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Grade: 12
* 1.To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Statistician, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE with 15 semester hours in STATISTICS (or in MATHEMATICS and STATISTICS with 6 semester hours in STATISTICS) PLUS 9 ADDITIONAL semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc.
  2. I have a combination of STATISTICAL WORK EXPERIENCE and EDUCATION LEADING TO A BACHELOR'S DEGREE WITH 15 sem hrs in STATISTICS (or in MATHEMATICS and STATISTICS with 6 sem hrs in STATISTICS) PLUS 9 ADDITIONAL sem hrs in physical/biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in social sciences (demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social/cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc)
  3. I do not meet any of the above.


* 2.GS-12: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Statistician, GS-12, select the option that best describes your experience background:
  1. I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-11 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  2. I do not meet the specialized experience requirement described above.


* 3.Choose the response which best describes your training and experience in probabilistic assessment of human health risk from pesticides or other environmental contaminants.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


Grade: 13
* 1.To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Statistician, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE with 15 semester hours in STATISTICS (or in MATHEMATICS and STATISTICS with 6 semester hours in STATISTICS) PLUS 9 ADDITIONAL semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc.
  2. I have a combination of STATISTICAL WORK EXPERIENCE and EDUCATION LEADING TO A BACHELOR'S DEGREE WITH 15 sem hrs in STATISTICS (or in MATHEMATICS and STATISTICS with 6 sem hrs in STATISTICS) PLUS 9 ADDITIONAL sem hrs in physical/biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in social sciences (demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social/cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc)
  3. I do not meet any of the above.


* 2.GS-13: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Statistician, GS-13, select the option that best describes your experience background:
  1. I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-12 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  2. I do not meet the specialized experience requirement described above.


* 3.Choose the response which best describes your training and experience in probabilistic assessment of human health risk from pesticides or other environmental contaminants.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Select the response that best describes your experience using statistics or statistical software packages to analyze scientific data.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 2.Select the responses that describe the quantitative functions or analyses that you have you performed.
  1. I have experience using ArcGIS.
  2. I have independently written and executed complex command scripts in the SAS, S-Plus or R statistical languages.
  3. I have used approaches in which statistical programs such as SAS, Splus, or R were used to transfer data to and from ArcGIS.
  4. I have conducted multiple regression analyses.
  5. I have conducted categorical data analysis.
  6. I have conducted multivariate analyses such as factor analysis, cluster analysis, or discriminant analysis and ordination.
  7. None of the above.


* 3.Select the statistical methods that you have performed.
  1. Basic Statistical Methods (e.g., summary statistics, parametric tests, correlation)
  2. Linear Models/Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) /Multivariant Analysis of Variance (MANOVA), e.g., regression, balanced and unbalanced, factorial nested and mixed design
  3. Non-Parametric Methods (e.g., Wilcoxon and Kendall tests, tests for trends)
  4. Multivariate Methods (e.g., factor analysis and principal component analysis)
  5. Cluster Analysis (e.g., hierarchical clustering, Monte Carlo, permutations)
  6. Resampling and Simulation Methods (e.g., bootstrap, jackknife)
  7. Model Testing and Post Estimation (e.g., Walds and LR tests)
  8. Transform and Normality Tests (e.g., Box-Cox, Shapiro-Wilk and Shapiro-Francia tests)
  9. Time Series Analysis (e.g., time series functions, operators and smoothers, tests for white noise)
  10. Survival Analysis (e.g., Cox regression, parametric models, Weibull, Kaplan-Meier)
  11. Survey Methods (e.g., probabilistic, factorial)
  12. General Linear Models (e.g., binomial, Poisson and exponential, log-linear, and generalized linear mixed models)
  13. Bayesian approaches to combining data
  14. Meta-analysis techniques
  15. I do not meet any of the choices above


* 4.Select the response that describes your experience with non parametric statistics.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 5.Select the responses that describe your experience in statistics.
  1. My experience in statistics has been in experimental studies.
  2. My experience in statistics has been in observational studies.
  3. My experience in statistics has been in theoretical statistics.
  4. I have no experience in statistics.


* 6.What experience do you have in developing and applying mathematical software applications?
  1. I have developed mathematical software applications that are used outside of my laboratory, program or division
  2. I have developed mathematical software applications that I have used in my own research
  3. I have used mathematical software applications in my research
  4. I have used mathematical software applications for calculations
  5. I have no experience in this area


* 7.Choose the response which best describes your training and experience in assessing human health hazards of environmental chemicals.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 8.Have you or do you perform statistical analysis of data sets from epidemiologic, toxicology and/or health research?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 9.I have adapted and extended statistical methodologies to analyze and model various types of data and to resolve problems in the analyses, interpretation and validity of data.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.Utilize computer systems with a variety of advanced statistical and information management software to access, collect, compile, maintain, analyze, model, and report on research data.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 11.Plan statistical evaluation of research data.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 12.I have prepared data for statistical analysis and organize experimental results for summation.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 13.Please select the response that best describes your experience developing non-routine analyses of quantitative problems where original computational methods are required.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 14.Do you have experience conducting statistical evaluation of laboratory and field research data?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 15.Please select all of the responses that best describe your experience in the following areas:
  1. Develop statistical designs for experimental investigations in biological and environmental research.
  2. Analyze spatially distributed ecological data or environmental monitoring data using mathematical or statistical methods.
  3. Use statistical software applications to design environmental assessments/monitoring studies.
  4. Use software to manipulate experimental data and to integrate scientific databases.
  5. Develop numerical simulation studies to evaluate performance of statistical procedures and assumptions.
  6. Select or adapt statistical methods for the analysis of biological effects and environmental monitoring data.
  7. Use spatial statistical software applications to analyze environmental and ecological effects data.
  8. Develop mathematical and statistical models for biological and physical phenomena.
  9. I do not meet any of the choices above


* 16.Use parametric and non-parametric statistical methods to evaluate laboratory and field studies in order to estimate effects to wildlife populations.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 17.Perform statistical analysis of gene expression microarrays.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 18.Which of the following best describes the application of your knowledge to characterize or evaluate dose-response relationships and/or cause-effect relationships between dependent and independent variables?
  1. I am frequently asked to instruct others and/or trouble-shoot analyses performed by others
  2. I regularly use technical analytic methods to develop and/or evaluate dose-response and/or cause-effect relationships
  3. I have occasionally used technical analytic methods to develop and/or evaluate dose-response and/or cause-effect relationships
  4. I have used non-technical means to evaluate dose-response relationships and/or cause-effect relationships which had been developed by others
  5. I have education or training in this area, but I have no practical experience performing this task
  6. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task


* 19.What experience do you have in developing and applying mathematical software applications?
  1. I have developed mathematical software applications that are used outside of my laboratory, program or division
  2. I have developed mathematical software applications that I have used in my own research
  3. I have used mathematical software applications in my research
  4. I have used mathematical software applications for calculations
  5. I have no experience in this area


* 20.Which of the following describes your usage of data analysis software?
  1. I have used spreadsheet software and menu-based statistical packages such as SYSTAT, SAS Insight, or SPlus.
  2. I have analyzed assemblage and environmental data using multivariate software such as PC-ORD, NT-SYS, PRIMER, or PATN.
  3. I have written and executed complex command scripts in the SAS, SPlus or R statistical language.
  4. I have used GIS software such as ARCGIS.
  5. I do not meet any of the choices listed above.


* 21.Select the response that best describes your experience analyzing scientific data and information and preparing technical reports based on this information.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 22.Preparing written descriptions of statistical analysis methodology and results.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 23.I have reviewed statistical analyses of data sets performed by other researchers to determine the accuracy of their procedures and interpretations, and to determine applicability to other projects.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 24.Conduct literature searches and/or identify relevant scientific/technical reports and data sets.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 25.Please select all the computer software you have routinely used:
  1. Word processing, e.g., MS Word
  2. Graphics, e.g., Power Point
  3. Spreadsheets, e.g., Excel
  4. Graphical Software Packages
  5. Statistical Software
  6. I do not have experience with any of the above.


* 26.Which answer best describes your experience working as a member of a multi-disciplinary research team?
  1. As a graduate student, I conducted research on multiple projects as part of a multi-disciplinary research team.
  2. My current research is part of a multi-disciplinary team within my immediate institution.
  3. My current research is part of a multi-disciplinary team across several research institutions.
  4. I have led or co-led one or more multi-disciplinary research teams.
  5. None of the above.


* 27.Choose the response that best characterizes your experience working with multi-disciplinary groups of scientists assessing human health risk of pesticides or other contaminants.
  1. I have no experience with such groups.
  2. I have been a member of a single-discipline group assessing human health risk of environmental chemicals.
  3. I have been a member of a multi-disciplinary group assessing human health risk of environmental chemicals.
  4. I have led a single-discipline group assessing human health risk of environmental chemicals.
  5. I have led a multi-disciplinary group assessing human health risk of environmental chemicals.


* 28.Choose the response that best characterizes your experience working with multi-disciplinary groups of scientists assessing environmental fate, exposure, or risk of pesticides or other stressors.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 29.Conduct briefings for government employees and officials, industry officials, and the public where technical or scientific concepts are presented in ways understandable to people from non- technical backgrounds.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 30.Communicate technical issues to a wide variety of audiences
  1. I have not had training or experience in this type of communication.
  2. I have had training in this area, but I have not had an opportunity to demonstrate this ability in my school/work environment.
  3. I have demonstrated this ability, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have routinely demonstrated this ability, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.


* 31.Have you published research on statistical methods or mathematical modeling in juried professional journals?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 32.Performed project management tasks including project planning, scheduling, tracking and reporting.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 33.Where did you learn about this EPA Position?
  1. Job Fair/Career Conference
  2. Referral from a Professional Organization
  3. Referral from a College/University Career Placement Office
  4. Referral from a Professor or Academic Advisor
  5. Referral from a current EPA employee
  6. Referral from a friend or family member
  7. EPA Internet Site
  8. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) USA Jobs Internet Site
  9. Referral from a State or Local government
  10. Referral from another Federal Agency/Employee
  11. Twitter
  12. Facebook
  13. USA Jobs iPhone/iPad Application
  14. Other (w/Branch)

        BRANCHED: * 1.If you answered Other please tell us how you learned about this position.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 34.Please look at the qualification requirements (both experience and/or education) that are stated in this vacancy announcement. Does your resume clearly contain this information in order to determine you are qualified for the position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 35.For each position listed on your resume, did you include the position title, company, salary, weekly hours worked, and your actual beginning and ending dates of employment?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 36.Have you reviewed the vacancy announcement "How to Apply" and required documents section to determine what supplemental material that you must provide?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 37.Are you aware that all applicants, including current EPA employees, must submit transcripts as part of your application package as outlined in the vacancy announcement? Failure to submit transcripts will be considered an incomplete application and it will be rated ineligible.
  1. Yes
  2. No






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