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National Nuclear Security Administration General Engineer/Physical Scientist in United States

Summary This public notice may be used to fill additional similar vacancies across NNSA as needed. Therefore, applicants must meet the qualifications at the time the applications are submitted. This public notice may or may not result in a referral or selection. Note: The salary range listed reflects base pay only. The actual salary will be based on the geographic location (to include locality pay) and pay band for which selected. Responsibilities As a General Engineer/Physical Scientist, you will contribute engineering/scientific expertise on assigned tasks, projects, and program management efforts related to NNSA programs. Complexity of duties increase with experience and grade level. Major duties may include: Monitor project operations, performance, and quality assurance and advising about NNSA policies and regulations. Participate in program or project information planning sessions, phase, milestone and final project reviews. Prepare, provide, and evaluate plans, design specifications, designs, and related documentation. Review and interpret headquarters' guidance, program plans and strategies. 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. Review budget input from contractors, make revisions as appropriate. Other duties as assigned. Vacancies filled under this public notice may have varying levels of promotion potential, if any. Positions may be filled at varying levels of leadership (i.e., Team Lead, Manager, Supervisor). Requirements Conditions of Employment Subject to Random Drug Testing Must pass a pre-employment drug test. Subject to satisfactory security and suitability requirements. Financial Disclosure may be required. The vacancies filled through these appointments have varying levels of background investigative requirements, up to a Top Secret -DOE "Q" clearance. You must be a United States Citizen. This employer participates in the e-Verify program. 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. Compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity which will require that you provide two forms of identification. If you are a current federal employee, appointed under the direct-hire authority, you will be given a new appointment. You will be required to serve a mandatory one (1) year probationary period unless you meet the exceptions in 5 CFR, part 315.802. Position may require Certification in DOE's Technical Qualification Program (TQP) within 18 months. Position may require Human Reliability (HRP) Certification. Qualifications You must meet the Basic Requirement listed in the "Education Requirements" section and the "Specialized Experience" to qualify for this series as described below. Specialized Experience Requirements: The specialized experience listed are the minimum requirements for the series, each particular vacancy may have additional experience necessary to meet the applicable grade level. A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower NNSA pay band level or GS grade level in the Federal Service. NN-02: A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower NNSA pay band level or GS grade level (NN-01 or GS-9) in the Federal Service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as: Experience applying general engineering or physical science principles and practices to address portions of engineering and/or scientific programs and projects; analyzing facts, conditions, and data to draw conclusions and making recommendations; and drafting technical reports, papers, and or memoranda and orally communicating technical findings. OR Completion of three full years of graduate level education or all of the requirements for a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a field directly related to Engineering or Physical Science. OR A combination of graduate level education and specialized experience. NN-03: A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower NNSA pay band level or GS grade level (NN-02 or GS-11) in the Federal Service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as: Experience ensuring regulatory compliance of programs and projects; reviewing guidance, program plans and strategies; and recommending solutions to scientific, engineering, or program management problems and issues. NN-04: A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower NNSA pay band level or GS grade level (NN-03 or GS-13) in the Federal Service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as: Experience as a senior staff member ensuring regulatory compliance of programs and projects; reviewing and interpreting guidance, program plans and strategies; and resolving or recommending solutions to significant scientific, engineering, or program management problems and issues. "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. Education Basic Requirement: 0801 - A. 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 B. a 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 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. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following: 1. Professional registration or licensure -Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions. 2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. 3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A. 4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's 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. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.) For more information, please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards at Professional Engineering Qualifications. 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 a 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. For more information please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards at Physical Science Qualifications. EDUCATION: 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. **If you are selected, official transcripts will be required. 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. 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. 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. 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 Click HERE for more information. If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website Click HERE 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. This public notice is to gather applications that may or may not result in a referral or selection. More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement. Positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year. Supervisory positions may require a 1-year probationary period, if not yet completed. Positions are designated as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) and subject to testing for illegal drug use. A negative drug test must be obtained prior to being appointed into these positions and will be subject to random testing thereafter. Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation. Telework may be available in accordance with NNSA Policy. A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized for a highly qualified applicant in accordance with Agency policy.. EEO Policy: Click HERE. Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Click HERE. Veterans Information: Click HERE. Telework: Click HERE. Selective Service Registration: Click HERE Information about the NNSA Demonstration project can be found by clicking HERE.