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Grade: 15
* 1.GS-15 In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade in the federal service which has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Select the choice which best describes your specialized experience.
  1. I have one full year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-14 level as described in the vacancy announcement under specialized experience requirements.
  2. I do not meet or exceed the 1 year of specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement.


* 2.You must meet the minimum educational/experience requirements for professional physical scientist positions in the Federal government. Choose one answer which best describes your educational/experience background for a physical scientist position.
  1. I have earned a Bachelor's degree or higher in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering sciences such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
  2. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to one of the majors listed in A above that include at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering sciences, plus at least one year of professional physical science experience acquired under professional physical science supervision and guidance.
  3. I do not meet any education and/or combination of education and experience under any of the choices above.


* 3.Do you have at least one year of experience in the conduct of original scientific research work in neutron science or synchrotron radiation and/or facilities operation?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate where this is reflected in your resume. Be sure to list the employer, position and the dates. (Do Not Paste Your Resume Here)

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 4.Please indicate your experience performing duties in the area of neutron scattering or synchrotron radiation.
  1. Less than three years.
  2. Between three to five years.
  3. Five years or more.
  4. None of the above.


* 5.Indicate which of the following responses portray your involvement in neutron science or synchrotron radiation research and/or facilities operation.
  1. Approved or recommended funding for scientific research proposals.
  2. Served as Principal Investigator on original scientific research project(s) that resulted in publications in peer-reviewed archival scientific journals.
  3. Served as a manager of a scientific research group engaged in physical sciences research.
  4. Performed original scientific research that led to peer-reviewed publications in archival scientific journals in support of a senior researcher's program.
  5. Supervised original scientific thesis research efforts of doctoral students or supervised postdoctoral individuals.
  6. None of the above.


* 6.Indicate which of the following describe your involvement in fundamental scientific research activities in neutron science or synchrotron research and/or facilities operation.
  1. Nuetron and/or X-ray scattering research.
  2. Instrument design and fabrication for neutron scattering beamlines.
  3. Machine Physics background.
  4. Light source and/or neutron scattering facilities operation.
  5. FEL physics.
  6. Scientific Instrumentation for experiments using light sources.
  7. Scientific Instrumentation for Spallation Neutron Sources.
  8. Scientific experience in utilization of national facilities for chemistry and materials science research.
  9. Theoretical and computational studies applied to synchrotron radiation and/or neutron scattering research.
  10. None of the above


* 7.This position briefs, defends and advocates positions, and conducts negotiations to resolve highly complex or controversial scientific and technical issues with a variety of high level management and science officials. Select all levels that apply for management and/or science officials with whom you have, or had, regular interpersonal contact.
  1. Senior Federal agency or departmental program managers or management officials.
  2. High-ranking officials at national laboratories.
  3. Senior officials at universities.
  4. Key management officials at other Federal agencies.
  5. Research scientists at other Federal agencies, universities, or laboratories.
  6. High-ranking officials at private research institutions or industrial laboratories.
  7. Management officials or researchers at foreign research institutions.
  8. Scientists or administrative officials on national level committees and workgroups or equivalent.
  9. Scientific advisory committees.
  10. None of the above.


* 8.Select the response(s) that describe your involvement in budgeting for scientific research.
  1. Developed budget requests and related supporting documentation
  2. Handled budget requirements for various parts of project or program while faced with competing requirements
  3. Presented and defended annual budget justifications to high level officials within the organization
  4. Presented and defended annual budget to high level officials outside of the organization
  5. Worked with changing budget needs within the program or project
  6. Monitored and tracked obligations and expenditures for assigned scientific programs and projects
  7. Responded to adjustment in program budget
  8. None of the above


* 9.Please indicate where this is reflected in your resume. Be sure to list the employer, position and the dates. (Do Not Paste Your Resume Here)
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 10.Indicate which of the following activities you have performed on a regular and recurring basis in scientific research activities in the area(s) described in the duty section of this vacancy announcement.
  1. Established strategic goals and objectives for scientific facility or program
  2. Established research goals and objectives for research facility or research program
  3. Reviewed and evaluated sites to determine their capability to meet DOE research requirements
  4. Served as the organization's representative to national committees, interagency workgroups, multi-university consortiums, and/or similar work groups or committees
  5. Provided oversight of programs that involved multiple investigators and multiple projects
  6. Served on committees overseeing, directing, or advising on activities at universities, national laboratories, and/or other research facilities and institutions
  7. Reviewed and evaluated research sites to determine their capability to meet research requirements
  8. Served as spokesperson or principal investigator for multi-institutional national and/or international collaboration
  9. No experience as described above


* 11.Please indicate which of the following types of interpersonal communication duties you have performed as a regular part of a job:
  1. Explain policy and procedural requirements to other offices within the organization.
  2. Conduct or lead briefings and meetings.
  3. Defend controversial decisions, conclusions, findings, or recommendations to high-level management or policy officials.
  4. Mediate or facilitate problem resolution.
  5. None of the above.


* 12.Select from the following list the types of documents, reports, papers, etc., you have written as a regular part of your job.
  1. Reports, which include options and recommendations, to advise managers on program operations and needs
  2. Position papers, issue papers, statements of work, program plans, and proposals, including analysis and recommendations
  3. Reports that consolidated input (including contradictory viewpoints or recommendations) from a number of different sources
  4. Correspondence which conveys complex issues and includes persuasive arguments for obtaining support of a position
  5. Procedural guidance
  6. Presentation materials utilizing software such as PowerPoint and Excel
  7. None of the above


* 13.Do you have the ability to effectively communicate in writing to prepare complex decisions papers and policies for a wide variety of audiences.
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate where this is reflected in your resume. Be sure to list the employer, position and the dates. (Do Not Paste Your Resume Here)

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 14.Indicate which of the following describes your involvement in publishing and presenting results of your own original fundamental scientific research activities as described in the duty section of this vacancy announcement.
  1. Served as primary author on manuscripts that were published in peer-reviewed archival scientific journals
  2. Co-authored peer-reviewed publications in archival scientific journals.
  3. Served as peer-reviewer for manuscripts submitted by others to archival journals.
  4. Presented invited papers dealing with results of own original fundamental scientific research at international and/or national scientific conferences.
  5. None of the above.


* 15.Do you have a list of your publications that have been published or accepted for publication in peer-viewed archival scientific journals?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate where this is reflected in your resume. Be sure to list the employer, position and the dates. (Do Not Paste Your Resume Here)

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 16.Are you applying under a special hiring authority? If the answer is yes, please be sure to fax copies of the documentation that supports your eligibility to the fax number listed in this vacancy announcement before 11 p.m. on the closing date of the announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 17.Are you applying for priority consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)? If the answer is yes, please be sure to fax copies of the documentation that supports your eligibility to the fax number listed in this vacancy announcement before 11 p.m. on the closing date of the announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 18.Are you applying for priority consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)? If the answer is yes, please be sure to fax copies of the documentation that supports your eligibility to the fax number listed in this vacancy announcement before 11 p.m. on the closing date of the announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 19.I have read this vacancy announcement thoroughly and understand that supplemental documentation may be required. I further understand that I will not be considered if my supplemental documentation is not received by the Human Resources Office by 11:00 on the closing date of this announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 20.I have read the minimum education requirements in the vacancy announcement and understand that I must submit copies of my transcripts or course listings that verify that I have the required education. I understand that if I do not provide this information, I will not be considered for this position.
  1. Yes
  2. No


21.Where did you hear about this job vacancy?
  1. DOE's presence at a college job fair or professional organizational event
  2. Referral from a professional organization
  3. College placement office
  4. Referral from a state or local agency
  5. Referral from a friend or relative
  6. OPM USAJobs Internet Site
  7. Saw it mentioned on another DOE Website
  8. Magazine or newspaper advertisement
  9. Internet search engine
  10. Referral from another Federal agency or Federal employee
  11. Internet job board
  12. Other