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Grade: 07

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For the GS-07, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-06 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as assisting chemists or performing routine laboratory work. Examples of such experience include:
- Using a computerized database to enter, retrieve and/or manipulate laboratory data; OR
- Assisting with compliance and quality assurance testing in a chemical laboratory; OR
- Assisting with maintaining the technical records for quality programs.

OR
You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: One full year of graduate education directly related to the work of the position.

OR

You may qualify on a combination of education and experience. To combine education and experience, the total percentage of experience at the required grade level compared to the requirement, as well as the percentage of completed education compared to the requirement must equal at least 100 percent.

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For the GS-07, select the answer that best describes your experience and/or education.
 

Answer to this question is required
  • I am qualified at the GS-07 level because I have one year of GS-06 level experience which has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
  • I have one full year of graduate level education directly related to the work of the position.
  • I have a combination of the education and experience listed above (1 and 2) in which my percentage of specialized experience and education totals to 100%. (For example: the completion of a 9 semester hours of graduate level education: 6 months specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level).
  • I am not qualified for the GS-7 level because I do not meet any of the above education or combination of education and experience statements.
2

Response Required: Please identify where and when you obtained the experience and/or education that supports your response above. DO NOT paste your resume here and DO NOT state "see resume" as your response.)

Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
3

I have used the following as part of my daily job.

Answer to this question is required
  • Word processing or form creation (e.g., Microsoft Word, Adobe)
  • Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS)
  • Data mining tools (SQL, Discoverer)
  • Databases (SharePoint, Access)
  • Spreadsheets (e.g., Microsoft EXCEL)
  • Graphics and/or presentation tools (e.g., Microsoft PowerPoint)
  • None of the above
4

Choose the one statement that best describes your experience of working in a laboratory with quality control/ quality assurance programs.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience working in a laboratory with a quality system that implements Good Laboratory Practices (GLP)
  • I have experience working in a laboratory that follows general laboratory practices for quality control
  • I have experience working in a laboratory with accreditation to ISO 17025 as a regular part of my job.
  • I have experience working in a laboratory that does not have any quality control protocols
  • I do not have any of the above experiences
5

Please specify where this experience is documented in your resume by indicating place of employment, job title and length of time performing the duties.

Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required

Grade: 09

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For the GS-09, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-08 level in the Federal service such as:
- Experience in working and maintaining data quality in an ISO accredited analytical laboratory.

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You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: Two full years of graduate education or a master's degree directly related to the work of the position.

OR

Combination of Experience and Education. To combine education and experience, the total percentage of experience at the required grade level compared to the requirement, as well as the percentage of completed education compared to the requirement must equal at least 100 percent. Only graduate level education in excess of the first 18 semester hours (27 quarter hours) may be combined to be considered for qualifying education.
1

For the GS-09, select the answer that best describes your experience and/or education.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have one year of experience at the GS-08 or equivalent as described above.
  • I have a Masters degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level education directly related to the work of the position.
  • I am qualified at the GS-09 level because I have a combination of the above-defined education and experience.
  • I do not fully meet all aspects of the requirements described above.
2

Response Required: Please identify where and when you obtained the experience and/or education that supports your response above. DO NOT paste your resume here and DO NOT state "see resume" as your response.)

Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
3

I have experience setting up systems for use in the workplace using the following:

Answer to this question is required
  • Word processing or form creation (e.g., Microsoft Word, Adobe)
  • Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS)
  • Data mining tools (SQL, Discoverer)
  • Databases (SharePoint, Access)
  • Spreadsheets (e.g., Microsoft EXCEL)
  • Graphics and/or presentation tools (e.g., Microsoft PowerPoint)
  • None of the above.
4

Please choose all of the statements that best describe your experience in administering Quality Assurance programs in an analytical laboratory or industrial setting.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have identified and documented requirements for data quality in an analytical chemistry laboratory.
  • I have identified and documented requirements for data quality in an industrial setting.
  • I have evaluated data quality and compliance through regular internal audits and recommended corrective actions.
  • I have participated in the testing of laboratory control samples.
  • I have reviewed the technical work of chemists through statistical sampling techniques to evaluate adequacy of test methods.
  • I have overseen and administered the processing and management of all documents related to a quality control program.
  • I have recommended specific courses of action when deficiencies are discovered.
  • None of the above.
5

Please choose the statement that best describes your experience in writing Quality Program documents in an analytical laboratory.

Answer to this question is required
  • I do not have experience in writing these types of reports
  • I have drafted technical protocols for laboratory chemists.
  • I have written Quality Procedure Documents (QPD), Corrective Action Request (CARs), Working Guidelines (WG) etc., for Quality Program of an analytical laboratory.
6

Please choose the statement that best describes your experience in oral presentation of laboratory quality program information.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have never presented this type of information to an audience.
  • I have presented a technical paper to a non-technical audience.
  • I have presented laboratory Quality Program information to laboratory chemists, and trained chemists on Quality Procedure Documents (QPD), and Working Guidelines (WG), etc.
7

Select the following statement(s) that describe your ability and experience with written communications.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have regularly written process instructions, such as test methods, work instructions, or Standard operating procedures, and other formal correspondence on program procedures and policy matters.
  • I have regularly drafted written process instructions, such as test methods, work instructions, or Standard operating procedures, and other formal correspondence on program procedures and policy matters for the review and signature of my supervisor, with minimal required revisions.
  • I have drafted documents for the review and signature of my supervisor or higher official.
  • I have not performed any of the above tasks.
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Please specify where this experience is documented in your resume by indicating place of employment, job title and length of time performing the duties.

Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required

Grade: All Grades

1 I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information on and attached to this application is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. I understand that false or fraudulent information on or attached to this application may be grounds for not hiring me or for firing me after I begin work and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment. I understand that any information I give may be investigated. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 Are you currently serving or have served in the last five years in a Political Appointment in the Federal Government? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    2.1 Please list the title, agency, and dates of this appointment. Please note you will be required to meet OPM Approval of your appointment if selected. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • No
3

Choose the statement(s) that describe your ability to calibrate and operate a wide range of modern analytical instruments to acquire reliable analytical data.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience in the operation, calibration and collection of data using advanced analytical instruments (e.g., GC, HPLC, etc).
  • I have used modern laboratory instruments and reported the data and analytical review.
  • I have prepared standards for analytical testing, standards with volumetric dilutions, standardized reagents, etc.,
  • I have wet chemistry experience, such as, pH measurement, weighing, titrations, distillations, etc.
  • I have not performed any of the above tasks.
4

Please specify where this experience is documented in your resume by indicating place of employment, job title and length of time performing the duties.

Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
5

Select the concept(s) that describe your experience of working in a laboratory with quality control/quality assurance programs.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have participated in an audit as an auditee
  • I have participated in an audit as an auditor
  • I have participated in the testing of proficiency samples and/or samples for inter-laboratory comparison
  • I have experience initiating and investigating a nonconformance/problem
  • I have participated in the implementation/validation of a new method, or the modification of an existing method.
  • I do not have any of the above experiences.
6

Choose the one statement that best describes your ability to work with others on collaborative projects.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience working with others on collaborative project(s) that resulted in written report(s) and/or presentation(s).
  • I have experience working with others on a project or other assignment(s) and written a report.
  • I have experience working in teams/ groups as an active member.
  • None of the above.
7

Choose the statement that best describes your experience in administering a quality assurance program to support ISO 17025 accreditation of the laboratory.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience working in a laboratory with a formal Quality Program as a regular part of a job, independently followed all procedures and protocols, usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have experience in administering quality assurance program of ISO 17025 accredited laboratories, and I have assisted Quality Manager and other chemists on ISO 17025 procedures and protocols and (or) others have consulted me for assistance in performing this task.
  • I have experience in administering quality assurance program of ISO 17025 accredited laboratories to support the Quality Manager of the laboratories.
  • I have experience working in an analytical laboratory that did not have any formal Quality Program.
  • I do not have any of the above experience.
8

Please select the response that best describes your experience with record keeping and document control, tracking laboratory documents and maintaining a master document List.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have been a records custodian and/or managed document control processes in an analytical laboratory.
  • I have experience in administering records and documents of a laboratory that has a quality program.
  • I have experience in administering records and documents of ISO 17025 accredited analytical laboratories.
  • I have managed records in my own office
  • None of the above.
9

Choose the statement that best describes your experience in communicating laboratory-related information.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience presenting laboratory-related information of a quality or technical nature to internal or external customers, and/or coworkers.
  • I have experience writing laboratory reports of a quality or technical nature, and verbally communicating results on assigned tasks.
  • I have experience communicating (oral and written) with internal or external customers, and or coworkers.
  • I have experience using email application for formal business communications
  • None of the above.
10

Choose the statement(s) that describe your experience and ability to communicate orally.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have provided recommendations and possible solutions to problems, in either a formal or informal setting.
  • I have communicated effectively with co-workers regarding work assignments.
  • I have presented information in a one-on-one setting.
  • I have presented information to a small group of coworkers.
  • I have made presentations to a large audience.
  • I have not performed any of the above tasks.
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Choose the statement that best describes your experience in customer service?

Answer to this question is required
  • I have responded to inquiries and questions from customers (Internal, external, and/or coworkers).
  • I have provided guidance or answers to specific questions from customers (Internal, external, and/or coworkers).
  • I have followed standardized rules, procedures, and operations to assist customers (Internal, external, and/or coworkers) with specific, and/or routine questions.
  • I have no experience performing this work.