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1. From the descriptions below, select the one which best describes your education and/or experience and meets the Basic Qualification Requirements for an Interdisciplinary Scientist (Quality Assurance Manager) - Microbiologist, GS-0403.A. I have a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in microbiology; or biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in microbiology and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms, and 20 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences combining course work in organic chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent.
2. From the descriptions below, select the one which best describes your education and/or experience and meets the Basic Qualification Requirements for Interdisciplinary Scientist (Quality Assurance Manager)-Chemist, GS-1320.A. I have a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics.
3. From the descriptions below, select the one which best describes your experience and meets the Additional Qualification Requirements for Interdisciplinary Scientist (Quality Assurance Manager)-Microbiologist, GS-0403-13/Chemist, GS-1320-13.A. I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service to include planning, organizing, and directing laboratory quality assurance programs; reviewing and evaluating results of analysis conducted under the quality assurance programs and preparing summaries/reports addressing problems or deficiencies in order to improve the program.
Knowledge of the legislation, laws, precedents, and regulations which govern the activities of a scientific laboratory quality assurance program.
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.
4. Responsible for the interpretation and application of the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act, related to industry practices, laws and regulations to ensure accuracy and completeness of objectives.
5. Monitor scientific work within a lab to see that priorities are met, what can be deferred and what must be completed promptly.
6. Develop or modify existing guidelines and protocols for testing specific types of devices.
7. Ensure applicable laws, guidance and policies are implemented in accomplishing assigned tasks.
8. Plan, organize and direct laboratory quality assurance programs ensuring effectiveness and correction of all deficiencies found.
9. Work closely with laboratory management guiding, coordinating and monitoring the overall quality of work products and laboratory management systems.
10. Based on quality assurance reviews, develops innovative ways of conducting business which may include authoritative recommendations on instrumentation, technical modifications, reprogramming of resources or changes to existing quality assurance programs.
11. Provide advice concerning methodology problems to scientists and laboratory management.
12. Confirm results and findings of other scientist's analyses ensuring accuracy and consistency of content.
13. Interpret chemical analytical results/calculations independently.
14. Review background material such as collection reports, labeling, establishment inspection reports, pertinent Agency regulations, Federal law and other relevant material.
15. Interpret and evaluate the results of analysis to determine the validity under the Quality Assurance Program.
16. Review and evaluate the results of analyses conducted under the quality assurance programs.
17. Analyze difficult, novel and complex samples.
18. Modify or develop methods to satisfy special requirements under the Quality Assurance Program.
19. Conduct as warranted method development or modification of existing or modification to analyze and provide appropriate validation.
20. Determine the approach, methods, and procedures to use in order to obtain the information requested.
21. Perform independent scientific official methods and procedures and then carry out analyses to make determination for regulatory monitoring and enforcement.
22. Monitor the quality system documents issued to ensure accuracy and consistency of content.
23. Manage a document control system to ensure most current authorized documents are in use ensuring documents are available to all laboratory personnel.
24. Prepare scientific reports to support regulatory monitoring and enforcement actions.
25. Write summaries and reports addressing problems and deficiencies, corrective action taken and recommendations for strengthening and improving the programs in the laboratory.
26. Prepare written reports in support of the quality assurance program.
27. Serve as a laboratory contact facilitating internal and external quality assurance audits ensuring corrective action is taken.
28. Provide status reports to management on work systems and status of correction action taken.
29. Identify training needs for quality assurance results and develops training plans to satisfy those needs.
30. Testify in court concerning the science produced.