There are two basic components of your experience that together define the qualification requirements, these components are:
- Specialized experience: In order to meet the specialized experience requirement, you will need to have completed 52 weeks of progressively responsible specialized experience, equivalent to the next lower band/grade level of the position, within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement.
- Education: All applicants must demonstrate successful completion of a full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in the physical or life sciences, that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by coursework in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics.
Applicants who meet the basic requirements are fully qualified for the AP-02 (GS-5/7 equivalent).
Qualifying specialized experience for the AP-2 level: Includes performing progressively more responsible food and residue chemical analyses, or other work that indicates the ability to acquire the particular competencies needed to perform the duties. The nature of the work requires that the incumbent has good organizational skills to ensure that work is done accurately and within stated timeframes.
Qualifying specialized experience for the AP-3 level: Includes demonstrated food or residue chemistry performance, the capability to assume additional responsibility and ability to perform required tasks at the next higher level. Excellent organizational skills should be present to ensure that work is done accurately and within stated timeframes.
Qualifying specialized experience for the AP-4 level: Includes recent professional work in a food chemistry, food analysis or residue laboratory. The specialized experience should include analytical chemistry work that required the operation of a variety of instruments, including those mentioned above; strong training in instrumental analysis, and computer experience including programming and troubleshooting laboratory instruments. As the instrumentation is acutely intertwined in the analyses process, it is crucial that the incumbent not only have the analytical skill to perform the analysis but also understand how the instrumentation is involved in each step of the process, and be able to make repairs or adjustments. Applicants should also demonstrate experience or training in food chemistry quality control work that included the application of ISO 17025 standards and guides.
AP-03: Two full years of directly related chemistry or food chemistry graduate education or a masters degree in an appropriate specialty or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education in food chemistry or a related PhD may be substituted for for specialized experience in order to qualify at AP-03.
- There is NO education substitution at the AP-04 level.
- Equivalent combinations of education and specialized experience may be qualifying for the position.
- To receive credit for your education you must provide a copy of your transcript (undergraduate AND graduate) by the closing date of this announcement. Transcript must document specific coursework completed & credit hours earned. You will not be considered for this position without this information. An unofficial photocopy of your transcript is acceptable.
- When academic credit on a transcript is expressed in terms that differ from U.S. conventional semester/quarter hours, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide an official interpretation of such credits in order to equate them to the semester hours specified in the Qualifications Standard Handbook.
Basic requirement: All applicants must have: Degree: 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. OR Combination of education and experience -- course work equivalent to a major as shown in A 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.
All applicants must submit transcripts to verify completion of required education. (FSIS employees currently classified in the Chemist - 1320 Series are not required to submit transcripts.)
All qualification requirements must be met within 30 days after the closing of this announcement. Please view OPM's Qualifications Standards Handbook. Professional and Scientific Positions-1320 Series.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
- Applicants are evaluated in accordance with Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating.
- We will review your resume and transcript (if required) to ensure you meet basic qualification requirements. If you meet basic qualifications you will be placed in one of three quality categories; Best-Qualified; Well-Qualified; or Qualified based on your answers to the on-line occupational questions. These responses must be supported by your resume and/or other documentation you provide. Responses that are not supported by your resume and/or other documentation may eliminate you from consideration and subsequent referral to the selecting official.
- Names of candidates in the Best-Qualified category will be sent to the selecting official for consideration.
- The occupational questions will evaluate you on the following competencies: Analytical reasoning; Chemist/Lab; Attention to detail; Time management.
- Veteran's Preference: Preference eligible’s will be listed at the top of their assigned category, before non-preference eligibles in that category. Preference eligibles that have a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more (CPS, CP) are placed at the top of the Best Qualified category on the referral list. XP and TP preference eligibles are placed above non-preference eligibles within their assigned category. For additional information on entitlements click here: Fedshirevets
**REMINDER** Applicants - Be sure that experience/education as described on your resume contains accurate and sufficiently detailed information to clearly support the competencies. All information used to evaluate your application must be received by the closing date of the announcement. Once the position is closed, no additional information will be accepted. To preview questions please click here.