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-12 in the Federal service, planning and executing research to identify foodborne bacterial pathogens; applying molecular methods that result in a cultural isolate; evaluating the quality and efficiency of various microbiological methods and recommending new approaches; providing advice and guidance to junior staff on food microbiology issues; and developing reports of scientific research findings?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. Advise on how food surfaces will affect cultural and molecular methods to detect and/or isolate Listeria monocytogenes in food.
4. Evaluate and validate cultural and molecular methods used for the detection and isolation of L. monocytogenes and Listeria spp. in foods.
5. Apply molecular methods into classical cultural methodologies that result in a cultural isolate.
6. Apply modem Listeria spp. molecular methods and cultural media to simply and speed up traditional enumeration methods in foods.
7. Plan and Implement research to investigate and improve the detection of Listeria monocytogenes in foods.
8. Conduct studies on microbiological and molecular methods that include Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), immuno-magnetic separation, DNA-based detection, and diagnostic plating.
9. Conduct rapid microbiological and molecular surveys of produce and other food commodities for the presence of various foodborne pathogens.
10. Interpret results of foodborne pathogenic bacteria scientific research.
11. Conduct validation studies for methods designed to detect enteric pathogens including Salmonella, Shigella, and E. coli.
12. Write research plans and procedures for a scientific program.
13. Integrate scientific data results into various documents such as manuscripts, journals, and report summaries.
14. Prepare analysis and reports of scientific findings based on research and studies.
15. Mentor or provide guidance to junior researchers in the area of food microbiology research.
16. Make presentations on research findings at conferences or seminars.
17. Provide a summary of research results to management, scientific researchers, laboratories, and/or academic institutions.