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Job Title:Interdisciplinary Position: General Engineer / Physical Scientist

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:National Nuclear Security Administration

Job Announcement Number:13-NA-00-300-DEU

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$105,211.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, September 03, 2013 to Wednesday, December 18, 2013




Full-Time, Competitive Status - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Washington, DC, USView Map
20585View Map


All U.S. Citizens
This position is also advertised to status candidates as a Merit Promotion announcement, vacancy # 13-NA-00-300-GOV


Would you like to have a job that can ensure national security by providing support to the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile stewardship activities? If so, then the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, has the perfect employment opportunity for a General Engineer / Physical Scientist. In the position you play an important role in accomplishing the national security mission of the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. You will utilize your expertise to manage a full range of nuclear safeguards and nonproliferation initiatives.

A successful candidate in this position will serve either as a General Engineer or Physical Scientist in the Office of Nuclear Safeguards and Security. You will be responsible for leading a team of individuals in the development and research of technology efforts at U.S. National Laboratories for the implementation of international safeguards. You will assist in the management of the budget and operations of U.S. Support Programs (USSP) for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safeguards. You will manage the development of new equipment and techniques for use by IAEA inspectors and analysts.


  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Relocation is at your own expense.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.


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As a General Engineer or Physical Scientist you will:

  • Lead by managing nuclear safeguards technology development programs by providing technical and policy support for the implementation of key elements of the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA), Next Generation Safeguards Initiative.
  • Provide technically-informed policy perspectives by drawing on your comprehensive knowledge of national security and nonproliferation objectives to inform senior management of any issues that could impact international safeguards and national security programs.
  • Manage multi-million dollar safeguards technology development portfolios in order to prioritize resources and budget requirements effectively and efficiently.
  • Collaborate with national and international technical experts to support International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards programs by conducting relevant research and development projects to ensure integration and coordination of these programs.
  • Be an active leader in support of bilateral, multilateral, and cooperative agreements with foreign government agencies to strengthen international nuclear safeguards systems.
  • Represent NNSA in government interagency meetings and  respond to Congressional inquires by preparing portions of Congressional testimonies in regard to international and national nuclear safeguards issues.


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A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower NNSA Demonstration Project pay band or GS grade in the Federal service, i.e., NN-03 or GS-13. Specialized experience for this position is defined as experience that demonstrated mastery and skill applying advanced engineering or physical science theories, concepts, and principles, to manage and provide expert advice to challenges related to nuclear safeguards or non-proliferation policies, as well as demonstrated advanced or expert skill developing safeguard technologies. Examples of specialized experience will include one or more of the following:

  • Simulation and modeling of radiation transport (MCNP,GEANT) to optimize gamma/neutron detector performance and/or signal detection
  • Design and testing of neutron and/or gamma-ray detection systems for nuclear materials measurements, in a lab setting
  • Analysis of neutron and/or gamma-ray data from the measurement of nuclear materials for nuclear material accounting (lab or facility setting)
  • Testing and/or installation of measurement technologies or systems in a facility setting to measure, monitor, or track nuclear materials
In addition, project management experience may include: 
  • Developing , reviewing, evaluating project proposals for funding and execution
  • Coordinating and Leading efforts among team members
  • Budget tracking of projects

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. The ability to lead the development of advanced measurement technology and concepts in support of safeguards and other non-proliferation applications
  2. Skill applying advanced knowledge of national security and non-proliferation policies associated with the implementation of nuclear safeguards
  3. The ability to manage projects specific to safeguards or other non-proliferation applications by leading teams engaged in technology collaboration or development
  4. Skill applying foreign policies and/or diplomatic procedures to manage non-proliferation programs that strengthen international nuclear safeguard systems
  5. Ability to write and orally present information clearly to defend and develop consensus among others who may have divergent viewpoints

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

EDUCATION: Are you using education to qualify?
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.
General Engineer:  Basic Requirement:  (A) Degree in professional engineering with curriculum (1) 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) includes 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.
(B)  Combination of education and experience - college level education, training and/or technical experience that furnished a through knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and 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:

  • Professional registration - Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, District of Columbia, Guam or Puerto Rico.
  • Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training 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.
  • 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 requirement.  The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.  In addition, possession of progressively responsible work experience that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills & abilities required to perform work as an engineer.
  • 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.

Physical Scientist: (A) Degree in 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-
(B) Combination of education and experience - education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

NOTE:  If you are qualifying on the basis of a combination of education and experience, both must be sufficient to demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field.  In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree includes courses that involve writing, critical thinking, research, etc.  These courses provide the skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work.  Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of an engineer or physical scientist.


  • This position has been designated as a technical position subject to coverage under the DOE/NNSA Technical Qualifications Program (TQP).  As a TQP covered position, this position is responsible for performing technical functions that are critical to NNSA's success in accomplishment of its national defense, science and technology, and environmental, safety and health management missions.  This position requires the incumbent to acquire and demonstrate technical competencies identified in TQP Functional Area Qualification and site/office specific standards and requires certification of the competencies by NNSA supervision and TQP qualifying officials.
  • A Top Secret Q level security clearance is required.
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug test
  • Position is subject to random drug testing
  • Travel outside the duty station occurs approximately 25% of time
  • Work involves regular and recurring exposure to normal industrial or electrical hazards, and during travel to sites, to elevated temperatures, heavy or moving equipment, hoists, and rigging, as well as occasional risk of injury due to infrequent potential exposure to high explosives, hazardous and radioactive materials/contamination. 
  • Position is subject to mandatory annual financial disclosure filing requirements


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.
This vacancy is being concurrently advertised under Merit Promotion procedure as announcement #13-NA-00-300-GOV. 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. 
  • 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.


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.


Jarrett Johnson
Phone: 301-903-8854
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
National Nuclear Security Administration
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


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