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Grade: 03
* 1.AP-1320, Chemist, Band 3: 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).
  2. I have at least 52 weeks 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 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. I possess at least 2 years of graduate level education leading to a masters degree in chemistry or other directly related field of study or masters or equivalent graduate in chemistry or other directly related field of study.
  7. I posses at least 3 years of graduate level education leading to a Ph.D. degree in chemistry or other directly related field of study or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in physical or other directly related field of study.
  8. I possess a combination of graduate level education as described, beyond the first 2 years of progressive graduate study, and appropriate specialized experience as described, which together meet the qualification requirements for this position.
  9. I possess a combination of graduate level education as described, beyond the first year of progressive graduate study, and appropriate specialized experience as described, that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.
  10. None of the above for this band (AP Band 3, GS-9/11 equivalent).


* 2.AP-1320, Chemist, Band 3: Please select the statement(s) that reflect your basic qualifications for this position:
  1. I have a bachelor's degree in physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics.
  2. Combination of education and experience -- course work equivalent to a major as shown in above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  3. I do not meet the requirement as stated above.


* 3.AP General: 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 and/or below. 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: 04
* 1.AP-1320, Chemist, Band 4: Please select the statement(s) that reflect your basic qualifications for this position:
  1. I have a bachelor's degree in physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics.
  2. Combination of education and experience -- course work equivalent to a major as shown in above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  3. I do not meet the requirement as stated above.


* 2.AP-1320 Chemist, Band 4: 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).


* 3.AP General: 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 and/or below. 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.EDUCATION: Choose the one answer that best describes your highest level of education relevant to this position.
  1. I possess a doctoral or masters degree in analytical chemistry.
  2. I possess a doctoral or masters degree in organic chemistry.
  3. I possess a doctoral or masters degree in a chemistry or related scientific discipline appropriate to the work of the position (such as inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, chemical education, biochemistry, chemical engineering, public health, food science, and related disciplines).
  4. I possess a doctoral or masters degree in an area not directly related to the work of the position (such as business, computer science, biology, mathematics, etc.), or I do not possess a doctoral or masters degree.


* 2.Select the one choice that best describes your recent work environment.
  1. Calibration, maintenance, and/or repair of chemistry instrumentation.
  2. Federal, state, or local regulatory laboratory.
  3. Contract analytical laboratory
  4. Production QA/QC
  5. Private sector research and development or formulations.
  6. Academic or research.
  7. My full-time work experience was in another area.
  8. I do not have full-time work experience


* 3.Select the one choice that best describes your full-time wet chemistry experience.
  1. Quantitative extractions
  2. Qualitative extractions
  3. Synthesis
  4. None of the above


* 4.Select the one choice that best describes the matrices from which you have extracted analytes as a regular part of your full-time duties.
  1. fat, liver, kidney, or muscle.
  2. food, beverages, or biological matrices such as serum, vegetables, etc.
  3. environmental matrices such as water, air, or soil.
  4. none of the above.


* 5.TIME MANAGEMENT: The incumbent must work effectively in an environment where deadlines are short, fluctuating and critical. Choose one of the following that best describes your experience.
  1. Experience working in a high-paced, high volume OPERATIONAL environment where every day brings a series of critical issues, customer demands and shifting priorities, and quick problem solving is the normal mode of operation. I would describe myself as most productive in a hectic, high-paced environment.
  2. Experience working in a high-paced STAFF environment where priorities shift daily and require effective management of the crises of the moment along with ensuring progress on critical projects and assignments. I would describe myself as most productive in a hectic, high-paced environment.
  3. Experience working in a structured or stable organization where the workload is manageable and allows for planning, time management and quality work production. I am most productive in an environment that provides for adequate planning and research and allows for managing a limited number of critical assignments or tasks at a time.
  4. None of the above.


* 6.QUALITY SYSTEM: Select the item that best describes your experience working under a quality management system.
  1. I have been an analyst in an ISO 17025-accredited laboratory.
  2. I have worked under ISO 9000, GLP, GMP, or another similar quality management system.
  3. I have no experience working under a formal quality management system.


* 7.LIMS: I am a proficient user of a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).
  1. True
  2. False


* 8.Which of the following pieces of laboratory equipment have you used regularly?
  1. Eppendorf pipettor
  2. Centrifuge
  3. pH meter
  4. Analytical balance
  5. Rotary evaporator (Rotovap)
  6. Desiccator


* 9.I have regularly calibrated, maintained, set up, or repaired mass spectrometry instrument control and data processing software from at least one of the following manufacturers: Agilent, Waters, Perkin Elmer, or Varian as a regular part of my full-time duties.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.I have regularly performed analyses with the following types of mass spectrometry. Choose all that apply.
  1. Triple quadrupole (MS/MS)
  2. Single quadrupole (MSD)
  3. None of the above.


* 11.Select the item that best describes your experience using Microsoft Excel for scientific and statistical applications.
  1. I am an advanced user, comfortable with all items listed in 2. plus programming macros and conditional formatting.
  2. I am an adept user and have independently created complex spreadsheets with calculations and statistics; sorted data; formatted data tables by merging cells, freezing cells, wrapping text, auto-fitting width and height, and formatting borders; formatted text with color, size, and font; and graphed data including best fit lines.
  3. I have created simple spreadsheets to perform basic arithmetic, have formatted data tables, and have graphed, charted, or plotted data.
  4. I have entered data into existing spreadsheets, or have created data tables.
  5. I have less than the above levels of expertise.


* 12.Select the item that best describes your experience using Mass spectrometry.
  1. I have developed new analytic methods using this technique.
  2. I have adapted existing methods to new situations, or set up and implemented existing methods using this technique.
  3. I have independently performed analyses by this technique, using existing methods, as a regular part of my duties.
  4. I have hands-on education or training or have performed analyses infrequently or with assistance by this technique.
  5. I do not have any of the above levels of expertise in this technique.


* 13.Select the item that best describes your experience using Liquid chromatography.
  1. I have developed new analytic methods using this technique.
  2. I have adapted existing methods to new situations, or set up and implemented existing methods using this technique.
  3. I have independently performed analyses by this technique, using existing methods, as a regular part of my duties.
  4. I have hands-on education or training or have performed analyses infrequently or with assistance by this technique.
  5. I do not have any of the above levels of expertise in this technique.


* 14.Select the item that best describes your experience using Gas chromatography.
  1. I have developed new analytic methods using this technique.
  2. I have adapted existing methods to new situations, or set up and implemented existing methods using this technique.
  3. I have independently performed analyses by this technique, using existing methods, as a regular part of my duties.
  4. I have hands-on education or training or have performed analyses infrequently or with assistance by this technique.
  5. I do not have any of the above levels of expertise in this technique.


* 15.Select the item that best describes your experience using Solid phase extraction (SPE).
  1. I have developed new analytic methods using this technique.
  2. I have adapted existing methods to new situations, or set up and implemented existing methods using this technique.
  3. I have independently performed analyses by this technique, using existing methods, as a regular part of my duties.
  4. I have hands-on education or training or have performed analyses infrequently or with assistance by this technique.
  5. I do not have any of the above levels of expertise in this technique.


* 16.Select the item that best describes your experience repairing Mass spectrometry.
  1. I have independently performed troubleshooting, repair, cleaning, and maintenance of this instrument as a regular part of my duties, without the need of a service contract.
  2. I have performed troubleshooting, repair, cleaning, and maintenance of this instrument as a regular part of my duties, consulting with the vendor's technical support and service engineers.
  3. I have performed initial troubleshooting and repair, and simple routine cleaning and maintenance, as a regular part of my duties, alerting others of more involved problems for follow-up.
  4. I do not have any of the above levels of expertise on this instrument.


* 17.Select the item that best describes your experience repairing Liquid chromatography.
  1. I have independently performed troubleshooting, repair, cleaning, and maintenance of this instrument as a regular part of my duties, without the need of a service contract.
  2. I have performed troubleshooting, repair, cleaning, and maintenance of this instrument as a regular part of my duties, consulting with the vendor's technical support and service engineers.
  3. I have performed initial troubleshooting and repair, and simple routine cleaning and maintenance, as a regular part of my duties, alerting others of more involved problems for follow-up.
  4. I do not have any of the above levels of expertise on this instrument.


* 18.Select the item that best describes your experience repairing Gas chromatography.
  1. I have independently performed troubleshooting, repair, cleaning, and maintenance of this instrument as a regular part of my duties, without the need of a service contract.
  2. I have performed troubleshooting, repair, cleaning, and maintenance of this instrument as a regular part of my duties, consulting with the vendor's technical support and service engineers.
  3. I have performed initial troubleshooting and repair, and simple routine cleaning and maintenance, as a regular part of my duties, alerting others of more involved problems for follow-up.
  4. I do not have any of the above levels of expertise on this instrument.


* 19.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 partership 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. Interviewers will request specific examples of this task.
  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. Neither of the above applies.


* 20.Select the Environmental Health and Safety areas in which you have worked as a regular part of your job.
  1. Accident investigation
  2. Chemical hazard communication
  3. Fire Safety and Prevention
  4. Hazardous Waste Collection and Disposal
  5. Emergency Response and Contingency Planning
  6. OSHA Lab Standard (29 CFR 1910.1450)
  7. Electrical Safety
  8. Ergonomics
  9. Industrial Hygiene
  10. Noise
  11. Personal Protective Equipment
  12. Radiation Safety
  13. Ventilation
  14. Biosafety (BMBL 5th Edition)
  15. Bloodborne Pathogens
  16. Hazard Communication






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