INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENTIST, GS-13


Vacancy ID: 855242   Announcement Number: HHS-FDA-ORA-MP-13-855242   USAJOBS Control Number: 339342800

Social Security Number

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Vacancy Identification Number

Enter 855242
1. Title of Job

INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENTIST
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

5. Employment Availability

Are you a PHS Commissioned Officer (This includes active duty officers, inactive reserve officers, and applicants who have been approved for commissioning in the USPHS Commissioned Corps)?


Are you eligible for the Federal Employment Program for Persons with Disabilities? (For information on Schedule A appointments, see the OPM website.)    


Are you an ICTAP Eligible?

For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see http://opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap.  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.


Are you eligible for noncompetitive appointment?
This includes applicants who are eligible for special or noncompetitive appointment authorities such as 30% or more compensable disabled veterans, persons with disabilities and PHS Commissioned Corps Officers.  This also includes applicants who meet the qualifications for this position and who have previously held, or currently hold, a Federal position at the grade of this position.


6. Citizenship

Are you a citizen of the United States?
7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

Enter the lowest grade level that you will accept for this position. The lowest grade for this position is 13.


13

11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

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16. Availability Date

17. Service Computation Date

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18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

Please review the description below and select the most appropriate category (you must choose one): 

Choose 001 (Biologist), 003 (Microbiologist), 005 (Entomologist), and/or 007 (Chemist) for Competitive Referral: This applies to the following candidates:

  • A current or former federal employee who has not held a position at the GS-13 grade level or equivalent on the permanent basis. 
  • An VEOA (Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998) eligible: veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service; (please attach DD-214)

Choose 002 (Biologist), 004 (Microbiologist), 006 (Entomologist), and/or 008 (Chemist) for Non-Competitive Referral: This applies to the following candidates:

  • A current or former federal employee who either is currently or has previously held a permanent position at the GS-13 grade level or above.
  • PHS Commissioned Corps Officer - This includes active duty officers, inactive reserve officers, and applicants who have been approved for commissioning in the USPHS Commissioned Corps (please attach orders).
  • Candidates eligible for a Schedule A appointment (please attach Sch-A certificate and SF-50)(For information on Schedule A appointments, see the OPM website.)   
  • Displaced Federal employees eligible for special priority consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)
  • Military Spouse  (please submit documentation) 

001 COMPETITIVE PROMOTION - BIOLOGIST
002 REASSIGNMENT/NON-COMPETITIVE - BIOLOGIST
003 COMPETITVE PROMOTION - MICROBIOLOGIST
004 REASSIGNMENT/NON-COMPETITIVE - MICROBIOLOGIST
005 COMPETITIVE PROMOTION - ENTOMOLOGIST
006 REASSIGNMENT/NON-COMPETITIVE - ENTOMOLOGIST
007 COMPETITIVE PROMOTION - CHEMIST
008 REASSIGNMENT/NON-COMPETITIVE - CHEMIST

21. Geographic Availability

Select/enter at least one geographic location in which you are interested and will accept employment. The location code for this position is:


990000000 Location Negotiable After Selection

22. Transition Assistance Plan

23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Please answer yes or no to statement one.  Your response will determine if you are qualified for the GS-13 Interdisciplinary Scientist position.

1. I have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement. 

A. Yes
B. No

2. From the description below, select the one which best describes your education and/or experience and meets the basic qualification requirements for Biologist, GS-0401.

A. I have a bachelor's 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 "A" above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
C. I do not possess the education and/or experience described above.

3. From the description below, select the one which best describes your education and/or experience and meets the basic qualification requirements for Microbiologist, GS-0403.

A. I have at least bachelor's degree 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.
B. I have a combination of education and experience-- courses equivalent to a major as shown in "A" above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
C. I do not possess the education and/or experience described above.

4. From the description below, select the one which best describes your education and/or experience and meets the basic qualification requirements for Entomologist, GS-0414.

A. I have at least a bachelor's degree in entomology, or a related discipline of the biological or physical sciences that included at least 16 semester hours in entomology.
B. I have a combination of education and experience--course work equivalent to a major as shown in "A" above, including at least 16 semester hours in entomology, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
C. I do not possess the education and/or experience described above.

5. From the description 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 at least a bachelor's degree 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.
B. I have a combination of education and experience--course work equivalent to a major shown in "A" above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
C. I do not possess the education and/or experience described above.

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.
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 or 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.

6. Apply, adapt, and modify a wide range of scientific and laboratory methods, techniques, and procedures.

7. Conduct the most complex and novel microbiological analytical determinations.

8. Establish quality standards to ensure consistency of the products or services provided by a work unit.

9. Manage a document control system to ensure that the most current authorized documents were being used.

10. Monitor quality system documents in order to ensure accuracy and consistency of content.

11. Analyze and evaluate the impact of legislation, regulations, policies and/or procedures on the ability of a work unit to effectively execute science-based program activities.

12. Provide technical expertise in resolving issues that affect program administration.

13. Recommend modifications or improvements of policies and procedures to ensure that quality goals are met.

14. Influence, motivate or control individuals or groups to achieve a common understanding of policy issues and concerns to obtain compliance with established policies and regulations.

15. Research and implement ways to eliminate or reduce barriers to work assignments.

16. Provide extensive advisory, liaison and consultative services for quality assurance programs.

17. Monitor corrective action plans by tracking and providing appropriate feedback.

18. Coordinate and monitor the overall quality of work products and laboratory management systems.

19. Make recommendations for the modification or improvement of policies and procedures to ensure that quality goals are met.

20. Actively participate in conferences, meetings, hearings or presentations involving policy or procedural issues of consequence to an organization.

21. Influence, motivate or control individuals or groups to achieve a common understanding of policy issues and concerns to obtain compliance with established policies and regulations.

22. Explain provisions of applicable laws, regulations, and policies to individuals of varying ability of comprehension.

23. Present technical reports, seminars, or instructions to an audience.

24. Develop and write policies, regulations, and instructions for organizational programs.

25. Write procedures for use by internal or external groups providing scientific or technical support services.

26. Provide program expertise, guidance and information in written formals to technical personnel in other organizational components.

27. Independently write comprehensive technical evaluations, reviews, reports, or instructional materials.

28. Write procedural clarifications on regulations and policy issues affecting the work performed by specialists.