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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 Mathematical Statistician, GS-1529-13.A. I have a degree that includes 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics.
2. From the descriptions below, select the one which best describes your experience to perform the duties of Mathematical Statistician, GS-1529-13.A. I have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service, designing and developing mathematical statistical models, methods and techniques such as sample and survey designs for data collection; providing advice and consultation on scientific statistical projects/studies and evaluating methodology used in public health studies to ensure results are valid and reliable.
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.
3. Select techniques to conduct complex sample surveys; field studies of complex disease systems (e.g., entomological and vertebrate collections for population risk assessments); retrospective, cross-sectional and cohort epidemiological studies; laboratory microbiological studies in vitro or in vivo in appropriate animal models; or other experimental designs.
4. Develop methods to conduct complex sample surveys; field studies of complex disease systems (e.g., entomological and vertebrate collections for population risk assessments); retrospective, cross-sectional and cohort epidemiological studies; laboratory microbiological studies in vitro or in vivo in appropriate animal models; or other experimental designs.
5. Collect, verify and adjust various health related information, (e.g., infectious disease surveillance data, etc.) expressed numerically and/or graphically.
6. Analyze program specific data using mixed-effects linear models, semi-parametric regression, and survival analysis, including frailty models.
7. Analyze program specific data using multivariate and/or correlated data methods.
8. Analyze program specific data using exact, permutation, and bootstrap estimation methods.
9. Analyze program specific data using frequentist and Bayesian missing data methods.
10. Analyze program specific data using design based and model assisted estimation for complex surveys.
11. Analyze program specific data using correlated and independent methods for diagnostic test development, evaluation, and comparison.
12. Analyze program specific data using Monte Carlo methods.
13. Analyze program specific data using group testing models and inference.
14. Perform statistical analyses of public health data using statistical computing packages (e.g., R, Spotfire S+, Win/OpenBUGS, SAS, SUDAAN, SPSS, STATA).
15. Analyze and present health data using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) including spatial statistical analysis for point processes or lattice data.
16. Interpret statistical theories, methods, and techniques such as mixed-effects linear, generalized linear, and non-linear models; nonparametric statistics; nonparametric and semi-parametric regression; survival analysis; frequentist and Bayesian inference; group testing models; hierarchical Bayesian models; diagnostic tests; and complex survey sampling methodology.
17. Perform computerized analyses to resolve scientific problems.
18. Modify existing computerized analysis implementations as needed to the applicable program.
19. Develop or advise in the development of databases to identify scientific and/or health-related trends to determine cause-effect relationships between environmental, ecological, social, and other health factors with vector-borne diseases.
20. Conduct analyses and evaluations to determine the suitability and adequacy of data collected, and adapt procedures independently as needed.
21. Resolve technical problems in collecting extensive and varied public health information data.
22. Compute sample size requirements and power analyses for complex epidemiological, entomological, laboratory, and/or field studies using appropriate methodology and software (e.g., PASS, R, SAS).
23. Create purpose-developed software implementations to compute sample size requirements and power analyses for complex epidemiological, entomological, laboratory, and/or field studies using appropriate methodology .
24. Evaluate design and analysis methodology used in health-related epidemiologic, entomologic, field and/or laboratory studies to ensure the results are valid and reliable.
25. Make recommendations to senior officials on interpreting multiple, conflicting, or incomplete data and advises on technical issues central to initiating new statistical programs or major revisions to current statistical programs.
26. Recommend improvements for collecting, analyzing, and presenting statistical data.
27. Evaluate data resulting from the application of mathematical statistical tools, models, methods and techniques to the public health area.
28. Analyze the accuracy and validity of prior statistical data and determine if planned operations and processes are appropriate.
29. Maintain standards regarding study design (e.g., epidemiological, entomological, laboratory or field studies of vector-borne disease systems) and methodology.
30. Design mathematical statistical models, methods, and/or techniques such as complex survey designs, mixed-effects linear, generalized linear and non-linear models; non-parametric and semi-parametric regression; spatial statistics; Bayesian hierarchical models; retrospective, cross-sectional and cohort epidemiological studies; diagnostic test development, evaluation, and comparison; and group testing models for related data collection and analysis.
31. Develop mathematical statistical theory and methodology for application in methodological areas such as complex epidemiological, entomological, laboratory or field studies, e.g. devises a mathematical statistical model, demonstrates certain small-sample and asymptotic behavior and/or optimality properties of he developed model;
32. Implement computer simulation of appropriate disease processes to evaluate system behavior in addressing programmatic and scientific objectives.
33. Conduct research to develop new theoretical mathematical and statistical analytical techniques when existing techniques are inadequate for handling specific vector-borne disease and public health program area research problems.
34. Develop purpose-written software and documentation for implementation of developed theoretical mathematical and analytical methods for internal and/or external use.
35. Plan the implementation of the design for analytic and descriptive studies for research and program evaluation.
36. Write comprehensive technical statistical reports prepared based on the data collected and provides professional statistical advice and consultation to public health professionals, senior scientists and management officials.
37. Prepare technical or scientific papers, reports, chapters, and/or fact sheets with emphasis on providing statistical or numerical information.
38. Prepare guidelines or training manuals on various health related information (e.g., diabetes, cancer, injury prevention, infectious diseases, etc.) expressed numerically and/or graphically.
39. Present comprehensive technical statistical reports prepared based on the data collected.
40. Participate in oral discussions in order to plan, coordinate, make decisions, and interpret findings related to study design, statistical analysis, or data management aspects of a research project.
41. Present results of research projects to the scientific community at professional meetings and conferences.
42. 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 will 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.
If you fail to answer this question, you will be disqualified from consideration for this position.
I certify 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 understand that if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application and its supporting materials, or in any document or interview associated with the examination process, I may be fined or imprisoned (18 U.S.C. 1001); my eligibilities may be cancelled, I may be denied an appointment, or I may be removed and debarred from Federal service (5 C.F.R. part 731). I understand that any information I give may be investigated. I understand that responding "No" to this item will result in my not being considered for this position.