Read the statements below to determine what options (001 and 002) you are eligible to apply. You must enter at least one code.
001 - Merit Competitive/VEOA eligibles: I am eligible to be considered under merit promotion procedures because I am a current or former Federal employee working in a permanent competitive service position; or I am a veteran with preference; or I am a veteran who has been honorably discharged and substantially completed at least 3 years of continuous active duty service. (You must submit documentation to support your eligibility.)
002 - Noncompetitive Appointment eligibles: I am eligible to be considered under this specialty code because I meet the requirements for a noncompetitive appointment. Examples of non-competitive appointing authorities may include but not limited to: 30% or more compensable disabled veterans, Persons with Disabilities (Schedule A), PHS Commissioned Officer, Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) [for positions up to the GS-11 Federal level], Peace Corps employees, current/former Federal employees who currently hold or previously held a Federal competitive position with promotion potential at or above the full performance level listed for this position, and a current Federal employee working in an excepted service position covered by an Interchange Agreement. (You must submit documentation to support your eligibility for noncompetitive appointment).
1. From the descriptions below, select the one which best describes your experience or education which meets the Basic Qualification Requirements for the Chemist, GS-1320.A. I have 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. (You must submit transcripts at time of application submission that demonstrates the required coursework noted above.)
If you selected responses A or B above, describe where on your transcript(s) can the course Differential and Integral Calculus be found. (Please provide in the space below the course title, title number (if applicable), dates taken, and school). Please note that you may be rated ineligible if this information is not provided as this is a requirement of the 1320 Chemist series.
2. Do you possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service, leading the review and analysis of chemical processes and/or formulation involved in the manufacturing of drugs; analyzing and evaluating written scientific and technical data in order to review drug applications or amendments; and identifying chemical problems and deficiencies?A. Yes
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.
3. Develop and implement regulatory research policies and procedures designed to ensure product safety and quality.
4. Evaluate manufacturing processes and facilities used by foreign and/or domestic manufacturers of drug products.
5. Assess the adequacy of pharmaceutical manufacturing understanding as well as process control and scale-up proposals.
6. Participate in facility inspections related to evaluating manufacturing processes and controls in compliance with pre-approval and current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) inspections.
7. Identify and characterize drug substances' physical, chemical, biological and mechanical properties, and their impact on a drug product.
8. Assess the choice of inactive ingredients (known as excipients) in a drug delivery system, including its formulation and product design.
9. Evaluate the adequacy of formulation studies to identify the impact of drug substance and excipient attributes on drug product performance.
10. Evaluate the adequacy of quality standards for drug substance and excipients.
11. Coordinate and provide interpretation and guidance on science and regulatory research and review which can cross organizational lines with an office.
12. Meet with stakeholders at various levels to solve discrepancies and problems incurring in the conduct of assignment.
13. Brief senior management on issues which include presenting ideas, findings, and recommendations.
14. Meet with other staff members and peers to discuss progress of work assignments and problems.
15. Prepare manuscripts covering any and all research, safety, and quality issues involving drug product manufacturing.
16. Evaluate reviews of New Drug Application (NDA), Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA), and Investigational New Drug (IND) regulatory submissions of chemistry pharmacological/toxicology, and clinical pharmacology.
17. Prepare technical responses to congressional inquiries and audit reports.
18. Prepare drafts, reviews, and/or recommendations for organization regulations.