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General Engineer/Physical Scientist at U.S. Department of Energy – Richland Operations Office/Office of River Protection

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Employer: U.S. Department of Energy – Richland Operations Office/Office of River Protection

Expires: 07/02/2020

This is a developmental position with promotion potential to GS-801/1301-13. At the lower levels, the selectee will perform developmental assignments under closer supervision than that required at the full performance level of GS-13. Assignments become progressively more difficult until the next performance level is reached. At the full performance level of this position (GS-13), some of the duties include: Serve as the technical expert concerning technically complex scientific and engineering projects or initiatives and technical matter related to the facility.Evaluates scientific and engineering programs/project needs and prepares documentation (i.e., budget, procurement, Statements of Work (SOW), etc.) to support those needs.Conducts analysis of technical science and engineering issues, requirements and development efforts to resolve conflicts, unique issues and to address scientific and engineering uncertainties.Assesses and carries out strategies and actions to ensure the integrity, economy, quality, and effectiveness of engineering programs/projects If selected in the 0801 series, you will qualify for a higher salary, GS 07 $48,488 – $59,675 and GS 09 $59,316- $73,005 (based on 2020 Special Rate salary table number 0414). This special rate table will continue through the GS-09 level. Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a United States Citizen. This employer participates in the e-Verify program. See “Other Information” section regarding Selective Service requirements. Resume and question responses MUST be submitted online. Subject to satisfactory security and suitability determinations. OTHER REQUIREMENTS:  This position may be designated as a technical position subject to the requirements of the Department’s Technical Qualification Program (TQP). This position may require the incumbent to acquire and demonstrate technical competencies identified in a technical qualification standard and requires certification of the competencies by qualifying officials.The duties of this position may require the use of a dosimeter and annual physical.The duties of this position may require the incumbent to wear protective gear.The incumbent may be subject to recall for emergency situations.The incumbent may be required to obtain and maintain an appropriate security clearance.This position is included in a bargaining unit.This position is eligible for telework, however, approval is at the discretion of the supervisor. QualificationsSPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:In addition to the basic education requirement, to qualify at the GS-7 level, applicants must possess one the the following:A. At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-5) in the Federal service.Specialized experience for this position is defined as: Experience assisting higher graded scientists or engineers in conducting analytical investigations using established scientific methods; Effectively conveying information verbally and organize, express, and communicate ideas clearly in writing; Translating basic information into specific actions through reading and interpretation of regulations and technical material, and preparing related documentation.ORB. Superior Academic Achievement. Superior academic achievement is defined as any of the following: (1) standing in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision; (2) a grade point average of 3.0 out of a 4.0 overall or during the final 2 years of the curriculum; (3) a gradepoint average of 3.5 out of 4.0 in the major field overall or during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (4) election to membership in a national scholastic honor society. Grade-point averages are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9.ORC. One year of graduate-level education directly related to this position. An academic year of graduate education is defined as 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement or the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 academic year of full-time study. In addition to the basic education requirement, to qualify at the GS-09 level applicants must possess one of the following:A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the federal service.Specialized experience for this position is defined as: Identifying methodologies to ensure engineering/scientific requirements meet critical objectives; exercising versatility, judgment, and perception to identify and interpret diverse factors, situations, and conditions; explaining and justifying determinations, recommendations, and implemented actions; and applying precedents and established techniques to resolve a variety of conventional problems, issues, or conditions; and experience as a team member preforming assessments, analyses, and reviews to evaluate contractor performance, and providing evaluations and feedback to management about technical issuesB. Two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or master’s or equivalent graduate degree that is directly related to this position.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 applicationKnowledge of, and skill in applying, theories, concepts, principles, and methodologies of an engineering or scientific discipline sufficient to research, analyze, interpret, evaluate, and carry out difficult but conventional assignments.Knowledge of professional andor management theories, concepts and principles gained in acquiring a bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent knowledge obtained through work experience to allow the incumbent to perform in an intermediate level trainee capacity.Skill in oral and written communications”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.Education EDUCATION: This position has a positive education requirement, transcripts MUST be provided to be considered.  For the GS-0801, General Engineer, you must possess the following Basic Requirements:A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor’s degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; 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.ORB. 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: Professional registration or licensure — Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), 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.Written Test — Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) 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.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.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 Additional information regarding GS-0801 qualifications can be found on the OPM website at: Engineer Positions For the GS-1301, Physical Scientist, you must possess the following Basic Requirements: 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. Additional information regarding GS-1301 qualifications can be found on the OPM website at General Physical Science Positions.  If you are qualifying on based on education alone, you must meet the following criteria in addition to the occupational requirements specified above.GS-07 level: 1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement. GS-09 level: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or master’s or equivalent graduate degree An academic year of undergraduate education is defined as 30 semester hours, 45-quarter hours, or the equivalent in an accredited college or university or 36 weeks at an accredited business, technical, vocational, or qualifying educational institution for at least 20 classroom hours per week.An academic year of graduate education is defined as 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement or the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 academic year of full-time study.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.New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit 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.If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website 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.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: Accommodation Policy: Information: www.telework.govSelective Service Registration: You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to place you into an initial quality category via OPM’s Category Rating procedures. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to ensure you have been placed into the appropriate quality category.Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (when applicable), and training as described in your resume and applicant assessment. Your credentials are measured against the established duties of the position at the grade level(s) being advertised.The quality categories are usually defined as “Best Qualified”, “Well Qualified”, and “Qualified”, although they may differ slightly based on individual agency policy.If you are eligible for career transition assistance plans such as ICTAP or CTAP, you must meet the definition of “well qualified” which is defined as having a score of 85 or better.If you are a Veteran Preference eligible candidate, you will be listed at the top of whichever quality category your rating 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.To preview questions please click here.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.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.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.Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.Displaced Federal employees who qualify for CTAP/ICTAP: If you are a former Federal employee who was displaced due to a Reduction-in-Force (RIF) or surplused by some other means, please submit a copy of the separation letter or RIF notice from your agency. To be selected under I/CTAP, you must still be found well-qualified for this position. Please see the OPM Guide to Career Transition for more information.How to Apply 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:Click the “Apply Online” button. If you are not already logged in, you will need to do so.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.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).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.You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.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.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.