BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST (MICROSCOPIST)


Vacancy ID: 795271   Announcement Number: NW20401-12-795271K3508622-D   USAJOBS Control Number: 332156600

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. Please select one response that best describes how you meet the basic education requirement for this Biological Scientist (Microscopist) position. (PLEASE NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript to verify your claim)

A. I have a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

B. I have a combination of education and experience in one of the above majors or a discipline related to this position, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

C. I do not have any of the basic education and/or experience requirements as described above.

2. Please select the one response that best describes how you meet the minimum qualifications for a GS-0401-09 Biological Scientist (Microscopist) position. (PLEASE NOTE: If you are substituting education for experience, you must submit a copy of your transcripts to verify your claim).

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-07) in the Federal service operating, calibrating, and/or maintaining microscopic imagining instrumentation; removing biohazards and/or chemical waste products from the facility; and maintaining laboratory supply inventories.

B. I have a master's or equivalent graduate degree in Biological Sciences or successfully completed 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree in Biological Sciences that provided the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

C. I have a combination of specialized experience as described in A and education as described in B that equates to one year.

D. I do not have the experience and/or education as described in any of the above statements but willing to learn.

3. Please select the one response that best describes how you meet the minimum qualifications for a GS-0401-11 Biological Scientist (Microscopist) position. (PLEASE NOTE: If you are substituting education for experience, you must submit a copy of your transcripts to verify your claim).

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-09) in the Federal service providing specimen preparation and imaging services; operating and/or calibrating laboratory instrumentation; removing biohazards and/or chemical waste products from the facility; and maintaining laboratory supply inventories.

B. I have successfully completed three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in Biological Sciences that provided the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

C. I have a combination of specialized experience as described in A and education as described in B that equates to one year.

D. I do not have the experience and/or education as described in any of the above statements but willing to learn.

4. Do you have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-11) in the Federal service providing microscopic imaging support by training users in various forms of microscopy; providing specimen preparation and imaging services; and operating and/or calibrating laboratory instrumentation; removing biohazards and/or chemical waste products from the facility; and developing recommendations to improve facility effectiveness?

A. Yes, I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level performing the above described duties.

B. I do not meet the qualifying specialized experience, but I am willing to learn.

For each task in the following group, select the ONE statement that most accurately describes your current level of experience and capability using the scale below.

A- I perform or have performed this task regularly. My work, at times, may be reviewed by others to validate proficiency; however, it seldom requires re-work.
B- I perform or have performed this task as a regular part of my duties. I am proficient in this task and do not require assistance.
C- I do not have training or experience performing this task; however, I believe I have the ability, knowledge and/or skill to perform this task.
D- I perform or have performed this task as a regular part of my duties. I am proficient in this task and do not require assistance. I am consulted by others to assist them in doing this task.
E- I have never or have seldom performed this task. However, I have had education, training or some experience in this task and believe I could complete this task.

5. Train users in various forms of microscopy such as brightfield, epifluorescence, stereology, single and multi-photon confocal, and transmission electron microscopy.

6. Modify or adapt established protocols and procedures in response to test or study findings.

7. Develop recommendations regarding microscopic imaging facility operations to improve facility effectiveness.

8. Assist microscopy users with the development of experimental protocols.

9. Review current microscopic imaging research to keep abreast of new developments.

10. Provide expertise in specimen preparation techniques for light microscopy.

11. Perform all specimen preparation and imaging services for electron microscopy.

12. Assist users in the preparation of final images for presentation.

13. Provide briefing materials on pertinent activities and research relating to microscopic imaging.

14. Operate microscopic imaging facility instrumentation to view samples and objects.

15. Calibrate instruments to ensure the instruments operate with reliable results.

16. Coordinate instrument preventive maintenance and repairs with service technicians.

17. Perform quality control tests of products and services associated with microscopic facilities.

18. Properly handles biological and chemical waste products to ensure their safe use and disposal.

19. Make recommendations on actions for regulatory and control compliance based on inspection results of a microscopic imaging facility.

20. Schedule instrument usage and other requirements to maximize productivity and minimize conflicts.

21. Communicate scientific principles and technical requirements to users.

22. Your ratings in this Occupational Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit.  Deliberate attempts to falsify or inflate your responses may be grounds for not referring you.

Please take this opportunity to review your rating to ensure the accuracy of your answers and that they are supported by your resume.  Failure to agree to the statement below will disqualify you from further consideration for the position.

A. Yes, I verify that all of my responses to this questionnaire are true and accurate. I accept that if my supporting documentation does not support one or more of my responses to the questionnaire that my application may be rated lower 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.
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