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Grade: 13
* 1.You must meet the minimum educational and experience requirements for professional Microbiology position in the Federal government.
  1. I have earned a Bachelor's degree or higher in: microbiology; or biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in microbiology and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms, and 20 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences combining course work in organic chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent.
  2. I have a combination of education and experience-courses equivalent to a major in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  3. I do not meet any education and/or combination of education and experience under any of the choices above.


* 2.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 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.


* 3.This position is responsible for communicating a variety of issues on an interpersonal level. Please indicate which of the following types of interpersonal communication duties you have performed as a regular part of a job.
  1. Negotiate policy changes
  2. Mediate or facilitate problem resolution
  3. Brief managers on organizational issues or similar topics
  4. Defend recommendations on controversial issues to top management
  5. Interview individuals to obtain study data
  6. Facilitate coordination of efforts between organizational entities
  7. Independently plan, host and conduct meetings
  8. Act as management representative
  9. Serve on panels, committees, or task forces on technical, programmatic, and/or professional issues
  10. Regularly consulted by others on technical, programmatic, and/or professional issues
  11. None of the above


Grade: 14
* 1.You must meet the minimum educational and experience requirements for professional Microbiology position in the Federal government.
  1. I have earned a Bachelor's degree or higher in: microbiology; or biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in microbiology and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms, and 20 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences combining course work in organic chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent.
  2. I have a combination of education and experience-courses equivalent to a major in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  3. I do not meet any education and/or combination of education and experience under any of the choices above.


* 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.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: 15
* 1.You must meet the minimum educational and experience requirements for professional Microbiology position in the Federal government.
  1. I have earned a Bachelor's degree or higher in: microbiology; or biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in microbiology and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms, and 20 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences combining course work in organic chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent.
  2. I have a combination of education and experience-courses equivalent to a major in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  3. I do not meet any education and/or combination of education and experience under any of the choices above.


* 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-13 level as described in the vacancy announcement under specialized experience requirements.


* 3.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.


* 4.Please indicate where your experience in high level interactions for the items checked above 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.


* 5.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


* 6.Please indicate where the above information on the nature of your involvement in budgeting scientific research for those items checked above is supported in your resume. Be sure to list the employer, position and the dates. (Do Not Paste Your Resume Here)
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 7.This position requires strong written communication skills. Please select the responses that describe your experience in preparing written material of a scientific nature in support of institutional scientific research.
  1. Participation in the written development of institutional strategic planning documents.
  2. Participation in the development of a funding opportunity announcement for scientific research.
  3. Experience reviewing and summarizing scientific research developments for publication.
  4. Experience preparing written budget justifications for research programs.
  5. Participation in the development of publically available interagency or scientific committee reports on scientific topics.
  6. None of the above.


* 8.Please indicate where the above information on the nature of your involvement in the preparation of institutional documents is supported in your resume. Be sure to list the employer, position and the dates. (Do Not Paste Your Resume Here)
Maximum length of 250 characters.


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: microbial physiology, microbial genomics, microbial community function and ecology, and metagenomics?
  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.Please indicate additional scientific areas of familiarity relevant to microbial research for bioenergy and the environment.
  1. Metabolic engineering
  2. Computational biology and bioinformatics
  3. Fermentation processes
  4. Biogeochemistry
  5. Proteomics
  6. Biochemistry
  7. Biotechnology
  8. Chemical engineering
  9. Structural biology


* 3.Indicate which of the following responses portray your involvement in one or more of the following areas: microbial physiology, microbial genomics, microbial community function and ecology, and metagenomics.
  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.


* 4.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 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. Established goals and objectives for a large research project
  5. Served as the organization's representative to national committees, interagency workgroups, multi-university consortiums, and/or similar work groups or committees
  6. Provided oversight of programs that involved multiple investigators and multiple projects
  7. Served on committees overseeing, directing, or advising on activities at universities, national laboratories, and/or other research facilities and institutions
  8. Served as spokesperson or principal investigator for multi-institutional national and/or international collaboration
  9. No experience as described above


* 5.Please indicate where your experience in scientific research activities 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.


* 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.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.


* 8.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


* 9.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 11:59pm on the closing date of this announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 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.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.


16.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