Research Microbiologist, GS-403-14

Vacancy ID: 816312   Announcement Number: HHS-FDA-CFSN-MP-13-816312   USAJOBS Control Number: 334634600

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. Please select the one (1) response that best supports how you meet the basic entry qualification requirements of education and/or experience of this position. You must provide transcripts from all educational institutions attended to verify your education. Failure to provide transcripts may cause you to lose consideration for the position.

A. I possess a degree in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in microbiology or 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 possess courses equivalent to a major as shown in A above plus additional education or appropriate experience.
C. I do not possess the education and/or experience described above.

2. Do you possess at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-13 in the Federal service, planning, executing, and leading research projects focused on foodborne pathogenic bacteria; recommending or implementing new research approaches; planning and leading microbiology experiments; analyzing unexpected experimental results to modify/redesign techniques and methods used; collecting and organizing scientific data into graphs, charts, summaries, or other presentable formats; and collaborating with other scientists from outside institutions, universities, and/or professional associations?

A. Yes (this experience must be reflected in your resume)
B. No

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.

3. Apply advanced theories and methods of microbiology and/or molecular biology when conducting experiments.

4. Plan and coordinate microbiology experiment resources such as supplies, equipment, time, staff, and information  from outside organizations.

5. Analyze data to make recommendations regarding microbiological issues and policies.

6. Compare experiment results with previous related studies to verify data validity and identifying unexpected results. 

7. Plan, coordinate and conduct research to address problems associated with foodborne microbial pathogens.

8. Recommend research methods/approaches relating to the typing and subtyping of Escherichia coli, Salmonella, and Shigella. .

9. Interpret results of foodborne pathogenic bacteria experiments/studies.

10. Develop and implement new approaches to identify or detect microbes that contaminate foods and dietary supplements.

11. Produce written products associated with research activities, such as standard operating procedures, research reports, and scientific and technical papers.

12. Integrate scientific data results into various documents such as manuscripts, peer-reviewed scientific journals, graphs, and report summaries.

13. Write new policies or procedures for a research program where no precedent exists.

14. Mentor or provide guidance to other researchers in the area of molecular microbiology research.

15. Make presentations on research findings at national or international conferences.

16. Disseminate research results to management, scientific researchers, laboratories, and/or academic institutions.