Research Biologist


Vacancy ID: 866583   Announcement Number: HHS-FDA-CFSN-DE-13-866583   USAJOBS Control Number: 340616400

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. From the descriptions below, please choose the BEST answer that demonstrates your education and/or experience related to this position.

A. I possess a four year degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. (you must submit transcript at time of application submission)
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. (you must submit transcript at time of application submission)
C. My education and/or experience are not reflected in the choices above.

2. From the descriptions below, please choose the BEST answer that demonstrates your experience and/or experience related to this position.

A. I have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 in the Federal service that includes conducting studies on in vitro evaluation of toxicity in Food and Drug regulated products; participating in team projects to address toxicity issues; and representing finds through presentations and in reports.
B. I possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (you must submit transcript at time of application submission.
C. My experience and/or education are not reflected in the choices 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. 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.


3. Apply theories, principles, concepts, and methods in screening for chemical toxicity of components found in the food supply (e.g. heavy metals, endocrine disruptors, nanomaterials, phytochemicals).

4. Consult and remain current with in vitro and alternative animal model system literature.

5. Develop and/or identify methods/biomarkers for assessing adverse effects from exposure to heavy metals endocrine disruptors and nanomaterials.

6. Use of flow cytometric techniques, fluorescent imaging and statistical methods for evaluating chemical toxicity.

7. Conduct studies related to in vitro,alternative animal models, and in vivo methodology to assess chemical toxicity.

8. Plan and conduct studies related to identification of biomarkers and mechanisms of chemical toxicity using in vitro, traditional in vivo, or alternative animal models.

9. Plan and conduct studies related to developmental and reproductive toxicology using alternatives to classical whole-animal test systems.

10. Conduct research to provide information on the efficacy of alternative animal models or in vitro test systems as adjuncts or replacements for classical chemical toxicology testing methods.

11. Perform assays such as C. elegans growth and development assays using flow cytometric techniques.

12. Write scientific manuscripts to be published in peer-reviewed journals.

13. Analyze data and results to prepare manuscripts based on laboratory findings.

14. Articulate the basis and rationale for experimental approaches and activities in internal written reports.

15. Negotiate with team members on solutions that demonstrate clear and convincing arguments.

16. Collaborate with team members on projects to identify problems and provide recommendations.

17. Present results of studies at seminars and meetings.

18. Interpret significance of research data.

19. Interact with others within a laboratory unit/division by sharing experimental protocols, standard operating procedures, and data.