ANNOUNCEMENT FOR STUDENT SERVICES CONTRACT, EPA NRMRL

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    ANNOUNCEMENT FOR STUDENT SERVICES CONTRACT
    RFQ # PR-OH-09-WY14
    United States Environmental Protection Agency
    National Risk Management Research Laboratory
    Ground Water and Ecosystems Restoration Division
    The National Homeland Security Research Center (NHSRC)of the Office of Research and
    Development (ORD) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking an
    individual with a BS degree or higher from an accredited college or university to provide
    services under a contractual agreement. This individual will assist with research that supports
    the scientific research and evaluations of technology.
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Homeland Security Research
    Center (NHSRC) is responsible for developing and delivering reliable, responsive expertise and
    products based on scientific research and evaluations of technology. The expertise and products
    are widely used to prevent, prepare for, and recover from public health and environmental
    emergencies arising from terrorist threats and incidents. The Center provides a management
    structure that ensures effective design and oversight of research and facilitates interaction with
    EPA Program Offices and Regions, other federal agencies, the private sector, and research
    partners. A key partner executing this homeland security research is the EPA Region V Central
    regional laboratory located in Chicago. The laboratory supports EPA’s environmental analytical
    analysis requirements for the Region V area, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan,
    Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The laboratory staff analyzes most of the inorganic and organic
    samples (water, soil and sediment) that are critical to EPA’s decision making relative to
    Superfund sites in the region. The laboratory is well equipped (including GC, GC/MS, LC/MS,
    atomic absorption and ICP) to perform virtually all SARA/RCRA/NPDES type analyses using
    SW-846 and CLP methods.
    Together NHSRC and the Region V Central laboratory is currently in the process of developing
    methods for the detection of chemical warfare agent (CWA) degradation products and biotoxins
    in environmental matrices. NHRSC is looking for a student or recent graduate to help coordinate
    work being done on NHRSC projects to ensure efforts are not duplicated while providing the
    opportunity to gain laboratory experience. One NHSRC project involves collaboration with
    multiple laboratories using Liquid Chromatography/ Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS) to develop
    methods of analysis for the CWA degradation products in environmental matrices such as water,
    wipes and soil. The final results of method development would be publication of methods of
    analysis in environmental matrices.
    DESCRIPTION OF STUDENT SERVICES
    As a student contractor, the student or recent graduate shall be assigned an EPA mentor and shall
    assist with research stated in this statement of work (SOW). They will split their time between
    the projects. The student contractor shall work no more than 40 hours per week.
    The student contractor will have the opportunity to work on the following tasks in support of
    laboratory methods development:
    a) Sample, solution, and glassware preparation.
    b) Running and monitoring samples (provided that the student contractor has experience
    with the appropriate analytical equipment).
    c) Routine sample extraction
    d) Library and internet searches to gather background information.
    e) Data collection and analysis.
    f) Involvement on final report generation of draft analytical procedures and results.
    g) The student contractor will be briefed on security procedures and chemical and
    laboratory safety procedures.
    REQUIRED EXPERTISE/SKILLS:
    a) Educational Experience:
    1) Candidates must be a recent college graduate (within the last 12 months) from
    an accredited college or university with at least a Bachelor’s or Master’s in
    science or engineering (chemistry is preferred).
    2) Experience working with high performance liquid chromatography, mass
    spectrometry, and/or other analytical techniques in chemistry is highly
    preferred.
    b) Candidates must:
    1) Be at least 18 years of age.
    2) Be a US citizen.
    3) Have no prior felony convictions and must agree to a background
    investigation.
    4) Agree to be briefed on security procedures and safety requirements.
    5) Be available to work full time (up to 40 hours/week).
    6) Demonstrate knowledge/experience working in a chemistry laboratory.
    7) Be familiar with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
    8) Be willing to split time between federal agencies and locations in the
    Cincinnati area.
    9) Be willing to work with CWA degradation products and/or Biotoxins while
    using appropriate personal protective equipment.
    DESCRIPTION OF WORKING CONDITIONS
    The student contractor will spend majority of their time at EPA’s Region 5 Central laboratory in
    Chicago Illinois. The student contractor will spend majority of their time in a laboratory
    environment and will be required to wear proper safety apparel and observe safety requirements.
    Medical monitoring and laboratory safety training will be required for work inside the
    laboratory. The student contractor will be working with CWA degradation product and/or
    biotoxins. The student contractor will also work in a normal office environment using standard
    desktop computers and software.
    PRINCIPLE DUTY STATION
    The student contractor may enter the building only during business hours or when an NHSRC
    member or a mentor is present.
    Chicago Regional Lab
    536 S. Clark Street
    Chicago, IL 60605
    TRAVAEL CONDITIONS
    Successful candidate contractors are responsible for all costs of transportation to and from the
    principal duty station location. EPA does not provide housing, meals, or other living expenses
    while working at the principal duty station. There will be several trips that will be required
    annually to allow the student contractors to meet with other divisions working on homeland
    security analytical work. These trips which are associated with job performance will be
    reimbursed in accordance with the terms in the awarded purchase order.
    This work is to begin approximately July 2009, and end approximately July 2010, which will be
    the initial performance period of 12 months. Four optional performance periods of 12 months
    each may begin at the completion of the first term.
    The hourly rate for a student contractor will be $21.47 with a BS degree, $28.84 for a completed
    Masters degree and $41.39 for a student contractor with a PhD. This includes the cost of selfemployment
    taxes for Social Security and Medicare, and is for a maximum of 1928 hours
    annually. Successful candidate contractors will be paid the basic hourly rate only for the number
    of hours worked and will not receive overtime premium for any hours worked beyond a 40-hour
    week. Successful candidate contractors will not accrue leave or holiday benefits and will not be
    paid for any non-work days, regardless of the reason. Federal, State, Local, and Social Security
    taxes will not be withheld; successful candidate contractors are responsible for reporting income
    to authorities and paying all taxes.
    Recent graduates are eligible as long as graduation occurred no more than one year ago. Non-
    U.S. citizens may be eligible to participate, depending on their immigration status and the
    applicable regulations of the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Service (BCIS).
    Students may apply for this opportunity by providing the proposed hourly rate (the one shown
    above) and a one or two page, excluding the copy of the transcript and documentary evidence
    from BCIS, if appropriate, resume or statement of qualifications including:
    Full legal name
    Mailing address
    Telephone number
    Fax number (if available)
    E-mail address (if available)
    Date of birth
    Social Security Number
    Place of birth
    Citizenship and, if not a US citizen, immigration/VISA status
    Education, including description of relevant classes and research experience
    Work or volunteer experience related to the scientific field
    Laboratory work experience (if applicable to these services)
    Copy of the most recent transcript(s), listing courses taken and the overall GPA
    Persons interested in this position should send resume or statement of qualifications and all
    application materials, referencing RFQ # PR-OH-09-WY-14 to:
    via U.S. Mail via Courier or Hand-Carried Delivery
    USEPA CPOD USEPA CPOD
    William M. Yates, Contracting Officer Attn: William M. Yates, Contracting Officer
    Mail Code: NWD Suite 300, 3rd Floor
    26 West Martin Luther King Drive 4411 Montgomery Road
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45268 Norwood, Ohio 45212
    Proposals may be forwarded via e-mail to [email protected] or via facsimile to William M.
    Yates, Contracting Officer at area code (513) 487-2107. If you email your response, please “cc”
    the program officer Erin Silvestri at [email protected] and Oba Vincent at
    [email protected].
    The deadline for submissions is COB Tuesday, July 7, 2009. Students are responsible for
    submitting proposals so that they reach the Government office designated by the time specified.
    Any proposal received at the Government office designated after the exact time specified for
    receipt is “late” and will not be considered unless it is received before award is made, and the
    Contracting Officer determines that accepting the late offer would not unduly delay the
    acquisition and:
    1. It was transmitted electronically and received at the initial point of entry to the
    Government infrastructure not later than 5:00 p.m., one working day prior to the date
    established for receipt; or
    2. There is acceptable evidence to establish it was received at the Government installation
    and was under the Government’s control prior to the time set for receipt; or
    3. It was the only proposal received.
    Acceptable evidence to establish the time of receipt at the Government installation includes the
    time/date stamp of that installation on the proposal wrapper, other documentary evidence of
    receipt maintained by the installation, or oral testimony or statements of Government personnel.
    If an emergency or unanticipated event interrupts normal Government processes so that
    proposals cannot be received at the office designated by the exact time specified, and urgent
    Government requirements preclude amendment of the announcement, the time specified for
    receipt will be deemed extended to the same time of day specified on the first work day on which
    normal Government processes resume.
    However, a late modification of an otherwise successful proposal that makes its terms more
    favorable to the Government will be considered at any time it is received and may be accepted.
    Acceptable evidence to establish the time of receipt at the Government installation includes the
    time/date stamp of that installation on the proposal wrapper, other documentary evidence of
    receipt maintained by the installation, or oral testimony or statements of Government personnel.
    If an emergency or unanticipated event interrupts normal Government processes so that
    proposals cannot be received at the office designated by the exact time specified, and urgent
    Government requirements preclude amendment of the announcement, the time specified for
    receipt will be deemed extended to the same time of day specified on the first work day on which
    normal Government processes resume.
    EVALUATION CRITERIA
    Criteria for Selection of successful applicant for the Student Hire Program:
    1) Has completed a Bachelor’s, Master’s degree or PhD in Chemistry at an
    accredited college or university OR must be a current student in their 3rd or 4th
    year at an accredited college or university.
    2) Citizen of the United States
    3) Previous work experience relevant to the statement of work requirements.
    4) Demonstrates knowledge and experience working in a chemistry laboratory.
    5) Is available to work up to 40 hours/week.
    6) Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
    7) Good communication skills
    8) Good organizational skills.
    Contractors who perform work under the Student Services Contract for EPA are required to
    undergo a background check, a check of FBI fingerprint files, and a suitability determination by
    the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Selected candidates will be provided copies of the
    appropriate forms and instructions on their completion and submission requirements.
    The Government will make contract awards based on other factors besides price, such as work
    experience, knowledge and skills in laboratory settings, coursework in Microbiology, Chemistry,
    Soil Science, or Environmental Science, grades, experience in working in teams, and
    availability. Students or recent graduates who perform work under the Student Services Contract
    to EPA must have a checking or savings account at a financial institution that will accept direct
    deposits of Federal funds for Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) prior to award and must register
    with the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) and Dun and Bradstreet (D&B). To register
    with D&B and obtain a DUNS number, selected students can call D&B at 1-866-705-5711 or
    contact D&B at http://www.dnb.comlupdte. To register for the CCR, selected students or recent
    graduates can call 1-888-227-2423 or 296-961-5757 or contact CCR at http://www.ccr.gov.
    There is no charge to register for DUNS or CCR.
    EPA will be responsible for compensating students or recent graduates in the same manner as
    Federal employees for any injury suffered while performing these services. Students or recent
    graduates are protected from personal common-law tort liability for damages to third parties
    arising out of his/her work under the same broad-based immunity provided to Federal employees
    while performing these services. Properly licensed students or recent graduates may be
    permitted to drive Government vehicles, if required to do so by the statement of work.
    Students or recent graduates will be required to comply with Federal requirements for Standards
    of Ethical Conduct and Conflicts of Interest.
    Students or recent graduates may be offered, at Government expense, non-mandatory
    vaccinations, immunizations, treatments, medical examinations, and health and safety training to
    safeguard their health prior to beginning certain types of work which may expose them to health
    or safety risks in the environment.
    Selected students or recent graduates will receive more information about these issues prior to
    award of any contract.

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