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Grade: 11

1 GS-11: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Research Statistician, GS-11, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background: Answer to this question is required
  • I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-09 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 have a MASTER'S OR EQUIVALENT GRADUATE DEGREE that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  • I have a combination of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-09 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION and GRADUATE LEVEL EDUCATION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  • I do not meet any of the above.
2 To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Research Statistician select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background: Answer to this question is required
  • I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE with 15 semester hours in STATISTICS (or in MATHEMATICS and STATISTICS with 6 semester hours in STATISTICS) PLUS 9 ADDITIONAL semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc.
  • I have a combination of STATISTICAL WORK EXPERIENCE and EDUCATION LEADING TO A BACHELOR'S DEGREE WITH 15 sem hrs in STATISTICS (or in MATHEMATICS and STATISTICS with 6 sem hrs in STATISTICS) PLUS 9 ADDITIONAL sem hrs in physical/biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in social sciences (demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social/cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc).
  • I do not meet any of the above.

Grade: All Grades

1 To meet the eligibility requirements for the Recent Graduates Program, select the option that best describes your educational background: Answer to this question is required
  • I have completed a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution within the previous two years.
  • I am a preference eligible veteran who was unable to apply within two years of earning my degree due to military obligation, but have earned a qualifying degree within the past six years.
  • I do not meet any of the above.
2 Select the following statistical methods you have experience: Answer to this question is required
  • Methods for basic exploratory data analysis (mean, variation, histogram, box plot, scatter plot, stem-and-leaf plot, odds ratio)
  • Methods for continuous data analysis (Gaussian distribution, t-test, ANOVA, Wilcoxon/Mann-Whitney test, linear regression)
  • Methods for categorical data analysis (contingency tables, binomial, multinomial distribution, maximum likelihood estimation, likelihood-ratio test, fisher’s exact test, chi-squared test, logistic regression)
  • Methods for count data analysis (Poisson regression, negative binomial regression, overdispersion, generalized linear models)
  • Methods for multivariate data analysis (correlation analysis, principal components and factor analysis, cluster analysis, discriminant analysis)
  • Methods for classification and prediction (regularized discriminant analysis, regression tree, k-nearest neighbors, support vector machines, Bayesian methods, neural networks, genetic algorithms, bootstrapping and ensemble methods)
  • None of the above
3 Select the choices that describe your research experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience developing novel algorithms and tools for bioinformatics analysis.
  • I have experience identifying useful bioinformatics or statistical algorithms from the literature and implementing them in software.
  • I have experience linking various publicly available bioinformatics or statistical software packages into automated analysis pipelines.
  • I have experience using a variety of publicly available bioinformatics or statistical software packages for bioinformatics analysis.
  • None of the above
4 Please select the scientific research duties that you have performed for a research program. Answer to this question is required
  • Design programs
  • Implement research programs
  • Coordinate research programs
  • Develop research plans
  • Develop research goals
  • Develop research objectives
  • Develop timelines to address critical research goals
  • None of the above
5 I have experience using bioinformatics to analyze the following types of datasets: Answer to this question is required
  • Whole genomes
  • Environmental metagenomes
  • RNA-seq data
  • Microarray data
  • Epigenetics
  • PCR amplicon sequences
  • None of the above
6 In which of the following areas do you have professional experience? Answer to this question is required
  • Develop numerical simulation studies to evaluate performance of statistical procedures or modeling assumptions
  • Develop statistical designs for experimental research projects
  • Analyze spatially distributed ecological data using mathematical/statistical methodologies/software.
  • Develop mathematical and statistical models for biological and physical phenomena.
  • Use spatial statistical software to analyze environmental data across ecological resources.
  • Use statistical software applications to implement an environmental assessment project.
  • Use software to acquire, maintain, and manipulate experimental data and to integrate data in scientific databases.
  • Develop and apply statistical methods for analysis of data for human exposure assessment and/or risk assessment.
  • Select or adapt statistical methods as required for aquatic biological and ecological research and monitoring.
  • I do not meet any of the choices above
7 I have prepared technical or scientific written correspondence, documents and/or reports for the following: Answer to this question is required
  • Peers and/or teams
  • Supervisors and/or managers
  • High level officials
  • State, local and/or tribal agencies
  • None of the above
8 Choose the response that best describes scientific presentations you have given. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not given any scientific presentations.
  • I have presented posters to local laboratory or university groups.
  • I have presented posters or given scientific presentations at state or regional meetings.
  • I have presented posters at national or international scientific meetings.
  • I have given scientific presentations or participated in poster discussion sections at national or international scientific meetings.
9 Please select all that describe your experience Answer to this question is required
  • Developed new research methods
  • Modified existing research methods
  • Added a new analytical capability to my lab
  • Improved lab productivity
  • I do not meet any of the choices above
10 I have the following experience with biomarker research. Answer to this question is required
  • I have been lead investigator for development of multi-gene biomarkers that indicate exposures to stressors/pathogens.
  • I have been lead investigator for development of multi-gene biomarkers that predict likelihood of health impacts.
  • I have been lead investigator for development of single gene biomarkers that indicate exposures to stressors/pathogens.
  • I have been lead investigator for development of single gene biomarkers that predict health impacts.
  • I have assisted in the development of multi-gene biomarkers that indicate exposures to stressors/pathogens.
  • I have assisted in the development of multi-gene biomarkers that predict likelihood of health impacts.
  • I have no experience developing gene biomarkers indicative of exposures or predictive of effects.
11 I have performed the following epigenetic tasks: Answer to this question is required
  • Characterized changes in chromatin modification
  • Characterized changes in DNA methylation
  • Characterized changes in micro RNA expression
  • Analyzed gene expression by micro-array
  • None of the above
12 Which of the following concepts have you utilized or addressed during the analysis of an experimental or observational data set? Answer to this question is required
  • Comparison of means between three or more groups
  • Standard error of a statistic
  • Heteroskedasticity
  • Outliers
  • Order statistics
  • Linear regression
  • Logistic regression
  • Overdispersion
  • Overfitting
  • Cross-validation
  • Regularization
  • Ensemble learning
  • Bootstrap
  • Bayes theorem
  • Receiver-operator characteristic curve (ROC)
  • None of the above
13 In which of the following programming languages have you written code? Answer to this question is required
  • R
  • C/C++
  • Perl
  • Python
  • MATLAB
  • Java
  • JavaScript
  • None of the above
14 I have experience with the following types of oral presentation of research results: Answer to this question is required
  • Informally presenting research within research teams
  • Presenting research in scientific seminars
  • Organizing meetings with scientific groups
  • Organizing meetings with public groups
  • Briefing decision-makers about my research results.
  • None of the above
15 Please select the answers that reflect your experience in oral communication: Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience teaching or presenting technical information to the general public or other non-technical audiences.
  • I have made presentations to defend technical conclusions to a technical audience having expertise in the field.
  • I have successfully persuaded others to accept findings, recommendations, changes, and/or alternate viewpoints.
  • I have made presentations to groups in order to inform or give factual information.
  • I have formal training in public speaking or have been a member of Toastmasters or comparable organizations.
  • None of the above
16 I have experience in the following: Answer to this question is required
  • Writing technical, policy, research, and/or scientific documents
  • Editing technical, policy, research, and/or scientific documents
  • Interpreting technical, policy, research, and/or scientific documents for distribution to non-technical audiences
  • Writing non-technical documents
  • Editing non-technical documents
  • Interpreting non-technical documents for distribution to technical audiences
  • None of the above
17 In which of the following program areas do you have quality assurance (QA) experience? Answer to this question is required
  • Methods analysis and validation
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Monitoring
  • Modeling
  • Information Management
  • Laboratory competency
  • None of the above
18 I have quality assurance experience in the following: Answer to this question is required
  • Reviewing policies
  • Reviewing procedures
  • Reviewing quality assurance project plans
  • Reviewing standard operating procedures
  • Reviewing work products
  • None of the above
19 Select the responses that describe your experience with contracts: Answer to this question is required
  • Prepare the procurement request rationale document for submission to the Contracting Office.
  • Monitor the cost, management, and/or overall technical performance of the contract after award.
  • Perform the technical evaluation of proposals in accordance with applicable source evaluation and/or selection procedures.
  • Assist in the close-out of completed contracts, including completing the Project Officer evaluation of the Contractor's performance form and/or the memorandum to the Contracting Office.
  • Manage contracts for specialized/critical systems and/or services that are not well defined.
  • None of the above.
20 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
21 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
22 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
23 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