FACTOR: Basic Qualifications (Transcripts Required)
A bachelors degree or higher from an accredited college or university 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 chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent.
A combination of education and experience courses equivalent to a major in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
GS-05: Applicants who meet the basic requirements described above are fully qualified for the GS-5.
GS-07: Have at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal service, that included experience performing scientific analyses and testing; interpreting the findings and using various laboratory instruments and computer systems; or one year of graduate level education or meet the requirements under the superior academic achievement provision; or a combination of the required experience and education for this grade level.
GS-09: Have at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal service, that included experience performing scientific analyses and testing; interpreting finding and preparing scientific reports; or a master's or equivalent graduate degree or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related; or a combination of the required experience and education for this grade level.
Time in Grade Requirement:
Applicant must meet the basic qualification requirements to meet eligibility for the GS-5 grade level.
To meet eligibility at the GS-7 grade level applicant must have one year at the GS-5 grade level.
To meet eligibility at the GS-9 grade level applicant must have one year at the GS-7 grade level.
Documenting experience: In accordance with Office of Personnel Management policy, federal employees are assumed to have gained experience by performing duties and responsibilities appropriate for their official series and grade level as described in their position description. Experience that would not normally be part of the employee's position is creditable, however, when documented by satisfactory evidence, such as a signed memorandum from the employee's supervisor or an SF-50 or SF-52 documenting an official detail or other official assignment. The documentation must indicate whether the duties were performed full time or, if part time, the percentage of times the other duties were performed. It is expected that this documentation is included in the employee's official personnel record. In order to receive credit for experience in your resume that is not within the official series and grade level of your official position, you must provide a copy of the appropriate documentation of such experience as indicated above.
Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov.
Conditions of Employment:
1. Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.
2. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
3. Financial disclosure statement may be required. Certain positions within the FDA are subject to strict restrictions on financial holdings (FDA required financial holdings). To determine whether this position is affected, applicants are advised to seek additional information during the interview process from the Ethics and Integrity Staff, Office of Management Programs, Office of Management at (301) 796-8435 prior to accepting such a position.
4. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: May be Authorized
5. Bargaining Unit Position: Yes
6. Drug Screening Required: No
7. Time in grade (TIG) must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of the resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Merit Promotion Procedures for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Qualified candidates will be ranked into one of two categories: Best Qualified or Qualified.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
1. Knowledge of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act regulations, policies and procedures.
2. Ability to analyze/interpret scientific data.
3. Ability to analyze samples.
4. Ability to communicate in writing.