BIOLOGIST, GS-0401-11/12


Vacancy ID: 859753   Announcement Number: HHS-FDA-CBER-DE-13-859753   USAJOBS Control Number: 339844500

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. Please select the response below that best indicates how you meet the basic education requirement for a Biologist position.

A. I have successfully completed a four year course of study leading to a Bachelors or higher degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position (MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS).
B. I possess education which included courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education (MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS).
C. I do not possess the education and/or experience described above.

2. Please read the following statements carefully and select the one response that best describes your experience and/or education as it pertains to the Minimum Qualifications Requirement for this position.

A. I have one full year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-09 grade level or higher in the Federal service, that included: providing support to a research team in conducting scientific studies; providing guidance to others on laboratory procedures and methods; and communicating the results of experiments orally and in writing.
B. I possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree with major study in a field that provided me with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the work of this position; OR I have successfully completed three full years (54 semester hours or the equivalent) of progressively higher level doctoral education leading toward such a degree (MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS).
C. I have a combination of education and experience listed in A and B above.
D. My experience is not described in choices A-C above.

3. Please select the response below that best indicates how you meet the minimum qualifications for a GS-12 Biologist.

A. I have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service, that included: planning and conducting scientific research studies; coordinating the daily activities of a scientific laboratory; analyzing and interpreting scientific data to modify studies; and communicating the results of experiments orally and in writing.
B. I do not possess the experience as described 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.

4. Provide technical guidance to other scientist in techniques and procedures related to tissue culture and/or maintaining cell culture.

5. Conduct studies to evaluate immune responses to pathogens as vaccine candidates in animal models.

6. Use molecular techniques to generate genetic mutants of blood borne pathogens.

7. Manipulate sample types such as blood, saliva and/or tissues for analysis by flow cytometry.

8. Use molecular techniques to generate genetic mutants of blood borne pathogens or other infectious agents.

9. Generate genetic mutants of cell lines and animals.

10. Evaluate novel diagnostic methods for the detection of blood borne pathogens.

11. Interpret unusual test results to identify probable causes.

12. Interpret experimental data to write technical reports.

13. Record observations on tests performed.

14. Collaborate with scientists to submit manuscripts to scientific journals.

15. Present original research at scientific meetings.

16. Lead a team of scientists in conducting experimental studies.

17. Exchange information with other scientists on findings from research studies.

18. Mange the day-to-day operations of a laboratory.

19. Provide training to others on the use of laboratory equipment.

20. Orient new staff on the methods and procedures used in a lab.

21. Coordinate research projects by ensuring the availability of equipment and supplies.