National Nuclear Security Administration General Engineer/Physical Scientist in Washington, District Of Columbia

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Summary

A successful candidate in this position will support the Lithium Sustainment, Lithium Production Capability capital project and/or materials management programs by implementing policies, and processes to a wide range of projects and/or programs associated with the nuclear weapons enterprise.

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Responsibilities

As a General Engineer/Physcial Scientist you will:

  • Provide scientific/engineering advice applying skills primarily to support development and implementation of policies, processes, and principles for a wide range of projects and/or programs associated with strategic materials in the nuclear weapons enterprise.
  • Support integration of technical and programmatic requirements, including, but not limited to, material supply and demand, nuclear weapon component production or related material processing capabilities, facility and infrastructure, safety, reliability, quality, and other activities relating to nuclear weapons materials programs.
  • Support the new Strategic Materials or Lithium Sustainment Program Office and/or Lithium Production Capability capital project by attending to implementation of NNSA Lithium Strategy documentation and/or DOE O 413.3B, Program and Project Management for the Acquisition of Capital Assets.
  • Provide guidance and direction on the same and maintains program/project status awareness of scope, cost, and schedule to ensure defense program needs will be met.
  • Support the Canned Sub-Assembly Change Control Board and other working groups to determine all existing sources of lithium or other strategic materials, in all forms, across all DOE and NNSA mission areas, to forecast amounts of the same from future weapons retirements and dismantlement’s and to coordinate strategic management and development of options for policymakers to consider in making additional forms of these materials available.
  • Support planning and execution of strategies related to DP lithium or other strategic materials with considerable latitude for exercise of independent judgment.
  • Assist in multi-year planning, implementation, and integration of programmatic, scientific, and technical activities throughout the NNSA nuclear weapons complex.
  • Brief senior DOE, NNSA, and interagency leadership on program status and critical issues.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - This position requires travel outside of the duty station 10% of the time.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

03

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1301 General Physical Science

0801 General Engineering

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Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) will not be paid.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a "Q" security clearance.

Additional Conditions of Employment:

  • Subject to Random Drug Testing

  • Must pass pre-employment drug test

  • Favorable suitability determination

  • Financial Disclosure may be required

  • Verification of your identity and employment eligibility under the provisions of Employment Verification (E-Verify)

  • Compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity which will require that you provide two forms of identification

  • A one year probationary period may be required

Qualifications

You must meet one of the Basic Requirements and Specialized Experience:

Basic Requirements: 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. ORCombination 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.

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

Specialized Experience Requirements:

NN-03:A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/band (NN-02/GS-11) in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:experience as a technical expert or program lead supporting the development and implementation of policies, and processes to a wide range of projects and/or programs associated with lithium or materials management in the nuclear weapons enterprise.

Examples of experience includes:

  1. Experience with lithium or other strategic material process technology development, and/or strategies to maintain supplies of needed lithium or other material/compounds.
  2. Experience working on assessment teams for lithium material process technology development, and/or strategies to maintain supplies of needed lithium or other material/compounds. 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 KSAs 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!

  3. Knowledge of, and skill in applying, a wide range of engineering theories, concepts, principles, standards, and methods sufficient in multiple disciplines such as nuclear or mechanical engineering or physical science and technology development in chemical processing or material interactions sufficient to determine and/or execute actions for a wide range of assignments involving combinations of these features.

  4. Knowledge and skill in application of theories, principles, concepts, and practices of multiple engineering and/or physical science disciplines as related to the nuclear weapons strategic materials programs.
  5. Knowledge of programming and acquisition processes to include budget processes, procurement processes and procedures, and contractual terms and conditions sufficient to manage projects within budgetary constraints.
  6. Ability to interpret legislative, regulatory, and Departmental policy and perform technical and business analysis to accomplish program goals and objectives.
  7. Ability to communicate clearly and persuasively, orally and in writing, and negotiate complex technical program policy. "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

This vacancy specifically states that certain educational requirements must be met, you must provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application.

Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

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.
  • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
  • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.
  • Many 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. Information about the NNSA Demonstration project can be found by clicking HERE.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your application will be rated by our application system using the Category Rating procedure. A quality review will then be conducted by the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME). Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (if applicable to the job), and training described in your online resume/questionnaire as related to the duties of this position. The quality categories are usually defined as “Best Qualified”, “Well Qualified” and “Qualified”. Veterans Preference eligible will be listed at the top of whichever category your score places you in. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and higher.

If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.

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Security clearance

Q - Sensitive

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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.
  • Most recent performance appraisal.
  • List all incentive awards on your resume that are related to the duties of this position. Most DOE offices will allow you to submit a resume in the format of your choice (as an attached document or as a USAJOBS Resume Builder format). However, some offices may require one specific format. You will be notified at the time you click 'Apply Online' which type of resume is acceptable. It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume, we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.

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 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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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To be considered for this position, you must submit your complete application no later than 11:59pm 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. Click the "Apply Online" button. If you are not already logged in, you will need to do so.
  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. If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.

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  • If you are experiencing a significant hardship which hinders your ability to apply online please contact the HR Office listed on this announcement during normal business hours to discuss your situation.

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Agency contact information
Jillian Hunt
Phone

202-586-9303

Fax

000-000-0000

Email

jillian.hunt@nnsa.doe.gov

Address

National Nuclear Security Administration 1000 Independence Ave SW Washington, District of Columbia United States

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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.
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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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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/499854300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 05/17/2018 to 05/31/2018

Salary: $81,548 to $126,062 per year

Pay scale & grade: NN 03

Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time - Competitive Service

Appointment type: Permanent