Vacancy ID: 776191   Announcement Number: NW20404-09-776191K3465796-D   USAJOBS Control Number: 329944100

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. Please select the one response that best describes how you meet the minimum qualifications for a GS-0404-09 Biological Laboratory Science Technician position. (PLEASE NOTE: If you are substituting education for experience, you must submit a copy of your transcripts to verify your claim).

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-08) in the Federal service performing biological laboratory science technician work with experience assisting with making clinical observations on laboratory animals and reporting their responses to treatment and/or radiation; preparing and/or regrouping animal models (rats, mice, canines, etc.) before and/or after exposure to various doses of ionizing radiation, chemicals, and/or drugs; assisting in tissue biopsies and/or postmortem tissue excision procedures; and preparing chemical and/or biological reagents for injection into experimental animals under various testing protocols.
B. I have successfully completed two full years of graduate education leading to a master's or have successfully completed a master's degree related to the position.

C. I have a combination of experience and graduate education as described above that equates to one year of experience.

D. I do not meet the qualifying specialized experience, but I am willing to learn

For each task in the following groups, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Please accurately identify your level of experience and demonstrated capability when completing this questionnaire as your responses, resume and supporting documents will be reviewed for accuracy. You will be asked at the end of this questionnaire to certify your entire application as true and accurate.

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.

2. Use protective chemicals, biologics, recombinant cytokines, immune modulators, and/or antibiotics in animal models to investigate efficacy, safety, or preventive treatment following radiation exposures and/or injury-induction.

3. Prepare chemical and/or biological reagents for injection into experimental animals under various testing protocols.

4. Assist in studies designed to evaluate the efficacy, toxicity, and/or mode-of-action of chemical and/or biological agents that protect against the injurious effects of ionizing radiation.

5. Perform various types of drug administration injects, such as: intravenous, intraperitoneal, subcutaneous, and/or oral routes.

6. Perform tissue biopsy and/or postmortem tissue excision procedures to collect bodily tissues and/or fluids for experimental animals as per experimental protocols.

7. Prepare tissue and/or biological fluids for subsequent analyses, or for long-term storage.

8. Perform blood transfusions on experimental animals if necessary.

9. Identify, prepare, and/or regroup animal models (rats, mice, canines, etc.) before and/or after exposure to various doses of ionizing radiation, chemicals, and/or drugs.

10. Report animal's responses (normal and abnormal) during pre-treatment and/or post-treatment stages.

11. Make clinical observations on laboratory animals under testing.

12. Ensure the laboratory has adequate stock of supplies, animals, and/or chemicals.

13. Maintain accurate documentation of supplies for the laboratory.

14. Perform a variety of operator maintenance on laboratory equipment to ensure each is in normal working condition.

15. Conduct laboratory assays, such as: whole-animal radiation response assays; emesis/anti-emesis evaluation assays; radioimmunoassay; standard biochemical assays.

16. Conduct analyses of cellular redox states, standard gel-electrophoresis, and/or other methodologies to determine various biologically active compounds present at low concentrations in tissue and/or biological fluid.

17. Assist in the evaluation of results from experiments.

18. Maintain accurate and/or current records of all experimental procedures and/or protocols in an easily understood format.

19. Assist in training new staff on laboratory protocols and procedures.

20. Prepare data for presentation to upper level managers on progress of experiments.

21. Suggest changes and/or recommendations for experimental protocols to be properly designed and/or conducted.

22. Your ratings in this Occupational Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit. Deliberate attempts to falsify or inflate your responses may be grounds for not referring you.
Please take this opportunity to review your rating to ensure the accuracy of your answers and that they are supported by your resume. Failure to agree to the statement below will disqualify you from further consideration for the position.

A. Yes, I verify that all of my responses to this questionnaire are true and accurate. I accept that if my supporting documentation does not support one or more of my responses to the questionnaire that my application may be rated lower and/or I may be removed from further consideration.
B. No. I do not accept this agreement and/or I no longer wish to be considered for this position.