Job in Montpellier - Biological Technician


PC-7332 – Biological Technician, FSN-05, FP-09*


February 22, 2016


March 7, 2016


Full-time: 40 hours/week for Not Ordinarily Residents

Full-time: 35 hours/week for Ordinarily Residents


Not Ordinarily Resident: FP-09 (Final salary will be confirmed by Washington based on applicants’ qualifications and prior work experience**).

Ordinarily Resident: € 27.825,00 gross p.a. (starting salary)

* Actual grade and salary will be based on the qualifications of the applicant

The European Biological Control Laboratory (EBCL) in Montpellier is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of a Biological Technician.


The incumbent provides assistance to a scientist conducting research on biological control of insect pests and weeds. She/he rears plants and insects, conducts experiments in laboratory, greenhouse and field conditions on the host specificity and potential efficacy of arthropod biological control agents.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: The complete position description listing all of the duties and responsibilities may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office (



1) Applicants are required to submit their cover letter(s) and signed DS-174 form(s) and cover letter(s) in English and French if a position is advertised with an English and French Language Level of 3/3 or higher (standard resumes are no longer accepted).

2) Applicants are required to submit the proof of the required education level.

3) Applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item. Items 1-5 are all required.

1. Education:

At least a Bachelor of Science in biology, entomology or ecology is required.

2. Prior Work Experience:

A minimum of one year of experience conducting experiments in biology or entomology is required.

3. Language proficiency (These may be tested):

English (W-R-S), Level-3 – Good Working Knowledge is required.

French (W-R-S), Level-3 – Good Working Knowledge is required.

4. Knowledge (These may be tested):

A strong knowledge of entomology, insect rearing and experimental method is required.

A good knowledge of biology and agriculture is required.

5. Skills and abilities (These may be tested):

Skills and ability to grow plants and work with insects in the field and laboratory are required.

Must possess a valid French driver's license (permis “B”).

Must be able to use laboratory equipment (microscopes, balances, digital camera, incubators, and autoclave).

Must be able to use a computer to enter data, write documents, correspond by email and manage files.


When qualified, applicants who are U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Members (USEFMs) and/or preference-eligible U.S. Veterans are given a preference in hiring. Therefore, it is essential that these applicants make themselves known as having a hiring preference and specifically address the required qualifications above in their application.


(1) USEFM who is ALSO a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran

(2) USEFM OR a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran

(3) FS on LWOP


1. Management may consider the following when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status.

2. Current Ordinarily Resident employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply. Current Ordinarily Resident employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory on their most recent Employee Performance Report (EPR) are not eligible to apply.

3. Current NOR employees hired on a Family Member Appointment (FMA) or a Personal Service Agreement (PSA) are not eligible to apply within the first 90 calendar days of their employment, unless they have a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.5. Currently employed NORs hired under a Personal Services Agreement (PSA) are ineligible to apply within the first 90 calendar days of their appointment, unless currently hired into a position with a “When Actually Employed” (WAE) work schedule.


Interested applicants for this position must submit the following or the application package will not be considered.

  1. Applicants who claim EFM or MOH status must include in the cover letter accompanying their application that they are claiming EFM/MOH status, their present nationality, and name and employing section/agency of their sponsoring family member.

  2. 2. Applicants are required to submit their cover letters and the signed DS-174 form(s) in English and French if a position is advertised with an English and French Language Level of 3/3 or higher (standard resumes are no longer accepted).

  1. 3. Proof of the required education level.

  2. Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards, driver license) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.

  3. IMPORTANT: Applicants claiming a U.S. Veteran’s preference must submit written documentation confirming eligibility (e.g., Member Copy 4 of Form DD-214, Letter from the Veteran’s Administration, or certification documenting eligibility under the VOW Act with an expected discharge no later than 120 days after the certification is submitted) by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. If the written documentation confirming eligibility is not received in the HR office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement, the U.S. Veteran’s preference will not be considered in the application process. Specific criteria for receiving a U.S. Veteran’s preference may be found in HR/OE’s Family Member Employment Policy (FMEP).


Human Resources Office Jerome and Lucie

Mailing Address:

Please send your application only by email.