Job Overview

Summary

About the Agency

The Idaho Operations Office (DOE-ID) manages and oversees work done at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the DOE's lead nuclear energy laboratory in the United States. DOE-ID supports the Department’s Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) in the development of a national nuclear energy strategy and provides management oversight and technical support for national nuclear energy research programs. Major NE programs supported include: Advanced Reactor Technologies, Light Water Reactor Technologies, Space and Defense Power Systems.
A successful candidate in this position will serve as a General Engineer or Nuclear Engineer, performing developmental level duties related to specific portions or assigned phases of projects such as:

  • Advanced nuclear reactor designs
  • Nuclear fuel development and testing
  • Materials engineering and testing
  • Advanced modeling and simulation of nuclear energy systems
  • Nuclear fuel cycle research
This career developmental position may be filled at the GS-5, GS-7, and/or GS-9 level. The employee may be non-competitively promoted when qualified and recommended by management, however, promotions are not guaranteed. The full performance level of this position is GS-13.
The Recent Graduate Program affords developmental experiences intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. Successful applicants are placed in a one-year Excepted service, career developmental program which may include specialized training, formal rotational assignments, and other developmental activities. Under the formal training program applicants will be provided a mentor and execute an Individual Development Plan outlining training requirements and program expectations. Participants who successfully complete the program may be converted to term or permanent positions.
To be eligible for conversion to a permanent or term position, Recent Graduates must:
  1. Have successfully completed at least 1-year of continuous service in addition to all requirements of the program,
  2. Demonstrate successful job performance, and
  3. Meet the Office of Personnel Management’s qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted.
For more information, see the Office of Personnel Management's Fact Sheet on the Recent Graduate Program

Duties

This is a developmental position with promotion potential to GS-801/840-13. At the lower levels, the selectee(s) will perform developmental assignments under closer supervision than that required at the full performance level of GS-13. Assignments become progressively more difficult until the next performance level is reached. At the full performance level of this position (GS-13), duties include:

  • Serve as project/program manager for assigned individual nuclear and non-nuclear energy research and development (R&D) projects.
  • Ensure that all fiduciary responsibilities are met for assigned research programs including but not limited to cost; schedule and scope; environment, safety, health and quality performance.
  • Oversee detailed technical activities such as formal design reviews, technical reviews, and prioritizations of R&D efforts.
  • Make recommendations on issues such as safety margins, technical feasibility, technical maturity of designs and concepts, and the balancing of R&D portfolios.
  • Keep up to date on research trends and technologies related to assigned areas and serve as a point of contact and technical expert for the assigned technical topics.
  • Oversee contractor activities for each assigned project or program.
  • Ensure that Environmental, Safety, Health and Quality (ESH&Q) policies and objectives are carried out within assigned projects and programs.
  • Provide technical leadership in acquisition activities supporting assigned nuclear energy research programs.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) expenses are not authorized. Recruitment/Relocation incentives or Student Loan Repayment may be authorized.