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Grade: 02
1.AP-0403 Microbiologist (General) Band 2 (GS-5/7 equivalent): Please select the statement that best reflects your basic qualifications for this position.
  1. I meet the basic education requirement in fields of study as outlined in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I have one year of graduate-level education in fields of study as outlined in the vacancy announcement.
  3. I meet the superior academic achievement requirement as outlined in the vacancy announcement.
  4. I have one year of specialized experience (within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement) equivalent to the specialized experience cited below and/or in the announcement text at the next lower band level in the Federal Service.
  5. I have a combination of graduate level education and experience (within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement) equivalent to the specialized experience cited below and/or in the announcement text at the next lower band level in the Federal Service.
  6. I do not meet the requirements as stated in the choices above.


2.ALL PAY BANDS: 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 Degree in microbiology; or biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in microbiology and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms, AND 20 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences combining course work in organic chemistsry or biochemistry, physics, and college alegebra, 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.


Grade: 03
1.AP-0403 Microbiologist (General) Band 3 (GS-9/11 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-7 or 8)
  2. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower PHHRS pay band (e.g. Band 2) 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 closely related master's or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.B. or J.D., if related.
  5. I have a combination of education and experience that meet the qualifications for AP Band 3 (GS-9) Ex: An applicant has 9 mos. of specialized experience equivalent to GS-7 and less than 2 years, but 1 1/2 or more years of creditable graduate education (closely related to the position). The 1/2 year of graduate education beyond the first year needed to qualify for GS-7 and the 9 months of specialized experience together meet or exceed the total requirement.
  6. 1 full year of graduate level education
  7. I have a combination of pay band and GS experience that meets the specialized experience requirements
  8. 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.
  9. None of the above for this band (AP Band 3, GS-9/11 equivalent).


2.AP-03 (GS-9/11 equivalent) In addition to meeting the Basic Education Requirement, you must have professional experience, graduate education, or a combination of professional experience and graduate education. Select the one response that best describes your education and experience.
  1. I possess at least 2 years of graduate level education leading to a master's degree in microbiology or other directly related field of study.
  2. I possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the AP-03 (GS-7 equivalent) in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes work as a microbiologist analyzing a wide variety of food/animal products, using standard quality systems, developing, planning & conducting microbiological analyses to solve complex scientific and technical problems, & interpreting findings.
  3. I possess a combination of graduate level education as described in #1 above, beyond the first year of progressive graduate study, and appropriate specialized experience as described in #2 above, that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


3.ALL PAY BANDS: 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 Degree in microbiology; or biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in microbiology and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms, AND 20 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences combining course work in organic chemistsry or biochemistry, physics, and college alegebra, 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.


Grade: 04
1.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)


2.ALL PAY BANDS: 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 Degree in microbiology; or biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in microbiology and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms, AND 20 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences combining course work in organic chemistsry or biochemistry, physics, and college alegebra, 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.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Please list all college level microbiology courses that you have taken.
Maximum length of 8000 characters.


* 2.Please list all of the college level physical science and mathematical courses you have taken (e.g. inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, physics, college algebra).
Maximum length of 8000 characters.


* 3.Describe your experience following standardized microbiology laboratory methods (e.g. asceptic technique, staining, microscopy, biochemical or genetic tests to bacterial identification).
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it 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 by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 4.Describe your experience performing microbial analysis and tests on food products.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it 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 by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 5.Experience performing microbial analysis on:
  1. Toxins (Staphyloccus, C. botulinum, Bacillus)
  2. Quantitative microbiology (e.g. Most Probable Number, Aerobic Plate Count, Real Time PCR)
  3. Meat samples
  4. Poultry samples
  5. Egg products
  6. Catfish
  7. Other food products (milk, dairy, seafood etc.)
  8. Clincal samples
  9. Plant, soil or environmental samples
  10. None of the above.


* 6.Experience detecting and analyzing the following bacteria:
  1. Salmonella
  2. Listeria monocytogenes
  3. Clostridium sp
  4. Staphylococcus aureus
  5. E. coli 0157:H7
  6. Non-0157 Shiga Toxin producing E. coli
  7. Bacillus sp
  8. Campylobacter sp
  9. Generic E. coli
  10. Lactic Acid bacteria
  11. None of the above


* 7.This position requires the operation and maintenance of a variety of analytical laboratory equipment. Please check all that you have experience with:
  1. Incubators
  2. Water baths
  3. Centrifuges
  4. Spectrophotometers
  5. Pulsed Field Gel Electophoresis Instruments
  6. Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Thermocyclers
  7. ELISA equipment
  8. Biological Safety Cabinets
  9. DNA Sequencer
  10. Microarray scanner
  11. High through-put allelle-specific microrray technologies (e.g. IBIS, Luminex)
  12. None of the above


* 8.Describe your experience keeping quality control records for laboratory analyses.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it 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 by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 9.Describe your experience keeping accurate records of laboratory procedures using a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it 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 by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 10.Describe your experience with computer programs (e.g. spreadsheets, Excel, Access) for data management or analysis.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it 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 by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 11.Describe your experience performing statistical analysis of data (e.g. chi square, ANOVA, t-est).
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it 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 by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 12.Describe your experience working as a team member in the scientific laboratory environment.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it 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 by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 13.Please check all that apply. I have delivered briefings or presentations on work-related issues to an audience of:
  1. Professionals within my field in my own organization
  2. Professionals within my field outside of my own organization
  3. Professionals in diverse fields in my own organization
  4. Professionals in diverse fields outside of my own organization
  5. None of the above


* 14.Describe your experience writing laboratory reports, method evaluations, or papers published in a professional or scientific journal.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it 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 by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 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






This is a Federal job application system. Providing false information, creating fake IDs, or failing to answer all questions truthfully and completely may be grounds for not hiring, for disbarment from Federal employment, or for dismissal after the applicant begins work. Falsifying a Federal job application, attempting to violate the privacy of others, or attempting to compromise the operation of this system may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (US Code, Title 18, section 1001).