As a Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer, you will serve as the Laboratory Director for the Diagnostic Bacteriology and Pathology Laboratory (DBPL) at the National Veterinary Services Laboratories and will have full responsibility for managing the activities and personnel of the laboratory so as to operate within the established budgetary and staffing limitations, making adjustments and assignments based on the advice of the management team (section heads).
The duties may include, but are not limited to:
Assigns and reviews the work of staff to ensure timely performance, soundness, and value.
Advisor to the NVSL Director with regard to diagnostic bacteriology, molecular diagnostics and bioinformatics.
Directs diagnostic bacteriology and reference activities for agents such as Mycobacterium, Brucella, Leptospira, Salmonella, and bacterial select agents.
Directs diagnostic pathology and reference activities for diseases such as bovine tuberculosis, brucellosis, scrapie, chronic wasting disease, and bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
Ensures the provision of quality assurance for all procedures and products, provides leadership in support of goals to achieve and maintain ISO 17025 and other ISO accreditation/certification.
Organizes and directs diagnostic and reagent support for emergency management.
Provides technical consultation to state, university, federal, and other animal disease diagnostic laboratories on a wide variety of topics.
Operates a reference laboratory providing highly sophisticated, technical equipment, reagents, and personnel for resolving animal disease problems.
Directs a team of scientists responsible for providing support to NAHLN laboratories for diagnostics in the form of lab inspections, proficiency tests, equipment coordination, and other functions.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-14 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:- Providing leadership and guidance in a veterinary laboratory that has an impact on the production and marketing of domestic livestock and livestock trade with foreign countries.
- Planning, organizing, and evaluating programs involving the diagnosis of animal diseases to protect the nation's livestock resources and impact human health to include working with the diagnosis of animal diseases using knowledge in particular areas of veterinary medical sciences such as virology, microbiology, molecular biology, or a related scientific field.
- Interpreting and applying laws, regulations, policies, scientific knowledge, knowledge of industry and animal husbandry practices, and awareness of disease response situations when reviewing and responding to animal health issues in support of laboratory biosafety, biosecurity, and laboratory quality assurance.
- Prepares written scientific reports, decision memorandums, and has interactions with internal staff as well as national and international entities to coordinate and collaborate on animal health issues, explain agency requirements as related to animal disease programs, and effectuate program policies to meet common goals and objectives.
Internal Number: DH-10857590-20-VS
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is a multi-faceted Agency with a broad mission area that includes protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities. These efforts support the overall mission of USDA, which is to protect and promote food, agriculture, natural resources and related issues.
In the event that a pest or disease of concern is detected, APHIS implements emergency protocols and partners with affected States to quickly manage or eradicate the outbreak. This aggressive approach has enabled APHIS to successfully prevent and respond to potential pest and disease threats to U.S. agriculture.
To promote the health of U.S. agriculture in the international trade arena, APHIS develops and advances science-based standards with trading partners to ensure America's agricultural exports, worth more than $50 billion annually, are protected from unjustified restrictions.
In response to needs expressed by the American people and Congress, APHIS' mission has expanded over the years to include such issues as wildlife damage and disease m...anagement; regulation of genetically engineered crops and animal welfare; and protection of public health and safety as well as natural resources that are vulnerable to invasive pests and pathogens. While carrying out its diverse protection responsibilities, APHIS makes every effort to address the needs of all stakeholders involved in the U.S. agricultural sector.