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Announcement Number:
TN-19-SC-00517-DH
Hiring Agency:
Department of Energy
Position Title:
Physical Scientist (ESS Terrestrial)
Open Period:
09/04/2019 - 09/12/2019

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GS - 1301 13/14/15
Salary:
USD $99,172 - USD $166,500
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
GS-15
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Germantown, MD, US
Telework Eligible:
Yes
For More Info:
Ronzell Pettaway
202-586-0078
Ronzell.Pettaway@hc.doe.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
This announcement is open to the public.
This position is announced under the Department of Energy's Direct Hire Authority (DHA) for Physical Scientist series 1301.

Security Clearance Required:
Other
Appointment Type
Permanent
Marketing Statement:

The U.S. Department of Energy is an excellent, family friendly employer and an exciting place to work.  Our overarching mission is to advance the national, economic and energy security of the United States, to provide scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national weapons complex. Winning more R&D awards than any private sector organization and twice as many as all other federal agencies combined, DOE is the Nation’s top sponsor of research and development in fields such as alternate fuel vehicles, energy efficiency, gene research, supercomputers and microelectronics.  

Summary:

This position is located in the Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, Climate and Environmental Sciences Division.  This position serves as a Physical Scientist responsible for Environmental System Science, with a particular focus on subsurface research, involving in particular process level understanding and predictive modeling of hydro-biogeochemistry, hydrology, geomorphology, and the fate and transport of energy-related contaminants.

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Yes

Relocation, or Retention incentives MAY be authorized subject to the availability of funding. PCS will NOT be offered.

Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Occasional travel may be required.

Duties

As a Physical Scientist, you will:



  • Serve as a recognized technical expert in the process-level science and modeling of subsurface systems, with expertise that includes hydro-biogeochemistry, hydrology, geomorphology, and the fate and transport of energy-related contaminants. 

  • Manage, plan, coordinate, implement, and evaluate research programs in this field on a national and international level in consultation with the supervisor and senior program managers in the office. 

  • Evaluate contractor, DOE laboratory, and grantee research proposals and performance via own scientific and technical judgment, merit review, site visits/reviews, and panel reviews.

  • Prepare, justify, and support the program's portion of the budget. Proposes and implements adjustments to the program during the budget approval process and in the case of unanticipated developments.

  • Contribute to timely accomplishment of team goals and objectives within team-oriented management approach, as a member of office ad-hoc teams. 

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: 



  • This position is included in the bargaining unit.

  • Work occasionally requires travel away from the normal duty station.

  • Selection made under this announcement will be processed as a new appointment to the Civil Service

  • Status and Non-Status applicants from outside DOE selected for this position are required to serve a mandatory one (1) year probationary period. A DOE career status employee selected for this position may be required to serve a new one (1) year probationary period, pursuant to 5 CFR 315.802.

  • This is a public Trust Position.

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.
  • Resume and question responses must be submitted online.
  • Subject to satisfactory security and suitability determinations.
  • Education Requirements:

    EDUCATION:


    This announcement has a positive education requirement. You must provide transcripts with your application to receive consideration.


    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.


    BASIC REQUIREMENT FOR GS-1301, PHYSICAL SCIENTIST:


    TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE PROVIDED


    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.


    In addition to meeting the "Basic Requirements" described above, applicants must also have at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.


     

    Evaluations:

    Under this Direct-Hire announcement, all applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements at the grade level they are applying will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration.

    Candidates will be referred to the Selecting Official, when requested, throughout the open period of this announcement. 


    “This announcement is open to the public. This position is announced under a new special hiring authority (5 U.S. Code § 2102)


    Under this special hiring authority, Veteran's Preference, category rating, and traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply. If you are eligible for career transition assistance plans such as ICTAP or CTAP, you must meet minimum qualifications for the position to be referred for consideration.”


    You will be notified via email when you are being considered for any new position that becomes available. If your resume is incomplete or if you fail to submit required documentation, you may be rated 'ineligible' or 'not qualified'.

    You can make updates to your resume and/or documents during the open period of the announcement.

    Qualifications:

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

    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 for the GS-13 level of this position is defined as:


    Specialized experience at the GS-13 is defined as experience involving support of management and evaluation processes involving research projects and/or programs relative to the environmental sciences, with particular emphases involving biogeochemistry, hydrology, analytical methods, experimental efforts, and numerical modeling.


    Experience as a technical reviewer of proposals or program support processes, such as panel reviews, where scientific and/or technical judgment is a critical component of the process.
      
    Specialized experience for the GS-14 level of this position is defined as:


    Experience managing and evaluating research programs relative to the environmental sciences, with particular emphases involving biogeochemistry, hydrology, analytical methods, experimental efforts, and numerical modeling.


    Experience participating in the evaluation of contractor, laboratory, and grantee research proposal and performance through scientific and technical judgment, merit review, site visits/review, and panel reviews.


    Specialized experience for the GS-15 level of this position is defined as:


    Experience managing, planning, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating research programs relative to the environmental sciences, with particular emphases involving biogeochemistry, hydrology, analytical methods, experimental efforts, and numerical modeling.


    Experience evaluating contractor, laboratory, and/or grantee research proposals and performance through scientific and technical judgment, merit review, site visits/review, and panel reviews.


    Experience recommending and initiating proposal denials and program terminations relative to the environmental sciences.


    Experience developing, coordinating, and organizing funding allocations for assigned scientific programs.


    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 application!



    1. Knowledge and skill in the application of advanced concepts, theories, principles, and practices of the physical science field.

    2. Ability to evaluate and make authoritative technical and programmatic judgments on concepts, proposals, experiments, and alternative solutions to technical problems.

    3. Knowledge of the principles, methods, and practices of program management review and appraisal techniques to review and evaluate contractor plans, policies, and proposed procedures necessary for implementation of operational policies and procedures.


    "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.

    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.


    The unofficial transcripts must be legible and include your name, major, school name/location, course title/number, date completed, grade and number of credits earned.

    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 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 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.