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Job Title:  Reliability and Risk Analyst
Agency:  Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Job Announcement Number:  NRR/DRA-2013-0002

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
Friday, February 22, 2013 to Monday, April 22, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
FEW vacancies - Rockville, MD, US  View Map

Applications will be accepted from United States citizens. Veterans, please visit:


Applications will be reviewed and processed after 21 days:

FIRST CUT-OFF DATE:  03/15/2013



The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proud to be ranked as one of the BEST Places 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! Come 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.


These positions are located in the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, Division of Risk Assessment, PRA Operational Support Branch, PRA Licensing Branch, and Accident Dose Branch.  


The positions are established to provide a professional development opportunity for the incumbents in the area of reliability and probabilistic risk assessment for the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR).  NRC has created the "Grow Your Own PRA Expertise/PRA Practitioner Development Program" for qualified engineers and scientists.  The incumbents, for a period of three years, will participate in a formal structured training program while working on developmental assignments in the NRC offices.  The duration of the developmental assignments for the incumbents will depend on the degree of knowledge/experience gained.  To be eligible for promotion to the GG-14 level the incumbent must successfully complete the required training courses and pass the qualifying board examination.


The supervisors are Sunil Weerakkody, Donnie Harrison or Travis Tate.

This position is Bargaining Unit.

This position requires approximately 20%  travel.

Travel expenses associated with interview and/or relocation may be paid.


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


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The successful candidate will perform the following duties which include but are not limited to:

1. Performs evaluations of reliability and probabilistic risk assessment (PRA), e.g., prepares fault trees, event trees, estimates human error probabilities and runs computer programs to quantify risk.

2. Reviews "risk-informed" licensee amendment applications using Reg Guide 1.174 and applicable SRPs. 

3. Reviews adequacy of implementation or risk informed NRC regulations.

4. Analyzes plant operating performance using PRA techniques to determine safety risk (e.g., data analyses).

5. Utilizes knowledge in the area of PRA and engineering to support, inspection and enforcement activities. 


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The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

1. General knowledge of design features and operating characteristics of nuclear reactor facilities.

2. General knowledge of NRC rules regulations, policies, regulatory guides, and standard review plans.

3. Ability to plan, schedule, and manage technical projects.

4. Demonstrated ability to learn complex technical subjects (e.g., principles, theories, and practices of probabilistic risk analysis in the assessment of commercial power reactors) using On-The-Job, and internal and external training.

5. Ability to use interpersonal skills and communication skills to interact effectively with peers, management, industry stakeholders, and to develop and implement successful approaches to problem solving and conflict resolution.

You must possess a thorough knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of engineering or general physical science as evidenced by a bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

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.


Specialized experience is defined as:  general knowledge and experience of the systems and operating characteristics of reactors.   


You must meet the qualifications for this position by no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.


When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the job requirements. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume to determine your level of knowledge, skill and ability related to the job requirements as well as your responses to the vacancy questions. If you are among the top candidates for this position, your application will be referred to the hiring manager. Please keep in mind your resume is of key importance for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position.
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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.


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) 287-0712.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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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We strongly encourage you to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position.


Applications will be reviewed and processed after 21 days:

FIRST CUT-OFF DATE:  03/15/2013



Your application 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 any 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 granted.  If applying online poses a hardship for you, 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.

You must answer any job specific vacancy questions.  You will be rated based on your responses to any vacancy questions and information provided in your resume.  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 to determine your level of knowledge, skill or ability for this position.  Abbreviated responses to the vacancy questions, such as "significant experience" or "see resume" do not provide enough information and should not be used.  You will not be considered for this position if you leave any of the vacancy questions unanswered.

To begin the application process, select the "Apply On-line" button to the right on this screen.  Then follow the prompts to login/register, submit all required supplemental documents, and complete the application process.


List of supplemental material that may be applicable:

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 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, .pdf, 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.


Madonna Watson
Phone: 301-287-0742
Fax: 301-287-9345
TDD: 000000000
Agency Information:
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Office of Human Resources
Attn: Madonna Watson, Mailstop 3WFN-3A44M
Washington, DC
Fax: 301-287-9345


You may check the status of your application at any time after the announcement closes by logging onto USAJOBS and selecting "Application Status."

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