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Job Title:Physical Scientist

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Department of Energy

Job Announcement Number:12-DE-SC-HQ-017

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

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$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Thursday, September 13, 2012 to Saturday, October 13, 2012




Full-Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Germantown, MD, USView Map
20874View Map


All U.S. Citizens.

Moving expenses may be paid.

***This position is also being advertised under Merit Promotion (MP) announcement number 12-MP-SC-HQ-031. If you wish to be considered for both announcements you must apply to each announcement separately.


Here is your opportunity to perform important work in a challenging environment. The Office of Science is involved in a variety of sciences, science education, and funding of science research. For more information about our organization, please visit our website at For more information about the Department of Energy, please visit our website at

The Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Scientific User Facilities Division, is seeking a motivated and highly qualified individual to serve as a recognized authority and expert in scientific facilities operation. See Duty Section for additional information.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • All basic qualifications must be met by the closing date of announcement.
  • Requires the successful completion of a background investigation.
  • All documents must be submitted by 11 pm on closing date of announcement.
  • Must submit transcrpits or course listing by 11pm on closing date.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must certify registration with Selective Service.


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If selected for this position you will: - Have primary responsibility as the neutron program manager and secondary responsibility to provide assistance to, or stand in for,  the x-ray program manager as needed. - Serve as a recognized scientific authority and expert in scientific facilities operation for neutron science or synchrotron radiation applications, and as such have the responsibility to plan, coordinate, implement, and evaluate research programs in this field on a national and international level. - Serve as a Program Manager determining scientific focus and direction of the user facilities operational aspects of the program, preparing calls for proposals organizing independent peer reviews, recommending funding allocations, organizing facilities Directors meetings, serving as a liaison on committees, and monitoring scientific progress of the program. - Examine and ascertain emergent research needs and opportunities of neutron or light source user facilities against scientific and technological advances and of potential needs of the DOE. - Prepare, justify, and support the portions of the budget relating to the program. - Critically evaluate contractors, DOE laboratory, and grantee research proposals and performance via own scientific and technical judgment, merit review, site visits and reviews, and panel reviews.


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You must possess one year of experience performing duties in the area of synchrotron radiation or neutron scattering research. You must also demonstrate experience in the following: (1) ability to plan, direct, and evaluate new and highly complex basic research programs, projects, and policies; (2) ability to effectively communicate in writing to prepare analytical documents and/or research findings;(3) ability to effectively communicate orally to serve as a spokesperson for the organization in the broad scientific areas of responsibility; and (4) ability to plan, budget, justify, and allocate funds among a variety of competing programs and requirements. NOTE: Your resume must demonstrate the experience required for this position.

You must have a degree in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics. OR A combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Foreign Education Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying for this position. This evaluation must be provided by 11 p.m. on the closing date of this vacancy announcement. For a listing of services that can perform this evaluation, see the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website NACES. For additional information regarding evaluation of foreign equivalences, you may also visit the Department of Education's website:Department of Education.


CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT FOR THIS VACANCY: A preliminary background check must be initiated before you can begin work with the U.S. Department of Energy. Current Federal employees or other individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Security Office. Failure to receive a favorable background investigation will result in termination from employment. This position requires a security clearance and is subject to drug testing. If selected, you must test negative prior to being appointed to this position and will be subject to random testing thereafter. Failure to pass subsequent tests could result in disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the Federal service.


Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures. Category rating combines the applicant's total qualifying experience and education/training into a single quality category. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, we will further evaluate your entire application package to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Highly Qualified - Exceeds the minimum qualification requirements and all requirements of the position; 2) Well Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and nearly all requirements of the position; 3) Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements. The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within appropriate category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Highly Qualified) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless approval has been granted. NOTE: If it is determined that your responses to the job-specific questions are inconsistent with your resume or if your resume is incomplete, you will be rated ineligible or not qualified.
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The Federal government provides a variety of benefits. Please visit Benefits for additional information.


This position is included in the bargaining unit. You must meet all qualification requirements outlined on this vacancy announcement by the closing date of the announcement. If selected for this vacancy, you will be required to file a Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE Form 450 as a condition of employment. For additional information regarding this requirement and form, visit OGE Form 450. You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period. The travel requirement for this position is 15%. "As a member of the Council on Veterans Program the Department of Energy supports our nation's veterans through various veteran hiring initiatives and authorities.



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  • Submit an online resume and respond to the job specific questions. Apply online at USAJobs. If you are unable to apply online, call the Human Resources Specialist listed in the announcement between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST.
  • Submit all required documents by 11 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the announcement in order to receive consideration. NEW FEATURES
  • Upload - Using the Document Manager, upload document (.gif, .jpeg, .png, .rtf, .pfg, and .doc format only) directly from your computer.
  • USAJOBS - Using the Document Manager, download a document you previously attached from your USAJOBS account for this vacancy.
  • Fax - Print the Fax Cover Sheet, then fax cover sheet and document(s) to 571-258-4052.


    1. SUBMIT YOUR COMPLETED APPLICATION WHICH INCLUDES YOUR RESUME, YOUR RESPONSES TO ALL ONLINE ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS, and all required supplemental documents in order to be considered. 2. Veterans: If you are eligible for veteran's preference, you must indicate the type of preference you are claiming. All veterans MUST submit a DD-214, MEMBER 4 copy. If claiming 10-point preference you must also submit a SF-15 and any other proof that you are eligible for 10-point preference. If you are currently on active duty, you must submit an official statement of service from your command or other official documentation that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. You can find additional information on veteran's preference at Veterans . 3. Education: You must submit a copy of your transcript(s), a separate course listing, or a course listing in the appropriate job-specific question showing the type of information that appears on transcript(s) such as course title, department, hours earned (semester or quarter), and grade. 4. If you have completed any part of your education outside of the U.S., you must submit the evaluation of your foreign education that has been prepared by an accredited organization. The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), NACES, can provide a list of who can evaluate your foreign education. For additional information, visit the Department of Education's website: Department of Education. 5. If you believe that you are Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligible, please visit CTAP/ICTAP for additional information. To be considered well qualified, you must have a score of 85. 6. If you are eligible for any Special Appointing Authority, you must submit the documentation supporting your eligibility. For additional information, visit Disability Program and Veterans . 7. Legible documentation identified above must be faxed to 571-258-4052 by the closing date of this announcement using the required cover sheet. Our system will not recognize substitute cover sheets. Each document must be faxed separately as each sheet includes an identification number. You will receive an email from once your documents have been received. Please fax your supplemental documents per these instructions.


    Deborah Campbell
    Phone: 301-903-0294
    Fax: 301-903-1299
    TDD: 301-903-0547
    Agency Information:
    Department of Energy
    SC-48/ Rm. E-156/ Germantown Bldg.
    1000 Independence Ave, SW
    Washington, DC
    Fax: 301-903-1299


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