Mathematical Statistician GS-1529 11/13


Vacancy ID: 814393   Announcement Number: HHS-FDA-CDER-DE-13-814393   USAJOBS Control Number: 334536700

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. From the descriptions below, please choose the answer that demonstrates your education and/or experience related to the basic requirements for this GS-1529, Mathematical Statistician position.

A. I have a bachelor's degree that included 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics; Courses must include at least four of the following: differential calculus, integral calculus, advanced calculus, theory of equations, vector analysis, advanced algebra, linear algebra, mathematical logic, differential equations, or any other advanced course in mathematics for which one of these was a prerequisite (Must provide transcript(s) at time of application submission).
B. I have a combination of education and experience -- at least 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, including at least 12 hours in mathematics and 6 hours in statistics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education (Must provide transcript(s) at time of application submission).
C. My education and/or experience are not reflected in the statement above.

2. From the descriptions below, please choose the best answer that demonstrates your experience and/or education related to the additional requirements of the GS-11.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 in the Federal service assisting in the review and evaluations of mathematical and statistical methods drawing inference from data; assisting in preparing written reports and presenting documented findings to appropriate stakeholders; using statistical, mathematical, and/or computer based methodologies to address problems during the course of reviews and evaluations (Must provide transcript(s) at time of application submission).

B. I possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree (Must provide transcript(s) at time of application submission).
C. I have a combination of experience and education as described in A and B above (Must provide transcript(s) at time of application submission).
D. My education and/or experience is not reflected in choice A, B, or C above.

3. From the descriptions below, please choose the best answer that demonstrates your experience related to the additional requirements of the GS-12.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 in the Federal service conducting reviews and evaluations of mathematical and statistical methods drawing inference from data; preparing written reports and presenting documented findings to appropriate stakeholders; applying statistical, mathematical, and/or computer based methodologies to address problems during the course of reviews and evaluations; and assisting in or conducting statistical studies on research problems and presenting results at scientific meetings and/or reporting them in appropriate research journals.
B. My experience is not reflected in choice A above.

4. From the descriptions below, please choose the best answer that demonstrates your experience related to the additional requirements of the GS-13.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service leading reviews and evaluations of mathematical and statistical methods drawing inference from data; preparing written reports and presenting documented findings to appropriate stakeholders; developing or modifying statistical, mathematical, and/or computer based methodologies to address problems during the course of reviews and evaluations; and conducting statistical studies on research problems and presenting results at scientific meetings and/or reporting them in appropriate research journals.
B. My experience is not reflected in choice A above.

For each of the items below, select the one statement that most accurately describes your experience and capability using the scale below.

A- I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
B- I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
C- I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
D- I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
E- I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.

5. Review and evaluate mathematical methods and techniques to statistical processes.

6. Conduct statistical studies on clinical trial issues.

7. Use a variety of mathematical techniques such as the analysis of variance and covariance, variance components, multiple and partial correlation and regression methods, tests of significance, Markov chain Monte Carol (MSMS), and nonparametric techniques.

8. Provide statistical support to clinical trial design problems and research projects.

9. Provide expert advice in theoretical and applied statistics with government, industrial or academic groups.

10. Develop special models and procedures to test statistical theories.

11. Use large database applications to analyze and report statistical information in an appropriate format.

12. Keep abreast of new changes and developments in statistics and mathematics technology.

13. Create statistical and mathematics tools to share stored information.

14. Develop software programs designed to resolve statistical problems.

15. Make presentations to research scientists, statisticians, and general public at conferences or seminars. .

16. Present results and analytical interpretations of various mathematical methods and techniques.

17. Collaborate with statistical and non-statistical scientists to develop solutions.

18. Prepare journal publications or written reports of various statistical studies and projects.

19. Review petitions and responses to assure statistical validity and consistency.

20. Review research papers for adequacy of the mathematical and statistical techniques employed and for correctness of interpretation.