The Department of Energy is seeking motivated and highly-qualified candidates for exciting positions for projects and programs within the Office of Nuclear Energy. Engineering project and program oversight may include nuclear energy, nuclear fuel cycle, and/or the handling of nuclear materials including spent fuel and high-level waste.
As a General Engineer, at minimum you will:
Use sound technical judgment and initiative to resolve the challenges of changing conditions and other problems relative to the assigned projects and programs.
Conducting nuclear engineering projects in research and development.
Assisting or directing engineering research and development studies in the engineering, design, development, and implementation of nuclear programs/projects.
Use physics or mechanical, nuclear, electrical, chemical, civil, or industrial engineering theories, principles, and practices.
Analyze situations, identify problems, probe causes, and recommends courses of action or solutions.
Support the development of the regulatory basis for next generation reactor concepts that provide safe, secure and enhanced nuclear energy to U.S. and international markets.
Work closely with a team, perform assessments, clearly and concisely document assessment results, and present findings orally and in writing to the approval authority.
Coordinate with related engineering and physical science fields adequate to effectively discuss technical points and to recommend acceptable engineering solutions to problems.
Overseeing engineering project and programs to include nuclear energy, nuclear fuel cycle, and/or the handling of nuclear materials including spent fuel and high-level waste
Perform and interpret calculations, analyses, and computations for unknown factors or relationships primarily in the matters of factual nature of involving well understood mechanisms.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Conditions of Employment
Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
Subject to satisfactory security and suitability requirements.
May be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
Appointments made with this authority may be processed as a new appointment into the Civil Service.
The vacancies filled through these appointments have varying levels of background investigative requirements, up to?a Top Secret -?DOE "Q" clearance.
Positions may be filled as permanent, term, or temporary with a full-time or part-time work schedule. Pay will vary by geographic location.
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 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for these positions are defined as:
GS-11: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Experience includes: Assisting or directing engineering research and development studies to determine and recommend appropriate approaches to conducting nuclear engineering projects or the evaluation of projects that involve nuclear power systems and components or advanced reactor research and development. Assisting in the engineering, design, development, and implementation of nuclear programs/projects. Conducting nuclear engineering projects in research, development, nuclear facility operations, or demonstration of nuclear reactor systems or components, the nuclear fuel cycle or the handling of nuclear materials including spent fuel and high-level waste.
3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
GS-12: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Experience includes: Directing or conducting research and development for advanced reactor concepts and innovative technologies related to advance nuclear power to meet energy, environmental and national security needs. Executing or managing nuclear engineering projects in research, design, development, and deployment. Maintaining nuclear reactor, laboratories or fuel cycle operations including the handling of spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste
NOTE: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-12 level.
GS-13: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Experience includes: Providing technical support, advice, and assistance for nuclear fuel cycle programs and/or projects; conducting technical analyses of nuclear fuel cycle and materials recovery research and development technologies. Reviewing project proposals to evaluate applicability and potential for nuclear experimental programs; planning and implementing studies and analyses of programs involving the establishment of basic criteria and engineering characteristics; proposing design approaches; preparing statement of works and other technical based portions of solicitation packages.
NOTE: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-13 level.
GS-14: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Experience includes: Overseeing nuclear energy project and programs by providing input to operating plans, schedules, and budgets for research and development programs related providing advanced nuclear fuel development and long-term viability of exerting nuclear reactors commercial reactors. Monitoring the progress and evaluate the performance of organizations that are conducting research and development on advanced nuclear fuels. Conducting analysis of concept development using lab-scale experiments and analyses, scaling up to separate effects and integral testing of fuel performance, qualifying fuel for use in commercial reactors, and evaluating fuel performance in commercial reactors.
NOTE: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-14 level.
GS-15: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service. Experience includes: Developing operating plans, schedules, and budgets for research and development programs related to advanced fuels for existing light water reactors and future advanced reactors. Monitoring the progress and evaluate the performance of organizations that are conducting research and development on advanced nuclear fuels. Establish and manage collaborative nuclear energy Research & Development activities with industry for advanced reactor concepts and innovative technologies, based on priorities that reflect technical, licensing and business assessments. Developing new/revised nuclear industry standards in coordination with industry.
NOTE: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-15 level.
"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.
OPM Qualification Standards for the GS-0801 series can be found at the following website: OPM Qualification Standards for the GS-0801 series.
CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.
This public notice may be used to fill multiple positions as needed; therefore, applicants must meet the qualifications at the time the applications are reviewed.
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.
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)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.
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.
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. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)
This position has a positive education requirement. Therefore, you MUST provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. This documentation 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.