Senior Microbiologist

Vacancy ID: 799792   Announcement Number: HHS-CDC-MP-13-799792   USAJOBS Control Number: 332688900

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1. Title of Job

Senior Microbiologist
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  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 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

Are you currently employed with CDC/ATSDR as a permanent Career-Conditional or Career employee?
01 Yes
02 No

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 Senior 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:

130280089 Atlanta, GA

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, choose one answer that best describes your experience and/or education which meets the Basic Qualification Requirements for Microbiologist, GS-403-13.

A. I have completed the requirements for a bachelor's (or graduate) degree 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 have the education as described above.

2. From the descriptions below, select the one which best describes your experience and meets the Additional Qualification Requirements for Microbiologist, GS-403-13.

A. I have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service, providing technical direction on select agent and toxin policy matters, in identifying and analyzing biosafety and security issues in biomedical laboratories.
B. I do not meet the requirements as described above.

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. 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. Evaluate standard study methods, requirements, practices, or techniques or existing guides to address current and evolving problems or issues.

4. Identify methods and procedures to collect data and conduct experiments and studies. Enforce technical rules and procedures that apply to scientific projects and programs.

5. Prepare analyses and reports of findings for tests and studies.

6. Conduct or prepare for regulatory inspections at scientific institutions in conjunction with other federal agencies to ensure compliance with Select Agent regulation.

7. Perform biosafety inspections, surveys, compliance inspections and development of risk assessments, to ensure compliance with Select Agent regulations.

8. Prepare and/or evaluate biosafety or biosecurity plans for microbiological work.

9. Evaluate molecular biological techniques with nucleic acids from human animal pathogens.

10. Evaluate biological toxins.

11. Provide training for the use of laboratory equipment and proper laboratory procedures.

12. Inform supervisors and managers of new policies, processes, and management practices, and effect changes.

13. Present findings and guidance documents at professional meetings.

14. Participate in oral discussions for planning, coordinating, or consulting on work efforts.

15. Convey information about a project to colleagues within the organization.

16. Serve as subject matter expert for other personnel on specific matters of science or policy.

17. Provides technical assistance to Federal, State, Local and Private laboratories with regard to Select Agent registration and compliance with Select Agent regulations.

18. Prepare charts, graphs, manuscripts, and spreadsheets to report results and inconsistencies.

19. Prepare a variety of documents including standard operating procedures, technical manuals, and scientific documents.

20. Coordinate activities of diverse laboratory projects and personnel, and ensures availability of resources.

21. Assist in managing the laboratory budget.

22. Oversee the work of others on procedures related to regulatory inspections.

23. Evaluate that laboratory equipment is working properly and is used safely.

24. Review and recommend new equipment, schedules demonstrations, and initiates procurement.

25. Coordinate installation of new equipment.

26. Practice and enforce safe laboratory practices and hazardous materials handling; disseminates safety guidelines to personnel.

27. Keep abreast of pertinent literature, extracts relevant details, and incorporates appropriate concepts and techniques into work activities.

28. Attend conferences, meetings, and lectures on subjects relevant to
the research program or work activity, often as a speaker or key participant.

29. Serve as a recognized authority in a specialty area of microbiology, toxicology, or biosafety.

30. 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.

A. Yes, I certify that the information provided in this questionnaire is true, correct and provided in good faith, and I understand the information provided above.
B. No, I do not certify/understand the information provided above.