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Job Title:  Supervisory Physical Scientist, GS-1301-15
Department:  Department Of Energy
Agency:  Department of Energy
Job Announcement Number:  EEGO-13-CR-69-JW-00382

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
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 to Monday, March 11, 2013
1 vacancy - Washington DC Metro Area, DC, US



This position is also being advertisted to status candidates as a Merit Promotion announcement, Vacancy Announcement #EEGO-13-MP-68-JW-00382.


The Department of Energy'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 at DOE

Term Appointments do not confer competitive status and cannot be converted to permanent positions without further competition.


The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy is seeking a motivated and highly-qualified candidate for an exciting position located in the Office of Solar Energy Technologies Program in Washington D.C.  The successful candidate will work to accelerate the development and large-scale deployment of solar technologies in the United States and to ensure that solar power is a viable and economic source for the Nation’s power needs.  Working on the SunShot initiative to reduce the cost of electricity from solar by 75%, by the end of the decade.  The SETP works closely in partnership with the U.S. solar energy industry to advance the technology, reduce development and operating costs, and maintain a competitive position in domestic and international markets for solar energy.


This vacancy is being concurrently advertised to status candidates as a Merit Promotion announcement, Vacancy Announcement #EEGO-13-MP-68-JW-00382.  You must apply to the vacancy for which you wish to receive consideration.  Applicants who wish to be considered for both announcements must apply to both.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation is required
  • Official/Unofficial College Transcript(s) REQUIRED.
  • One year probationary/trial period may be required.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.


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If selected for this position you will serve as Supervisor for the Photovoltaic (PV) R&D Team and has the primary responsibility for implementing all related activities consistent with the Solar Energy Technology Program objectives.  Specific responsibilities include the development of new program activities through RFP’s or FOA’s, monitoring these activities, and making recommendations to the Program Manager on new strategies and objectives.  The PV supervisor will make recommendations for specific activities within the national labs to achieve program objectives, and is responsible for technical and market analysis activities to support a thorough understanding of the emerging PV market and new PV technologies.  Serve as a recognized public authority in his/her specialty area and as a policy advisor.  Provide guidance and advice to officials, managers, and other engineers within and outside the Department on progress in solar technologies at a national level.  Direct major elements of the photovoltaics R&D portfolio.  Defining the technical strategies, and managing the technical planning of complex research, development and demonstration activities.   Interacts with senior DOE management, and is an advisor to outside individuals and organizations for matters pertaining to the assigned program/project, with regards to the solar photovoltaics industry.  Reviews the budget and recommends approval of the budget expenditures.  Makes presentations on program/project objectives, content, and progress to a variety of professional audiences, prepares comprehensive technical reports and participates in conferences and demonstrations to present technical reports.


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In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirements, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience, at the GS-15 level, is defined as experience in the Solar Photovoltaics industry, including experience in physical device design and function, systems engineering, cost factors and analysis relevant to PV devices and systems, business issues affecting the development of the solar photovoltaics industry, key market applications, current and evolving structure of the PV supply chain, and intellectual property considerations relevant to PV technology development.



Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). You are NOT required to provide a separate narrative written response. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below.  

  1. Mastery of PV research and development as evidenced by a record of high impact scientific publications and patents and/or demonstrated leadership in managing PV research programs in academia or industry.  
  2. Knowledge of the concepts, theories, principles and practices of engineering and materials science applied to a range of solar photovoltaic technologies.   
  3. Advance knowledge of the Solar Program, including the technical strategy it is pursuing for photovoltaics R&D. 
  4. Knowledge and experience with organizational management including leading teams and groups for specific objectives and deliverables, including knowledge and experience with project management tools and approaches.  
  5. Knowledge of business issues relevant to the development of the solar photovoltaics industry, including key market applications, current and evolving structure of the PV supply chain, and intellectual property considerations relevant to PV technology development.  
  6. Advance knowledge of business issues relevant to the development of the solar photovoltaics industry, including key market applications, current and evolving structure of the PV supply chain, and intellectual property considerations relevant to PV technology development.  
  7. Extensive knowledge of other engineering fields such as electronics, material sciences, device physics, etc., to provide consideration of overall engineering aspects related to solar photovoltaics.  
  8. Ability to manage and supervise a diverse technical team.    
  9. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. 


Education Requirement: Positions in this series have positive education requirements. You must submit your transcript(s) showing evidence of the required coursework to document your education. REQUIRED EDUCATION: Completion of a full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or higher that included a major field of study in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester/36 quarter hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.




A combination of education and experience--education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester/36 quarter hours in physical science and/or related engineering science plus appropriate experience or additional education.


You must provide documentation supporting your education claims. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website. 

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT FOR THIS VACANCY: A Preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work.  The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. 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 Office of Personnel Security.


If selected for this vacancy, you may be required to file the OGE Form 450 (Financial Disclosure Statement).


You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.




Your application will be rated by our application system using the Category Rating procedure. A quality review will then be conducted by the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME). Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (if applicable to the job), and training described in your online résumé/questionnaire as related to the duties of this position. The quality categories are usually defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified" and "Qualified". Within each category, veteran preference eligibles will be listed at the top of the category. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and below.


If your résumé is incomplete or does not support the responses in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation BEFORE the vacancy closes, 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 offers comprehensive and competitive benefits.

You may be eligible for some or all of the following:

  • Health, life, dental, vision, and long-term care insurance
  • Retirement program
  • Paid holiday, sick, and vacation time
  • Flexible work schedules and telework
  • Training and education opportunities
  • Transit benefit
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Thrift Savings Plan (401k equivalent)
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Worklife4You Resource
For more information on these benefits, see the USAJOBS Resource Center's Interactive Benefits Page.


  • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
  • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
  • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
  • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period or a background investigation.
Males must abide by Selective Service registration regulations. To learn more about this requirement, visit the Selective Service website's Who Must Register page. 


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To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete online application no later than 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the application system will not allow you to finish. Requests for extensions will not be granted so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish the application. Our application system displays a deadline timer in the top-left corner of the screen for your reference.


Steps to submit a complete application:


1.You must have a USAJOBS account and be logged in. 


2. You must have a completed résumé. Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded résumés and require that you have a completed résumé within your USAJOBS profile using the Résumé Builder (click the link for more information) 


3. Once you are logged in and all of your application materials ready, click the Apply Now button.


4.  You must respond to all application assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.


5.  You will then be asked to upload supporting documentation, which may include (but is not limited to): transcripts, portfolio samples, certifications, and other supporting documents.


6. IMPORTANT: In the final step of the application process you will be shown a copy of your resume and all the information you entered during the application process--YOU ARE NOT DONE YET! You must click the 'Finish' button at the bottom of this final page and receive confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not click 'Finish', your application will not be received. Your USAJOBS status page may show a complete application even if you have not fully completed the final step of the application process.


If your résumé does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation BEFORE the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


This vacancy is being concurrently advertised to all U.S. Citizens under Delegated Examining procedure as announcement #EEGO-13-CR-69-JW-00382. You must apply to the vacancy for which you wish to receive consideration. If you wish to be considered for both positions, you must apply to both announcements.




If you experience any difficulties with the application process (anything after you have clicked the Apply Now button), please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement between normal business hours. If you are having trouble with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account profile issues, or Résumé Builder help, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center or e-mail


If you cannot apply online because of a disability, please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement during normal business hours.


Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.


If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.

  • ALL APPLICANTS: Résumé supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
  •  Applicants using education to qualify (if applicable): Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and grade. Education may not be applicable for some jobs at higher grade levels. Please see the Education section for more information.
  •  Current/former Federal employees: Most recent Standard Form 50 (SF). To properly verify status eligibility, your SF-50 must show series, grade, and position type occupied.
  •  Displaced Federal employees: ICTAP/CTAP documentation.
  •  Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
  •  Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required. 


Jacqueline Wren
Phone: 720-356-1818
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
Department of Energy
Human Resources Office
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


After each step in the recruitment process, your status will be updated in USAJOBS. You can review your status in USAJOBS at any time. You may also elect to receive status updates via e-mail by changing the notification settings in your USAJOBS profile. Please check that your USAJOBS profile contact information is current and correct each time you apply to a job--this will ensure we are able to contact you as quickly as possible.

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