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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 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.
2. 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.
3. From the descriptions below, select the one which best describes your experience and meets the Additional Qualification Requirements for 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.
4. Serve as technical advisor on software documentation required for proficient regulatory sample analysis and associated equipment software designs to ensure that lifecycle processes meet the organization's expectations.
5. Develops or modifies existing guidelines and protocols for testing specific types of products.
6. Implements quality policies to meet quality assurance guidelines to maintain ISO 17025 accreditation.
7. Ensure applicable laws, guidance and policies are followed and implemented in accomplishing assigned tasks.
8. Plans and directs the development and modification of sample preparation procedures and analytical methods for unusual and novel samples and regulatory situations.
9. Prepare samples from regulated commodities and confirm results and findings of other scientist's samples.
10. Interpret analytical results/calculations independently developing, planning and performing research and method development/validation.
11. Serve as a scientific reviewer of analytical documents in the food program interpreting and evaluating the result of analysis to determine the validity.
12. Formulate and conduct method validation/verification to evaluate new instrumentation and its applicability to the required analysis.
13. Develops a reporting format using automation technology which can be used for rapid reporting of test results.
14. Develops evidence identifying and quantifying ingredients of contamination in regulated products.
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. Independently prepare samples, interpret analytical results/calculations, and perform method development/validation for analysis on High Resolution Mass Spectrometer.
17. Prepare written reports stating the results and conclusions documenting the nature of any regulatory violations.
18. Plan and make recommendations on future needs of the laboratory which may involve new analytical instruments and methods of analysis.
19. Prepare scientific reports to support regulatory monitoring and enforcement actions.
20. Identifies needs, develops new methods and approaches and plans project to satisfy needs.
21. 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.
22. Develop and conduct training on Mass Spectrometry, related analytical methods and research, laboratory quality issues and new software systems used in the laboratory.
23. Advises other scientists concerning methodology problems encountered in the analysis of samples.
24. Testify in court or other formal or informal reviews concerning the science produced and the credibility of the work required.