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Job Title:General Engineer/Scientist GG-12/13

Agency:Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Job Announcement Number:ALL OFC-2013-0034

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$71,901.00 to $116,562.00 / Per Year


Friday, February 01, 2013 to Thursday, May 30, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proud to be ranked as the 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

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is looking for engineers and scientists with THREE (3) OR MORE years of full-time professional engineering or post-degree physical science work experience to fill future vacancies in a variety of engineering and physical science occupations. This vacancy is a REPOSITORY of applications (RESUME BANK). Salary ranges are as follows: Arlington Texas GG-12: $72,733 to $94,551 per annum GG-13: $86,489 to 112,434 per annum Atlanta Georgia GG-12: $71,901 to $93,470 per annum GG-13: $85,500 to 111,148 per annum King of Prussia Pennsylvania GG-12: $73,408 to $95,429 per annum GG-13: $87,292 to $113,478 per annum Lisle Illinois GG-12: $75,403 to $98,022 per annum GG-13: $89,664 to 116,562 per annum Rockville Maryland GG-12: $74,872 to $97,333 per annum GG-13: $89,033 to 115,742 per annum Applications MAY BE periodically referred to Selecting Officials for up to 90 days after the closing date of this vacancy. During the period of this vacancy announcement, you MAY BE referred to multiple vacancies based on your UNIQUE QUALIFICATIONS and NRC's NEEDS. Please check for an additional list of current jobs that are available. Because of the large number of applications anticipated for this vacancy, applicants will not be updated on their status UNLESS they are referred to a selecting official. This position is Bargaining Unit. 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. Will NRC pay relocation expenses? Yes. Expenses associated with interview and/or relocation will be paid.


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


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NRC employees have responsibilities that include: protecting public health and safety; protecting the environment; protecting and safeguarding nuclear materials and plants in the interest of national security; and assuring conformity with antitrust laws. Agency employees perform these functions through: standards-setting and rule making, technical reviews and studies; conduct of public hearings; issuance of authorizations, permits, and licenses; inspection,investigation and enforcement; evaluation of operating experience; and confirmatory research.


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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is looking for engineers and scientists with THREE (3) OR MORE years of full-time professional engineering or post-degree physical science work experience to fill future vacancies in a variety of engineering and physical science occupations. 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 or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. The ideal candidate for this position must demonstrate: 1) Knowledge of the applicable NRC requirements, policies, practices, and programs applicable to nuclear reactors, the nuclear fuel cycle, nuclear materials, nuclear waste, or risk assessment; 2) Ability to plan, direct, coordinate, and manage complex, highly technical projects; 3) Ability to present technical information both orally and in writing; and 4) Ability to develop and implement successful approaches to problem solving and conflict resolution. Please indicate in your resume and/or optional cover letter how you meet the qualifications for this position no later than 30 days after the date you submit your application and before placement in the position.


You must meet basic education and professional knowledge requirements that apply to Federal engineering positions at all levels. Generally this knowledge is met by having a bachelor's or higher degree in a relevant professional engineering discipline (e.g., nuclear, electrical, mechanical) from a school of engineering with at least one professional engineering curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) (or by documenting how you meet the minimum OPM qualification standards for the 0800 occupational series: ) in addition to the specialized experience.


However, if you do not possess such a professional engineering degree, you may still satisfy the professional knowledge requirements if you have current Professional Engineer (P.E.) registration in one of the relevant disciplines from any U.S. State or Territory; or if you successfully passed an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) written examination administered by a State Board of Engineering Examiners; or if you have either a related professional degree or at least 60 semester hours of specified engineering-related college courses COMBINED WITH significant engineering work experience performed under professional engineer supervision and guidance or significant relevant engineering work experience at an operating power reactor. Note: Engineering technology degrees are not generally qualifying unless supplemented by other evidence of the individual's professional knowledge (e.g., current P.E. licence or EIT examination results, as discussed above). More detailed information about these alternatives for meeting the knowledge requirements for Federal professional engineering jobs are described in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards.  Note: It is your responsibility to furnish documentation that you meet the basic education and professional knowledge requirements; in the absence of such documentation, you would be rated not qualified. (See the Application Procedures section several paragraphs below for further information.)

Education Required: BACHELOR'S degree in the academic disciplines listed which shows a good knowledge of the theory, principles, and practices in the discipline (or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience), PLUS 3-5 years of specialized experience in the specific occupation; OR one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level, OR equivalent, in the specific occupation or a closely related occupation performing similar duties. Specialized experience is defined as work experience applying any of the professional engineering and scientific disciplines listed below: - Aquatic Biology - Chemical Engineering - Civil Engineering - Computational Fluid Mechanics - Electrical Engineering - Electronic Engineering (Digital Instrumentation & Control) - Environmental Engineering - Environmental Science - Fire Protection Engineering - Geotechnical Engineering - Geology - Geophysics - Health Physics - Industrial Engineering (Human Factors) - Materials Engineering - Mechanical Engineering - Metallurgical - Meteorology - Nuclear Engineering - Structural Engineering - Chemistry - Fire Safety Technology - Hydrology - Hydrology (Hydraulic Engineering) - Materials Science - Metallurgy - Nuclear Chemistry - Nuclear Physics - Physics - Physical Science - Radiochemistry - Radiological Science - Seismology - Surface Water Hydrology - Water Resources Engineering - Welding -


You will be rated based on the information you provided in your resume as well as your responses to the vacancy questionnaire to determine your level of knowledge, skill, and ability related to the job requirements. 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. Applications will be rated against the following criteria -- 1. Experience related to: -Nuclear Reactors -Nuclear Power Plant Construction -Fuel Cycle -Nuclear Materials -Nuclear Waste -Risk Assessment -Technical Project Management 2. Ability to present technical information both orally and in writing. You will not be considered for this position if you leave any of the vacancy questions unanswered.
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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.


The application package which includes your resume and optional cover letter should provide examples that accurately describe your personal and specific contributions to resolving previous challenges and are relevant to the job for which you are applying. The application package should be professional,clear, supportable, and concise. The package presentation is a major contributor to assessment of written communication. Use simple, declarative statements and active voice. Eligible selectees may be considered for a recruitment incentive. When NRC determines that, in absence of such incentives, it will be difficult to fill the position with a suitable candidate. NRC may offer recruitment incentives to eligible new appointees, or relocation incentives to current federal employees who are required to move geographically. Generally, current Federal employees are not eligible for a recruitment incentive. Some relocation expenses may be authorized. Expenses associated with interview may be paid.


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) 287-0727.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. 


If TDD accommodation is required, please contact Peggy Etheridge at





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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Your application (resume, responses to the vacancy questionnaire, optional cover letter, and other supplemental documentation) 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, including responding to the vacancy questions, 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 be granted. If applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, 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.


List of supplemental material that may be applicable: All applicants must submit a resume (cover letter optional). 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 have status but wish to be considered under both merit promotion and competitive procedures you must e-mail the Servicing Human Resources Specialist for this vacancy by the closing date of the announcement. 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.


Lisa Feizollahi
Phone: 301-287-0664
Fax: 301-287-9344
TDD: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer
Attn: Lisa Feizollahi
Washington, DC
Fax: 301-287-9344


This vacancy is a REPOSITORY of applications (RESUME BANK). Because of the large number of applications anticipated for this vacancy, applicants will not be updated on their status UNLESS referred to a Selecting Official.

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