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Grade: 02
One year of specialized experience working in one of the fields of technical food laboratory, food microbiology, or directly related laboratory analysis work equivalent to the next lower level. Work may be credited when the work was performed in close association with physical scientists or other technical personnel and provided intensive knowledge of scientific principles, methods or techniques.

1.AS-0404, Biological Science Lab Technician, Band 2: Please select the statement(s) that reflect your basic qualifications for this position:
  1. I have completed one year of specialized experience working in one of the fields of technical food laboratory, food microbiology, or directly related laboratory analysis work equivalent to the GS-04. Work may be credited when the work was performed in close association with physical scientists or other technical personnel and provided intensive knowledge of scientific principles, methods and techniques.
  2. At least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to GS-5
  3. At least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to GS-6
  4. At least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to GS-7
  5. At least 52 weeks of specialized experience at the next lower PHHRS pay band (Band 1)
  6. At least 52 weeks of specialized experience at the next lower comparable band in another pay system
  7. A combination of pay band and GS experience equivalent to the next lower band or GS level
  8. Comparable non-Federal experience equivalent to the next lower band or GS-level
  9. I have successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelors degree (a) with major study in an appropriate field of physical science, or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses any combination of courses such as biology, chemistry, or statistics and at least 6 semester hours of courses have been directly related to the position to be filled.
  10. I have completed a full course of study of at least 12 months in a school for clinical laboratory technicians.
  11. I have completed 6 months of graduate school in coursework such as physical science.
  12. I have completed one year of graduate study that included courses such as physical science.
  13. I have a combination of education and experience described above.
  14. None of the above for this band


Grade: 03
1.Band: 03, AS-0404, Biological Science Lab Technician- Please select the statement(s) that reflect your basic qualifications for this position:
  1. I have completed 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7
  2. I have completed 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to GS-8
  3. At least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to GS-9
  4. At least 52 weeks of specialized experience at the next lower PHHRS pay band (Band 2)
  5. At least 52 weeks of specialized experience at the next lower comparable band in another pay system
  6. A combination of pay band and GS experience equivalent to the next lower band or GS level
  7. Comparable non-Federal experience equivalent to the next lower band or GS-level
  8. I have completed 1 ½ years of graduate study where it is directly related to the work of the position
  9. I have a combination of education and experience as described.
  10. None of the above for this band


2.Please select the answer that reflects your basic qualifications for this position. This is used together with your answers in the previous question.
  1. My specialized experience meets the specialized experience requirement that is cited in the vacancy announcement text. By selecting this option, I am acknowledging that I have read the text in the vacancy announcement or below which outlines specialized experience, and to the best of my knowledge, I meet this requirement. I understand that my resume and application must provide detail to fully support this claim.
  2. I do not meet the requirement as stated above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.I have experience preparing media, standards, reagents, solutions, and glassware for laboratory use.
  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 assisted performing this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  6. I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as for assistance in performing this task.


* 2.I have experience with various computer programs such as Excel spreadsheets or a database to keep accurate records of laboratory procedures.
  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 assisted performing this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  6. I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as for assistance in performing this task.


* 3.I have the education, training or experience in performing the task of maintaining an inventory of laboratory supplies.
  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 assisted performing this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  6. I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as for assistance in performing this task.


* 4.Plan, organize, and prioritize laboratory work and duties.
  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 assisted performing this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  6. I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as for assistance in performing this task.


* 5.Performed quality checks and maintain data quality records.
  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 assisted performing this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  6. I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as for assistance in performing this task.


* 6.I have the education, training or experience in performing the task of Quality Control work under the ISO 17025 Standard.
  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 assisted in the training of others in the operation and techniques used to perform this task.
  6. I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as for assistance in performing this task.


* 7.I have maintained bacterial stock cultures.
  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 assisted performing this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  6. I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as for assistance in performing this task.


* 8.I have lyophilized cultures for long term storage.
  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 assisted performing this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  6. I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as for assistance in performing this task.


* 9.Use a variety of analytical laboratory equipment including the following (Choose all that apply):
  1. General Laboratory Equipment (Freezer, Refrigerator, Incubator, Autoclave, Dishwasher, etc.)
  2. Balance
  3. pH Meter
  4. Volumetric Delivery Devices
  5. Plate Washer
  6. ELISA Plate Reader
  7. None of the above


* 10.I have operated and maintained PCR instruments.
  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 assisted performing this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  6. I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as for assistance in performing this task.


* 11.I have performed microbiological analysis for Campylobacter on meat, poultry, or environmental samples.
  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 assisted performing this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  6. I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as for assistance in performing this task.


* 12.I have performed microbiological analysis for Salmonella on meat, poultry, or environmental samples.
  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 assisted performing this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  6. I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as for assistance in performing this task.


* 13.I have performed PFGE Analysis by following a Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) PulseNet Protocol.
  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 assisted performing this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  6. I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as for assistance in performing this task.


* 14.I have normalized PFGE .tif files with BioNumerics software.
  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 assisted performing this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  6. I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as for assistance in performing this task.


* 15.I have experience visually determining breakpoints/MIC when performing antibiotic resistance/susceptibility testing.
  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 assisted performing this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  6. I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as for assistance in performing this task.


* 16.I have experience performing antibiotic resistance/susceptibility testing using automated instruments (e.g. Sensititre, VITEK2).
  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 assisted performing this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  6. I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as for assistance in performing this task.






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