Computer Scientist, GS-1550-11


Vacancy ID: 911800   Announcement Number: HHS-FDA-NCTR-MP-13-911800   USAJOBS Control Number: 345935200

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

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

A. I possess a Bachelor's degree in computer science or bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus. (You must submit supporting transcripts)
B. I do not possess the education described above.

2. Please select the response below that best indicates how you meet the minimum qualifications for this position.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal Service, conducting database development, data analysis, modeling and simulation, and data display; assisting in the evaluation, design, and development of algorithms and software for scientific computing; providing application software support; and, testing and optimizing the functionality of systems, networks, and data.
B. I have a Ph.D., LL.M., or equivalent doctoral degree OR have successfully completed 3 full years (54 semester hours or the equivalent) of progressively higher level post-graduate education leading to such a degree with major study in a field that equipped me with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position. (You must provide supporting transcripts.)
C. I possess a combination of specialized experience as described in A and graduate education as described in B that, when combined, equal 100% of the total requirement. (Please note that only graduate education in excess of the first 36 semester hours may be used in this calculation. You must provide supporting transcripts.)
D. My education or experience is not reflected in the above statements

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. Develop bioinformatics and/or health informatics software using an object-oriented language, such as Java, C++, or Python.

4. Apply health informatics standards, such as Study Data Tabulation Model (SDTM), Health Level Seven (HL7), Structured Product Labeling (SPL), Medical Dictionary for Regulated Activities (MedDRA), or Medical Subject Headings (MeSH).

5. Develop relational database queries.

6. Implement code changes for bioinformatics analysis software.

7. Develop web-based user interfaces using standard software development tools, such as HTML5.

8. Configure and program multiple operating systems, such as Linux Cent OS and Ubuntu.

9. Install relational databases, such as Oracle and PostgreSQL.

10. Implement software control procedures using tools, such as CVS, Subversion or Git.

11. Utilize parallel computing techniques, such as multicore programming, Linux clusters, Sun Grid Engine, or NVIDIA CUDA.

12. Consult with computer scientists and engineers to solve complex scientific computing issues.

13. Collaborate with research staff and scientific programmers to define analytic approaches and conduct scientific database design.

14. Provide technical guidance and application software support for scientific computing.

15. Prepare written recommendations regarding the adoption of new or enhanced bioinformatics approaches.

16. Prepare software documentation, technical reports and presentations related to assigned projects.

17. Draft standard operating procedures and other technical guidelines for hardware and software used in scientific research.