Interdisciplinary (Biologist/Engineer/Physical Scientist)

Vacancy ID: 783290   Announcement Number: GV-783290-WRB-13   USAJOBS Control Number: 330945400

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Applicants must meet the BASIC REQUIREMENT for at least one of the series listed in questions 1-3 for further consideration for the position.


1. Select one response from the choices below to describe how you meet the Basic Requirement for the GENERAL BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST series, GS-0401.

A. I have successfully completed a Bachelor's degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

B. I have a combination of education that included courses equivalent to a major above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

C. I do not meet the complete requirements of either response above.


2. Select one response from the choices below to describe how you meet the Basic Requirement for the GENERAL ENGINEER series, GS-0801.

A. I have successfully completed a Bachelor's degree in professional engineering. The curriculum must : (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. (SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS)

B. I have a combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of this background is demonstrated by one of the following: (a) Professional Registration - Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico; (b) Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineering-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico; (c) Specified Academic Courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours or the equivalent of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in A above; or (d) Related Curriculum - Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least one year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. (SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS)

C. I do not meet the complete education requirements of either response "A" or "B" above for the general engineer series.


3. Select one response from the choices below to describe how you meet the Basic Requirement for the PHYSICAL SCIENTIST series, GS-1301.

A. I have successfully completed a Bachelor's degree in physical science, engineering or mathematics that includes 24 semester hours in physical science or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.

B. I have a combination of education that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, or research.

C. I do not meet the complete requirements of either response above.

In addition to meeting the Basic Requirement for at least one series above, all applicants must meet the ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT for further consideration for the position.


4. Select one response from the choices below to describe how you meet the Additional Requirement for this position.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the Federal GS-13 level (obtained in either the public or private sectors) performing all of the following: 1) researching, developing, testing and evaluating (RDT&E) issues concerning systems, technologies and policies to counter biological and chemical terrorism with a focus on recovery technologies, systems and procedures; 2) planning and budgeting for research and development projects;
and 3) representing an organization on internal and external work groups, panels or committees that formulate test and evaluation infrastructure and resource policy for one or more major research and technology areas such as radiological-nuclear, chemical, biological, non-nuclear explosives, nuclear explosives, communications interoperability, or infrastructure. (YOUR RESUME MUST SHOW WHERE, WHEN AND HOW YOU PERFORMED THESE DUTIES)

B. My experience is not reflected in the above statement and I do not qualify for this position.


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. 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.

5. Apply detection technologies to defend civilian populations against an attack.

6. Recover critical infrastructure following an attack.

7. Evaluate and advise on new equipment, systems, tools and products used in detecting and countering chemical and biological weapons.

8. Deploy innovative systems to protect the homeland from chemical and biological attacks.

9. Apply methods and procedures for test and evaluation of detection technologies and decontamination procedures for chemical and biological agents.

10. Analyze, synthesize and interpret statistical and scientific data to evaluate performance and effectiveness of technologies and procedures.


11. Conceptualize sustainable technologies and systems and employ modeling to anticipate, prevent, defeat and mitigate catastrophic terrorist attacks.

12. Support analysis of potential performance using test and evaluation tools and techniques such as laboratory and field assessments, statistical inference, data mining, modeling and simulations.

13. Originate ideas leading to projects extending beyond the immediate organization and provide the scientific and qualitative bases for critical decisions and policy.


14. Plan, execute, and evaluate RDT&E efforts with high potential to incorporate and enhance detection systems and technologies.

15. Review activities of contractors for compliance with quality, testing, schedule requirements, and efficient use of funds.

16. Recommend changes in funding for projects based on technical achievements and end user needs.

17. Apply advanced or recently developed techniques to complex test and evaluation problems in a new or creative fashion.


18. Plan and implement projects for development of innovative systems to detect and protect from harmful chemical substances and biological agents.

19. Incorporate test and evaluation events and resources into project execution plans for final acceptance by end users.

20. Plan chemical and biological basic and applied research programs.

21. Prepare and maintain project execution plans and documentation including technology, development, and implementation plans; Gantt charts; and budget expenditure plans for multiple projects.

22. Seek annual authorization via established processes to secure sufficient funds to execute project plans.


23. Work within an Integrated Project Team process to engage customers and users to understand their operational needs and define requirements for new technology solutions.

24. Provide advice to senior management officials and key decision-makers on RDT&E issues concerning systems, technologies, and policies to counter biological and chemical terrorism.

25. Represent the organization at national and international conferences on chemical and biological defense-related technologies and procedures.

26. Interface with Federal agencies, state or foreign governments, high-ranking officials at national or international levels or private enterprises engaged in similar work to promote cooperation and exchange information and ideas.

27. Lead working groups to facilitate and gather input, requirements, data, and other information in support of test planning.


28. Review test and evaluation programs to write reports addressing adequacy of test design, accuracy of results, statistical validity, interpretation of conclusion, and quality of individual and component test and evaluation program strategy and management.

29. Develop, present and defend test and evaluation results to senior officials and leadership.

30. Compose and review requirements (operational, technical, performance, Key Performance Parameters) and requirements documentation for test and evaluation efforts.


31. 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 may 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. By agreeing to the statement below, you are confirming that you have reviewed your responses to this questionnaire for accuracy, and verify that your response accurately describe your current level of experience and capability. Failure to agree to the statement below will disqualify you from further consideration for this position.

A. Yes, I verify 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 accept that if my supporting documentation and/or later steps in the selection process do not support one or more of my responses to the questionnaire that my rating may be lowered 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.