Mathematical Statistician, GS-1529-14

Vacancy ID: 778111   Announcement Number: HHS-FDA-CFSN-MP-13-778111   USAJOBS Control Number: 330179700

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. Are you a current Food and Drug Administration (FDA) employee working in the competitive service?

A. Yes (you must submit an SF-50 reflecting this)
B. No

2. From the descriptions below, please choose the answer that demonstrates your education and/or experience related to the basic requirements for this GS-1529, Mathematical Statistician position.

A. I have a bachelor's degree that included 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics (Must provide transcript(s) at time of application submission).
B. I have a combination of education and experience -- at least 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, including at least 12 hours in mathematics and 6 hours in statistics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education (Must provide transcript(s) at time of application submission).
C. My education and/or experience are not reflected in the statement above.

3. Do you have at least one full year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service, resolving problems in mathematical statistics; reviewing research papers on mathematical and statistical techniques for accuracy and adequacy; analyzing biological experiments or studies and the risk assessments of chemical and/or microbial hazards; utilizing current mathematical, statistical and supporting computer software; and collaborating with and providing advise to senior program managers/officials?

A. Yes (this specialized experience must be reflected in your resume)
B. My experience is not reflected in the above question.

For each of the items below, select the one statement that most accurately describes your experience and capability using the scale below.

A- I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
B- I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
C- I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
D- I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
E- I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.

4. Design and develop mathematical methods and techniques to statistical processes.

5. Use a variety of mathematical techniques such as the analysis of variance and covariance, variance components, multiple and partial correlation and regression methods, tests of significance, Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC), and nonparametric techniques.

6. Provide statistical support to an industry's regulatory problems and research projects.

7. Provide expert advice in theoretical and applied statistics to industrial, government, and/or academic groups.

8. Determine risk assessments of chemical and microbial hazards.

9. Design non-clinical animal and microbial studies, including in-vitro, in-vivo, and in-silico studies.

10. Advise on mathematical applications used in the research and evaluation of food safety.

11. Develop risk prediction models for assessing food safety based on environmental parameters.

12. Advise and/or interpret microbial risk assessment issues or problems.

13. Use large database applications to analyze and report statistical information in an appropriate format.

14. Keep abreast of new changes and developments in statistics and mathematics technology.

15. Create statistical and mathematics tools to share stored information.

16. Develop software programs designed to resolve statistical problems.

17. Make presentations to research scientists, statisticians, and general public at conferences or seminars. .

18. Present results and analytical interpretations of various mathematical methods and techniques.

19. Collaborate with statistical and non-statistical scientists to develop solutions.

20. Prepare journal publications or written reports of various biological studies and projects.

21. Review petitions and responses to assure statistical validity and consistency.

22. Review research papers for adequacy of the mathematical and statistical techniques employed and for correctness of interpretation.