Mathematical Statistician - OD - MP


Vacancy ID: 848994   Announcement Number: NIH-OD-MP-13-848994   USAJOBS Control Number: 338668800

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Thank you for your interest in the Mathematical Statistician, GS-1529-09/11/12/13, position at our Agency. We will evaluate your resume and your responses to this Assessment Questionnaire to determine if you are among the best qualified for this position. Your responses are subject to verification. Please review your responses for accuracy before you submit this questionnaire.

1. Choose the one answer that best describes how you meet the Minimum Education requirements for the Mathematical Statistician position as described in the Qualifications Section of the Vacancy Announcement.

A. I qualify for this position because I have a degree that included 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics (of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics). Courses acceptable toward meeting the mathematics course requirement must have included at least four of the following: differential calculus, integral calculus, advanced calculus, theory of equations, vector analysis, advanced algebra, linear algebra, mathematical logic, differential equations, or any other advanced course in mathematics for which one of these was a prerequisite. Courses in mathematical statistics or probability theory with a prerequisite of elementary calculus or more advanced courses will be accepted toward meeting the mathematics requirements, with the provision that the same course cannot be counted toward both the mathematics and the statistics requirement.
B. I qualify for this position because I have a combination of education and experience -- courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.
C. My education does not match the choices above.

2. Choose the one answer that best describes how you meet the additional qualification requirements for a Mathematical Statistician, GS-1529-09, as described in the Qualifications Section of the Vacancy Announcement.

A. I qualify for this position at the GS-09 level because I have 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree that is directly related to the duties of this position.
B. I qualify for this position at the GS-09 level because I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: performing routine mathematical statistical calculations or data reduction in support of larger studies; applying standard mathematical and statistical techniques to the solution of problems; utilizing appropriate statistical analysis and data processing software to produce reports for use by senior staff; and completing developmental assignments in all aspects of the scientific method related to the field of mathematical statistics.
C. I qualify for this position at the GS-09 level because I have a combination of post baccalaureate education and experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.
D. My experience does not match the choices above.

3. Choose the one answer that best describes how you meet the additional qualification requirements for a Mathematical Statistician, GS-1529-11, as described in the Qualifications Section of the Vacancy Announcement.

A. I qualify for this position at the GS-11 level because I have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree that is directly related to the duties of this position.
B. I qualify for this position at the GS-11 level because I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: performing mathematical statistical functions that include background research, reduction and analysis of data, and documentation; applying mathematical statistical methods and techniques to analyze factual information and identify significant factors, relationship and trends; selecting the appropriate method of data collection, summary, and analysis for mathematical statistical studies; planning and performing limited mathematical statistical studies that have specific program objectives and involve recurrent and predictable factors; and preparing reports for assigned mathematical statistical projects including documentation of methods, computer programs developed, and results of the analyses.
C. I qualify for this position at the GS-11 level because I have a combination of post baccalaureate education and experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.
D. My experience does not match the choices above.

4. Choose the one answer that best describes how you meet the additional qualification requirements for a Mathematical Statistician, GS-1529-12, as described in the Qualifications Section of the Vacancy Announcement.

A. I qualify for this position at the GS-12 level because I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: researching, planning, and implementing mathematical statistical projects that involve developing new or modifying existing sampling, surveying and design methods; developing statistical standards to evaluate data quality; performing mathematical statistical analysis to indicate trends, outcomes, performance levels, and ideal conditions; developing aspects of survey and sampling designs that ensure continuity between data collection and analysis of data; and writing methodological or technical reports of substantive survey findings for publication or presentation.
B. My experience does not match the choice above.

5. Choose the one answer that best describes how you meet the specialized experience that qualifies you for a Mathematical Statistician, GS-1529-13, as described in the Qualifications Section of the Vacancy Announcement.

A. I qualify for this position at the GS-13 level because I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 obtained in either the private or public sector that included the following tasks and responsibilities: formulating, planning and executing statistical research projects; developing statistical models for use with research programs; serving as an advisor to peers on mathematical statistical topics; and writing methodological and/or technical reports of survey findings for publication.
B. I do not meet the qualifying specialized experience.

The following section is used to determine your eligibility for appointment in the Federal Government or Status for referral consideration. Please respond yes or no to the following questions. FAILURE TO RESPOND TO THESE QUESTIONS WILL RESULT IN AN INELIGIBILE RATING. NOTE: You must submit the required documentation to verify your eligibility as indicated. Failure to provide the required documents WILL render you not eligible for consideration.

1. Reinstatement – I am a former Federal government employee who served as a civilian on a permanent competitive appointment. Please note: not all former Federal government employees are eligible for Reinstatement. For more information on who is eligible for Reinstatement, please visit the USAJobs Reinstatement Eligibility Page.

 

NOTE: If you select "yes" in response to this question, you MUST submit a copy of your separation Standard Form--50 (SF-50) and a copy of your most recent competitive career or career conditional SF-50 that reflects your highest grade held on a permanent basis. If you separated from Federal Government employment, you may obtain a copy of your SF-50 via Federal Records Center, National Archives and Records Administration, 111 Winnebago Street, St. Louis, MO 63118-4126, or visit The National Archives Page.

A. Yes
B. No

2. Status Candidate– I am a current Federal government employee, serving on a career or career-conditional appointment who has served at least 90 days after competitive appointment. NOTE:If you select "yes" in response to this question, you MUST submit a copy of your most recent competitive career or career conditional SF-50 that reflects your highest grade held on a permanent basis. You may obtain a copy of your SF-50 from your HR Office or, if you are an HHS employee, from the eOPF Page. If you separated from Federal Government employment, you may obtain a copy of your SF-50 via Federal Records Center, National Archives and Records Administration, 111 Winnebago Street, St. Louis, MO 63118-4126 or visit The National Archives Page.

 

Status Candidate– I am a current Federal government employee, serving on a career or career-conditional appointment who has served at least 90 days after competitive appointment.

 

NOTE: If you select "yes" in response to this question, you MUST submit a copy of your most recent competitive career or career conditional SF-50 that reflects your highest grade held on a permanent basis. You may obtain a copy of your SF-50 from your HR Office or, if you are an HHS employee, from the eOPF Page. If you separated from Federal Government employment, you may obtain a copy of your SF-50 via Federal Records Center, National Archives and Records Administration, 111 Winnebago Street, St. Louis, MO 63118-4126 or visit The National Archives Page.

A. Yes
B. No

3. The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)– I am an individual who is eligible for VEOA. The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) of 1998 provides that agencies must allow preference eligibles or eligible veterans to apply for positions announced under merit promotion procedures when the agency is recruiting from outside its own workforce.

 

To be eligible for consideration under VEOA, you must: Be a preference eligible, OR a veteran separated from the armed forces after three or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Veterans released shortly before completing a three-year tour are eligible. ("Active service" defined in title 37, United States Code, means active duty in the uniformed services and includes full-time training duty, annual training duty, full-time National Guard duty, and attendance, while in the active service, at a school designated as a service school by law or by the Secretary of the military department concerned.).

 

NOTE: If you select "yes" to this statement, you must submit a copy of your DD Form 214 documenting final military discharge, release, or retirement (your DD Form 214 must reflect the dates of service, character of discharge, and time lost, if any).

 

Please visit the VetGuide Page for more information on VEOA.

A. Yes
B. No

4. Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA)– I am an individual who is eligible for appointment under the VRA authority.

 

The VRA is a special authority by which agencies can appoint eligible veterans without competition to positions at any grade level through General Schedule (GS) 11 or equivalent.

 

To be eligible for appointment under VRA, you must: Be a disabled veteran; OR a veteran who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war declared by Congress or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized; OR a veteran who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a military operation for which the Armed Forces Service Medal was awarded; OR I have separated from active duty within the past three years under honorable conditions.

 

NOTE: If you select "yes" in response to this question, you must submit copies of DD-214s and proof of any preference eligibility along with your application/resume package.

 

Please visit the the VetGuide Page for more information on VRA.

A. Yes
B. No

5. 30% Disabled Veteran– I am a disabled veteran rated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as having a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more; OR a disabled veteran who retired from active military service with a disability rating of 30 percent or more, and my discharge was under conditions other than dishonorable.

 

NOTE: If you select "yes" in response to this statement, you must submit a copy of your DD Form 214 documenting final military discharge, release or retirement (your DD Form 214 must reflect the dates of service, character of discharge, and time lost, if any) and an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Dept of Veterans Affairs (VA), or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that you have a service-connected disability of 30% or more along with your application/resume package.

 

Please visit the the VetGuide Page for more information on non-competitive appointments for 30% or more disabled veterans.

A. Yes
B. No

6. Schedule A (Individuals with Disabilities)– I am an individual who has a permanent, severe physical, psychiatric, or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, and wish to be considered non-competitively.

 

NOTE: If you select "yes" in response to this question, you must submit Proof of Disability. If you are selected, you will be asked to provide a Certificate of Job Readiness. You can obtain this documentation from a licensed medical professional; licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (State or private); or any Federal agency, State agency, agency of the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits.

 

For more information on this hiring flexibility, please visit the USAJobs Individuals with Disabilities Page.

A. Yes
B. No

7. Non-Competitive (Other)– I am eligible to be considered under a special non-competitive appointing authority (e.g., Peace Corps volunteer service, current career Postal Service personnel, conversion from service in the Presidential Management Fellows Program, Commissioned Corps, etc.) that was established by law or Executive Order.

 

NOTE: If you select "yes" in response to this question, you must submit a copy of your non-competitive eligibility documentation to receive consideration.

A. Yes
B. No

If you answered "yes" to the previous question, please enter the type of non-competitive eligibility you are claiming.

8. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)/Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)

 

I am a current or former federal employee displaced from a position in a federal agency (e.g., IRS, VA, Dept of Labor, etc.) in the same local commuting area of the vacancy. I have a current (or last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or the equivalent. Applicants eligible under ICTAP/CTAP are provided priority selection for vacancies within the local commuting area for which they apply and are well qualified.

 

NOTE: If you select "yes" in response to this question, you must submit copies of the appropriate documentation, such as a reduction in force (RIF) separation notice, a SF-50 reflecting your RIF separation, or a notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function to another commuting area. You must also submit documentation to reflect your current (or last) performance rating of record.

 

For more information on ICTAP/CTAP, please visit The Employee's Guide to Career Transition Page.

A. Yes
B. No

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

1. Evaluate the feasibility of study design and analysis techniques to determine if they meet the objectives of research studies.

2. Develop or implement analytical or mathematical models for use in preparing data collection/reduction requirements for research studies.

3. Develop or implement analytical or mathematical models for use in preparing evaluation criteria for research studies.

4. Develop new statistical and mathematical hypotheses for biomedical research studies using state-of-the-art statistical methods.

5. Evaluate available data or data to be collected to determine if statistical and mathematical hypotheses can be tested.

6. Develop or review biomedical research analysis protocol designs.

7. Define statistical outcomes of biomedical research studies.

8. Determine appropriate sample size and power functions for use with research studies.

9. Determine the most appropriate methods of statistical analysis to use with biomedical research studies.

10. Conduct interim monitoring of research data.

11. Develop statistical or mathematical analyses of research data results.

12. Evaluate the methodology used in statistical studies to ensure the results are valid and reliable.

13. Modify statistical methods to help maintain the validity of research studies.

14. Develop new or innovative statistical methodologies to analyze data derived from research studies.

15. Adapt existing statistical methodologies to analyze data derived from research studies.

16. Apply analysis of variance techniques to the evaluation of laboratory or clinical data.

17. Use probability techniques in evaluating laboratory or clinical research data.

18. Perform regression analyses techniques in evaluating laboratory or clinical data.

19. Create contingency tables for use in evaluating laboratory or clinical research data.

20. Conduct survival analysis.

21. Conduct tests of significance techniques for laboratory or clinical data.

22. Develop confidence intervals for laboratory or clinical research data.

23. Determine sample size requirements for laboratory or clinical research studies.

24. Use statistical computing packages (e.g. SAS, SUDDAN, SPSS, S-Plus, STATA, etc) to perform statistical analyses.

25. Process data for statistical modeling and graphic analysis using computers.

26. Report results of statistical analyses in the form of graphs, charts and tables.

27. Develop computer simulations to analyze statistical research data.

28. Apply computerized mathematical models to the statistical analysis of research data.

29. Use computer programs to develop multivariable regression analyses of research data.

30. Develop graphical analyses of research data using computer applications.

31. Develop robust estimations of research data using computer applications.

32. Present statistical findings at a conference.

33. Collaborate with scientists on the preparation of manuscripts and reports on statistical findings of research studies.

34. Write reports that summarize and analyze statistical data for publication.

35. Disseminate the results of statistical studies in scientific journals.

36. Prepare reports documenting progress of statistical studies including methods of analysis, computer programs developed and results of analyses.

37. Prepare technical or scientific papers on findings of statistical investigations.

38. I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information included in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I understand that if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application and its supporting materials, or in any document or interview associated with the examination process, I may be fined or imprisoned (18 U.S.C. 1001); my eligibilities may be cancelled, I may be denied an appointment, or I may be removed and debarred from Federal service (5 C.F.R. part 731). I understand that any information I give may be investigated. I understand that responding "No" to this item will result in my not being considered for this position.

A. Yes, I certify that the information provided in this questionnaire is true, correct and provided in good faith, and I understand the information provided above.
B. No, I do not certify/understand the information provided above.