At the Defense Threat Reduction Agency we work as One Team in support of our mission: Safeguarding the United States and its allies from global weapons of mass destruction threats by integrating, synchronizing, and providing expertise, technologies, and capabilities (See Additional Information for more).Learn more about this agency
As a Physical Scientist you will be responsible for the following duties:
- Participate as a member of the Technical Support Group (TSG) to deploy in support of Combatant Commander and other federal D/As in R/N emergency response events and training.
- Provide expert scientific, technical, policy advice, opinions and recommendations.
- Serve as focal point by providing support and input into program planning, management, review, and oversight of specific Research and Development programs related to radiological/nuclear matters.
- Develop authoritative analysis and reports.
- Conduct formal presentations and briefings within DTRA, other DoD components and agencies, federal D/A's, and allied partners on R/N response capabilities, technical challenges, program, and policies.
- Provide input to the planning and conducting of major studies of extreme difficulty involving key DTRA and DoD national defense and other U.S. D/As/R/N programs, national security policies, and regulatory requirements, to include relevant Host-Nation (HN) and international requirements, to provide findings and technical solutions.
25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
- Must be a US citizen
- Male born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
- Resume and supporting documents ( See: How to Apply)
- Suitable for Federal employment determined by background investigation
- May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
- Subject to the 5 year foreign area limitation DODI 1400.25-V1230 72612
- WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time
- OVERTIME: Occasionally
- TOUR OF DUTY: Flexible
- RECRUITMENT INCENTIVES: May be Authorized
- FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Not Required
- TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY: This position is telework eligible
- Fair Labor Standards Act: Exempt
- Subject to the Lautenberg Amendment. This position authorizes the incumbent to carry a firearm. Must be able to qualify with a pistol according to Army standards.
- Must be willing to spend up to (but not limited to) 90 days annually in temporary duty travel; sometimes on short notice, in the United States and Foreign Countries.
- This position is Emergency Essential
- Position is subject to a rotaional assignment
- Must be able to meet physical and medical requirements
- Ph.D. in nuclear chemistry, nuclear/subatomic physics or nuclear engineering is desired but not required
- Subject to pre-employment drug testing and periodic random drug testing thereafter
QualificationsThis position has a Basic Requirement for the 1301 Physical Scientist series:
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.
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: Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.
Foreign Education: For further information, click on the following link:
In addition to possessing the Basic Requirement for the 1301 series, you must also possess one year of Specialized Experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service (experience may have been gained in the private/military sector) giving the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position. Experience must be reflected in your resume. Specialized experience is:
- Utilize field radiological/nuclear (R/N) detection and detectors (with knowledge of their capabilities) during scenarios for WMD response training, exercises, and real world events;
- Calculate the effects of radiation shielding and associated doses; Interpret radiological data and spectra;
- Utilize experience with nuclear weapons design and associated technology in support of Combatant Command and/or other federal departments/agencies emergency response events;
- Participate in radiological/nuclear (R/N) response operations.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:
INFORMATION FOR OVERSEAS:
Overseas tour of duty for is projected to be 36 months for Stuttgart, Germany
You will be required to sign a transportation agreement.
Pre-appointment overseas medical examination and security clearance will be required for selected candidates and dependents who may accompany member on overseas assignment. Medical clearance must be maintained and renewed at a minimum of every 2 years as a condition of employment for overseas rotations.
Medical Care: Applicants who have family members with special medical needs should ensure that prior to accepting a position overseas their family members' medical needs can be met. Access to care in a military treatment facility may not be available to civilian employees except on a space available basis. Consequently, host nation medical facilities may be the only care available. The availability and level of care at host nation medical facilities will vary by location.
Selectee will be required to participate in direct deposit/electronic fund transfer in accordance with DoD Regulation 7000.14.R.
Individuals hired from the Continental United States (CONUS) and their family members (who are US citizens) are required to obtain Official Passports prior to departure to the overseas area.
Any candidate applying, currently in an OCONUS location, the requirements of DoD 1400.25, Subject: DoD Civilian Personnel Management System: Employment in Foreign Areas and Employee Return Rights, dated July 26, 2012 are applicable (www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/140025v1230.pdf). For any candidate applying that is currently in an OCONUS location, the requirements of DoD 1400.25, Subject: DoD Civilian Personnel Management System: Employment in Foreign Areas and Employee Return Rights, dated July 26, 2012 are applicable
Status applicants in their fourth year of an overseas assignment cannot be selected unless a waiver of the 5-year overseas service limitation requirement is approved.
"Overseas Employees: please supply your last competitively appointment SF-50 (100, 101, 500 or 501 action)".
Candidates whose selection for this position will cause their overseas employment to exceed five-years will require an overseas tour extension approval.
Locality rates of pay in CONUS will not be used for pay setting when transferring to an overseas/foreign area.
Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.
This position authorizes the incumbent to carry a firearm. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition (Title 18 U.S.C., Section 922 (g) (91). Candidates who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence are not qualified for this position. Candidates under consideration will be required to certify whether they have ever been convicted of such an offense. False or fraudulent information provided by candidates is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment (Title 18, U.S.C., Section 1001).
This position is Emergency-Essential (E-E). In the event of a crisis situation, the incumbent, or designated alternate, must continue to perform the E-E duties until relieved by the proper authority. The incumbent may be required to take part in readiness exercises. The position cannot be vacated during a national emergency or mobilization without seriously impairing the capability of the organization to function effectively; therefore, the position is designated "key" which requires the incumbent, or designated alternate, to be screened for readiness and recall status. https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/granule/USCODE-2010-title10/USCODE-2010-title10-subtitleA-partII-chap81-sec1580
OVERSEAS POSITION: If you are applying for a vacancy located overseas additional information regarding overseas employment can be found at http://www.dla.mil/Careers/Programs/overseas.aspx
Payment for travel and transportation expenses is authorized. This includes government paid air transportation travel, shipment of household goods, and/or temporary storage; and temporary lodging upon arrival of overseas.
"Overseas Employees: please supply your last competitively appointment SF-50 (100, 101, 500 or 501 action)".
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs: This program applies to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. For more information:
SELECTIVE SERVICE REQUIREMENT: visit https://www.sss.gov
For more information on overseas allowances and benefits, please visit:
For specific allowance rates visit: http://aoprals.state.gov/content.asp?content_id=231&menu_id=
Locality pay does not apply in the overseas area.
Summary section continued: We have an inclusive work environment that promotes a highly-qualified and diverse workforce capable of meeting the demands of such a critical mission. Whether your career is in an administrative support staff position or in a professional/technical area such as science, engineering, accounting or program management, DTRA offers a unique opportunity to join an innovative team of professionals dedicated to making the world safer. If you're ready to be entrusted with helping to safeguard the United States and its allies, DTRA offers a rewarding career with competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits and many professional development opportunities
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your resume and supporting documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies, identified below, required for this position.
- Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction
- Nuclear Physics
- Oral Communication
- Planning and Evaluating
- Test and Evaluation
Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following quality categories:
Best Qualified: This highest category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including any selective placement factors and/or appropriate quality ranking factor(s), as determined by the job analysis.
Highly Qualified: This higher category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position, including any selective placement factors and/or appropriate quality ranking factor(s) as determined by the job analysis.
Qualified: This lowest category will be used for those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective placement factors and appropriate quality ranking factor(s) and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.
Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are entitled to veterans' preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed above non-preference candidates on a list sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Qualified veterans' preference eligible with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category depending on the position and grade level of the job.
For information on entitlement see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Other supporting documents: Supporting Documentation
Cover Letter, optional- College transcript(s) REQUIRED. You will be made ineligible if you do not provide transcripts. We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain the applicant's name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned. Transcripts must be received in this office by 11:59 P.M. EST on the 10/01/2018in order to be considered.
Most recent SF-50 or Notification of Personnel Action showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service and not serviced by DLA).
Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
DD-214, SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty from Veterans for consideration under Veteran hiring authorities
Non-competitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package as described in REQUIRED
Click 'Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
1. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
2. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
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information about the selected Application Package including: assessment(s) and the status, supporting
documents and their status, correspondence sent to you by the hiring agency, and your application processing
Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:
Résumé: If multiple resumes are submitted by an applicant, only the last resume submitted will be reviewed for
the qualifications and referred for selection consideration if eligible.
Agency contact information
DE Applicant Inquires
AddressDefense Threat Reduction Agency
8725 JOHN J KINGMAN ROAD
FT BELVOIR, VA 22060-6201
Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive a notification of receipt. Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements, and you will receive a notification. A review will be made of your online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses. A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official.
All applicants reviewed and/or referred will receive a notification letter.
The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.
Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.
Citizenship/Ordinarily Resident Status: Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are not considered Ordinarily Resident under the applicable Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). An ordinarily resident is anyone who has lived in the host country longer than the allowed number of days without being a member of the forces assigned, civilian component or a family member of either the aforementioned or who has obtained a work permit for any duration. Ordinarily Resident restrictions apply and vary depending on the host nation.
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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Legal and regulatory guidance
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/509587900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.