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Job Title:  Physicist
Department:  Department Of Energy
Agency:  Department of Energy
Job Announcement Number:  13-DE-SC-HQ-006

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 $155,500.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 to Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Permanent - Full-Time
1 vacancy in the following location:
Germantown, MD, USView Map

All current U. S. citizens.

Moving expenses are not authorized for this position.

***This announcement is also being advertised under Merit Promotion (MP), announcement 13-MP-SC-HQ-007.  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 proudly continues its longstanding leadership of fundamental scientific research for energy and the Nation's largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States.

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The Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of High Energy Physics, Facilities Division, is seeking a motivated and highly qualified individual to serve as a recognized scientific authority and expert in the area of instrumentation.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • All basic qualifications must be met by the closing date of announcement.
  • Requires successful completion of a background investigation.
  • All documents/transcripts must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on closing date.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must certify registration with the Selective Svc.


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If selected for this position and at the full performance level, you will:

1.  Serve as a recognized scientific authority and expert in the area of major instrumentation in the high energy physics program maintaining a high level of knowledge of the status of instrumentation in high energy physics research, and as such have the responsibility to plan, coordinate, implement, and evaluate research programs and projects in this field on a national and international level. Some examples of current and recently completed projects include the NOvA and MINERvA detectors, the U.S. contributions to the ATLAS and CMS detectors, the BELLA and FACET facilities, and the Dark Energy Survey camera.

2.  Serve as an expert and consultant to other scientists and senior management.

3.  Organize, participate in, or lead committees composed of agency, interagency, and government personnel for the purpose of representing the organization and DOE programmatic interests.

4.  Serve as a Program Manager determining scientific focus and direction of major instrumentation in the high energy physics program's aspects of the research program, preparing calls for proposals, organizing independent peer reviews, recommending funding allocations, organizing meetings, serving as a liaison on committees, and monitoring scientific progress of the programs.

5.  Conceive, justify, plan, initiate, manage, and coordinate all aspects of a broad range of major instrumentation in high energy physics.

6.  Examine and ascertain pioneering research needs and opportunities of this research programs against scientific and technological advances and of potential needs of the Department of Energy.

7.  Evaluate contractor, DOE laboratory, and grantee research proposals and performance.

8.  Develop and prepare analytical documents to communicate with top management of DOE and higher echelons of government on the status of programmatic phases and new developments and opportunities.

9.  Provide advice to high level agency officials on overall policy and program direction and serve as spokesperson for the agency.


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In addition to the education or the education and experience described, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level in the Federal government. 

Specialized experience is experience which has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position, and that are typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is described below:

1) Knowledge of programs and experience in conducting fundamental scientific research in the field of high energy physics instrumentation, both domestic and international.

2) Knowledge of Department of Energy policies and procedures regarding project management and experience in managing instrumentation projects.

3) Ability to plan, budget, justify, and allocate funds among a variety of competing scientific research programs and/or projects.

4) Knowledge of the policies and procedures for merit and peer reviews to effectively manage and plan a research program in the area of high energy physics and/or instrumentation projects.

5) Ability to manage, plan, implement, and evaluate a complex national multi-disciplinary research program.

6) Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in the capacity of spokesperson for DOE in the broad area of high energy physics research and/or high energy physics instrumentation.

For the GS-14, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the federal government. For the GS-15, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level in the federal government.

This position requires a degree in physics; or related degree that included at least 24 semester hours in physics

OR Combination of education and experience--courses equivalent to a major in physics totaling at least 24 semester hours, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Foreign Education Applicants:  

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 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  for additional information.


1. This position is included in the bargaining unit.

2. You must meet all qualification requirements outlined on this vacancy announcement by the closing date of the announcement.

3. You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

4. The travel requirement for this position is 20%. 

"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  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 11:59 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 85.

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


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