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Job Title:  Interdisciplinary- General Engineer/Nuclear Engineer/Physical Scientist, GS-0801/0840/1301-11/12/13
Department:  Department Of Energy
Agency:  Department of Energy
Job Announcement Number:  HQ-13-MP-02-NE-00137

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$62,467.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
Thursday, November 29, 2012 to Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Full-Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Germantown, MD, US  View Map


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 Nuclear Reactor Technologies, Office of Space and Defense Power Systems 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.

This vacancy is being concurrently advertised with HQ-13-CAT-02-NE-00137. 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
  • Time-in-Grade requirements MUST be met by the closing date
  • All supplemental documentation MUST be submitted by the closing date.


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At the full performance level, the incumbent will:

Research, identify, and recommend for test and evaluation aspects of a variety of complex and novel materials, engineering, or scientific activities associated with space or terrestrial radioisotope or reactor power system technology development and production. Design and recommend physical testing arrangements that can be used to model how several dissimilar materials interact with each other and how components behave in a system.  Investigate advanced concepts such as catalytic behavior, Seebeck effect, and eutectic formation and performance.  Research and predict the secondary and tertiary performance effects of base materials under a variety of temperature, pressure, gas environments, and vibration loads. Identify, recommend and evaluate potential candidate materials for use in radioisotope or reactor power systems along with their compatibility with other candidate materials.  Identify potential interactions among candidate materials and recommend alternatives when adverse interactions are expected.  Investigate methods to improve performance of systems using replacement materials. Research, identify and bring forward to other professionals materials-related technical issues, and potential solutions/improvements associated with DOE RPS designs.

Research background information, review historical documents, and write written reports for convincing technical staff on altering their own material understanding and opinions.  Author and present technical opinions through collaboration and meetings.  Publish peer-reviewed papers within the technical field.

As Project Engineer of assigned projects the incumbent oversees the planning, development, and implementation of project activities.  Participates in developing program planning guidance for use by Headquarters, field organizations, and national laboratories in preparing annual operating plans. This includes such activities as drafting instructions requiring considerable adaptation from previous years’ directives or currently established procedures, and frequently the development of basically new guidance.  Reviews plans submitted by participating organizations in assigned areas, and analyzes proposed activities, resource levels, milestones, deliverables, and complex intra-program issues.  Coordinates revisions to individual submissions to assure an integrated approach to the development of technology program planning guidance.

Develops project justifications, budgets, and schedules, and provides direction and management of assigned projects to assure objectives are met.  For the assigned projects, recommends program goals, metrics and plans, and prepares annual and out year budget requirements and justification.  Plans and directs performance of assigned projects by industry organizations. 

Monitors progress and evaluates performance of assigned projects by power generation companies, reactor vendors, architect-engineering companies, and other industry organizations, and recommends actions to resolve problems.  Provides technical and programmatic guidance to project participants, and ensures completion of projects in accordance with established plans and objectives.

Prepares budgets and is accountable for the financial performance for assigned projects.  This includes periodic reviews and adjustments as needed of individual budget allocations, resolution of disparities between needed and available funding, and general control of expenditures to ensure effective use of authorized funds.  Supports development of program budgets, outyear funding plans, annual operating plans and supporting documentation, justifications, testimony, and inquiry responses.

Participates in monitoring progress and performance of assigned projects and tasks or work scope areas on assigned projects through participation on project teams and through coordinated performance reviews of reports, technical and financial information, and project schedules for assigned projects.  This involves participation in project reviews and audits.  Assists the project manager in planning and coordinating independent, external project management reviews, as required by DOE Order 413.3, as adapted to COL Projects. 

Reviews project status documents (schedules, financial reports, earned value) and periodic project reports (quarterly, annual, and special reports) for assigned projects and provides summary input and recommended actions to the Program Manager that identify, recommend, and implement strategies to assure projects remain on track.  This involves interfacing with program, field and the power company teams for updated project status information.  The incumbent will assist in the analysis of project information to provide insight into how the project is performing using information on earned value, cost and schedule data and variances, and other data and to provide assessments of project issues.   Analyzes project management execution issues.  Recommends corrective actions and project management performance pertaining to COL Projects. 

Assists with the development of Congressional testimony and other related documentation associated with assigned projects and technical issues.  Develops position papers, briefings, and other communiqués to inform senior management officials and interested parties on project progress, problems, and results.  

Collaborates with U.S. nuclear industry organizations, officials of other government agencies, Congressional staff offices, industry management and technical experts and with other similar high-ranking personnel in organizations including the NEI, EPRI, power companies, vendors, and international governments.


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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 applications of qualified applicants must demonstrate the following:


Education: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.


Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in Federal service.  Examples of specialized experience include:  Experience in the evaluation of materials, components or systems used in an energy producing system or similar to those used in such systems.


A combination of education and experience that meets 100% of the requirement


On year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in Federal Service.  Examples of specialized experience include: (1) Evaluating potential materials for use in radioisotope power systems along with their compatibility with other candidate materials; (2) Communicating technical materials-related issues with personnel within an organization; and (3) Preparing written reports for consideration of technical staff opinions.


One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience include: (1) Identifying, and recommending for test and evaluation aspects of a variety of complex and novel materials, engineering, or scientific activities associated with space or terrestrial radioisotope or reactor power system technology development and production; (2) Monitoring project/program performance activities (i.e. work scope, funding requests, milestones, deliverables, etc.); (3) Participating in project/program budget development; and (4) Briefing senior management on program progress, problems, and results, and recommending changes in budget levels to assure the achievement of project/program goals.

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 the performance of base materials under a variety of temperature, pressure, gas environments, and vibration loads.

2. Ability to manage scientific or engineering projects

3. Knowledge of budget processes.

4. Ability to plan and/or oversee the peer review process.

5. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

General/Nuclear Engineer

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.

Physical Scientist

Degree: 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.
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.

 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 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. 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.
To preview questions please click here.


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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 11:59 p.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).

3. 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
4. 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.
5. 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 DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
6. 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.
7. If you are eligible for any Special Appointing Authority, you must submit the documentation supporting your eligibility. For additional information, visit DISABILITY RESOURCES
8. 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

HOW TO SUBMIT ALL SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTS: 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
Human Resources Office
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


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