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Grade: All Grades

1 Do you have experience conducting microbiological assays in a laboratory setting? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 Please select the response that best describes your experience conducting research protocols involving real time PCR: Answer to this question is required
  • I have extensive expertise conducting real time PCR, I have designed amplification and detection primers for the amplification of mRNA transcripts and DNA sequences, I have performed these tasks routinely without supervision, others consult me as an expert for conducting these tasks.
  • I have regularly performed real time PCR analyses of mRNA in the past without supervision.
  • I have performed real time PCR under supervision.
  • I have a fundamental understanding of the principles involved but have no practical experience with real time PCR.
  • I am not familiar with real time PCR.
3 I have written communication experience in the following areas: Answer to this question is required
  • Making recommendations
  • Providing advice
  • Preparing analysis
  • Preparing reports
  • Issuing system availability notices
  • None of the above
4 Plan, conduct and/or evaluate experiments involving molecular techniques including: Answer to this question is required
  • PCR and/or RT-PCR
  • Digital PCR
  • Real-Time quantitative PCR (qPCR)
  • Deep sequencing
  • RNA-Seq
  • Microarrays
  • Primer/probe design
  • Internal standard design
  • Bioinformatics software
  • None of the above
5 Consult with and provide scientific expertise to other scientists on research plans, protocols, methodologies, data analysis and interpretation of results in the area of microbiological quality of drinking water and source water? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
6 Do you have experience conducting organic drinking water laboratory audits? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
7 Please select the quality assurance activities in which you have direct work experience. Answer to this question is required
  • Planning activities
  • Developing and implementing Standard Operating Procedures and/or Checklists
  • Preparing reports based on input from tracking databases and team members
  • I do not meet any of the choices above
8 I have developed standard operating procedures or quality assurance/quality control procedures for the following activities: Answer to this question is required
  • Microbiological testing assays
  • Antimicrobial product efficacy tests
  • Microbe identification
  • Laboratory quality control
  • Data archiving
  • Laboratory biosafety
  • Media preparation
  • Equipment calibration
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)-based assays
  • None of the above
9 Which of the following mentoring activities have you performed? Answer to this question is required
  • Guiding others to increase their understanding
  • Coaching others to motivate improvement
  • Training others on work tasks
  • Developing others to harness their potential
  • None of the above
10 Do you have experience in either the Clean Water Act (CWA) or Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
11 I have conducted briefings to audiences for the following purposes: Answer to this question is required
  • Presenting technical data and results
  • Presenting scientific data and results
  • Presenting future direction of a program
  • Presenting program resource needs
  • None of the above
12 I have provided consultation, advice, and/or training to other staff members in the following: Answer to this question is required
  • Data sampling
  • Data analysis
  • Quality assurance
  • Record keeping techniques
  • None of the above
13 Please look at the qualification requirements (both experience and/or education) that are stated in this vacancy announcement. Does your resume clearly contain this information in order to determine you are qualified for the position? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
14 For each position listed on your resume, did you include the position title, company, salary, weekly hours worked, and your actual beginning and ending dates of employment? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
15 Have you reviewed the vacancy announcement "How to Apply" and required documents section to determine what supplemental material that you must provide? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
16 Are you aware that all applicants, including current EPA employees, must submit transcripts as part of your application package as outlined in the vacancy announcement? Failure to submit transcripts will be considered an incomplete application and it will be rated ineligible. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No

Grade: 12

1 To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Biologist/Life Scientist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background: Answer to this question is required
  • I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or chemistry.
  • I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in a related discipline appropriate for THIS POSITION.
  • I have a combination of EXPERIENCE appropriate for THIS POSITION and EDUCATION LEADING TO A BACHELOR'S DEGREE with courses equivalent to a major in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a related discipline appropriate for THIS POSITION.
  • I do not meet any of the above.
2 GS-12: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Biologist/Life Scientist, GS-12, select the option that best describes your experience background: Answer to this question is required
  • I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-11 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  • I do not meet the specialized experience requirement described above.
3 To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Microbiologist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background: Answer to this question is required
  • I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or basic medical science with at least 20 semester hours in MICROBIOLOGY and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms PLUS 20 semester hours in the PHYSICAL and MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES combining course work in organic chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent.
  • I have a combination of EXPERIENCE appropriate for THIS POSITION and EDUCATION LEADING TO A BACHELOR'S DEGREE with courses equivalent to a major in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in MICROBIOLOGY and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms PLUS 20 semester hours in the PHYSICAL and MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES combining course work in organic chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent.
  • I do not meet any of the above.
4 GS-12: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Microbiologist, GS-12, select the option that best describes your experience background: Answer to this question is required
  • I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-11 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  • I do not meet the specialized experience requirement described above.
5 I have performed the following tasks related to chemical and/or microbiological analysis: Answer to this question is required
  • I have prepared environmental samples for analysis
  • I have analyzed environmental samples to determine conventional microbiological contaminants
  • I have analyzed environmental samples to determine inorganic contaminants
  • I have used the 100 Series (drinking water) method
  • I have used the 300 Series (wastewater) method
  • I have used the EPA 1600 series methods 1600,1609, 1611 and/or 1623
  • I have used the Standard Methods Part 2000 series (water) methods
  • I have used the Standard Methods Part 4000 series water methods
  • I have used the Standard Methods Part 9000 series water methods
  • None of the above
6 I have experience performing the following quality assessment/quality control (QA/QC) functions: Answer to this question is required
  • Designing quality assessment/quality control (QA/QC) strategies
  • Analyzing QA/QC data
  • Estimating the accuracy of analytical laboratory data
  • Selecting appropriate QA/QC measures
  • I do not have any of the above experiences

Grade: 13

1 To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Biologist/Life Scientist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background: Answer to this question is required
  • I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or chemistry.
  • I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in a related discipline appropriate for THIS POSITION.
  • I have a combination of EXPERIENCE appropriate for THIS POSITION and EDUCATION LEADING TO A BACHELOR'S DEGREE with courses equivalent to a major in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a related discipline appropriate for THIS POSITION.
  • I do not meet any of the above.
2 GS-13: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Biologist/Life Scientist, GS-13, select the option that best describes your experience background: Answer to this question is required
  • I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-12 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  • I do not meet the specialized experience requirement described above.
3 To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Microbiologist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background: Answer to this question is required
  • I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or basic medical science with at least 20 semester hours in MICROBIOLOGY and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms PLUS 20 semester hours in the PHYSICAL and MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES combining course work in organic chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent.
  • I have a combination of EXPERIENCE appropriate for THIS POSITION and EDUCATION LEADING TO A BACHELOR'S DEGREE with courses equivalent to a major in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in MICROBIOLOGY and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms PLUS 20 semester hours in the PHYSICAL and MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES combining course work in organic chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent.
  • I do not meet any of the above.
4 GS-13: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Microbiologist, GS-13, select the option that best describes your experience background: Answer to this question is required
  • I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-12 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  • I do not meet the specialized experience requirement described above.
5 I have performed the following tasks related to chemical and/or microbiological analysis: Answer to this question is required
  • I have prepared environmental samples for analysis
  • I have analyzed environmental samples to determine conventional microbiological contaminants
  • I have analyzed environmental samples to determine inorganic contaminants
  • I have used the 100 Series (drinking water) method
  • I have used the 300 Series (wastewater) method
  • I have used the EPA 1600 series methods 1600,1609, 1611 and/or 1623
  • I have used the Standard Methods Part 2000 series (water) methods
  • I have used the Standard Methods Part 4000 series water methods
  • I have used the Standard Methods Part 9000 series water methods
  • None of the above
6 I have experience performing the following quality assessment/quality control (QA/QC) functions: Answer to this question is required
  • Designing quality assessment/quality control (QA/QC) strategies
  • Analyzing QA/QC data
  • Estimating the accuracy of analytical laboratory data
  • Selecting appropriate QA/QC measures
  • I do not have any of the above experiences