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Job Title:Reactor Systems Engineer/Scientist

Agency:Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Job Announcement Number:RES/DSA-2013-0004

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 to Monday, May 13, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GG-0801/1301-14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

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

WHO MAY APPLY:

Applications will be accepted from United States citizens. Veterans, please visit:  http://www.fedshirevets.gov

JOB SUMMARY:

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proud to be ranked as a 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 www.nrc.gov.

This position is located in the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES), Division of Systems Analysis (DSA), Accident Analysis Branch (AAB). The supervisor is Patricia Santiago. This  position is Bargaining Unit. This position requires occasional travel. Expenses associated with interview and/or relocation may be paid.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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

DUTIES:

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As a Reactor Systems Engineer/Scientist in the Accident Analysis Branch, you will perform independent in-depth studies of reactor accidents including accident progression, phenomenon, behavior, and off-site consequences using advanced severe accident computational codes such as MELCOR or the MELCOR Accident Consequence Code System (MACCS). You will provide support for technical studies using the MACCS or MELCOR code developed to evaluate accident progression and off-site consequences from severe accidents that may release radioactive material into the environment.  This includes interpreting the results, and evaluating the accuracy and reliability of such analyses as well as identifying and proposing solutions to code discrepancies.  Technical information spans the areas that the code models such as atmospheric transport and deposition, mitigative actions, exposure pathways, health effects, and economic costs.  You will manage programs to develop and integrate agency-wide regulatory research activities applied to accident and consequences code development, analysis of accident progression, consequence analysis and review of experiments to support code development and assessment and other special security and safety analyses as required. Additional duties include preparing presentations and presenting research activities at technical and programmatic review meetings, and interacting with a wide range of internal and external interested parties for the purpose of presenting and explaining reactor safety and consequence analysis.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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 801/1301 general engineering/scientist occupational series or equivalent in the occupational series listed above or related series performing like or similar duties.  SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Candidate must have experience in performing independent studies of detailed phenomenon, behavior, and/or consequences of reactor designs or accidents using advanced computational codes.


Candidates must possess a thorough knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices in a field of Engineering, as demonstrated by a Bachelor's degree in General Engineering/Scientist. 

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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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.  If you are among the top candidates for this position, your application will be referred to the hiring manager.

Your resume is the key means we have 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.

 

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL HAVE:

  • Knowledge and experience in severe accident and safety consequence analysis, including health and economic consequences using system-level analytical codes such as MELCOR, MACCS2 code or other similar codes.  Candidates should also describe demonstrated knowledge in code development and analysis of containment or reactor behavior, design basis accidents, and severe accident phenomena.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in reactor programs such as the design operation, and licensing of nuclear power plants and the development of technical bases for revising and updating NRC regulations and regulatory guides, and/or developing research publications. 
  • Demonstrated experience in planning, executing and coordinating complex and innovative safety research or analysis programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with management and staff, coworkers, and personnel of external organizations.
  • An advanced degree in engineering or science.

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BENEFITS:

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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.  http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/ei61.asp.

OTHER INFORMATION:

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) 492-3981.  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 will need a favorable education verification, 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.

HOW TO APPLY:

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

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.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/.

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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Michelle Manahan
Phone: 301-287-0748
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 301-492-3981
Email: Michelle.Manahan@nrc.gov
Agency Information:
NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Office of Human Resources
Attn: Michelle Manahan
Washington, DC
20555
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

RES/DSA-2013-0004

Control Number:

342325500