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YOUR RESPONSE TO THE FOLLOWING BASIC QUALIFICATION QUESTION(S) MUST BE SUPPORTED IN YOUR RESUME. FAILURE TO SUPPORT YOUR ANSWER(S) IN YOUR RESUME MAY IMPACT YOU OR ELIMINATE YOU FROM CONSIDERATION.

* 1.Choose the one answer that best describes your education and experience as it pertains to the basic requirements for Physical Scientist positions.
  1. I have completed a bachelor's or higher degree in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such has mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
  2. I have a combination of education and experience-education equivalent to one of the majors described above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  3. I do not meet any of the requirements described above.


* 2.GS-11 (Research Positions) - In addition to meeting the Basic Education Requirement or combination of Education and Experience described above, applicants must possess professional experience, or additional education as described below.
  1. I have at least one year of professional experience that has equipped me with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-9 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I have a Master's or equivalent graduate degree in a related physical science or another field that is directly related to this position.
  3. My experience or education does not match any of the above.


YOUR RESPONSES TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS MUST BE SUPPORTED IN YOUR RESUME. FAILURE TO SUPPORT YOUR ANSWER(S) IN YOUR RESUME MAY IMPACT YOU OR ELIMINATE YOU FROM CONSIDERATION.

* 3.Which of the following describes your experience assessing the impact of new technologies on current and future operations; analyzing technology alternatives to the problem; conceptualizing the pros and cons of each, synthesizing alternatives, and developing organized, cogent, reliable recommendations?
  1. Expertise in operational test and evaluation techniques and practices.
  2. Expertise in the latest technologies in naval architecture/marine engineering.
  3. Expertise in developing scientifically sound test/research plans and effectively evaluating those results.
  4. Ability to translate complex technical concepts into terms that can be understood by decision makers.
  5. Ability to organize and present complex technical matters into effective presentations, reports, and decision papers.
  6. None of the above.


* 4.Which of the following best describes your project management experience?
  1. I managed projects being responsible for cost, schedule and technical performance.
  2. I managed one or more tasks being responsible for cost, schedule and technical performance.
  3. Key member of a project team, made a significant contribution to the overall effort.
  4. I have some experience as a project team member.
  5. Other experience that demonstrates ability to lead/contribute to group efforts.
  6. None of the above


* 5.Which of the following best describes your ability to communicate with other professionals and customers?
  1. I have made technical presentations and prepared technical "reports" on technical work. Tailored presentation/report to technical and non-technical audiences.
  2. I have prepared well received technical "reports" on technical work.
  3. I have effectively tailored oral presentations to audiences.
  4. Other examples of ability to write and communicate effectively.
  5. None of the above


* 6.Which of the following best describes your experience in effectively managing cost, schedule and technical performance?
  1. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  5. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.


* 7.From the following list please select each statement that you have had team experience involving engineering projects.
  1. I have worked with a research customer to develop an effective definition of the problem to be solved.
  2. I have determined the desired end state of the research effort.
  3. I have defined the desired end state for the Agency.
  4. I have developed technical alternatives to solve the problem.
  5. I have analyzed alternatives and recommended a course of action.
  6. I have constructed procurement packages to obtain contractor support for the project.
  7. I have effectively managed cost, schedule and technical performance.
  8. None of the above.


* 8.Which of the following reflects your level of experience communicating technical information in the form of oral presentations, reports, or briefings?
  1. I have participated in discussions to obtain information used to provide support specific to a research project.
  2. I have queried co-workers or customers in order to gather general information related to clerical or administrative support related to research projects.
  3. I have presented information in a college setting specifically related to research projects.
  4. I have experience or education that is less than that described above.
  5. None of the above.


* 9.Which of the following reflects your level of experience or training providing assistance on a variety of research issues, problems, or concerns?
  1. I have worked closely with senior researchers on a variety of research issues.
  2. I have worked closely with researchers in different specialty areas providing assistance on a variety of research issues.
  3. I have worked in an engineering/research environment providing administrative support for research/engineering projects.
  4. I have experience or education that is less than that described above.
  5. None of the above.


* 10.This position is responsible for producing a variety of written products. Please indicate which of the following specific types of written products you have produced as a regular part of a job by checking the appropriate boxes.
  1. Issue papers or summary reports on organizational data, which includes analysis and recommendations.
  2. Position papers on controversial issues.
  3. Correspondence that consolidates input from a number of different sources (including contradictory viewpoints).
  4. Policy statements and guidance.
  5. Procedural guidance.
  6. Report findings on studies.
  7. Guidelines or procedural instructions for implementing new initiatives or systems.
  8. Recommendations for solutions to policy problems.
  9. Product/Process evaluation assessments.
  10. None of the above


* 11.I have worked in environments that have required me to identify needs or problems and determine necessary action.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 12.Select the answer that best describes your experience in ensuring that projects comply with environmental regulations.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 13.Which best describes your decision-making style?
  1. I make most of the decisions without any input from others.
  2. I empower my subordinates to make decisions as much as possible.
  3. I gather a lot of very detailed information before making a decision.
  4. I make decisions expeditiously.
  5. I do not make decisions expeditiously.


* 14.Which of the following statements best describes your experience monitoring, reporting on, and resolving issues associated with contractor performance:
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.






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