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Job Title:Senior Professional Staff - Geoscientist

Agency:Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board

Job Announcement Number:PH-CF-12-789906

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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SALARY RANGE:

$119,554.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 to Friday, December 21, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

AD-1350-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Arlington, VA United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

All groups of qualified individuals

JOB SUMMARY:

The Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board is an independent agency of the U.S. government that evaluates the scientific and technical validity of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) activities in managing and disposing of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste.

Employment by the Board represents an unusually attractive opportunity for a highly motivated person who has exceptional technical, organizational, and communication skills. Candidates should desire a high degree of independence in their working environment and should be able to assume full responsibility for providing technical support to the Board.  Members of the Board’s senior professional staff, under the direction of the Executive Director, are responsible for assisting the Board in its evaluations of DOE activities.  Staff members gather information for the Board by organizing meetings of the full Board, as well as smaller meetings, reviewing documents prepared by DOE and its contractors, and the National Laboratories, and maintaining state-of-the-art knowledge of scientific and/or engineering developments within their assigned areas of responsibility. Staff members also analyze the information collected to assist the Board in formulating its evaluations of the program. Staff members prepare reports for the Board summarizing and analyzing the results of trips, meetings, and document reviews, and they contribute to the Board’s reports to Congress and the Secretary of Energy.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply section).
  • Background/Security Investigation.
  • Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered for Selective Service.

DUTIES:

The incumbent applies an advanced level of knowledge, and several years of professional experience of working in a relevant discipline of the geological sciences to support the Board’s review and evaluation of the technical validity of DOE activities and programs. The incumbent assists Board members in reviewing specific technical activities and participates in multidisciplinary reviews of the overall DOE program. 
Candidates should have expertise in one or more areas of geoscience relevant to the management and disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. Examples of relevant expertise include theoretical or experimental aspects of geochemistry, rock mechanics or other areas of geophysics, and fluid flow and thermal modeling. A broad knowledge of the nuclear fuel cycle and the nuclear industry are also desirable, as is a demonstrated ability to work in multidisciplinary groups.  Domestic travel to attend Board meetings and to review program activities is required. Some travel overseas may also be required.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Applicants must have a strong technical background, as evidenced by a degree in hydrogeology, geochemistry, geology. geophysics, or another relevant geoscience discipline and several years of applicable experience. An advanced degree and program management experience are highly desirable.  Applicants must demonstrate some familiarity with the U.S. program for managing and disposing of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste, including the work done on programs to develop a deep geologic repository in the U.S. and other countries.  Applicants must have held increasingly responsible positions during their professional careers and be able to demonstrate a superior ability to analyze technical information and communicate the results of the analyses clearly and effectively to Presidentially-appointed Board members, Congress, and the Secretary of Energy. 

Applicants must possess the following characteristics that are critical to the performance of this position.

1.  The knowledge, skills, and ability to analyze issues associated with the suitability of different geologic media for repository and borehole development, including: analysis of the thermal impact on repository host rock of emplacement of spent nuclear fuel and/or high-level radioactive waste packages; package degradation processes and the potential release rates of radioactive materials; mechanisms and design features for limiting groundwater flows; and the potential for movement of radioactive materials through geologic media over geologic timescales.

2.  The expertise required to evaluate programs for characterization of candidate repository sites and the emplacement of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste.

3.  The superior written and oral communication required to clearly and concisely report, and when necessary present, the results of analyses to the Board, Congress, and the Secretary of Energy.

4.  The organizational skills required to plan and conduct public meetings of the full Board, as well as such smaller meetings as may be required.

5.  The ability to develop and maintain a close understanding of the full scope of the Board’s technical activities and positions, to form effective working relationships with Board members and professional staff, to have recognized standing in the broader geoscience community, and to assist the Executive Director in supporting the Board in its review of the DOE program.


 

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

The Board’s staff will initially evaluate each candidate on the basis of their knowledge, skills, and abilities as demonstrated by the applicant's resume, most recent performance appraisal (if applying via merit promotion), and any supplemental statements addressing the "Qualifications Required" listed above.  Applicants are welcome to submit other documents that might support their application.  Additional documents may be required during the selection process.  Candidates may be interviewed by the Chairman, other Board members, the Executive Director, and pertinent Board staff.  Final selection will be made by the Chairman, in consultation with the Executive Director and other Board members.  


BENEFITS:

The Board offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part: paid vacation, sick leave, ten Federal holidays per year, life insurance, and medical benefits. 



OTHER INFORMATION:

This position is subject to the public financial disclosure requirements of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.  Relocation expenses may be paid.

THE NUCLEAR WASTE TECHNICAL REVIEW BOARD IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.  ALL QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WILL RECEIVE CONSIDERATION FOR APPOINTMENT WITHOUT REGARD TO RACE, RELIGION, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEX, POLITICAL AFFILIATIONS, HANDICAP, OR ANY OTHER NONMERIT FACTOR.



HOW TO APPLY:

Applications may be sent by mail or email.  Applications by mail should be sent to:

  Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board
  ATTN:  Ms. Joyce M. Dory
  Director of Administration
  2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 1300
  Arlington, VA  22201
  703-235-4473
 
Applications by e-mail should be sent to:  resumes@nwtrb.gov.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

• Resume
• Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applying via merit promotion
• List of current references

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources
Phone: (703)235-4473
Email: RESUMES@NWTRB.GOV
Agency Information:
Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board
2300 Clarendon Blvd
Suite 1300
Arlington, VA
22201

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Please review the "HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED" section of this announcement.

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