Biologist - NIAID - MP


Vacancy ID: 756339   Announcement Number: NIH-NIAID-MP-13-756339   USAJOBS Control Number: 327598900

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Thank you for your interest in the Biologist, GS-0401-12 position at our Agency. We will evaluate your resume and your responses to this Assessment Questionnaire to determine if you are among the best qualified for this position. Your responses are subject to verification. Please review your responses for accuracy before you submit this questionnaire.

1. Choose the one answer that best describes your education or experience as related to the occupational requirements for a Biologist, GS-401-position as described in the Qualifications Section of the Vacancy Announcement:

A. I have completed the requirements for a bachelor's (or graduate) degree in a biological science, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to this position, from an accredited college or university.
B. I have a combination of experience and education which includes courses comparable to a major in a biological science, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to this position, AND I have appropriate experience or additional education which demonstrates similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the duties of this position.
C. My education or experience does not match the choices above.

2. Choose the one answer that best describes how you meet the basic qualification requirements for the Biologist, GS-0401-12 as described in the Qualifications Section of the Vacancy Announcement:

A. I qualify for this position at the GS-12 level because I have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: independently developing, planning, and implementing scientific biologic research; collecting, studying, developing, assembling, and/or analyzing factual scientific data; developing and preparing comprehensive reports, analytical interpretations, conclusions, or recommendations, typically for scientific publication; and calibrating and operating sophisticated laboratory instruments to conduct tests and analyses
B. My experience does not match the choice above.

The following section is used to determine your eligibility for appointment.  Please respond yes or no to the following questions.  FAILURE TO RESPOND TO THESE QUESTIONS WILL RESULT IN AN INELIGIBILE RATING.  NOTE: You must submit the required documentation to verify your eligibility as indicated.  Failure to provide the required documents WILL render you not eligible for consideration.

1. National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Employee – I am a current permanent Title 5 National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases employee.

NOTE: If you select "yes" in response to this question, you MUST submit a copy of your most recent competitive career or career conditional Standard Form-50 that reflects your highest grade held on a permanent basis.

You may obtain a copy of your SF-50 from the eOPF Page.

A. Yes
B. No

2. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) -- I am a current or former federal employee displaced from a position within the Department of Health and Human Services in the same local commuting area of the vacancy.  I have a current (or last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or the equivalent. Applicants eligible under CTAP are provided priority selection for vacancies within the local commuting area for which they apply and are considered well qualified.

NOTE: If you select "yes" in response to this question, you MUST submit copies of the appropriate documentation, such as a reduction in force (RIF) separation notice, a SF-50 reflecting your RIF separation, or a notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function to another commuting area.  You must also submit documentation to reflect your current (or last) performance rating of record.

For more information on CTAP, please visit OPM’s The Employee's Guide to Career Transition Page.  

 

A. Yes
B. No

For the following questions, please indicate YES or NO to best describe your experience and/or training.

1. Do you plan and develop scientific experiments and projects in support of biomedical research?

A. Yes
B. No

2. Do you oversee biomedical experiments conducted by a team in a laboratory?

A. Yes
B. No

3. Do you develop new, or modify existing research protocols in response to research results?

A. Yes
B. No

4. Do you develop, implement and manage experiments and experimental protocols for a research team?

A. Yes
B. No

5. Do you review scientific material for incorporation of concepts and techniques into research activities.

A. Yes
B. No

6. Do you adjust scientific methodology to correct problems or deficiencies in a research project, experiment, or trial?

A. Yes
B. No

7. Have you taught technical and analytical concepts to laboratory staff?

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.

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.

8. Perform laboratory procedures such as pipetting; titration; determining pH and molarity.

9. Perform laboratory procedures such as measuring and weighing chemical compounds.

10. Perform laboratory procedures such as preparing solutions, reagents and buffers; media; and counting cells.

11. Make decisions as to the time and resources required to perform the experiments.

12. Establish plans and schedules to complete experiments.

13. Ensure experiments conform to established protocols.

14. Review experiments in order to evaluate the progress of the research.

15. Analyze scientific results to determine accuracy and validity of data.

16. Identify and determine cause for unexpected or unusual results.

17. Modify or redesign methods and/or techniques to adapt to unexpected developments during a research project.

For the following questions, please indicate YES or NO to best describe your experience and/or training.

18. Do you identify, analyze and present pertinent investigative facts?

A. Yes
B. No

19. Do you refine existing methods based on evaluation of literature and other publications?

A. Yes
B. No

20. Have you been first author of manuscripts or articles in peer review journals?

A. Yes
B. No

21. Do you utilize electronic databases and tools used to collect and store protocol and patient data?

A. Yes
B. No

22. Do you interpret published scientific studies to identify existing and potentially new research questions?

A. Yes
B. No

23. Have you attended and presented research findings at National and International meetings as an invited author?

A. Yes
B. No

24. Do you verify the accuracy of scientific data recorded by other researchers?

A. Yes
B. No

25. Do you use statistical methods such as dispersion, analysis of variance, and regression and correlation analysis to analyze data?

A. Yes
B. No

26. Have you assembled and organized data in tabular form for use in presentations and publications?

A. Yes
B. No

27. Have you assembled and organized data in narrative form for use in presentations and publications?

A. Yes
B. No

28. Do you discuss interpretations of data, findings, summaries and conclusions with senior staff?

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.

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.

29. Handle biological or microbiological samples to avoid contamination.

30. Review expenditures to ensure that they are within established budgetary guidelines.

For the following questions, please indicate YES or NO to best describe your experience and/or training.

31. Have you coordinated the activities of diverse laboratory research projects?

A. Yes
B. No

32. Have you trained laboratory staff in the use of laboratory equipment and instruments?

A. Yes
B. No

33. Do you organize and maintain research laboratory facilities and equipment to ensure that they are clean, operate properly, and ready to use?

A. Yes
B. No

34. Do you maintain laboratory supplies such as buffers, reagents, media, and animals to ensure that they are available as needed for research projects?

A. Yes
B. No

35. Have you been responsible for ordering or purchasing laboratory supplies using a formal procurement process?

A. Yes
B. No

36. Do you calibrate and repair laboratory equipment to ensure it is in working order?

A. Yes
B. No

37. Have you recommended the purchase of new equipment for use in a laboratory to meet the needs of specific research initiatives?

A. Yes
B. No

As previously explained, your responses in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your responses. Deliberate attempts to falsify information will be grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following acceptance. Please take this opportunity to review your responses to ensure their accuracy.

If you fail to answer this question, you will be disqualified from consideration for this position.

38. I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information included in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I understand that if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application and its supporting materials, or in any document or interview associated with the examination process, I may be fined or imprisoned (18 U.S.C. 1001); my eligibilities may be cancelled, I may be denied an appointment, or I may be removed and debarred from Federal service (5 C.F.R. part 731). I understand that any information I give may be investigated. I understand that responding "No" to this item will result in my not being considered for this position.

A. Yes, I certify that the information provided in this questionnaire is true, correct and provided in good faith, and I understand the information provided above.
B. No, I do not certify/understand the information provided above.