Physical Science Technician, GS-1311-05/06/07


Vacancy ID: 766090   Announcement Number: HHS-FDA-ORA-MP-13-766090   USAJOBS Control Number: 328784200

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1. Title of Job

Physical Science Technician, GS-1311-05/06
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

Are you an ICTAP Eligible?

For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see http://opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap.  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.


Are you eligible for Indian preference as defined by the Department of the Interior (DOI) and as evidenced by appropriate Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) authorized certification?


Are you eligible for preference based on being a Public Law 94-437 Indian Health Service Scholarship recipient? For more information, please click here.    


Are you eligible for the Federal Employment Program for Persons with Disabilities? (For information on Schedule A appointments, see the OPM website.)    


Are you a PHS Commissioned Officer (This includes active duty officers, inactive reserve officers, and applicants who have been approved for commissioning in the USPHS Commissioned Corps)?


Are you eligible for noncompetitive appointment?
This includes applicants who are eligible for special or noncompetitive appointment authorities such as 30% or more compensable disabled veterans, persons with disabilities and PHS Commissioned Corps Officers.  This also includes applicants who meet the qualifications for this position and who have previously held, or currently hold, a Federal position at the grade of this position.


6. Citizenship

Are you a citizen of the United States?
7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

Enter the lowest grade level that you will accept for this position. The lowest grade for this position is 05.


05
06
07

11. Miscellaneous Information

If you are a male at least 18 years of age, born after December 31, 1959, have you registered with the Selective Service System?


01 Yes
02 No
03 Not Applicable

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

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

Select/enter at least one occupational specialty. The specialty code for this position is:


001 Physical Science Technician

21. Geographic Availability

Select/enter at least one geographic location in which you are interested and will accept employment. The location code for this position is:


130280121 Atlanta, GA

22. Transition Assistance Plan

23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. From the descriptions below, select the one which best describes your education that meets the Basic Qualification Requirements for Physical Science Technician, GS-1311.

A. I have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major study in an appropriate field of physical science.

B. I have successfully completed a 4-year course of study that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as: physical science, engineering, or any branch of mathematics, except financial and commercial mathematics.

C. I do not possess the education as described above.

2. Are you a current, competitive service employee of Food and Drug Administration, Office of  Regulatory Affairs?

A. YES
B. NO

3. From the description below, select the one which best describes your experience and/or education that meets the Additional Qualification Requirements for Physical Science Technician, GS-1311-05.

A. I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 grade level in the Federal service, using a variety of equipment and instruments to collect, prepare, and/or analyze samples; setting up and starting automated laboratory equipment, or in a trade or craft where the work was performed in close association with physical scientists or other technical personnel and provided intensive knowledge of appropriate scientific principles, methods, techniques and precedents.
B. I have successfully completed a four course of study as described under the Basic Qualification Requirement above which is qualifying at the GS-5 grade level only.

C. I have a combination of experience as described in "A" above and education as described "B" above. In order to combine education and experience, determine the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level. Then determine the applicant's education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level. Finally, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent.

D. I do not possess the experience and/or education described above.

4. From the description below, select the one which best describes your experience and/or education and meets the Additional Qualification Requirements for Physical Science Technician, GS-1311-06.

A. I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service, using a variety of equipment and instruments to collect, prepare, and/or analyze samples; setting up and starting automated laboratory equipment, or in a trade or craft where the work was performed in close association with physical scientists or other technical personnel and provided intensive knowledge of appropriate scientific principles, methods, techniques and precedents.
B. I have completed at least six months (9 semester hours) of graduate level education with a major study in an appropriate field of physical science.

C. I have a combination of experience as described in "A" and graduate level education as described in "B" above. In order to combine education and experience, determine the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level. Then determine the applicant's education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level. Finally, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent.

D. I do not possess the education and/or experience as described above.

5. From the description below, select the one which best describes your experience and/or education and meets the Additional Qualification Requirement for Physical Science Technician, GS-1311-07.

A. I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 grade level in the Federal service, using various equipment and instruments to make complete and accurate records of receipt and handling of samples on analytical worksheets, recording procedures, observations, measurements, interpretations and evaluations of sanitation, drugs, food additives, chemical contaminants,medical devices and/or pesticides.
B. I have completed one full year of graduate level education which is directly related to the work of this position.
C. I do not possess the experience and/or education described above.

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 or 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.

6. Ensure applicable laws, guidance and policies are implemented in accomplishing assigned tasks.

7. Select and perform established methods and procedures to make determinations for monitoring and regulatory enforcement purposes.

8. Ensure the correct interpretation of established operating policies and procedures are being followed.

9. Monitor laboratory procedures to ensure that they comply with quality assurance and quality control standards.

10. Perform routine and limited scientific analysis and tests of samples submitted by Agency personnel to the field laboratory.

11. Operate various laboratory equipment and instruments such as; autoclave, centrifuge, pH meter, microscopes, etc.

12. Prepare reports of analyses and calibrations which thoroughly document procedures used, method modifications and method validations.

13. Prepare reports with guidance stating the results and conclusions documenting the nature of any regulatory violations.

14. Prepare scientific reports to support regulatory monitoring and enforcement actions.

15. Consult with other scientists concerning methodology problems encountered in the analysis of samples.

16. Communicate with other scientific staff to plan and coordinate work efforts; explain procedures and methods; and resolve work problems.

17. Train other laboratory personnel in procedures and analyses.