General Engineer Physical Scientist Job

Vacancy No. VirtualJF801-1301-STDEN4 Department National Nuclear Security Administration
Salary $92,977.00 to $148,738.00 Grade 04 to 04
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 6/1/2020 Close Date 8/21/2020
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public
Locations:
LIVERMORE, CAWASHINGTON, DCGERMANTOWN, MDKANSAS CITY, MO
ALBUQUERQUE, NMLOS ALAMOS, NMLAS VEGAS, NVAIKEN, SC
OAK RIDGE, TNAMARILLO, TX


Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
Overview
  • Open & closing dates

    Opening and closing dates 06/01/2020 to 08/21/2020

    This job is open continuously and will remain open for an extended period of time. We will fill jobs as they become available. The next consideration date is 6/12/2020. Learn more
  • Service

    Excepted

  • Pay scale & grade

    EN 04

  • Salary

    $92,977 to $148,738 per year

  • Appointment type

    Permanent

  • Work schedule

    Full-Time

Locations

Few vacancies in the following locations:

  • Livermore, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Germantown, MD
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Los Alamos, NM
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Aiken, SC
  • Oak Ridge, TN
  • Amarillo, TX
Relocation expenses reimbursed

No

Telework eligible

No

This job is open to
  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

Open to the Public.

Announcement number

VirtualJF801-1301-STDEN4

Control number

569718500

  • Duties
    Duties Summary

    Incumbent will function a staff member providing scientific/engineering advice, guidance and assistance to NNSA program offices or site managers on the interpretation and application of technical requirements and policies.

    This announcement is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Virtual Job fair.

    The salary stated above is basic salary. Locality pay will be added depending upon the duty station.

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    Responsibilities

    As a General Engineer/Physical Scientist, you will:

    • Provide scientific/engineering advice, guidance and assistance to NNSA program offices or site managers on the interpretation and application of technical requirements and policies, execution of priorities and schedules, implementation of data exchanges and standardization, evaluation of significant modifications and/or alternative approaches, and initiation of revisions or corrective actions as required.
    • Develop estimates for inclusion in program budget, supporting data and justifications for assigned program segments.
    • Review budget input from contractors, make revisions as appropriate.
    • Recommend revisions to program schedules and resource information.
    • Establishes and tracks performance against technical milestones.
    • Review progress of engineering/scientific technical activities; compare costs and schedule to established baseline; and provide timely and accurate status reports to management.
    • Evaluate field site and/or contractor performance.
    • Conduct annual reviews of budget documents, strategic plans, management commitments, regulatory compliance agreements and incentive contracts and fees to ensure consistency with program guidance and approved baselines, review deviations in critical path, and recommend changes in performance measures and other milestones/events.
    • Independently make decisions concerning both technical and administrative policies and resolve controversial problems and/or conflicting points of view concerning the adequacy of the contractor’s environmental, safety and health procedures or compliance with applicable orders, laws, and regulations.
    • Participate in hearings, high level meetings, conferences and special working groups with contractor and other subject matter experts; Federal, state, and local regulators (e.g. EPA, NRC, etc), and oversight entities (e.g. Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board).

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    04 - This position is at the full performance level.

  • Requirements
    Requirements Conditions Of Employment

    • Subject to Random Drug Testing
    • Must pass a pre-employment drug test.
    • Favorable suitability determination required.
    • Financial Disclosure may be required.
    • Must be able to obtain/maintain a Q level Security Clearance
    • Position may require Certification in the DOE's Technical Qualification Program (TQP) within 18 months.
    • Position may require Human Reliability Program (HRP) certification.

    OTHER REQUIREMENTS: 

    • You must be a United States Citizen.
    • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
    • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
    • Compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity which will require that you provide two forms of identification.
    • A two year trial period may be required.

    This open continuous announcement will have two cut off dates, applicants must apply before each cut-off date to receive consideration for that period. The vacancy will close on August 21, 2020.

    Cut off dates: June 12, 26, July 10, 24, August 7, and August 21 when the vacancy closes.

    Vacancy Closes August 21, 2020 a final certificate will be issued for this period.

    Qualifications

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

    A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/band (EN-03/NN-03 or GS-12) in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as: experience applying engineering or physical science disciplines to enforce regulatory compliance of programs and projects; independently provide guidance to program plans and strategies; and recommend solutions to complex scientific, engineering, or program management problems and issues associated with nuclear and non-nuclear projects or facilities.

    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 competences 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. Professional knowledge of principles, practices, theories and concepts of multiple professional engineering disciplines (i.e., chemical; civil; construction; electrical; electronic; environmental; fire protection; industrial; mechanical; nuclear; and safety, etc. and/or of multiple physical science disciplines, including, chemistry, physics, health physics, metallurgy, geoscience, etc.).

    2. Ability to develop or conduct studies to solve complex engineering problems such as cost estimates, analyses of alternatives, or resource-constrained budgeting to support decision-making.  

    3. Knowledge of program, project principles and techniques, budget processes, technical requirements, procurement processes and procedures, and contract terms and conditions in order to manage programs, projects, and/or evaluate contractor operations.

    4. Skill in written & oral communication methods to work with all levels of DOE/NNSA management, contractors and private industry regarding programs, projects, policies and legislation in order to conduct negotiations, solve problems, present briefings or conduct reviews.

    "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.

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

    CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

    Education

    This position has a positive education requirement. Therefore, you MUST provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. This can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. For specific education requirements, please see the Education Requirements. If selected, official transcripts may be requested. 

    Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, see the Department of Education website.  

    Foreign Education: Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S.  A written evaluation of any foreign education must be provided with your application in response to this vacancy announcement or be received by the closing date of this announcement.  Failure to provide this evaluation will result in you being found unqualified for the position. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education, see the Department of Education website, and for a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, visit The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

    801 - Degree: professional engineering. The curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include 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. OR Combination of education and experience: college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. There are alternate methods to meeting the engineering educational requirement (e.g., holding current professional engineering registration, having passed the EIT examination, or having completed specified academic courses or a related degree). Please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards at Professional Engineering Positions.

    or

    1301 - A. 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 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. Please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards at Physical Science Positions.

    Please Note:  If your foreign education has already been accepted by an accredited U.S. educational institution as part of a degree program with that institution, you do not need to provide an evaluation of foreign education but must submit a copy of the transcripts listing the degree from the U.S. accredited institution that accepted your foreign education. 

    For Professional, Scientific and Engineering Positions: If qualifying on the basis of an alternate method, i.e., professional license, you must submit official documentation to support your claim with your application package. 

    If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Please see the Education section for more information.  

    For this position education cannot be substituted for experience.

    Additional information

    • 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.
    • These positions require successful completion of a background investigation.
    • All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.

    EEO Policy:  Click HERE.
    Reasonable Accommodation Policy:  Click HERE.
    Veterans Information: Click HERE. 
    Telework: Click HERE.  
    Selective Service Registration: Click HERE.  

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience.

    Under this Direct-Hire announcement, applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration as vacancies occur at the locations specified by the applicants. 

    If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you will be rated "ineligible" or "not qualified".


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    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance

    Q Access Authorization

    Drug test required

    Yes

  • Required Documents
    Required Documents

    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: You must submit a resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.

    • Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you must list the full name and address of the each employer.
    • For all types of work experience, you should indicate the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.
    • For paid work experience, please indicate your starting salary for each position and the highest salary you earned (if different).
    • Your resume should also include any education and training you have completed (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).
    • For more information about what to include in your resume, please view this USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video on YouTube.
    • List all incentive awards on your resume.

    Educational or Professional Licence requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade.Please see the Education section for more information. If qualifying on the basis of an alternate method, i.e., professional license, you must submit official documentation to support your claim with your application package.***Failure to provide this documentation will result in not receiving consideration for this position. ***

    If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Please see the Education section for more information.  

    Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214 Member #4 Copy, 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.

    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.

  • Benefits
    Benefits

    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.

    The Federal Government offers a number of exceptional benefits that are unmatched by most other organizations. As a Federal employee, you will be eligible for health benefits from your choice of a wide variety of providers, long-term care insurance, generous sick and annual leave accruals with 10 paid holidays, a family-friendly work environment, flexible spending options, and a comprehensive retirement plan unparalleled by most private-industry organizations.

    This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.  Click here

    https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/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
    How to Apply

    To be considered for this position, you must submit your complete application no later than 11:59 pm U.S. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. If you do not submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the online 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 online application system displays a countdown timer at the top of the screen for your reference.  For your security, your session in our online application system will "time-out" if you are inactive for a certain period of time. We recommend that you preview the assessment questions before you apply and prepare all of your information prior to beginning the application. If you do get "timed-out" you will have to log back in to USAJOBS and re-visit the vacancy announcement, you can then click "Update Application" to finish where you left off.

    Steps to submit a complete application:

    1. You must have a USAJOBS account and be logged in.
    2. You must have a complete resume associated with your USAJOBS account. Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and instead require that you submit a USAJOBS-formatted resume using the Resume Builder.
    3. You will be prompted to select a resume and any documentation you have attached to your USAJOBS account before you are transferred to the Department of Energy's online application system. Please be aware that any document you select before being transferred to our system, will not automatically be received. You must take steps to download your documents from USAJOBS during the "Documents" step within our online application system (see Step 6).
    4. If you are a first-time applicant to the Department of Energy, you'll be asked to register an account first. If you are a returning applicant, you will skip this step and go straight to the application portion.
    5. You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
    6. You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation. If you selected documents from USAJOBS prior to being transferred to our application system (Step 3), you will need to click the "USAJOBS" link to complete the transfer process. These documents ARE NOT automatically transferred! It is ultimately your responsibility to make sure all required documents are either faxed, uploaded, or transferred from USAJOBS successfully. If you are unsure that your documents went through, please contact the HR Specialist listed on the announcement BEFORE the vacancy closes.
    7. After reviewing your submission in the final step, you must click "Submit Application" at the bottom of the page. If you leave the application before clicking Submit, your application will not be received.

    NEED HELP?

    • If you experience any difficulties with the online application process (anything after you have clicked the 'Apply Online' button): contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement between normal business hours. If you are receiving any kind of error message, please be ready to provide a screenshot or at a minimum, the error message text and number. If necessary, we will put you in touch with the technical support number if we are unable to assist you personally. 
    • If you are having trouble with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account password/profile issues, or Resume Builder): please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center. We regret that we are unable to support any issues with USAJOBS, as this service is not maintained by the Department of Energy.
    • 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 to discuss your situation.

    Agency contact information Sergio Herrera Sergio Herrera
    Phone

    505-845-4412

    Fax

    000-000-0000

    Email

    Sergio.herrera@nnsa.doe.gov

    Address

    National Nuclear Security Administration
    Human Resources Department
    1000 Independence Ave SW
    Washington, New Mexico 20585
    United States
    Learn more about this agency

    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) has the perfect employment opportunity for a General Engineer/Physical Scientist. In this position you play an important role in accomplishing the national security mission of the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration. 

    Next steps

    After each step in the recruitment process, your status will be updated in USAJOBS.  You can review your status in USAJOBS at any time.  You may also elect to receive status updates via e-mail by changing the notification settings in the USAJOBS profile. Please check that your USAJOBS profile contact information is current and correct each time you apply to a job--this will ensure we are able to contact you as quickly as possible.

    In addition to changing your status online, the system will send you e-mail notifications at each major step in the process, to include: application received, eligible or not eligible, referred or not referred, selected or not selected.

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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

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.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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.

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