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    The Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, providing more than 40 percent of total funding for this vital area of national importance. It oversees and is the principal federal funding agency of the Nation's research programs in high-energy physics, nuclear physics, and fusion energy sciences. The Office of Science manages fundamental research programs in basic energy sciences, biological and environmental sciences, computational science. In addition, the Office of Science is the Federal Government's largest single funder of materials and chemical sciences and it support unique and vital parts of U.S. research in climate change, geophysics, genomics, life sciences and science education. The Office of Science manages this research portfolio through six interdisciplinary program offices: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics and Nuclear Physics. In addition, the Office of Science sponsors a range of science initiatives through its Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists program.

    This position is located in the Facilities and Project Management Division, Office of Nuclear Physics, Office of the Deputy Director for Science Programs, Office of Science, Department of Energy. The DOE Office of Nuclear Physics, specifically its Facilities and Project Management Division, manages the DOE Isotope Program, which develops and makes available isotopes that are in short supply. The DOE Isotope Program produces radioactive and stable isotopes that are critical to applications in medicine, national security, research, and industry.

    A successful candidate in this position will...

    • Serve as a recognized scientific authority and expert in the areas of isotope facility operations, and isotope processing, including the status of isotope production and processing facilities.
    • Be responsible for planning, coordinating, implementing and evaluating isotope production on a national and international level.
    This position is also being advertised to status candidates via Merit Promotion procedures. The announcement number is SE-18-SC-00440-MP.

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    As a Physical Scientist, you will:

    • Manage and coordinate the operations of the isotope production facilities at universities and laboratories, including but not limited to management issues, program and strategic planning, budget formulation, cost effectiveness of operations, performance and oversight of isotope production facilities projects and other isotope facilities related instrumentation.
    • Examine and ascertain the effectiveness of operations of the isotope production and processing facilities against scientific and technological advances and of potential needs of the organization.
    • Determine scientific focus and direction if isotope production and processing facilities improvement projects and facility instrumentation initiatives in relation to the operations of the organization's Isotope Program, including: preparing calls for proposals, organizing independent peer reviews, recommending funding allocations, organizing Principal Investigator meetings, serving as a liaison on committees, and monitoring scientific progress of the program.
    • Prepare, justify and support the portions of the budget relating to isotope production and processing facilities operations, improvement projects and facility related capital equipment.
    • Develop and prepare analytical documents to communicate with top management of DOE and higher echelons of the government on the status of programmatic phases and new developments and opportunities in a broad range of isotope science and isotope facility operations.
    • Select and ascertain the qualifications and suitability of peer reviews for proposed new facility initiatives and on-going programs in the isotope production facilities.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - 5-6 days travel may be required per month.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    U.S. Citizens

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