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* 1.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.


* 2.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.


* 3.Do you have at least one year of experience in the conduct of original, fundamental scientific research in the chemical sciences related to conversion of solar energy to electricity and chemical fuels?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate where the above information is supported in your resume. (Provide dates and title of position). Do NOT say “See Resume”.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 4.Indicate which of the following describe your involvement in fundamental scientific activities in the chemical sciences related to solar energy conversion.
  1. Organic photochemistry
  2. Inorganic photochemistry
  3. Photo-catalysis
  4. Photo-electrochemistry
  5. Photo-induced energy transfer
  6. Photo-induced charge transfer
  7. Dye-sensitized solar cells
  8. Interfacial chemistry
  9. Semiconductors (colloidal, large band, organic)
  10. Biochemical aspects of natural photosynthesis
  11. Artificial photosynthesis
  12. Inorganic photosynthesis
  13. Organic photosynthesis
  14. Carbon dioxide activation or conversion
  15. Solar hydrogen production
  16. Nanoscale chemical processes
  17. Computational chemistry
  18. Fuel-forming catalysis
  19. None of the above


* 5.Do you have experience in planning, budgeting, justifying, and allocating funds for a variety of programs in the chemical sciences?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate where the above information is supported in your resume. (Provide dates and title of position). Do NOT say “See Resume”.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 6.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


* 7.Do you have experience planning, directing, and evaluating new and highly complex basic research programs, projects, and policies?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 8.Indicate which of the following responses portray your involvement in the chemical sciences related to solar energy.
  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


* 9.Please indicate where the description of your scientific research and where your role in performing and managing (plan, direct, and evaluate) this research are 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.Do you have experience writing peer reviewable proposals for scientific funding and reviewing scientific proposals for funding?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate where the above information is supported in your resume. (Provide dates and title of position). Do NOT say “See Resume”.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 11.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.


* 12.Please indicate where your experience in high level interactions, strategic planning, oversight, and advisory 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.


* 13.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 research goals and objectives for research facility or research program
  2. Reviewed and evaluated sites to determine their capability to meet DOE research requirements
  3. Established goals and objectives for a large research project
  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. Served as spokesperson or principal investigator for multi-institutional national and/or international collaboration
  8. No experience as described above


* 14.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.


* 15.Do you have the experience to effectively communicate orally to serve as a spokesperson for the organization in the broad scientific areas of responsibility?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 16.Do you have experience in written communication of analytical documents or research findings?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 17.Please indicate where your experience in written and oral scientific communication 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.


* 18.Indicate which of the following describes your experience in publishing and presenting results of your own original fundamental scientific and/or technical 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-author of 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


* 19.Do you have a list of your publications that have been published or accepted for publication in peer-viewed archival scientific journals?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 20.Please indicate where your publications are reflected in your resume.(Do Not Paste Your Resume Here)
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 21.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


* 22.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


* 23.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


* 24.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


* 25.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


* 26.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


27.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