SUPERVISORY INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENTIST, GS-15


Vacancy ID: 827329   Announcement Number: HHS-FDA-CSAN-DE-13-827329   USAJOBS Control Number: 336198100

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. Basic Requirements for Pharmacologist (405):

Do you have a degree in an appropriate biological, medical, veterinary, or physical science, or in pharmacy that included at least 30 semester hours in chemistry and physiology and 12 semester hours in pharmacology?

(Courses in chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, general physiology, and animal, human, microbial, or cellular physiology may be used to meet the 30-semester hour requirement in chemistry and physiology. Courses in pharmacology, pharmacodynamics, pharmacotherapeutic, molecular pharmacology, and other similar subjects may be used to meet the 12-semester hour requirement in pharmacology. Courses dealing intensively with pharmacologically-oriented subjects may also be used to meet this requirement.)

A. Yes (Transcript(s) that reflect this requirement must be submitted with application package prior to the closing date of the announcement)
B. No

2. Basic Requirements for Toxicologist (415):

Do you have a degree in toxicology; or an appropriate discipline of the biological, medical, or veterinary sciences that included at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, biochemistry, or physiology, and 12 semester hours in toxicology?

Courses in anatomy, chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, biology, histology, and animal, human, microbial, or cellular physiology may be used to meet the 30-semester-hour requirement in chemistry, biochemistry, and physiology. Courses in statistics, bioassay, and test design may also apply to this requirement. Courses in cytology, embryology, cellular or microbial genetics, and biophysics may also be used to meet this requirement in those instances where the course work provided additional insight into the biophysical, biochemical, and physiological relationships involved. Only toxicology courses may be used to meet the requirement for 12 semester hours in toxicology. This may include courses dealing intensively with toxicological search, methods in toxicology, essentials of toxicology, the study and review of toxicological literature, special reading courses, or other toxicologically-oriented subjects.

A. Yes (Transcript(s) that reflect this requirement must be submitted with application package prior to the closing date of the announcement)
B. No

3. Basic Requirements for General Health Scientist (0601):

Do you have a degree related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position?

A. Yes (Transcript(s) that reflect this requirement must be submitted with application package prior to the closing date of the announcement)
B. No

4. Select the response below that best describes your background in meeting the basic requirements for a Chemist (1320) position.

A. I have a 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in the physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics.
B. I have a combination of education and experiemce. This combination includes course work equivalent to a major as shown in A above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
C. I do not meet the requirements in A or B above.

5. Do you have at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal service, developing policy and guidance for a cosmetics industry or program; managing public communication activities relating to cosmetics products and ingredients; monitoring compliance activities for a cosmetics program; and providing administrative and technical supervision or leadership to employees?

A. Yes (this specialized experience should be reflected in your resume)
B. No, my experience is not described in the question 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.

6. Develop and monitor compliance programs for cosmetics and color additives in cosmetics.

7. Coordinate and/or monitor public communications regarding cosmetic products and ingredients. 

8. Review and provide expert medical/clinical advice on proposed regulatory actions, guidance, and other documents relating to cosmetics and color additives in cosmetics.

9. Evaluate and address adverse publications or events relating to the safety of cosmetic products.

10. Provide clinical expertise and advice to research and review staff on issues relating to the risk assessment of cosmetics.

11. Coordinate the development and evaluation of a cosmetics program including the implementation of laws and regulations.

12. Schedule work assignments, set priorities, and coordinate the work of a staff.

13. Evaluate and provide feedback to employees on their job performance.

14. Conduct interview and recommend candidates for vacant positions.

15. Resolve issues and conflicts among employees to minimize any negative impacts within a program or division.

16. Recommend training for employees to enhance their work performance and skills.

17. Monitor individual development plans to ensure career goals are being achieved for employees.

18. Ensure EEO objectives are met and all personnel actions are properly justified and documented.

19. Interact and collaborate with scientific researchers, regulated cosmetic industries, and government organizations.

20. Present scientific briefings regarding a program and/or initiative at national or international conferences or events.

21. Represent an organization on committees and at meetings regarding cosmetic program concerns or issues.

22. Consult with scientific industry officials to facilitate program implementation or changes.

23. Review scientific reports, manuscripts, papers or other documents developed by subordinate staff.

24. Write reports on scientific and policy issues used for both internal and external publications.

25. Prepare research proposals for cosmetic initiatives.

26. Develop regulations, policy, and/or procedures for a regulatory industry or program.