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Job Title:Physicist

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Department of Energy

Job Announcement Number:12-DE-SC-HQ-020

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


Friday, October 05, 2012 to Sunday, October 21, 2012




Full-Time - Permanent




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


All current U. S. Citizens.

Moving expenses may be paid.

****This announcement is also being advertised under Merit Promotion (MP), announcement number 12-MP-SC-HQ-033. If you wish to be considered for this MP announcement you must apply to it separately.


Here is your opportunity to perform important work in a challenging environment.

The Office of Science is involved in a variety of sciences, scientific workforce training, 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 Nuclear Physics, is seeking a motivated and highly qualified individual to serve as a recognized scientific authority and expert in experimental medium energy nuclear physics. 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.
  • Must submit transcripts or course listing by the closing date.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must certify registration with the Selective Svc.


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If selected for this position, you will: - Serve as a recognized scientific authority and expert in nuclear physics, in particular medium energy nuclear physics, 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 medium energy nuclear physics science aspects of the research program, preparing calls for proposals organizing independent peer reviews, recommending funding allocations, organizing Principal Investigator meetings, serving as a liaison on committees, and monitoring scientific progress of the program. - Examine and ascertain pioneering research needs and opportunities of this research program against scientific and technological advances and of potential needs of the Department of Energy. - Prepare, justify, and support the portions of the budget relating to the nuclear data and nuclear theory computing program. - Critically evaluate contractor, 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 Physics. You must also demonstrate experience in the following: (1) medium energy nuclear physics; (2) planning, directing, and evaluating new and highly complex basic research programs, projects, and policies; (3) communicating in writing to prepare analytical documents and/or research findings; (4) communicating orally to serve as a spokesperson for the organization in the broad scientific areas of responsibility and (5) planning budgeting, justifying and allocating 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 physics; or related degree that included at least 24 semester hours in physics. OR A combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in physics totaling at least 24 semester hours, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The courses must have included a fundamental course in general physics and, in addition, courses in any two of the following: electricity and magnetism, heat, light, mechanics, modern physics, and quantum mechanics.

Foreign Education:

If you completed all or part of your education outside of the U.S., you must have your 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.  For a listing of services that can perform this evaluation, see the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website  For additional information regarding evaluation of foreign equivalences, you may also visit the Department of Education's website:

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 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  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.
  • You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
  • Significant travel requirement for this position is 25%.


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Submit an online resume and respond to the job specific questions.  Apply online at  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 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.


"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.



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

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 the Department of Education's website:

5.  If you believe that you are Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligible, please visit  for additional information.  To be considered well qualified, you must have a score of 80.

6.  If you are eligible for any Special Appointing Authority, you must submit the documentation supporting your eligibility.  For additional information, visit

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/E-156 Germantown Building
1000 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC
Fax: 301-903-1299


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