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Job Title:  Physical Scientist
Department:  Department Of Energy
Agency:  Department of Energy
Job Announcement Number:  13-DE-SC-HQ-011

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
Friday, February 08, 2013 to Friday, February 22, 2013
Full-Time - Permanent
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), 13-MP-SC-HQ-015. 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 Basic Energy Sciences, Scientific User Facilities Division, is seeking a motivated and highly qualified recognized scientific authority to serve as an expert in scientific facilities operation relevant to the conduct of original scientific research work in nanoscale science. See Duty Section for additional information. For more information about the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, please visit:



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


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If selected for this position, you will serve as a recognized scientific authority and expert in scientific facilities operation for nanoscience and electron microscopy R&D, and as such have the responsibility to plan, coordinate, implement, and evaluate research programs in this field on a national and international level.

-You will serve as a Program Manager determining scientific focus and direction of the user facilities operations aspects of the research program, preparing calls for proposals, organizing independent peer reviews, recommending funding allocations, organizing Facilities Director's meetings, planning and executing contractors' meetings and other workshops, serving as a liaison on committees, and monitoring scientific progress of the program.

-You will examine and ascertain the research needs and opportunities of this research program against scientific and technological advances and potential needs of the Department.

-You will prepare, justify, and support the portions of the budget relating to the nanoscience and electron microscopy scientific user facilities program.

-You will critically evaluate contractor, DOE laboratory, grantee, interagency, and other research and related requests, proposals, and performance via your own scientific and technical judgment, merit review, site visits and reviews, and panel reviews.

-You will critically review reports and studies prepared by other offices in DOE and other Federal agencies as they impact the user facilities operation, policies, planning, and development.

-You will develop and prepare analytical documents, briefings, and presentations to communicate with top management of DOE and higher echelons of government on the status of programmatic phases and new development and opportunities in the area of responsibility.


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You must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal government.

Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

Specialized experience required for this position:

1) Professional knowledge of nano-science.

2) Ability to plan, direct, and evaluate new and highly complex basic research programs, projects, and policies.

3) Ability to effectively communicate in writing to prepare analytical documents and/or research findings.

4) Ability to effectively communicate orally to serve as a spokesperson for the organization in the broad scientific areas of responsibility.

5) Ability to plan, budget, justify, and allocate funds among a variety of competing programs and requirements.


You must have a degree in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science. 

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

For more information on education/experience required to qualify for a Physical Scientist position in the Federal government, please visit:

Foreign Education Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their 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. This evaluation must be provided by 11:59p.m. on the closing date of this vacancy announcement. For a listing of services that can perform this evaluation, see the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website NACES. For additional information regarding evaluation of foreign equivalences, you may also visit the Department of Education's website: Department of Education.

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 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.

To preview questions please click here.


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The Federal government provides a variety of benefits.  Please visit  for additional information.


-This position is included in the bargaining unit.

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

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

-The travel requirement for this position is 15%.

"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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-Apply online at

-Submit an online resume and respond to the job specific questions.

-Upload any required documentation.   

-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 11:59pm 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 that cannot be uploaded on USAJobs may 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. 


Deborah Campbell
Phone: 301-903-0294
Fax: 301-903-1299
TDD: 301-903-0547
Agency Information:
Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC
Fax: 301-903-1299


You may check your application status any time after the announcement closes.  Please update your USAJOBS profile to receive these updates via email after the announcement closes.  We will continue to update your status on-line.

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