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1. From the descriptions below, select the one which best describes your education and/or experience and meets the Basic Qualification Requirements for a Biologist, GS-0401A. I have a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
2. From the descriptions below, select the one which best describes your education and/or experience and meets the Basic Qualification Requirements for a Microbiologist, GS-0403.A. I have a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in microbiology; or biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in microbiology and 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.
3. From the descriptions below, select the one which best describes your education and/or experience and meets the Basic Qualification Requirements for Chemist, GS-1320.A. I have a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in 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.
4. From the descriptions below, select the one which best describes your experience and meets the Additional Qualification Requirements for Biologist, GS-0401/Microbiologist, GS-0403/Chemist, GS-1320-13.A. I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service directing laboratory operations; developing, implementing, and providing guidance on laboratory operational science policies and procedures; and coordinating and monitoring a science laboratory workload and product relative to a broad/complex science and consumer protection mission.
For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the Qualifications and Availability Form C. Please select only one letter for each item.A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
5. Develop and interpret established operating policies and procedures in order to formulate and recommend plans, establish goals, leadership, guidance, program strategies and technical accomplishments.
6. Oversee the development of technical data, estimates, statistics, suggestions, and other information useful to higher level managers in determining goals and objectives.
7. Responsible for the interpretation and application of the food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act and related industry practices and regulations to ensure accuracy and completeness of objectives.
8. Ensure applicable laws, guidance and policies are followed and implemented in accomplishing assigned tasks.
9. Plan, schedule and controls laboratory operations and formulates, implements and coordinates laboratory work plans.
10. Perform chemical analysis of samples to assess their compliance with laws and regulations obtaining information through national surveillance programs for the purpose of identifying potential problems or trends.
11. Conduct research in developing and refining methodologies used in the analysis of samples and to explore new systems of analysis.
12. Provide assistance to both domestic and international inspections requiring in-depth knowledge of laboratory techniques and practices providing analytical support to other components as needed.
13. Conduct research to predict the potential health impact of both actual and alleged product tampering and terrorism responding to requests for analytical work or other assistance as required.
14. Analyze organizational and operational issues requiring a high degree of expertise both in commodity and instrumentation.
15. Oversee the interpretation and evaluation of the results of analysis to determine the validity and scientific significance ensuring all necessary information is obtained.
16. Manage and oversee a broadly diverse workforce maintaining the development and management of the overall programs to ensure applicable laws, guidance policies are followed.
17. Direct and provide leadership of a program segment or organizational unit performing technical, investigative and professional oversight.
18. Utilize assigned resources providing leadership, guidance and technical direction to ensure effective accomplishments of project, program segment or organizational unit.
19. Provide executive leadership and technical direction to administrative, scientific, professional and technical support staff personnel.
20. Oversee the utilization of available resources and provide leadership, guidance and technical direction necessary for full and effective program accomplishments.
21. Direct a laboratory staff that performs laboratory analysis of samples to assess their compliance with Food and Drug laws and regulations.
22. Assure that the analysis and methods development work maintains the environmental integrity of the work site and products analyzed.
23. Review internal analytical packages of legal requirements and science to determine if the science meets management expectations embodied in appropriate policy and program guidelines including required QA to meet ISO 17025 guidelines.
24. Provide advance guidance on matters related to program planning/monitoring, budgeting, management analysis, personnel and manpower management and program evaluations and ensures the accomplishment of affirmative action objects are met by adhering to non-discriminatory employment practices.
25. Write procedural clarifications/procedures on regulations and policy issues affecting the work performed by internal and external groups.
26. Prepare written reports on analytical scientific studies and findings, guidelines or procedural instructions implementing new initiatives.
27. Develop and prepare difficult written material in final form such as complicated instructions, legal documents, and sensitive correspondence on controversial issues and substantive comments on office issues.
28. Identifies needs, develops new methods and approaches and plans project to satisfy needs.
29. Maintain liaison with national and international scientists and scientific bodies; other Federal, State and local government officials and industry personnel with interests pertinent to laboratory activities providing expert advice.
30. Develop and conduct training for laboratory and investigational personnel in laboratory techniques.
31. Participate in conferences, meetings, hearings or presentation involving problems or issues of considerable consequence or importance to program or program segment(s) managed.
32. Testify in court or other formal or informal reviews concerning the science produced and the credibility of the work required.