Chemist


Vacancy ID: 790786   Announcement Number: HHS-FDA-DE-13-790786   USAJOBS Control Number: 332115600

Social Security Number

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Vacancy Identification Number

Enter 790786
1. Title of Job

Chemist
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

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.)


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 13.


13

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 Chemist

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:


240900033 Laurel, MD

22. Transition Assistance Plan

23. Job Related Experience

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
Chemist, GS-1320-13.

A. I have at least a bachelor's degree in physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that
included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through
differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics.
B. I have a combination of education and experience--course work equivalent to a major as shown
in A above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through
differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate
experience or additional education.
C. I do not possess the education and/or experience described above.

2. From the descriptions below, select the one which best describes your
experience and meets the Additional Qualification Requirements for Chemist, GS-1320-13.

A. I have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service, conducting scientific reviews of Chemistry related issues of products under review; developing innovatitive techinques for the analysis of complex bilogical samples and animal feed samples for veterinary drug residues and contaminants; performing sample preparation for different matrices (e.g., feed, honey. tissue, milk, plasma, urine, and eggs) to ensure saftey and integrity.
B. I do not possess the specialized experience 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.

3. Apply a comprehensive understanding of chemistry-related issues associated
with products under review and relevant research activities.

4. Serve as a resource to other Chemists, staff members, and organization's stakeholders
(e.g., government agencies, general public) in one or more areas of related
chemistry (e.g., relating to analytical, medicinal/pharmaceutical or organic chemistry, manufacturing,
quality control, metabolism, feed chemistry).

5. Prepare complex reports and/or manuscripts for publication in scientific literature and the organization.

6. Review scientific literature, methodology, and other information available to an organization (e.g.,
manuals, journal articles, other technical references), and sources of complex scientific information
requiring research pertinent to the issue under investigation.

7. Coordinate with scientist within the organization, government agencies, academia, and industry to exchange information and research finding.

8. Identify and obtain standard sources of information requiring advanced research techniques, such as journals articles and technical references (e.g., methods manuals, standard operating procedures, protocols).

9. Interpret the science implications of results of complex studies.

10. Determine if the appropriate experimental design was employed in the development and collection of data during unique and complex experiments.

11. Determine the appropriate analytical methods and makes necessary modifications to the method to solve specific problems and meet specialized requirements.

12. Set short-term priorities and prepares schedules for completion of research/review program work within set deadlines.

13. Ensure that regular communication occurs between team members based on the need of the project and individuals.

14. Use regulatory knowledge and discretion to ensure research/review activities are aligned with laws, regulations (e.g., Good Laboratory Practices), and policies which may require interpretation or adaption..

15. Determine the appropriate equipment or instrumentation to use based on sample type and research requirements.

16. Operate analytical equipment and instruments (e.g., centrifuges, balances, chromatograph, mass spectrometers, pH meters, liquid scintillation counters, tissue oxidizers).

17. Adhere to and enforces applicable safety regulations and policies (e.g., Good Laboratory Practices) which may require interpretation and adaption.

18. Perform sample preparation for different matrices (e.g., feed, honey, tissue, milk, plasma, urine, and eggs) to ensure safety and integrity.

19. Arrange for maintenance and calibration of chemistry- related research equipment.

20. Develop innovation techniques for the analysis of complex biological samples and veterinary drug residues and contaminants.

21. Conduct metabolism studies using radioactive substances.

22. Participate in and occasionally leads meetings with industry and government officials as an authoritative representative of the organization.

23. Alert appropriate authority of potential chemistry-related problems which may have an impact on the organization and its stakeholders.

24. Assist other scientists within the organization in completion of their tasks by providing comprehensive knowledge with respect to chemistry.

25. Develop and provides recommendation for the solution of a variety of chemistry-related issues.

26. Collaborate with colleagues in the industry and federal agencies on interrelated programs.