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Grade: 15
* 1.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 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.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.Do you have at least one year of experience in the conduct of original scientific research in the broad area of plant and microbial systems biology research relevant to bioenergy?
  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.Indicate which of the following describe your involvement in fundamental scientific activities in plant and microbial systems biology research relevant to bioenergy.
  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


* 5.Do you have experience in planning, budgeting, justifying, and allocating funds for a variety of programs in plant and microbial systems biology research related to bioenergy?
  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


* 6.Select the response(s)that describe your involvement in budgeting or resource allocation for scientific research programs and projects.
  1. Developed resource plans, budget requests and related supporting documentation.
  2. Handled resource planning and budget requirements for various parts of project or program while faced with competing requirements.
  3. Presented and defended budget justifications to high level officials within the organization.
  4. Presented and defended budget to high level officials or committees 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.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.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.


* 9.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


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


* 11.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.


* 12.Indicate which of the following responses portray your involvement in the broad area of plant and microbial systems biology research relevant to bioenergy.
  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.
  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 post-doctoral individuals.
  6. None of the above.


* 13.Indicate which of the following activities you have performed on a regular and recurring basis in scientific research activities in the area of plant and microbial systems biology.
  1. Established goals and objectives for scientific facility or program.
  2. Established research goals and objectives for a research project.
  3. Reviewed and evaluated projects to determine their capability to meet research requirements.
  4. Served as the organization's representative to national committees, interagency work groups, multi-university consortiums, and/or similar work groups or committees.
  5. Provided oversight of research 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 a spokesperson or principal investigator for a multi-institutional national and/or international collaboration.
  8. No experience as described above


* 14.Are you applying for priority consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)? If the answer is yes, please be sure to upload copies of the documentation that supports your eligibility before 11:59pm on the closing date of the announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 15.Are you applying for priority consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)? If the answer is yes, please be sure to upload copies of the documentation that supports your eligibility before 11:59pm on the closing date of the announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 16.Are you applying as a 5-point preference eligible veteran? If the answer yes, please be sure to upload copies of your DD214 Member 4 Copy that verifies your eligibility before 11:59pm on the closing date of the announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 17.Are you applying as a 10-point preference eligible veteran?If the answer yes, please be sure to upload copies of your DD214 Member 4 Copy and the SF-15 that verifies your eligibility before 11:59pm on the closing date of the announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 18.Are you applying under a special hiring authority? If the answer is yes, please be sure to upload copies of the documentation that supports your eligibility before 11:59pm 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 for this vacancy if my supplemental documentation is not received by the closing date of the 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 before 11:59pm 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


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