$96,970.00 to $126,062.00
Open & closing dates
$96,970 to $126,062 per year
Pay scale & grade
Full-Time - Full-Time, Permanent
Permanent - Federal
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.
This position is located in the Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. The purpose of this position is to perform scholarly research in Physical Anthropology, particularly in the areas of human skeletal biology, health, disease, and digital imaging and modeling. The incumbent will be expected to develop his/her own research program, making major contributions to the field of anthropology through research, publications, and recognition within the scientific community.
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Initiates, develops, and participates in integrative scientific research, including field work, in physical anthropology and related fields.
Develops and curates portions of the National Collections in area of specialization.
Shows leadership and collaborates with researchers of this and/or other institutions to support the Department’s goals and to promote their associated area of research.
Serves as consultant and expert advisor on professional matters in his/her area of expertise to the Smithsonian, governmental agencies, colleagues, writers, educational institutions, research foundations, scientific organizations, and the general public.
Proactive in supporting his/her own research program as demonstrated by successful grantsmanship.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals. Excepted Service employees may also apply to this announcement.
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Job family (Series)
0190 General Anthropology
Conditions of Employment
Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
May need to complete a Probationary Period
Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.
For information on qualification requirements, see Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions viewable on the web at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
Unofficial school transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) must be submitted with your application package by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
If you have foreign education, you must show proof by the closing date of the vacancy announcement that education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials. Transcripts and proof of the evaluations must be submitted within your application package as indicated under “Required Documents”. Applicants may use the following websites http://www.naces.org/
, or http://www.fceatlanta.com/
to obain these credentials.
You must meet these Basic Education Requirements:
Applicants must have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in anthropology, history, biology, physical science, geology, human geography, or other closely related fields that primarily concern human adaptation to the environment or evolutionary development.
In addition to the Basic Education Requirement, Applicants must have the following:
Experience: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position Specialized experience is defined as conducting independent natural history and scientific collections-based research anthropology (particularly in the area of skeletal biology), as evidenced by 1 or more peer-reviewed scientific research publications in the applicant’s area of claimed specialization; and has used collections for research purposes or has played an important role in planning the maintenance and improvement of such collections.
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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.
Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the Required Documents section of this announcement.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your resume will be used to evaluate your experience, education, and/or training that address the competencies below:
Ability to independently conduct original, collections-based scientific research in physical anthropology, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications or their equivalent.
Ability to apply knowledge of natural history collections, such as curation practices and procedures for collections in specialty area, to build and enhance collections.
Ability to communicate orally to scientific and non-scientific audiences to conduct oral presentations and/or seminars and perform public outreach services.
Ability to perform professional and advisory services, such as reviewing or editing peer-reviewed journals, serving in a leadership role of a professional society or organization, and mentoring.
Skill in securing external funding through the grant application process [list grants, amounts, and funding periods in application].
Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria: Best Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most of the job related competencies above. Better Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and satisfies most of the job related competencies above. Good Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not satisfy most of the job related competencies above to a substantive degree. This category rating process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the rule of three, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system and/or have not answered all of the vacancy questions will not be considered for this position. Important Note: The review of your resume will determine your final rating and should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.
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Background checks and security clearance
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Your application package should include the following documents:
Detailed resume created in the USAJOBS Resume Builder.
Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD214 (Member 4 Copy), if you are a veteran. Additionally, applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, as well as additional documentation required by the SF-15, such as a VA letter.
Unofficial school transcripts, if the position has an education requirement or if you are using education to qualify. If selected for the position, you must provide an official transcript before appointment.
Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
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How to Apply
How to Apply
Click on the Apply Online button on the upper right side of the page. Please Note:
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; OR 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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POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517
Washington, District of Columbia
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