Research Biologist GS-0401-13

Vacancy ID: 839668   Announcement Number: HHS-FDA-CSAN-13-MP-839668   USAJOBS Control Number: 337394200

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. From the descriptions below, please choose the BEST answer that demonstrates that you meet the education and/or experience requirements for the GS-401-13 Research Biologist position.

A. I possess a four-year degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
B. I have a combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
C. My education and/or experience are not reflected in the choices above.

2. Do you have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service, conducting biological research on foodborne pathogens; implementing new methods and models in the biological sciences (e.g., nematode assays); presenting experimental data; and writing scientific reports on research results?

A. Yes (this specialized experience must be reflected in your resume)
B. My experience is not reflected in the description 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.

3. Remain current on literature relating to growth physiology and genetics of nematodes.

4. Conduct application-oriented research on the use of nematodes for determining toxic effects of foodborne pathogens.

5. Resolve complex research problems relating to the detection of specific foodborne pathogens or toxins.

6. Handle foodborne pathogens such as Vibrio Cholerae, Escherichia coli, Salmonella spp., and/or Listeria monocytogenes.

7. Produce virulence mutants of foodborne pathogens via molecular biology methods.

8. Utilize microarray analysis of the response of C. elegans to bacterial pathogens.

9. Develop assays based on response of C. elegans to pathogens, heavy metals, toxins, or chemicals.

10. Develop microbial mutants to define C. elegans response to virulence factors or toxins.

11. Serve as an expert in C. elegans and methods to replace animal models.

12. Conduct research for which existing knowledge is of little usefulness without significant modifications.

13. Develop and coordinate research experiments with other laboratories.

14. Modify or adapt conventional methods in order to resolve research issues or problems.

15. Inform team of similar research work being done by other industries, agencies, and/or other private laboratories.

16. Obtain and clarify information regarding the interpretation and significance of research data.

17. Train or mentor other researchers and junior personnel in biology or molecular biology research methods.

18. Present results to other scientists at symposia, workshops, and national meetings.

19. Write biological research results for peer-reviewed journals.

20. Write reports that include the basis and rationale for experimental approaches and methods.

21. Develop laboratory procedures or policies for use by other researchers and scientists.