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Job Title:Reactor Engineer/Scientist (Consequence Analysis)

Agency:Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Job Announcement Number:RES/DSA-2013-0001

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year


Friday, November 09, 2012 to Monday, November 26, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Rockville, MD, USView Map


Applications will be accepted from United States citizens. Veterans, please visit:


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proud to be ranked as a BEST Place to Work in the Federal Government.  We've earned our top ratings by creating a work environment rich in opportunity, diversity, leadership training, teamwork, and work life balance.  Help guide our nation into the next generation of nuclear safety!  Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission where you can be part of a select group of professionals who protect people and the environment with the peaceful use of nuclear materials in medicine, industry and research.  To find out more about the NRC, we invite you to visit us on the web at

This position is located in the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES), Division of Systems Analysis (DSA), Accident Analysis Branch (AAB).

The supervisor is Patricia Santiago  
This  position is Bargaining Unit

This position requires occasional travel.

Travel expenses associated with interview and/or relocation may be paid.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • This is a Drug Testing position.
  • Background investigation leading to a clearance is required for new hires.


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The Duties will include:


1. Independent studies of detailed reactor phenomena or consequence analysis using advanced computational codes such as MELCOR or the MELCOR Accident Consequence Code System (MACCS). 


2.  Review technical studies, manage research projects and serves as a technical staff person in the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research with broad responsibilities in the area of accident consequence analysis, code development and analysis.  


3.  Manages programs to develop and integrate agency-wide regulatory research activities applied to analytical code development, analysis of accident progression, consequence analysis and review of experiments to support code development and assessment and other special security and safety analyses as required.


4.  Severe accident progression or consequence analysis could include evaluating nuclear power plant safety systems, equipment and procedures following abnormal events; analysis of consequences from containment failures or the behavior of hydrogen and other fission products in core damage accidents; performing confirmatory analyses; and analyzing the radiological consequences of severe accidents.


5.  Prepares presentations at technical and programmatic review meetings and interacts with groups having interest and responsibility in research areas.


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EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:  In order to qualify for this position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level in the Federal service 801/1301 general engineering/scientist occupational series or equivalent in the occupational series listed above or related series performing like or similar duties. Candidates must possess a thorough knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices in a field of Engineering, as demonstrated by a Bachelor's degree in General Engineering/Scientist.

Specialized Experience: Candidate should have experience in performing independent studies of detailed phenomenon, behavior, and/or consequences of reactor designs or accidents using advanced computational codes.  These analytical studies focus on various types of reactor and plant systems, and experimental facilities used in support of resolving technical issues and used in support of code development; and security and/or safety analysis. 

You must meet the qualifications for this position by no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.


When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the job requirements.  You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume to determine your level of knowledge, skill and ability related to the job requirements.  If you are among the top candidates for this position, your application will be referred to the hiring manager.

Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position.  Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position.


Substantial working knowledge of nuclear reactor design, operations, and severe accident safety analysis including use of the MELCOR code as evidenced by work experience and related training or education.

Substantial knowledge and experience in reactor programs such as the development of safety, security or risk analysis related to revising and updating NRC regulations and regulatory guides, and/or developing research publications.

Substantial experience in planning, managing, and developing resources for complex and innovative safety research or analysis programs.

Substantial Experience in analyzing reactor systems behavior for regulatory or research purposes.

An advanced degree in engineering or science is preferred

Substantial ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with management and staff, coworkers, and personnel of other government agencies and effectively communicate technical information both orally and in writing. 

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As an NRC employee you will enjoy excellent Federal Benefits, including: comprehensive health and life insurance plans; Flexible Spending Account Program for health and dependent care; Long Term Care Insurance; Dental and Vision Insurance; retirement savings and investment plan similar to 401(k)  (Thrift Savings Plan); annual (vacation) and paid sick leave; family friendly leave policies; 10 paid holidays per year; transit benefits.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


Individuals who are eligible for non-competitive appointment under an OPM special appointing authority may apply for consideration under a comparable NRC non-competitive appointing authority.

The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please notify the Disability Program Coordinator at (301) 492-2212.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Selectees will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.  False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

A transferable security clearance from another agency or a background investigation leading to a clearance is required for all new hires.  To begin work at the NRC without a security clearance, you must be granted a temporary waiver of the required clearance, referred to as a 145(b) waiver.  To be eligible for a 145 (b) waiver you need favorable education verification, and reference, credit, and criminal history checks.  If a wavier is granted, the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable
adjudication is required for continued employment.  If you have resided outside the U.S. for an extended period of time, the agency may not be able to (1) grant the 145(b) waiver where the required investigation cannot be completed in a timely manner, or (2) achieve timely completion of the background investigation required for a security clearance.

The NRC is a zero tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use.  Individuals selected for this position will be subject to pre-appointment drug testing unless currently in a NRC position subject to random drug testing AND will be subject to random drug testing upon appointment to the NRC.


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We strongly encourage you to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position.

Your application for this vacancy must be received online via the USAJoBs application system BEFORE midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement.  If you fail to submit a complete online resume you will not be considered for this position. Paper applications will not be accepted unless hardship circumstances can be demonstrated and requests for extensions WILL NOT granted.  If applying online poses a hardship for you, the Human Resources Specialist listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted online by the closing date.  Applicants must Contact the Human Resources Specialist BEFORE the closing date to speak to someone who can provide assistance for online submission.

You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume. Breadth, recency, and length of experience in the field; training, awards, and commendations; past and current performance; and community or outside professional activities will be considered to determine your level of knowledge, skill or ability for this position.  


To begin the application process, select the "Apply On-line" button to the right on this screen.  Then follow the prompts to login/register, submit all required supplemental documents, and complete the application process.


List of supplemental material that may be applicable:

If you are a NRC employee you are required to submit your most recent Rating of Record (Performance Appraisal) or a statement saying that one is not available.

If you are a current/reinstatement eligible Federal employee with status (Tenure Group 1 or 2), you will be considered under our merit promotion procedures and must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) to verify competitive status or reinstatement eligibility.  

If you are a Veteran claiming 5-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof of eligibility.  If you are a Veteran claiming 10-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference, plus the proof required by that form.  You can find additional information about Veterans' Preference at

If you are applying for a position that requires a college degree, you must submit your College Transcripts.

All supplemental documents will now be collected electronically and should be submitted before the closing date of this vacancy announcement.  You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:

1.  Use the "USAJOBS" feature to download documents from your USAJOBS portfolio; or
2.  use the "Upload" feature to upload documents directly from your computer.  The following types of documents can be uploaded:  .gif, .jpeg, .png, .rtf, .pfg, and .doc; or
3. use the "Fax" feature to print the Fax Cover Sheet and fax it, along with your supplemental documents to 1-571-258-4052.


Lindsey Redden
Phone: 301-251-7406
Fax: 301-251-7427
TDD: 301-492-2256
Agency Information:
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Office of Human Resources
Attn: Lindsey Redden
Washington, DC
Fax: 301-251-7427


You may check the status of your application at any time after the announcement closes by logging onto USAJoBs and selecting "Application Status."

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