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Job Title:Nuclear Engineer, GS-0840-15

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Department of Energy

Job Announcement Number:HQ-12-CAT-03-NE-00133

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


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


Monday, September 24, 2012 to Friday, October 05, 2012




Full-Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Germantown, MD, USView Map




The Department of Energy's (DOE's) overarching mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the U.S. through scientific and technological innovation and the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex. With DOE you'll have the flexibility and freedom to explore a world of possibilities through a wealth of exciting and challenging career opportunities. By joining DOE, you can hone your career skills while helping to secure the U.S. future and make a real difference in the lives of Americans and people around the world. To learn more about the DOE, please visit our website the following link DOE

The Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) is seeking a motivated and highly-qualified candidate for an exciting full-time permanent position in the Office of Fuel Cycle Technologies, Office of Fuel Cycle Research and Development in Germantown, MD.

The primary mission of NE is to advance nuclear power as a resource capable of meeting the Nation’s energy, environmental, and national security needs by resolving technical, cost, safety, and proliferation resistance, and security barriers through research, development, and demonstration as appropriate.

The incumbent of this position functions in a technical leadership capacity on the Advanced Fuel Cycle Research and Development (R&D) team and serves as the authority in the field of transmutation engineering and advanced fuels technologies research. The incumbent is responsible for:  (1) developing and recommending goals, policies, and associated strategies to achieve a successful research and development effort to support the advanced fuels R&D program; (2) directing the planning, coordination, execution and evaluation of programs related to advanced transmutation related technology applications integral to accomplishing  R&D program objectives and goals; (3) planning, direction, and coordination of international activities associated with R&D research and development; including providing expert technical leadership, advice, guidance, and assistance to international initiatives and agreements in this area; (4) representing NE and the R&D program to international organizations, such as the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development and the Nuclear Energy Agency; and (5) serving as senior technical advisor to DOE officials interacting with U.S. government agencies and industry on issues related to R&D and specifically transmutation technology.

This vacancy is being concurrently advertised with HQ-12-MP-16-NE-00133. You must apply to the vacancy for which you wish to receive consideration. Applicants who wish to be considered for both must apply to both.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Background and/or Security Investigation is required
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid
  • All supplemental documentation MUST be submitted by the closing date.


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Manages program planning, development, coordination, and implementation of the advanced fuels technology development and fuels research activities related to R&D.  Serves as the technical expert who provides program direction, guidance, review, and assessment of the advanced fuel technology development for review and decisions by the NE senior management team.  Provides direction and management of assigned programs and associated research and development projects to ensure that overall program objectives are met.  Develops program plans, schedules, and budgets for transmutation engineering and systems analysis, and fuels research related to R&D.  Develops and provides technical and programmatic guidance for the conduct of these program activities.

Manages and coordinates assigned international efforts concerning various nuclear technology collaborations; for example, provides leadership and management oversight of the future program purview for the Department of Energy collaboration with the Russian Federation and material irradiations in the BOR-60 reactor.   Oversees the portfolios in the area of advanced nuclear fuel development for advanced light water reactors and fast reactor concepts. Maintains current knowledge of the technical aspects associated with the Advanced Fuels Campaign in NE-5. 

Monitors and provides oversight of U.S. interests in international advanced fuels and transmutation technology development activities.  Communicates directly with senior technical foreign officials in the negotiation of R&D-related exchange agreements and other nuclear technology issues.  Utilizes a broad knowledge of U.S. and foreign nuclear science and reactor engineering concepts to identify areas where new international agreements can be of benefit to the R&D program.  Develops and maintains contacts with foreign officials to discuss and resolve problems of importance and value to the R&D and U.S. nuclear R&D programs.  Provides in-depth consultation to the R&D Program Director and NE senior management to enhance coordination between the R&D program and foreign partners.

Develops and reviews program solicitations including program background, objectives and work-scopes. Provides recommendations on solicitation content to assure maximum participation and to encourage collaborations for resource sharing.  Evaluates proposals and provides recommendations for awards.  Monitors and evaluates performance of assigned programs and projects and implements corrective actions as needed.  Provides inputs for contractor performance evaluations and award fee recommendations.

Prepares periodic status reports and evaluations of program progress for NE management.  Develops and provides briefings on program activities at meetings, workshops, and conferences.  Develops and maintains program documents including program plans, procedures, briefings, fact sheets, inputs to Congressional testimony, and web site information. 

Develops and reviews documents such as multi-year strategic, program, and research plans and proposals related to the R&D program for conformance with DOE and NE international priorities and objectives, and consistency with milestones, objectives, and goals of the R&D program.  Identifies critical problems and recommends solutions toward achieving strategic objectives. 

Represents DOE and NE in R&D technical and policy matters on external and internal committees, panels, working groups, task forces, national and international seminars, and meetings with industrial or contractor institutions.  Exercises technical commitment authority within the parameters of delegated authority.


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You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

In addition to the basic education/experience requirements, online resumes of qualified candidates must describe the following:

One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level in Federal service.  Examples of specialized experience include:  Planning and prioritizing complex, multi-year technology research activities; playing a leadership role in research collaboration negotiations with international, industrial, or laboratory partners; and reviewing proposals from universities and industry applicants for government sponsored research and development projects, applying established criteria and writing justifications for assigned scores and evaluations.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS: Your online resume must demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs/Competencies) (NOTE: Applicants need not prepare written responses to these KSAs/competencies, unless asked in the online application):

1. Knowledge of advanced nuclear engineering and related engineering disciplines (e.g. civil, mechanical, electrical, materials) concepts, practices and principles.

2. Ability to provide technical expertise in leading, overseeing, coordinating, analyzing, evaluating, and advising on R&D program activities.

3. Comprehensive knowledge of international R&D activities involving advanced fuels and transmutation technology developments. 

4. Knowledge of policies, organization structures, programs, missions, goals, and objectives, and the sequencing/timing of key program events and milestones for R&D programs. 

5. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Positions in this series have basic education/experience requirements.

A professional engineering degree is required. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
Combination of education and experience --college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering.

Please fax all supporting documents in accordance with the instructions provided under Required Documents in the "How to Apply" section.

EDUCATION FROM FOREIGN INSTITUTIONS: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. (PROVIDING SUCH EVIDENCE WHEN APPLYING IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY)

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


A Preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work. Current Federal employees or other individuals with and existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check.

Eligible candidates for this position must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance. The duties and responsibilities of this position require that the incumbent have access to documents and/or material containing Secret Restricted Data which are related to sensitive issues.  Therefore, the position demands the highest degree of public trust and requires that the incumbent possess a DOE "Q" Clearance.

This position has also been designated as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) subject to testing for illegal drug use.  The selectee must test negative prior to being appointed to this position and will be subject to random testing thereafter.  Failure to pass or refusal to take subsequent tests could result in non-selection or disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the Federal service.


Your application will be rated by the system using Category Rating. A quality review will be conducted by the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME)based on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training described in your online resume/questionnaire as related to the duties of this position. The quality categories are defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified" and Qualified". Within each category, veteran preference eligibles will be listed at the top of the category. If your resume is incomplete, or does not support the responses in your online questionnaire you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be adjusted.
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The Department of Energy has broad range of benefits and work life programs that you may be eligible for depending on your type of appointment. For more information on benefits DOE has to offer please visit: DOE BENEFITS


Male applicants born after 12/31/1959, who are required to register with the Selective Service under section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act, must be registered (or must have registered at the time they were required to do so) in order to be eligible for appointment. For more information, visit the SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM web site. The U.S. Department of Energy is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


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1.) Submit an online resume using the USAJOBS RESUME BUILDER and respond to the job specific questions. The Department of Energy Headquarters ONLY accepts resumes that were submitted via the system from the USAJOBS Resume Builder. Applicants who do not use the USAJOBS RESUME BUILDER will not be able to successfully complete the application process and submit their application. To begin the application process click the "Apply Online" button within the announcement to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account and follow the on screen instructions to build your resume using the USAJOBS Resume BUILDER and respond to the job specific questions.
2.) If you are unable to apply online, call the Human Resources Specialist listed in the announcement between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) or you can also contact USAJOBS by clicking the "CONTACT US" link found on the USAJOBS website. Emailed or Faxed copies sent by any form other than stated in this announcement will not be accepted.
3.) Submit all required documents by 11:59p.m. EST on the closing date of the announcement in order to receive consideration.


Required Documents
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.(See "How To Submit ALL Supplemental Documents" section for more info).
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 VET GUIDE
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) can provide a list of who can evaluate your foreign education. For additional information, visit DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
5. If you believe that you are Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligible, please visit ICTAP/CTAP 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 RESOURCES
7. Optional Form (OF-306) Declaration of Federal Employment: The information collected on this form is used to determine your acceptability for Federal employment and your enrollment status in the Government's Life Insurance program. If you are selected, before you are appointed you will be asked to update your responses on this form and on other materials submitted during the application process and then to recertify that your answers are true. Click the link below and select the fillable PDF Version of the OF-306 (Declaration of Federal Employment). Complete the form, print, sign and follow the instructions at the "Vacancy Documents" section of the application to submit this form with your other required documents. OPTIONAL FORMS

The documentation identified above must be attached to your application using one of the following actions:
1) "Upload" to upload documents directly from your computer
2) "USAJOBS" to upload documents stored in your "USAJOBS" accounts
3) "Fax" to generate a fax cover sheet and fax the documents (system generated cover sheet must be used) Applicants will be prompted at the "Vacancy Documents" section of the application to add their required documents. Please review and follow the instructions listed to successfully submit your documents. Even if you have uploaded required documents to USAJOBS for previous announcements you must separately attach your documents for this announcement per the on-screen instructions in order for them to successfully be submitted for this announcement.


NiCole Powell
Phone: 202-287-5252
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Department of Energy
U.S. Department of Energy
HC-30, Room 4E-084
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


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