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"TN-19-AU-00215-MP" Vacancy Details

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Announcement Number:
TN-19-AU-00215-MP
Hiring Agency:
Department of Energy
Position Title:
General Engineer/Physical Scientist
Open Period:
05/21/2019 - 06/10/2019

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GS - 0801,1301 15
Salary:
USD $137,849 - USD $166,500
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
GS-15
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Germantown, MD, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Mary Jean Moeller
513-744-4014
maryjean.moeller@hc.doe.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Individuals with disabilities
• Competitive service
• Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
• Special authorities
• Veterans
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Current Federal employee with competitive status; Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility; CTAP/ICTAP eligibles; Veterans with VOW or VEOA eligibility; Those eligible under an OPM interchange agreement or special appointing authority.

This position is also being advertised to all U.S. citizens via Delegated Examining procedures. The announcement number is: TN-19-AU-00215-DE.
Security Clearance Required:
Q Access Authorization
Appointment Type
Permanent
Marketing Statement:

The Office of Environment, Health, Safety & Security (AU) is the DOE’s central organization responsible for health, safety, environment, and security; providing corporate-level leadership and strategic vision to coordinate and integrate these vital programs.  AU is responsible for policy development and technical assistance; safety analysis; and corporate safety and security programs. The Associate Under Secretary for Environment, Health, Safety and Security advises DOE Senior Leadership on all matters related to environment, health, safety and security across the complex.

Summary:

A successful candidate in this position will develop and interpret Government-wide and Department-wide policies, procedures and guidance; perform document reviews; and conduct training.  The Office of the Associate Under Secretary for Environment, Health, Safety, and Security (AU) provides corporate leadership and strategic approaches for protecting DOE’s workers, the public, the environment, and national security assets.

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Overnight travel is minimal.  May require some local travel.

Duties

As a General Engineer/Physical Scientist, you will:



  • Conduct classification and declassification reviews of documents, across all DOE technical subject areas, excluding Naval Reactors, and reviews for Unclassified Controlled Nuclear Information (UCNI), in accordance with the requirements of the Atomic Energy Act (AEA); applicable Federal statutes, Executive orders, and regulations; and DOE policy and regulations.

  • Oversee the activities of a support contractor staff that performs document reviews and develops reports.

  • Provide input to the Director, Office of Document Reviews in the evaluation of contractor performance.

  • Serve as the senior advisor to the DOE Office of General Counsel, DOE Office of Intelligence, and the Department of Justice on classification/declassification matters concerning security investigations, criminal prosecutions, and civil litigations, including Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigations.

  • Serve as the senior advisor and recognized expert in DOE’s classification and declassification document review process including serving as the Department’s representative on senior technical working groups and interdisciplinary task forces.

  • Lead technical forums, interagency meetings, workshops, national conferences, and meetings.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:

If selected for this vacancy, you will be required to file the OGE Form 450 (Confidential Financial Disclosure Report) upon your appointment to this position and as necessary to meet regulatory guidance.


This position is a Testing Designated Position (TDP) and is subject to random drug testing. A negative drug test is required prior to being appointed to the position and will be subject to random testing thereafter.


Must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE "Q" level security clearance.




 

Key Requirements:
  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
  • This position is not included in a bargaining unit.
  • Education Requirements:

    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.


    OR


    B.  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.


    For the GS-1301, Physical Scientist, you must possess the following Basic Requirements:


    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.


    OR


    B.  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.


    Transcripts must be submitted to be considered for this position. 


    EDUCATION:
    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.

    Evaluations:
    The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications necessary for this position. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to determine if your qualifications meet the criteria for referral to the selecting official.

    We will also verify that you are eligible for Merit Promotion positions by reviewing your previous Federal employment to ensure you meet Time-in-Grade requirements. If you are eligible to apply to Merit Promotion announcements based on Veteran or other non-competitive statuses, we will verify your supporting documentation prior to referral.

    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 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.
    Qualifications:

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

    A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:



    • Experience serving as an advisor and recognized expert in the classification and declassification document review process, conducting classification and declassification reviews and, as part of this activity, exercising derivative classification and declassification authority in broad technical areas covered under the Atomic Energy Act;

    • Experience conducting declassification reviews of nuclear weapon design documents;

    • Hands-on nuclear weapons experience at a laboratory, plant, or military facility;

    • Experience overseeing the activities of a support staff that performs document reviews;

    • Experience serving as an advisor to a Federal government department’s Office of General Counsel, a Federal government department’s Office of Intelligence, and the U.S. Department of Justice on classification/declassification matters concerning security investigations, criminal prosecutions, and civil litigations, including Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigations; and

    • Experience in developing Vaughn indices to justify exemption of classified information from release.


    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.



    1. Mastery of advanced principles and concepts of nuclear, electrical, chemical, or mechanical engineering; or comprehensive knowledge of advanced principles and concepts of the physical sciences in such areas as chemistry and physics; in order to provide expert advice, guidance, oversight, and management of classification/ declassification reviews of documents.

    2. Expert knowledge of the AEA; applicable public laws, Federal statutes, Executive orders and regulations; and DOE classification and declassification policies.

    3. Expert knowledge of DOE classified and UCNI subject matter, and other government agency potential classified subject matter, including comprehensive and detailed knowledge of how a thermonuclear weapon is constructed and the reasons for that construction, and how a thermonuclear weapon operates.

    4. Expert ability to apply DOE classification guidance across all DOE technical subject areas.

    5. Expert ability to coordinate and interface effectively with personnel of DOE elements, other government agencies, foreign governments, and non-government entities at the senior-level.

    6. Ability to communicate assignments and completion schedule as well as ability to coach team members in choosing methods and applying techniques to tasks assigned.

    7. Expert knowledge and understanding of the broad spectrum of DOE and Department of Defense classified technical programs and organizations in order to provide expert advice, guidance and technical assistance.

    8. Ability to apply a wide range of methods to analyze and improve team effectiveness, efficiency and work results.

    9. Ability to develop written guidance, develop presentation material, and answer inquiries from senior-level DOE and other government agency managers.

    10. Expert knowledge and understanding of litigation discovery methods, and Federal court procedures related to discovery.

    11. Ability to convey policies and technical information, to provide expert technical advice and guidance concerning DOE classification/declassification review policies.


    "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.

    Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration.

    CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

    You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Other 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 about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.
    • 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.
    • 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: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/EEO_Policy_Statement
    Reasonable Accommodation Policy:  https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Reasonable_Accommodation_Policy_Statement
    Veterans Information:  https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Veterans_Information
    Telework:  www.telework.gov
    Selective Service Registration: http://www.sss.gov/

     

    How to Apply

    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:
    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.


    NEED HELP?
    • If you experience any difficulties with the online application process (anything after you have clicked the 'Apply Online' button): contact the HR Office listed on this announcement between normal business hours. If you are receiving any kind of error message, please be ready to provide a screenshot or at a minimum, the error message text and number. If necessary, we will put you in touch with the technical support number if we are unable to assist you personally. 
    • If you need help with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account password/profile issues, or Resume Builder): please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center and select a topic of inquiry. Or, you may reach out to USAJOBS directly for support, by visiting the USAJOBS Contact Us page. We regret that we are unable to support any issues with USAJOBS, as this service is not maintained by the Department of Energy.
    • 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.
    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 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 grade/salary for each position and the highest grade/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.

    Current and former Federal employees: Most recent SF-50 (Standard Form 50 - Notice of Personnel Action). 

    To properly verify status eligibility, your SF-50 must show the following. If you do not submit an appropriate SF-50, we cannot verify your status eligibility!



    1. Full position title;

    2. appointment type;

    3. occupational series;

    4. pay plan, grade, and step;

    5. tenure code; and

    6. service computation date (SCD).


    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.

    Next Steps:
    After each step in the recruitment process, your status will be updated in our application tracking system. Once this happens, if you have elected to receive e-mail updates, you will be notified through your USAJOBS registered e-mail address. If you have not elected for e-mail updates, you can review your current application status in USAJOBS at any time. Please check that your USAJOBS profile contact information is current and correct each time you apply to a job--this will ensure we are able to contact you as quickly as possible.

    In addition to changing your status online, we will send you e-mail notifications at each major step in the process, to include: application received, eligible or not eligible, referred or not referred, selected or not selected.