These positions are located in the Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response (NSIR), Division of Preparedness and Response (DPR), Operations Branch (OB). The supervisor for these positions is Silas Kennedy, Branch Chief, Operations Branch. These positions are in the Bargaining Unit, and shift work is required. Travel expenses associated with the interview may be paid.
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The successful candidate will serve as a Nuclear Systems Engineer or Nuclear Systems Scientist in the Division of Preparedness and Response (DPR), Operations Branch (OB). Provides expert advice and technical evaluation to Incident Response Operations (IRO) and regional office staffs involving issues associated with the activities of NRC licensees and their facilities.
Is assigned, as management determines based on Operations Officer staffing levels, time as the cognizant NRC technical representative in the continuously staffed NRC Operations Center. In this capacity, directly receives, assesses and responds to notifications of emergencies or reportable events occurring at NRC licensed facilities, radiological transportation accidents and other radiological events.
The response includes notifications to appropriate NRC personnel and other government offices in accordance with established procedures; and timely safety assessment of the event after immediate response actions are completed.
Occasional travel – These positions may require occasional travel, approximately 10% or less of duty time.
Conditions of Employment
- These are Drug Testing positions.
- Background investigation for a "Q" clearance is required for new hires
- SHIFT WORK IS REQUIRED WHEN FULFILLING OPERATIONS CENTER DUTIES.
**IMPORTANT NOTE** Selected candidates will be required to successfully complete training duties under instruction, formal classroom training, required NRC training and obtain certification as a Headquarters Operations Officer (HOO) and as a Headquarters Emergency Response Officer (HERO).
All HOOs and HEROs must:
–Successfully complete required HOO and HERO certification training program and required NRC training;
–Successfully complete HERO/HOO training duties under instruction;
–Successfully pass the HOO/HERO qualification board;
Candidates hired at Grade 13 will be eligible for a non-competitive promotion to Grade 14 upon successful completion of the HOO/HERO certification program and meeting other qualifications/eligibility requirements.
In order to qualify for these positions, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as: experience which demonstrates detailed knowledge of the operation and equipment related to nuclear power reactors including safety features, accident mitigation, and emergency response. Experience with direct responsibility for emergency communications involving complex technical issues and multiple organizations.
You must meet the qualifications for these positions by no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.
A description of how you possess the specialized experience should be addressed in your resume and your answer to the vacancy questions.
Basic requirement for General Engineer, GG-801: A professional engineering degree is required. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) 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 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 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.
Basic requirement for General Physical Science Series, GG-1301: A degree in 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 above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
When the application process is completed, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the job requirements. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to any vacancy questions to determine your level of knowledge, skills and abilities related to the job requirements. If you are among the best qualified candidates for this position, your application will be referred to the hiring manager.
Your resume and answers to the vacancy questions are the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to these positions. Therefore, we encourage you to answer the vacancy questions and submit a thorough resume that directly relates to these positions.
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Background checks and security clearance
Q Access Authorization
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk
Trust determination process
As 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 by sending an email to Dawn Powell (dawn.powellnrc.gov) HR Specialist.
All supplemental documents can 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:
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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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