Read the statements below to determine what options (001 and 002) you are eligible to apply. You must enter at least one code.
001 - Merit Promotion: I am eligible to be considered under merit promotion procedures because I am a current or former Federal employee working in a permanent competitive service position; or I am a veteran with preference; or I am a veteran who has been honorably discharged and substantially completed at least 3 years of continuous active duty service. (You must submit documentation to support your eligibility.)
002 - Noncompetitive: I am eligible to be considered under this specialty code because I meet the requirements for a noncompetitive appointment. Examples of non-competitive appointing authorities may include but not limited to: 30% or more compensable disabled veterans, Persons with Disabilities (Schedule A), PHS Commissioned Officer, Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) [for positions up to the GS-11 Federal level], Peace Corps employees, current/former Federal employees who currently hold or previously held a Federal competitive position with promotion potential at or above the full performance level listed for this position, and a current Federal employee working in an excepted service position covered by an Interchange Agreement. (You must submit documentation to support your eligibility for noncompetitive appointment).
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
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)
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.
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.