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Grade: 04
* 1.ALL GRADES: Basic Education Requirement - choose the one answer that best describes your education and experience as it pertains to the mandatory basic requirements for this position.
  1. I have a bachelor's or higher degree in microbiology, food microbiology, biology, chemistry or other subjects directly related to the study of microorganisms, that included at least 20 semester hours (or 30 quarter hours) in microbiology specific coursework, and 20 semester hours (30 quarter hours) in the physical and mathematical sciences combining coursework in organic chemistry, biochemistry, physics, college algebra, or their equivalent.
  2. I possess a combination of education and experience--course work equivalent to a major in microbiology, food microbiology, biology, chemistry or other subjects directly related to the study of microorganisms, that included at least 20 semester hours in microbiology, and 20 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences combining coursework in organic chemistry, biochemistry, physics, college algebra, or their equivalent plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  3. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 2.AP-0403 Microbiologist, (General) Band 4 (GS-12/13 equivalent): Please select the statement(s) that reflect your basic qualifications for this position.
  1. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower GS grade level (GS-11).
  2. I have at least 52 weeks equivalent to the next lower PHHRS pay band (e.g. Band 3) level in the federal service.
  3. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower comparable pay band in another pay system.
  4. I have a combination of pay band and GS experience that meets the specialized experience requirements.
  5. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level of the following: I have Non-Federal (private sector) or a combination of Non-Federal and Federal (GS or pay band) experience that meets the specialized experience requirements. I understand that my resume must clearly reflect this experience, including the number of months of full-time work or percentages for combinations of work that clearly show that I meet the specialized experience requirements.
  6. None of the above for this band (AP Band 4 , GS-12/13 equivalent)


Please be aware that specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level is required in order to meet basic qualifications.

Grade: All Grades
* 1.Choose the answer that best describes your highest level of education (choose only one answer):
  1. Completed post-doctoral fellowship.
  2. Completed doctorate degree.
  3. Completed master of science/arts degree.
  4. Completed graduate coursework in my functional field, in addition to having a bachelor`s degree, but have not received a master of science/art degree.
  5. Completed bachelor of arts/science degree in my functional field.
  6. Completed a bachelor of arts/science degree in a field not related to this functional position.


* 2.I have successfully completed the following university courses (select all that apply):
  1. General Microbiology
  2. Bacteriology
  3. Pathogenic/Diagnostic Microbiology
  4. Microbial Genetics
  5. Virology
  6. Molecular Biology
  7. Microbial Physiology
  8. Food Microbiology
  9. Meat microbiology
  10. Immunology
  11. Statistics
  12. None of the above.


* 3.Please check the answer that most closely describes your work experience. My years of work experience in the microbiological sciences are (select only one answer):
  1. 10 or more
  2. More than 4 but less than 10
  3. Less than 4
  4. Less than 1
  5. None


* 4.I have experience in the following aspects of food microbiology (select all that apply):
  1. Conducted food microbiological experiments as prescribed by my supervisor.
  2. Designed and conducted my own experimental microbiological studies in a work setting.
  3. Conducted research related to foodborn pathogen testing methods.
  4. Conducted evaluations of foodborne pathogen testing methods or technologies.
  5. Performed statistic analysis of study data.
  6. Developed or implemented pathogen control program in a food establishment or other corporate setting.
  7. Developed or implemented pathogen control program or policy on behalf of a regulatory authority.
  8. I have been lead scientist for a food microbiological research team.
  9. I have reviewed the work of other scientists.
  10. None of the above.


* 5.I have experience for the following aspects of microbiological science as a laboratory analyst (select all that apply):
  1. Clinical bacteriology
  2. Food microbiology
  3. Meat microbiology
  4. Microbiological testing methods
  5. Immunology
  6. Diagnostic Molecular Biology
  7. Microbial Genetics
  8. Virology
  9. Mycology
  10. Microbial Physiology
  11. None of the above.


* 6.I have laboratory testing experience for the following microorganisms (select all that apply):
  1. Salmonella
  2. E. coli O157:H7
  3. Other pathogenic E. coli
  4. Generic E. coli
  5. Campylobacter
  6. Listeria monocytogenes
  7. Clostridium botulinum
  8. Clostridium perfringens
  9. Clostridium difficile
  10. Bacillus cereus
  11. Sanitary indicators
  12. Spoilage bacteria
  13. Staphylococcus aureus
  14. Microbial toxins
  15. Foodborne viruses or parasites
  16. Fungi
  17. Other
  18. None of the above.


* 7.I have experimental research for the following aspects of microbiological science (select all that apply):
  1. Clinical bacteriology
  2. Food microbiology
  3. Meat microbiology
  4. Microbiological testing methods
  5. Immunology
  6. Diagnostic molecular biology
  7. Microbial genetics
  8. Virology
  9. Mycology
  10. Microbial physiology
  11. None of the above.


* 8.I have significant research experience for the following microorganisms (select all that apply):
  1. Salmonella
  2. E. coli O157:H7
  3. Other pathogenic E. coli
  4. Generic E. coli
  5. Campylobacter
  6. Listeria monocytogenes
  7. Clostridium botulinum
  8. Clostridium perfringens
  9. Clostridium difficile
  10. Bacillus cereus
  11. Sanitary indicators
  12. Spoilage bacteria
  13. Staphylococcus aureus
  14. Microbial toxins
  15. Foodborne viruses
  16. Fungi
  17. Other
  18. None of the above.


* 9.I have independently performed laboratory audits to ensure compliance with the following (select all that apply):
  1. ISO 17025 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories
  2. AOAC "Guidelines for Laboratories Performing Food Microbiological and Chemical Analyses of Food and Pharmaceuticals Testing" written by the Analytical Laboratory Accreditation Criteria Committee (ALACC).
  3. Federal Regulatory Requirements
  4. ISO Standard other than ISO 17025
  5. Other QA program
  6. None of the above


* 10.I have experience participating in one or more Proficiency Testing (PT) programs (select all that apply):
  1. Development and oversight of a PT program
  2. Produced samples for a PT program
  3. Performed PT sample analysis as the analyst of record in a laboratory
  4. None of the above


* 11.I have experience using electronic systems to communicate, collect and analyze data (select all that apply):
  1. Development of data reports from a Laboratory Information management System (LIMS)
  2. Data mining sample traceback information for laboratory audits from a LIMS
  3. Data mining sample traceback information for laboratory audits from other information technology source
  4. Entered and reviewed sample data entries for reporting
  5. Develop spreadsheets and/or databases to collect and organize data
  6. Communicate data files via e-mail and network/online applications
  7. None of the above


* 12.I have had the following experiences for making oral presentations of technical microbiology data and information (select all that apply):
  1. Graduate seminars.
  2. Presentations for regional scientific meetings or to the general public.
  3. Presentations to regulatory agencies.
  4. Presentations to management or personnel at work.
  5. Presentations as a team leader of projects.
  6. Consultation as a subject matter expert.
  7. None of the above.


* 13.I have authored the following categories of documents specific to technical microbiology issues (select all that apply):
  1. Study or data reports
  2. Audit reports
  3. Master’s thesis
  4. PhD dissertation
  5. Poster presentations for scientific meetings.
  6. Published reports in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  7. Policy/procedure SOPs
  8. QA manuals
  9. Training manuals
  10. None of the above.


* 14.SKILL IN DEVELOPING INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS AND WORKING PARTNERSHIPS: The person in this position must have the ability to provide advice and assistance, and act as a consultant and partner in resolving key management problems. Indicate which description best represents your highest level of experience.
  1. Experience that involves routinely working with management officials to resolve unique or complex issues in a way that reflects a partnership with management or shared problem solving. This includes exploring unique or untried solutions and sharing options, initiating ongoing contacts with managers to foster strong working relationships and often-soliciting feedback on programs and services.
  2. Experience that involves routinely educating, advising, or participating in meetings with groups or individuals when contacted to address issues or problems. This includes developing rapport and establishing credibility to resolve issues that are mutually satisfactory to programs and all parties.
  3. Experience as a workgroup leader for long term technical projects.
  4. Experience as an actively participating workgroup member for long term technical projects.
  5. None apply.


* 15.I understand submission of supporting documentation, e.g., transcripts, DD 214, 50B, may be required for this position. I also understand that my application will not be considered if the required supporting documentation is not submitted or is not submitted in accordance with the time frames indicated in the announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 16.I understand that any correspondence necessary will be conducted via e-mail and sent to the e-mail address I provided in this application process. I must keep this e-mail address current.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 17.I understand for information on the status of my application and the outcome of the application process, I (the applicant) must inquire through USAJOBS. No separate notification will be sent to me. To view the status of my application and the outcome of the application process, I must go to the USAJOBS log in web page and log into MY USAJOBS. Once in MY USAJOBS I must enter the "Track your online job applications" section of the website.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 18.I certify that I have read the information regarding E-Verify found in the announcement text.
  1. Yes
  2. No






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