • Develops collaborative relationships with other marine scientists within the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and the Smithsonian Institution (SI), including developing strategic direction for, then leading the Center for Ocean Science at NMNH. Prepares budget and information required by higher administration, sets priorities and strategic goals, prepares and forwards necessary financial and administrative reports, seeks to augment program financial base, and coordinates with other Smithsonian offices and other government and non-federal organizations in the US and abroad.
  • Serves as first-line supervisor for leaders of program units and program staff; determines staffing needs and promotes good work morale. In this capacity, directs through subordinates and subordinate supervisors a staff of technical, administrative and support employees, oversees the development of fair and consistent performance standards for subordinates and evaluates their performance on a regular basis. Initiates or reviews personnel actions involving subordinates. Assures management support for achieving the NMNH and SI’s objectives in the areas of staff development, labor-management relations, affirmative action, and equal opportunity. Pursues affirmative recruitment of minorities and women for professional positions on the scientific staff.
  • Assumes a leadership role in the Museum’s educational and outreach activities in the marine sciences, including through exhibit, web-page development, or other major public program activity and/or through frequent promotion of public awareness of research through media contacts, publication, and lectures.
  • Participates in activities, programs, and organizations in the international scientific community. Serves as professional consultant and expert advisor on professional matters in his/her field to other bureaus and government agencies, to national and international organizations, colleagues, writers, educational institutions, museums, universities, research foundations, scientific societies, and the general public. Incumbent represents NMNH on related marine SI initiatives in addition to representing NMNH on national or international initiatives, interagency working groups, and partnerships, such as the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. As requested, serves on science panels, committees, and workshops at all professional international, government and non-government levels, representing his/her own discipline, the Secretary of the Smithsonian, as well as the US government.


Conditions of Employment:

  • Pass Pre-Employment Background Investigation
  • May need to complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer

Qualifications – USAJOB Opportunities (Supervisory Research Biologist)

Applicants must clearly demonstrate the necessary level of managerial and leadership skills and competence to perform successfully in this position. This includes a degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, or a combination of education and appropriate experience that provides knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through successful completion of a four year course of study in an applicable subject matter field.

In addition, applicants must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-15 level. Specialized experience is defined as the demonstrated knowledge and leadership skills as it relates to planning and managing a large, multifaceted science organization or program. The applicants that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:

1. Demonstrated expertise in biological or geological sciences as indicated by a combination of professional work experience, published books, articles in peer-reviewed journals, professional memberships, specialized academic training or certifications, professional recognition and awards.

2. Demonstrated experience in planning, directing and managing a science and academic program. This should include experience in formulating and implementing strategic priorities, goal setting, establishing metrics and reporting protocols.

3. Successful track record of raising funds from individuals, foundations, corporations and governmental organizations through gifts, grants and partnerships.

4. Demonstrated skill in leading, supervising and managing a multi-disciplined and culturally diverse workforce, including fostering teamwork and high morale; attracting, retaining, motivating, and providing guidance to a diverse workforce; and implementing EEO/Affirmative Action policies and programs.

Documents Required

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Responses to the vacancy questions
  • Applicants may be asked to provide a copy of their CV and additional materials at a later stage in the process

How to submit application for the USAJOB Opportunities (Supervisory Research Biologist)

  • You must apply for this position online through the ‘Apply Online‘ button and submit required supplemental documents (if they are relevant to you).
  • You may submit required documents by uploading them online during the application process;
  • You may manually fax required documents. Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine. Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system-generated cover sheet by the closing date. Documents faxed without the system-generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.
  • The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
  • If you are unable to apply online, paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the contact person listed below.

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