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Job Title:  Physical Scientist
Department:  Department Of Energy
Agency:  Department of Energy
Job Announcement Number:  EEGO-13-CR-120-IT-00426

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
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 to Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Full-Time - Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional)
1 vacancy - Washington, DC, US  View Map

All U.S. Citizens

This vacancy is being concurrently advertised under Merit Promotion procedure as announcement # EEGO-13-MP-121-IT-00426


Office of Strategic Programs (OSP) is to increase the effectiveness and impact of all EERE activities by funding cross-cutting (i.e., not technology- or program-specific) activities, analysis, and support functions.  OSP projects, work products, and activities directly contribute to the EERE mission, facilitate success of EERE programs, and inform the decisions of the Assistant Secretary. 

A successful candidate in this position will: provide leadership and direction for all matters relating to EERE's strategic development, policy direction, marketing, and analyses for all technologies that involve or cross-cut EERE's energy program offices. Office of Strategic Programs staff frequently interact with senior management officials within the Department of Energy, Office of Management and Budget, the White House, U.S. Government Accountability Office, Congressional Committees, and other federal, state, and local government officials.  This position serves as a Technology Analyst in the Office of Strategic Programs.


  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program
  • Relocation is at your own expense
  • Periods of business travel may be experienced.
  • This is a bargaining unit postion.


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As a Physical Scientist, you will:

  • Serve as a scientific/technical expert in a broad range of clean energy technologies, policies, and analysis with emphasis on energy efficiency and renewable energy.
  • Serve as a point of contact between EERE Programs and EERE senior management and as an EERE liaison to other Department of Energy offices and US agencies. 
  • Collaborate with other team and office members to assure activities, work processes, and products are effectively integrated. 
  • Contribute to improvements in team and office work processes and methods to deliver better and more cost-effective results to customers. 
  • Participate in measuring and evaluating quality of products and services and use findings to generate new ideas and solve problems.
  • May be assigned special projects, for which he/she will have certain designated responsibilities for detailed planning, implementation, resource management and evaluation, or may be assigned as a member of one or more teams to work on special projects. 


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A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

  1. Experience conducting work in and managing an analysis portfolio that evaluates technological, institutional, market, and policy opportunities to advance renewable energy and energy efficiency development and deployment.
  2. Experience tackling complex problems that cut across programs and examining interconnections between renewable electricity and the electric grid, energy storage, vehicle electrification, demand response, and energy efficiency.


Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

  1. A high level of analytical ability in order to assess and recommend improvements in cross-cutting research portfolio.  Ability to work across disciplines.
  2. Strong quantitative capacity to conduct technical and statistical data analysis with extensive use of spreadsheets and other computational platforms.
  3. Specific experience in energy related analysis, preferably on cost, performance, markets, policies, or R&D management of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.
  4. Experience developing scientific, technical, and broader stakeholder meetings, workshops, and studies; engaging experts from broad but relevant communities; and guiding participants to develop new and actionable tasks.
  5. Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively both orally and in writing with government officials, program managers, technical subject matter specialists, industry representatives, key customers and other stakeholders.
  6. Proven ability to manage multiple tasks under a heavy workload, and meet tight deadlines.

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

EDUCATION: Basic Requirements: Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics 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 this position education cannot be substituted for experience

This position has a positive education requirement. 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.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Periods of business travel may be experienced.


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 resume/questionnaire as related to the duties of this position. The quality categories are usually defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified" and "Qualified". Veterans Preference eligibles will be listed at the top of whichever category your score places you in. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and higher.

If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided 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.
  • All males must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register.


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To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete 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 before the deadline. Our application system displays a countdown 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 resume. (Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and require that you have a completed resume within your USAJOBS profile using the Resume Builder).
  3. Once you are logged in and all of your application materials ready, click the 'Apply Now' button.
  4. You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
  5. You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation, which may include (but is not limited to) transcripts, portfolio samples, certifications, and verification of veteran status.
  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 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.

If your resume 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 accordingly.  


  • 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 Resume Builder help, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center or e-mail
  • If you are experiencing a significant hardship which hinders your ability to apply online please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement during normal business hours.

This vacancy is being concurrently advertised under Merit Promotion procedure as announcement # EEGO-13-MP-121-IT-00426. You must apply to the vacancy for which you wish to receive consideration. If you wish to be considered for this position under both DE and MP procedures, you must apply to both announcements.


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: Resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
  • Applicants using education to qualify (if allowed): Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and grade. Education cannot be substituted for experience in some positions at higher grade levels. Please see the Education section for more information.
  • 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.


Cynthia Wilder
Phone: 720-356-1813
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


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