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Grade: 09
* 1.GS-09 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 and/or you must meet the required educational requirements for GS-09. Select the choice which best describes your specialized experience or education.
  1. I have one full year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-07 level as described in the vacancy announcement under specialized experience requirements.
  2. I have a Master's or equivalent graduate degree or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.
  3. I have a combination of education and experience--Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  4. I do not meet or exceed the 1 year of specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement and/or I do not meet the education requirements as stated in 2 above.


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


* 3.Please indicate from which of the following that represent(s) your experience in identifying and resolving issues.
  1. Work closely with individuals and groups to identify issues, analyze alternatives, and negotiate differences.
  2. Facilitate the resolution of conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation is needed in order to meet objectives.
  3. Prepare analytical documents such as decision memos that identify policy or process issues and offer multiple options for resolution.
  4. Frequently review and recommend improvements in program policies, procedures, legislation, or other complex documents.
  5. Serve on teams that are assigned the task of brainstorming alternative solutions to identified issues and evaluating the effectiveness of those alternatives.
  6. None of the above.


* 4.Please indicate from your choices above 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.


* 5.This position requires working with scientific personnel on complex program management, policy, budget, and organizational issues. Please select the responses that describe your skills and experience.
  1. Facility with standard word processing, office productivity, and spreadsheet software (such as MS Word, MS Outlook, and MS Excel).
  2. Experience working in teams.
  3. Development and delivery of technical presentations to a scientific audience.
  4. Working with subcontractors to perform office related activities.
  5. Prepare summaries of scientific manuscripts.
  6. Perform literature searches and compile statistics on published scientific manuscripts.
  7. Experience setting up technical meetings or workshops.
  8. None of the above.


Grade: 11
* 1.GS-11 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 and/or you must meet the required educational requirements for GS-11. Select the choice which best describes your specialized experience or education.
  1. I have one full year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-09 level as described in the vacancy announcement under specialized experience requirements.
  2. I have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
  3. I have a combination of education and experience--Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  4. I do not meet or exceed the 1 year of specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement and/or I do not meet the education requirements as stated in 2 above.


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


* 3.Please indicate which of the following response(s) describe your experience in applying recent developments and research techniques used in the biological and life sciences to interpret and analyze information.
  1. Providing support to a biological sciences research project/program.
  2. Providing support to a biological sciences education, or extension project/program.
  3. Participating in the development of a focused research, education, or extension project related to biological science.
  4. Participating in research program as a member of a team conducting biological science research.
  5. Obtaining and assimilating background information relevant to a biological sciences research program, and using that information to formulate research endeavors.
  6. None of the above.


* 4.Please indicate from your choices above 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.


* 5.This position requires working with scientific personnel on complex program management, policy, budget, and organizational issues. Please select the responses that describe your skills and experience.
  1. Facility with standard word processing, office productivity, and spreadsheet software (such as MS Word, MS Outlook, and MS Excel).
  2. Experience working in teams.
  3. Development and delivery of technical presentations to a scientific audience.
  4. Working with subcontractors to perform office related activities.
  5. Prepare summaries of scientific manuscripts.
  6. Perform literature searches and compile statistics on published scientific manuscripts.
  7. Experience setting up technical meetings or workshops.
  8. None of the above.


* 6.Please indicate from which of the following that represent(s) your experience in identifying and resolving issues.
  1. Work closely with individuals and groups to identify issues, analyze alternatives, and negotiate differences.
  2. Facilitate the resolution of conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation is needed in order to meet objectives.
  3. Prepare analytical documents such as decision memos that identify policy or process issues and offer multiple options for resolution.
  4. Frequently review and recommend improvements in program policies, procedures, legislation, or other complex documents.
  5. Serve on teams that are assigned the task of brainstorming alternative solutions to identified issues and evaluating the effectiveness of those alternatives.
  6. None of the above.


* 7.This position requires interacting with scientists and technical personnel from a wide range of fields in the biological sciences. Please indicate those scientific areas with which you have some in-depth familiarity.
  1. Plant genomics
  2. Plant physiology
  3. Microbial genomics
  4. Microbial physiology
  5. Metabolic engineering
  6. Computational biology and bioinformatics
  7. Biochemistry
  8. Biotechnology
  9. Chemical engineering
  10. Structural biology
  11. None of the above.


Grade: 12
* 1.GS-12 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-11 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.


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


* 3.Please indicate which of the following you have experience in applying recent developments and research techniques used in the biological or environmental sciences to interpret and analyze information.
  1. Providing support to a biological or environmental sciences research project/program.
  2. Providing support to a biological or environmental sciences education, or extension project/program.
  3. Participating in the development of a focused research, education, or extension project related to biological or environmental science.
  4. Participating in a research program as a member of a team conducting biological or environmental science research.
  5. Obtaining and assimilating background information relevant to a biological or environmental sciences research program, and using that information to formulate research endeavors.
  6. None of the above.


* 4.Please indicate from your choices above 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.


* 5.Please indicate from which of the following that represent(s) your experience in identifying and resolving issues.
  1. Work closely with individuals and groups to identify issues, analyze alternatives, and negotiate differences.
  2. Facilitate the resolution of conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation is needed in order to meet objectives.
  3. Prepare analytical documents such as decision memos that identify policy or process issues and offer multiple options for resolution.
  4. Frequently review and recommend improvements in program policies, procedures, legislation, or other complex documents.
  5. Serve on teams that are assigned the task of brainstorming alternative solutions to identified issues and evaluating the effectiveness of those alternatives.
  6. None of the above.


* 6.This position requires working with scientific personnel on complex program management, policy, budget, and organizational issues. Please select the responses that describe your skills and experience.
  1. Facility with standard word processing, office productivity, and spreadsheet software (such as MS Word, MS Outlook, and MS Excel).
  2. Experience working in teams.
  3. Development and delivery of technical presentations to a scientific audience.
  4. Working with subcontractors to perform office related activities.
  5. Prepare summaries of scientific manuscripts.
  6. Perform literature searches and compile statistics on published scientific manuscripts.
  7. Experience setting up technical meetings or workshops.
  8. None of the above.


* 7.This position requires interacting with scientists and technical personnel from a wide range of fields in the biological sciences. Please indicate those scientific areas with which you have some in-depth familiarity.
  1. Plant genomics
  2. Plant physiology
  3. Microbial genomics
  4. Microbial physiology
  5. Metabolic engineering
  6. Computational biology and bioinformatics
  7. Biochemistry
  8. Biotechnology
  9. Chemical engineering
  10. Structural biology
  11. None of the above.


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


* 2.Please indicate which of the following program activity duties you have performed as a regular part of a job.
  1. Managed and administered program activities.
  2. Served as an authority on legislation, rules, and regulations governing the operation of the program activities.
  3. Prepared charters.
  4. Prepared membership packages.
  5. Prepared notice of program committee meetings.
  6. Prepared annual reports and official records.
  7. Assembled experts to participate in meetings, workshops, conferences.
  8. Handled the logistical support for meetings, workshops, and conferences.
  9. Maintained a website.
  10. Prepared spreadsheets and/or databases of program activities.
  11. Prepared program activity briefing materials.
  12. None of the above.


* 3.Please indicate from your choices above 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.


* 4.Please indicate which of the following response(s) best describe your experience serving as a liaison.
  1. Served as the primary liaison between geographically dispersed sceintific offices, laboratories, etc.
  2. Communicated issues to senior management concerning laboratory concerns.
  3. Provided guidance on policy issues.
  4. Provided guidance on the completion of projects.
  5. Served as a liaison within an office on administrative matters.
  6. None of the above.
  7. Provided guidance on the completion of projects.
  8. Served as a liaison within an office on administrative matters.
  9. None of the above.


* 5.Please indicate from the following choices, identify those that you have successfully performed in projects that you have led or was assigned lead staff responsibility.
  1. Worked as part of a team or workgroup.
  2. Worked as part of a team or workgroup that required its members to execute multiple tasks and adapt to changing needs.
  3. Negotiated to resolve conflicts, differences or problems among team members.
  4. Set project goals, milestones, and expectations.
  5. Evaluated the effectiveness of completed projects and made adjustments to processes as necessary.
  6. None of the above.


* 6.Please indicate from your choices above 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.


* 7.Select the following individuals that you interact with on a regular and recurring basis.
  1. General public
  2. Senior officials or managers from outside of my office
  3. Senior officials or managers from within my office
  4. Technical staff from within my own office
  5. Technical staff from outside of my office
  6. Support personnel, administrative, secretarial, or clerical staff from within my own office
  7. Support personnel, administrative, secretarial, or clerical staff from outside of my own office
  8. Individuals in my immediate office
  9. None of the above


* 8.Do you have the ability to communicate orally to interact with key personnel and serve as a representative for an office.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 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.Do you have the ability to effectively communicate in writing to prepare analytical documents, reports, recommendations, briefing materials, and correspondence?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 11.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


* 12.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


* 13.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


* 14.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


* 15.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


* 16.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


* 17.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.


18.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