This position is located in the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR), Division of Safety Systems (DSS), Nuclear Methods, Systems and New Reactors Branch (SRSB) Supervisor: Rebecca Patton. This position is in the Bargaining Unit. If additional vacancies occur, additional selections may be made.
Eligibility for telework may be discussed with the selecting official during the interview process.
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As a Reactor Systems Engineer in NRR's Nuclear Methods, Systems and New Reactors Branch, you will be responsible for: 1) Reviewing and evaluating design, process design parameters, and performance of reactor systems and nuclear fuel designs for new light water reactors, including both thermal hydraulic and reactivity phenomena under steady-state, transient and accident conditions for design basis events; 2) Conducting reactor systems confirmatory analyses for new light water reactor licensing reviews and topical report reviews; 3) Reviewing and evaluating policy issues related to reactor systems or fuels requirements for new light water reactor designs and methodologies; 4) Preparing safety evaluation reports, audit reports, and other documentation related to new light water design reviews and topical report reviews; and 5) Presenting results of evaluations before the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS) and other technical briefings, providing testimony at new light water reactor hearings, and performing technical audits related to nuclear fuel and reactor systems performance and design basis event evaluation.
Occasional travel – Occasional travel may be required.
Conditions of Employment
- This is a Drug Testing position.
- U.S. Citizenship Required
- Background investigation leading to a clearance is required for new hires.
You must meet the qualifications for this position by no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.
In addition to the educational requirements to qualify for this position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GG-12) in the Federal Service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.
Specialized Experience is defined as experience technically and analytically reviewing and evaluating design, process design parameters, and performance of reactor systems and nuclear fuel designs for power reactors, including both thermal hydraulic and reactivity phenomena under steady-state, transient and accident conditions for design basis events.
A description of how you possess the specialized experience should be addressed in your resume, responses to the vacancy questions, and in the additional space provided for your supplemental response
The ideal candidate for this position will show proof of experience in:
1. Demonstrated knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices in the field of reactor systems and nuclear fuel sufficient to evaluate designs, process design parameters, and review performance for a variety of new light water reactor and nuclear fuel designs.
2. Demonstrated ability in formulating sound technical judgements, making recommendations, and finding solutions in regards to issues pertaining to design basis event evaluation in the areas of core physics, fuel behavior, reactivity control system and control rod design, and core thermal-hydraulic performance.
3. Demonstrated knowledge of NRC rules, regulations, and policies pertaining to power reactors through familiarity with the Part 52 and Part 50 reactor regulatory frameworks, topical report methodology processes, system design standards, regulatory guides and practices, and through the performance of regulatory reviews associated with the design and licensing of new light water reactors and fuel designs.
4. Demonstrated ability to communicate information, ideas, and advice in a clear, concise, and logical manner, both orally and in writing. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with management and staff, colleagues, and representatives of external organizations.
Qualification for All Professional Engineering 0800 Series:
GG-0801 (General Engineering Series):
- 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. 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 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 meeting additional OPM requirements.
More detailed information about these alternatives are described in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards Operating Manual which may be accessed at the following website: https: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/nuclear-engineering-series-0840/
Selectee is not subject to Office of Government Ethics Confidential Financial Disclosure reporting requirements (subject to change).
DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY: This position is being filled using Direct-Hire Authority.
The NRC is a zero tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use. Individuals selected for these positions will be subject to pre-appointment drug testing.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Applications will be evaluated based on the information provided in the resume and responses to any vacancy questions against the specialized experience and education requirements for this position. Qualified applicants will be forwarded to the hiring manager for possible interview and selection.
Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position.
If selected for an interview, you will be contacted directly by a hiring manager via the contact information you provided in your application. Applicants should not expect to receive additional status updates.
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Background checks and security clearance
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Drug test required
List of supplemental material that may be applicable:
If you are a NRC employee you are required to submit your most recent Rating of Record (Performance Appraisal) or a statement saying that one is not available.
If you are a current/reinstatement eligible Federal employee with status (Tenure Group 1 or 2), you will be considered under our merit promotion procedures and must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) to verify competitive status or reinstatement eligibility.
Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g. DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service; Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within 120 days; SF-15 Form and related documentation; VA letter.) You can find additional information about Veterans' Preference at http: www.fedshirevets.gov/.
If you are applying for a position that requires a college degree, you must submit your College Transcripts.
All supplemental documents will now be collected electronically and should be submitted before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:
1. Use the "USAJOBS" feature to download documents from your USAJOBS portfolio; or
2. use the "Upload" feature to upload documents directly from your computer. The following types of documents can be uploaded: .gif, .jpeg, .png, .rtf, .pdf, and .doc; or
3. use the "Fax" feature to print the Fax Cover Sheet and fax it, along with your supplemental documents to 1-571-258-4052.
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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