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Grade: All Grades
* 1.Do you have at least one year of experience in the conduct of original scientific research work in one or more of the following areas: advanced scientific computing research; basic energy sciences; biological and environmental research, fusion energy sciences; high energy physics; nuclear physics; or workforce development?
  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


* 2.Do you have knowledge of the missions and programs of the Department of Energy, other Federal agencies, and national and international bodies supporting research in the field including research activities and functions of the Department of Energy's laboratories, universities, and private institutions?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.This position is responsible for creating and executing highly complex Federal science education and workforce development programs, particularly aspects relating to measurement, evaluation, and assessment. Please indicate your experience by choosing from the list below.
  1. Experience managing current Federal science education/workforce development programs and how they are managed.
  2. Experience in measurement, evaluation, and/or assessment of federal or nonfederal research programs through external peer review and through the use of appropriate metrics and data collection.
  3. Experience with interagency fundamental research programs and/or workforce development programs.
  4. None of the above.


* 4.This position is responsible for creating and implementing review, evaluation, and assessment methodologies for workforce development activities. Please indicate your experience by choosing from the list below.
  1. Developed review, evaluation, and assessment methodologies for a research or workforce development program.
  2. Assembled and analyzed large data sets from computer modeling, experiment, or demographic surveys.
  3. Used mathematical and computational tools to analyze large data sets.
  4. Developed and implemented survey tools for cohorts of scientists or students.
  5. Used survey tools for cohorts of scientists or students.
  6. None of the above.


* 5.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 goals and objectives for research programs or scientific facilities.
  2. Reviewed and evaluated research performers and/or research establishments to determine their level of performance and/or their capability to meet organization's research requirements.
  3. Served as the organization's representative to national committees, interagency workgroups, multi-university consortiums, and/or similar work groups or committees.
  4. Provided oversight of programs that involved multiple investigators and multiple projects.
  5. Served on committees overseeing, directing, or advising on activities at universities, national laboratories, and/or other research facilities and institutions.
  6. Served as spokesperson or principal investigator for multi-institutional national and/or international collaboration
  7. No experience as described above.


* 6.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.


* 7.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. Served as peer reviewer for proposals submitted by others to funding agencies.
  5. Presented invited papers dealing with results of own original fundamental scientific research at international and/or national scientific conferences.
  6. None of the above.


* 8.Indicate which of the following responses portray your involvement in one or more of the following areas: advanced scientific computing research; basic energy sciences; biological and environmental research; fusion energy sciences; high energy physics; nuclear physics; and/ or workforce development.
  1. Approved or recommended funding for scientific research proposals.
  2. Served as a manager of a scientific research group.
  3. Served as an expert or consultant to other scientists and senior management.
  4. Organized, participated, or led committees for representation of an organization.
  5. Evaluated contractor, laboratory, and grantee research proposals and performance.
  6. Develop and prepare analytical documents for top management and higher echelons of government.
  7. Provide advice and assistance in the formulation of new policies, plans and procedures.


* 9.Select from the following list the types of documents, reports, papers, etc., you have written as a regular part of a 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.


* 10.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 11:59 p.m. on the closing date of the announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 11.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 11:59 p.m. on the closing date of the announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 12.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 11:59 p.m. on the closing date of the announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 13.Are you applying as a 5-point preference eligible veteran? If the answer is yes, please be sure to fax copies of your DD214 Member 4 Copy that verifies your eligibility to the fax number listed in this vacancy announcement before 11:59 p.m. EST on the closing date of this announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 14.Are you applying as a 10-point preference eligible veteran? ? If the answer is yes, please be sure to fax copies of your DD214 Member 4 Copy and the SF-15 that verifies your eligibility to the fax number listed in this vacancy announcement before 11:59 p.m. EST on the closing date of this announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 15.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 before 11:59 p.m. on the closing date of the announcement. I understand that if I do not provide this information, I will not be considered for this position.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 16.If you are not going to fax copies of your transcripts or course listings, you must provide a course listing containing the type of information that appears on transcripts in this area. You must include the Department of the course, title of the course, hours earned (semester or quarter), grade, etc.
Maximum length of 8000 characters.


17.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


Grade: 13
* 1.You must meet the minimum basic educational and/or experience requirements for biological scientist positions in the federal government. Choose one answer which best describes your educational/experience background for an biological scientist position.
  1. I do not meet any of the education requirements and/or combination of education and experience requirements listed under the choices above.
  2. I have earned a Bachelor's degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
  3. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to one of the majors listed in 1 above, plus appropriate experience sufficient to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the environmental scientist occupation, or additional education.


* 2.GS-13 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 as described in the Duty Section of this announcement.
  1. I have one full year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-12 level as described in the specialized experience requirements.
  2. I do not have one full year of specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement.


* 3.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.


* 4.GS-13 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-12 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.


* 5.You must meet the minimum basic educational/experience requirements for professional physicist positions in the federal government. Choose one answer which best describes your educational/experience background for a physicist position.
  1. I have earned a Bachelor's degree in physics; or related degree that included at least 24 semester hours in physics. (The courses must have included a fundamental course in general physics and, in addition, courses in any two of the following: electricity and magnetism, heat, light, mechanics, modern physics, and sound.)
  2. I have a combination of education and experience with course work equivalent to a major in physics totaling at least 24 semester hours, plus at least 1 full year of professional physics experience acquired under the professional guidance of a physicist. (The courses must have included a fundamental course in general physics and, in addition, courses in any two of the following: electricity and magnetism, heat, light, mechanics, modern physics, and sound.)
  3. I do not meet any of the education and/or combination of education and experience under any of the choices above.


* 6.GS-13 In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the federal service which has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. Select the choice which best describes your specialized experience.
  1. I do not meet or exceed the required one year of specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level as described in the vacancy announcement under specialized experience.


* 7.You must meet the minimum basic education/experience requirements for professional chemist positions in the federal government. Choose one answer which best describes your educational/experience background for a chemist position.
  1. I have earned a Bachelor's Degree in physical science, life science, 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.
  2. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to one of the majors listed above (physical science, life science, or engineering) that included at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus at least one year of professional chemist experience acquired under professional chemist supervision and guidance.
  3. I do not meet any of the education and/or combination of education and experience under any of the choices above.


* 8.GS-13 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 do not meet or exceed the 1 year of specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I have one full year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-12 level as described in the vacancy announcement under specialized experience requirements.


* 9.Do you have the ability to plan, justify, and allocate funds among a variety of competing programs and requirements?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.Do you have experience providing technical guidance on workforce development projects and programs for an organization or agency?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 11.Select the answers that best describe your experience with reviewing reports, studying new policies, plans, and procedures prepared by other offices and/or agencies.
  1. Merit -bases peer review.
  2. Scientific advisory committees.
  3. Committees of visitors.
  4. Annual budget process.
  5. External science and technology reviews.
  6. Annual appraisal process.
  7. Program assessment rating tool.
  8. Office of Project Assessment reviews.
  9. Program reviews by external organizations.
  10. None of the above.


* 12.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.


Grade: 14
* 1.You must meet the minimum basic educational and/or experience requirements for biological scientist positions in the federal government. Choose one answer which best describes your educational/experience background for an biological scientist position.
  1. I do not meet any of the education requirements and/or combination of education and experience requirements listed under the choices above.
  2. I have earned a Bachelor's degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
  3. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to one of the majors listed in 1 above, plus appropriate experience sufficient to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the environmental scientist occupation, or additional education.


* 2.GS-14 In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the federal service which has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. Select the choice which best describes your specialized experience.
  1. I do not meet or exceed the required 1 year of specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I have one full year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-13 level as described in the vacancy announcement under specialized experience requirements.


* 3.GS-14 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-13 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.


* 4.You must meet the minimum basic educational/experience requirements for professional physicist positions in the federal government. Choose one answer which best describes your educational/experience background for a physicist position.
  1. I have earned a Bachelor's degree in physics; or related degree that included at least 24 semester hours in physics. (The courses must have included a fundamental course in general physics and, in addition, courses in any two of the following: electricity and magnetism, heat, light, mechanics, modern physics, and sound.)
  2. I have a combination of education and experience with course work equivalent to a major in physics totaling at least 24 semester hours, plus at least 1 full year of professional physics experience acquired under the professional guidance of a physicist. (The courses must have included a fundamental course in general physics and, in addition, courses in any two of the following: electricity and magnetism, heat, light, mechanics, modern physics, and sound.)
  3. I do not meet any of the education and/or combination of education and experience under any of the choices above.


* 5.GS-14 In addition to meeting basic requirements, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the federal service which has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. Select the choice which best describes your specialized experience.
  1. I do not meet or exceed the required one year of specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level as described in the vacancy announcement under specialized experience.


* 6.You must meet the minimum basic education/experience requirements for professional chemist positions in the federal government. Choose one answer which best describes your educational/experience background for a chemist position.
  1. I have earned a Bachelor's Degree in physical science, life science, 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.
  2. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to one of the majors listed above (physical science, life science, or engineering) that included at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus at least one year of professional chemist experience acquired under professional chemist supervision and guidance.
  3. I do not meet any of the education and/or combination of education and experience under any of the choices above.


* 7.GS-14 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 do not meet or exceed the 1 year of specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I have one full year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-13 level as described in the vacancy announcement under specialized experience requirements.


* 8.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.


* 9.Do you have the knowledge and ability to plan, justify, and allocate funds among a variety of competing programs and requirements?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.Do you have experience as a lead representative providing technical leadership and guidance in a scientific program area?
  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


Grade: 15
* 1.You must meet the minimum basic educational and/or experience requirements for biological scientist positions in the federal government. Choose one answer which best describes your educational/experience background for an biological scientist position.
  1. I do not meet any of the education requirements and/or combination of education and experience requirements listed under the choices above.
  2. I have earned a Bachelor's degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
  3. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to one of the majors listed in 1 above, plus appropriate experience sufficient to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the environmental scientist occupation, or additional education.


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


* 3.You must meet the minimum basic educational/experience requirements for professional physicist positions in the federal government. Choose one answer which best describes your educational/experience background for a physicist position.
  1. I have earned a Bachelor's degree in physics; or related degree that included at least 24 semester hours in physics. (The courses must have included a fundamental course in general physics and, in addition, courses in any two of the following: electricity and magnetism, heat, light, mechanics, modern physics, and sound.)
  2. I have a combination of education and experience with course work equivalent to a major in physics totaling at least 24 semester hours, plus at least 1 full year of professional physics experience acquired under the professional guidance of a physicist. (The courses must have included a fundamental course in general physics and, in addition, courses in any two of the following: electricity and magnetism, heat, light, mechanics, modern physics, and sound.)
  3. I do not meet any of the education and/or combination of education and experience under any of the choices above.


* 4.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 do not meet or exceed the 1 year of specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. 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.


* 5.You must meet the minimum basic education/experience requirements for professional chemist positions in the federal government. Choose one answer which best describes your educational/experience background for a chemist position.
  1. I have earned a Bachelor's Degree in physical science, life science, 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.
  2. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to one of the majors listed above (physical science, life science, or engineering) that included at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus at least one year of professional chemist experience acquired under professional chemist supervision and guidance.
  3. I do not meet any of the education and/or combination of education and experience under any of the choices above.


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


* 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.Do you have experience examining and ascertaining workforce development needs and opportunities against scientific and technological advances and of the potential needs of an organization or agency?
  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


* 10.Do you have the experience to plan, justify, and allocate funds among a variety of competing programs and requirements?
  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