Physical Science Technician


Vacancy ID: 558521   Announcement Number: HHS-FDA-ORA-MP-12-558521   USAJOBS Control Number: 303461700

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1. Title of Job

Physical Science Technician


2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

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7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

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09

11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

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17. Service Computation Date

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18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

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001 Competitive-MP
002 Non-Competitive-MP

21. Geographic Availability

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0187 Detroit Metro Area, MI

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23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. 1.  From the description below, select one which best describes your experience and meets the Mininum Qualification Requirements for Physical Science Technician, GS-1311-09.

 

A.  I have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-08 level in the Federal service, using complex radiation producing equipment, electrical calibration equipment and computer systems.  Examples of qualifiying specialized experience include work in the fields of astronomy, physics, geophysics, chemistry, hydrology, health physics, engineering, electronics, geology, oceanography and metallurgy.  Experience as a laboratory mechanic or in a trade or crafte may be credited as general or specialized experience when the work was performed in close association with physical scientits or other technical personnel and provided intensive knowledge of appropriate scientific principles, methods, techniques, and precedents.

 

B.  I do not possess the specialized experience described above.

A. Yes.
B. No

2. 2.  Are you currently a Food and Drug Administration employee?

A. Yes
B. No

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the Qualifications and Availability Form C. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

3. Knowledge and understanding of the organizational structures and interrelationships as they relate to area of responsibility.

4. Responsible for the interpretation and application for the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act and related policies and procedures in order to schedule and execute numerous projects requiring laboratory analysis

5. Formulates recommendations based on background and understanding of policies, regulations, prodedures and information.

6. Decides direction and depth of analysis, considering available methodiologies, current regulatory guidance, current workload obligations, and historical data and interrelated samples.

7. Redirects or modifies analyses during course to pursue new evidence observed or terminates analyses once regulatory goals have been achieved.

8. Operates and maintains a variety of standard laboratory equipment and instrumentation such as electronic balances, microprocessor, controlled dispensing machines, pH meter, steam sterilizers, dry heat ovens and membrane filtration apparatus as needed.

9. Independently performs complex analyses of samples.

10. Responsible for sample integrity and accountability of samples assigned.

11. Conducts analysis such as sanitation, drug, food additives, chemical contaminants, medical device, and/or pesticide.

12. Selects appropriate analytical procedure from standard operating procedures, manuals and equipment and instrumentation manuals.

13. Responsible for choosing correct methodology for extraneous materials.

14. Arranges scheduling between sections of laboratory involved to ensure objective is achieved and sample is analyzed correctly.

15. Decides sequience of performance of required analyses wehn coordinating analyses with other sections of the laboratory.

16. Modifies procedures and analytical methods to accommodate new or difficult analyses.

17. Develops methodology on products which present problems of limited difficulty and scope. 

18. Prepares samples for audit analysis of private laboratory submissions.

19. Performs chemical analyses for compounds, which indicated problems in regulated products.

20. Performs sample preparation, solvent extraction, ion-exchange column chromatography, fluorescence spectrophotometry and high pressure liquid chromatography.

21. Performs check analysis for chemist, microbiologists and/or entomologists on samples for food additives, floring agents, coloring, filth, drug compounds/components and other extraneous contaminants.

22. Performs check analysis for audits of outside laboratories.

23. Trains other laboratory personnel in procedures and analyses.

24. Advises agency laboratories and contract/outside laboratories concerning the selection and performance of appropriate analytical methods for chemical testing.

25. Responsible for coordinating with other laboratory sections when required to accomplish multiple analyses.

26. Participates in scientific research in methods development such as AOAC collaborative studes and in quality assurance activities.

27. Validates modifications scientifically or empirically.

28. Records and documents new procedures and analytical methods for future reference.