Microbiologist - GS-0403-9/11/12


Vacancy ID: 787403   Announcement Number: HHS-FDA-ORA-MP-13-787403   USAJOBS Control Number: 331350700

Social Security Number

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Vacancy Identification Number

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1. Title of Job

Microbiologist - GS-0403-9/11/12
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 09.


09
11
12

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 Competitive Merit Promotion - Microbiologist
002 Non-Competitive Merit Promotion - Microbiologist

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:


121050011 Fort Lauderdale, FL

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 and/or experience and meets the Basic Qualification Requirements for a 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.
B. I have a combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
C. I do not possess the education and/or experience described above.

2. I am current employee of Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of the Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Southeast Region.

A. Yes
B. No

3. From the descriptions below, select the one which best describes your experience and meets the Additional Qualification Requirements for Microbiologist, GS-0403-09.

A. I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service, analyzing scientific samples; determining the general approach necessary to obtain requested information; and calibrating and using various laboratory instruments and computer systems.
B. I have two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree in a related field of study as identified above. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent one year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours will satisfy an academic year of graduate study.
C. I have a combination of experience as described in “A” above and education as described in “B” above. When combining education with experience, first determine the applicant's total qualifying education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; then determine the applicant's experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; finally, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.
D. I do not possess the experience and/or education described above.

4. From the descriptions below, select the one which best describes your experience and meets the Additional Qualification Requirements for Microbiologist, GS-0403-11.

A. I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service, analyzing scientific samples; determining the general approach necessary to obtain requested information; calibrating and using various laboratory instruments and computer systems; and interpreting and evaluating the results of scientific analyses to determine the validity and scientific significance to ensure necessary information is obtained.
B. I have three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field of study as identified above. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent one year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours will satisfy an academic year of graduate study.
C. I have a combination of experience as described in “A” above and education as described in “B” above. When combining education with experience, first determine the applicant's total qualifying education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; then determine the applicant's experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; finally, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.
D. I do not possess the experience and/or education described above.

5. From the descriptions below, select the one which best describes your experience and meets the Additional Qualification Requirements for Microbiologist, GS-403-12.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
B. I do not meet the requirements 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. 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.

Responsible for the interpretation and application of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act, related industry practices, and laws, and regulations to ensure accuracy and completeness of objectives.

7.

 Develops or modifies existing guidelines and protocols for testing specific types of devices.

8.

Ensures applicable laws; guidance and policies are implemented in accomplishing assigned tasks.

9.

Responsible for the interpretation of established operating policies and procedures.

10.

Provides advice concerning methodology problems to scientists in other Federal agencies.

11.

 Confirm results and findings of other scientist's analyses.

12.

Interpret microbiological analytical results/calculations independently.

13.

Operate laboratory equipments; autoclave, pH meters, centrifuges, PCR, etc....

14. Reviews background material such as the collection Reports, labeling, Establishment Inspection Reports, pertinent Agency, regulations, Federal Law, and other relevant material.

15.

Interpret and evaluate the result of analysis to determine the validity.

16.  Determines the approach, methods, and procedures to use in order to obtain the information requested.

17.  Analyze difficult, novel and complex samples.

18.

 Ability to modify or develop methods to satisfy special requirements..

19. Conducts as warranted method development or modification of existing or modification to analyze and provide appropriate validation

20.

Perform microbiological analyses .

21.

Conduct method development if no existing method to analyze exists.

22.

Ability to regularly participate in collaborative efforts with other scientist s and laboratories.

23. Determine the approach, methods, and procedures to use in order to obtain the information requested.

24.

Performs independent scientific official methods and procedures and then carry out analyses to make determination for regulatory monitoring and enforcement.

25. Prepares samples from FDA regulated commodities.

26.

Prepares priority reports stating the results and conclusions documenting the nature of any regulatory violations.

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

28.  Prepares written reports in support of the quality assurance program.

29.

 Presents training to lesser-experienced scientists.

30.

Testify in court concerning the science produced.

31. Advise other scientists concerning methodology problems encountered in the analysis of samples

32. Makes presentations to the medical and scientific experts who serve as panel member on the various advisory committees which have the responsibility for the classification and premarket review.