You need a degree or combination of education and experience as described
below to qualify for this position.
In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least
one year of specialized experience related to this position as described
To qualify for the GS-12 level, you need to have at least one year of full
time experience defined as applying statistical techniques and methods for the development of computer simulations in support of human health and environmental risk assessments of new and existing chemicals.
To qualify for the GS-13 level, you need to have at least one year of full
time experience defined as applying modeling techniques to address questions related to chemical-specific and biotechnology specific exposure; analyzing toxicological data from experimental animals; analyzing epidemiological data to determine the effect of chemicals and mixtures of chemical substances.
Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: 1) Ability to apply statistical theories, techniques, and methods in the development of human health and environmental risk assessments for new and existing chemical; 2) Knowledge of scientific principles, methods and techniques in human health risk assessments using statistical data; 3) Skill in applying analytical mathematical, and statistical theories to evaluate data; 4) Skill in applying statistical procedures to address chemical and biotechnology specific exposure; 5) Skill in analyzing and interpreting data to identify toxicological effects from chemical substances; 6) Skill in oral communication; 7) Ability to communicate various types of bio-statistical information pertaining to new and existing chemicals.
A. You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc. Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements should be given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing
B. Combination of education and eperience -- courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.
As part of the application process, you are required to submit college transcripts or a list of courses as described in the Required Documents section of this announcement. However, if you are selected, you must provide official educational transcripts before you start work with EPA. More information on verification of education can be found here:
If you are selected, you must complete a one year probationary period.
This position is designated as Low Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the on-line assessment. Your responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position. You are being evaluated under the category rating method which means, if you are determined to be qualified, you will be placed into the Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified Category.
We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements.
NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies.
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