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Job Title:Research Structural Engineer, ZP-810-III/IV

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Institute of Standards and Technology

Job Announcement Number:NISTEL-2013-0017

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$62,467.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 to Tuesday, May 07, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

ZP-0810-03/04

POSITION INFORMATION:

Competitive Service, Career or Career-Conditional - Permanent, Full-Time

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

04

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Gaithersburg, MD, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All qualified U.S. citizens. This notice is issued under direct-hire authority to recruit new talent to occupations for which NIST has a severe shortage of candidates.

JOB SUMMARY:

Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within Commerce. NIST's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial comp

The selectee will play a critical role in building a vibrant experimentally-driven research program on fire resistance of real-scale structures using the National Fire Research Laboratory (NFRL), a new, unique experimental facility nearing completion on the NIST Gaithersburg, MD campus.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be registered for selective service (as applicable).
  • You must be suitable for Federal employment.

DUTIES:

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The research structural engineer will play a critical role in building a vibrant experimentally-driven research program on fire resistance of real-scale structures using the National Fire Research Laboratory (NFRL), a new, unique experimental facility nearing completion on the NIST Gaithersburg, MD campus. She/he will join NIST’s world-class research team in Fire Science and Structural Performance under Multi-hazards and will be responsible for conceiving, safely conducting, and reporting on real-scale experimental research on fire resistance of steel and/or concrete structures.  She/he will develop national and international collaborations and will actively participate in the development of relevant standards and codes—enabling a transformation to performance-based fire resistance design of steel and/or concrete structures.

 

The research structural engineer shall be responsible for leading NIST’s efforts in large-scale structural-fire resistance experiments on steel and composite (steel and concrete) structures.  She/he shall independently conceive, design, and safely conduct real-scale structural fire resistance experiments in the NFRL to accomplish the EL mission and programmatic objectives, including conceiving and validating predictive models for fire-resistance design of steel and/or concrete structures, and developing a database on the performance of real-scale structural elements, connections, sub-assemblies, and structures exposed to realistic fire and loading conditions.  She/he will lead the design of test structures and test fixtures, and experimental and instrumentation plans; and will oversee the construction of test structures and the safe conduct of experiments.  She/he shall document, interpret, synthesize, and report experimental results.  She/he will also perform experiments that may involve fire resistive coatings, such as spray-applied fire resistive materials, cementitious coatings, and/or intumescent materials used to provide thermal protection to steel structures and high-strength concrete and concrete containing high-volume industrial byproducts such as flyash.  Other duties will include: (1) assessing and improving best practices for large-scale experiments, (2) contributing to establishing international leadership by NIST in large-scale structural-fire resistance testing, and (3) contributing to the development of improved test methods.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Qualifications:

 

1) Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

 

OR

 

(2) Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following: 

 

(1) Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

 

(2) Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A.

Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.

 

(3) Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.

 

(4) Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

 

 

IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, Applicants must meet one of the following qualification requirements below for the ZP-0810-III:

1) 52 weeks of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the federal service (ZP-II for NIST employees), in (a) designing and safely conducting real-scale structural experiments on steel and/or concrete structures as a member of a research team; AND, (b) documenting, interpreting, and contributing to the reporting of experimental results on real-scale experiments on steel and/or concrete structures.

 

OR

 

(2) Master's or equivalent graduate degree related to the position.

 

To qualify for the ZP-0810-IV, applicants must have 52 weeks of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the federal service (ZP-III for NIST employees), in (a) conceiving, designing, and safely conducting real-scale experiments on steel and/or concrete structures as the leader of a research team; (b) communicating plans and procedures to laboratory technicians and to research staff and external partners; AND (c) documenting, interpreting, and leading the reporting of experimental results on real-scale experiments on steel and/or concrete structures.

 

Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.


This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required prior to a final offer of employment.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

Applicants must meet requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Applications will be evaluated against the basic qualifications. Qualified candidates will be considered in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management Direct Hire Guidelines. Veterans' Preference does not apply to the direct hire recruitment procedures. Selections made under this notice will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. You may not be considered for the position if any part of the application is incomplete. Your application may not receive appropriate consideration without the required supporting documentation. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or adverse action after hiring.
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BENEFITS:

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NIST offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employee Retirement System. NIST also offers a broad array of work-life flexibilities and services to employees such as flexible work schedules, teleworking transit subsidies, on-site child care, fitness center, credit union, employee assistants programs, and free parking. Learn more about NIST's work life programs by visiting www.nist.gov/hrmd/worklife.cfm. The following web site is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees www.nist.gov/hrmd/benefits/summarychart.cfm

OTHER INFORMATION:

A one to three year probationary period may be required.

 

If selected by management, you may be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.

 

This position is covered by an Alternative Personnel Management System (APMS). This system replaces the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and grades with career paths and pay bands. For more information regarding on how our pay bands correspond to the General Schedule grade levels, visit: http://www.nist.gov/hrmd/compensation/upload/nistcareerpathchart.pdf.  

 

Payment of relocation expenses is authorized.

 

At NIST we are striving to make the application process as easy and efficient as possible. With that in mind, the resume and corresponding responses of successful candidates may be shared with other selecting officials at NIST with opportunities like the one you are applying to. Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

 

The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.  If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Specialist identified in this vacancy. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact Office of Workforce Management via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339. 



HOW TO APPLY:

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A complete application package includes the following:

  1. Your resume AND
  2. The supporting documentation required (click on Required Documents).

You MUST apply on-line through WWW.USAJOBS.GOV. Your application must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement.

 

Uploaded resumes must include the following: applicant contact information and educational and professional background information including dates of employment and education, salary (and Federal grade level, if appropriate), and work schedule (i.e., FT/PT).  Please also include in your resume a list of all publications and patents/patent applications on which you are a named inventor and provide the title and patent/patent application number for each. Incomplete applications will not be considered and you will not be contacted to provide any missing information.

 

If you do not have access to the internet: If you do not have internet access, please contact the HR Specialist identified for this vacancy for alternative application methods.

 

Problems Completing Your Application: If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by email at mgshelp@monster.com. The help desk is available Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

What documents do I need to submit? In addition to your resume, you must submit any documents needed to support your qualifications for this position (i.e., college/university transcript).

How do I submit my documents: You may submit required and/or supplemental documents through any ONE of the following methods:

  1. Upload you file(s);
  2. Download from your USAJOBS account;
  3. Fax using the on-line fax cover sheet;
  4. Mail your documents, ONLY IF YOU DO NOT HAVE INTERNET ACCESS;

All required supporting documentation mentioned in this vacancy announcement, and all vacancy applications submitted electronically or via fax must be submitted and received by 11:59 pm ET on the closing date of this announcement. You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

 

Are you CTAP or ICTAP Eligible? If you are a Federal employee claiming special priority selection rights under DOC's Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or your Agency's Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must meet the threshold of "well qualified" for the position to receive priority consideration. DoC defines well qualified as receiving a overall score of "85". You must also submit proof that you meet the requirements of 5CFR 330.605 (a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of your agency's notice, a copy of your most recent Performance Rating and a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting current position, grade level, and the duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For more information about CTAP and ICTAP, please refer to the following web sites: CTAP ICTAP

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Raha Lee
Phone: 301-975-3028
Fax: 571-258-4052
Email: Raha.lee@nist.gov
Agency Information:
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY
100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD
20899
US
Fax: 571-258-4052

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If your application is referred to management for consideration, you may be contacted to interview for the position. You may be contacted by NIST upon consideration for employment to inform you of additional qualification requirements (i.e., selective factors) that would be required for a particular position.

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Job Announcement Number:

NISTEL-2013-0017

Control Number:

338548400