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Grade: All Grades

1 I understand that the responses provided in this questionnaire must be fully supported in my online resume. I further understand that my resume must provide detailed descriptions and/or examples of my knowledge, skill, and abilities as required in the vacancy announcement and that my failure to do so, may result in my being rated "Ineligible" or "Not Qualified" for this position. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 Are you currently serving or have served in the last five (5) years in a Political Appointment in the Federal Government? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    2.1 Please list the title, agency and dates of this appointment. Please note you will be required to provide proof to meet OPM Approval of your appointment if selected. Maximum length of 1000 characters.
  • No
3 This position requires a security clearance. Are you able to obtain or maintain a security clearance? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4 Do you have dual citizenship with the United States and another country? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    4.1 Please list the country(ies), other than the United States, with which you possess citizenship. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • No
5 I understand that if my application is incomplete, does not demonstrate my specialized experience, or does not support the responses in my online questionnaire I may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or my score may be adjusted. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
6 I understand that if I am applying for multiple announcements, I must submit a separate copy of my supplemental documentation for each announcement under which I am requesting consideration. My failure to submit separate copies will result in my materials being applied only to the first announcement I have applied under. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
7 I understand that I must click on the "Submit Application" button located at the end of the review of my answers and resume to complete the application process. I understand that I will receive a confirmation page that I should print for my records. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
8 I have read this vacancy announcement thoroughly and understand that supplemental documentation may be required (i.e., college transcripts, certification documents, veterans preference documents if applicable). I further understand that I will not be considered if my supplemental documentation is not received by the Human Resources Office by the closing date of this announcement. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No

Grade: 15

1 BASIC REQUIREMENT: Choose one answer that best describes how you meet the individual occupational requirements of this engineering position: Answer to this question is required
  • Degree: professional engineering. 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.
  • Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer 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 Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5.
  • Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements in answer #1. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum.
  • Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a 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
  • None of the above
2 To qualify for PROFESSIONAL SCIENTIST positions in the Federal government, you must meet the minimum basic educational/experience requirements for. Choose one answer which best describes your educational/experience background for a physical scientist position. Answer to this question is required
  • I have earned a Bachelor`s degree in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering sciences such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
  • I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to one of the majors listed in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus at least one year of professional physical science experience acquired under professional physical science supervision and guidance.
  • I do not meet any of the education and/or combination of education and experience under any of the choices above.
3 GS-15 - In addition to the basic requirement, choose one answer that best describes your experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service performing work related to the duties of the position described in the vacancy announcement.
  • I do not meet the requirement as described above.
4 This position is responsible for developing and implementing high-level research and budget plans to meet the goals of one or more fossil energy programs. Indicate which of the following activities you have performed in a regular and recurring basis. Answer to this question is required
  • Convened and facilitated a team of cross-functional and interdisciplinary personnel to develop a program-level research plan to meet fossil energy program goals.
  • Formulated a program-level budget request for fossil energy research programs.
  • Formulated a spending plan against appropriated budgets for fossil energy programs.
  • Directed, and redirected as needed, research program funding to ensure that appropriated budgets are obligated in a timely and fiscally responsible manner.
  • Assessed the capabilities and competencies of various research organizations to determine which groups are most suitable to conduct research required to achieve program goals.
  • Presented research plans, research budgets and research accomplishments to higher level government officials.
  • None of the above.
5 Select the statement that best describes your experience developing research program strategies and priorities on scientific and engineering issues to satisfy strategic goals and objectives for an organization. Answer to this question is required
  • I do not have training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have assisted others in developing research program strategies and priorities on scientific and engineering issues to satisfy strategic goals and objectives.
  • I have developed research program strategies and priorities on scientific and engineering issues to satisfy strategic goals and objectives in the performance of my duties
  • I have developed research program strategies and priorities on complex scientific and engineering issues to satisfy strategic goals and objectives for an organization. Other individuals in my field consult me for my expertise on this subject matter. I have trained others in my field.
6

Please provide information where in your resume we can find this specialized experience.  You will need to provide you job title, dates of employment, GS level or equivalent level, and name of the employer or agency.

Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
7 This position is responsible for serving as the primary point of contact with external stakeholders for one or more fossil energy research programs. Indicate which of the following activities you have performed in a regular and recurring basis. Answer to this question is required
  • Communicated with external stakeholders to gather information to guide research planning.
  • Communicated with external stakeholders to facilitate the transfer information from research programs.
  • Developed partnerships, agreements, and/or collaborations with external stakeholders to support the achievement of research program goals.
  • Organized technical conferences and/or workshops with external stakeholders to promote technology transfer, networking and collaboration that supports the achievement of research program goals.
  • Delivered oral presentations to external stakeholders at technical conferences and/or workshops.
  • Supported written communications with external stakeholders via publications in journals or magazines and web-based communications.
  • Served as an invited member of an external committee that is relevant to fossil energy research.
  • None of the above.
8

Please provide the information where in your resume we can find this specialized experience.  You will need to provide your job title, dates of employment, GS level or equivalent level, and name of the employer or agency.

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9

Provides expert input and feedback in variety of forums including panels, round-table discussions, outreach and focus group meetings, and brain storming sessions with other recognized experts on a variety of subject matters related to or bearing on Turbines and Advanced Materials.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had the education or the training.
  • I’ve had education or training in how to perform this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist or train them in doing this task because of my expertise.
10

Please provide the information where in your resume we can find this specialized experience.  You will need to provide your job title, dates of employment, GS level or equivalent level, and name of the employer or agency.

Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
11 This position requires expertise needed for planning, directing and assessing research and development efforts in the area of turbines and advanced materials systems. Indicate which of the following activities you have performed. Answer to this question is required
  • Establish technical research and development goals and objectives related to turbines and advanced materials systems.
  • Provide technical vision and leadership to a research and development program related to turbines and advanced materials systems.
  • Provide technical, economic and policy advice to senior leaders related to turbines and advanced materials systems.
  • None of the above.
12

Please provide the information where in your resume we can find this specialized experience.  You will need to provide your job title, dates of employment, GS level or equivalent level, and name of the employer or agency.

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13 From the list below, check the statement(s) that best describe(s) your experience in managing R&D projects and programs for Turbines and Advanced Materials technologies. Check all that apply. Your answers must be substantiated in your resume. Answer to this question is required
  • I have worked with internal and external stakeholders, I have overseen staff in the development of R&D program objectives and long-range work plans; implementation and evaluation of R&D programs; and recommendations intended to improve the effectiveness of R&D programs. I have performed other related tasks associated with R&D organizations and programs.
  • I have actively participated in and written program documents pertaining to R&D program objectives and long-range work plans and the implementation and evaluation of R&D programs.
  • I have written program documents recommending adjustments intended to improve the effectiveness of R&D programs.
  • I have assisted others in developing program objectives and long-range work plans and implementing and evaluating R&D programs.
  • I have participated in studies and evaluations of R&D programs for Turbines and Advanced Materials technologies.
  • None of the above.
14

Please provide the information where in your resume we can find this specialized experience.  You will need to provide your job title, dates of employment, GS level or equivalent level, and name of the employer or agency.

Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
15

I have directed or assisted in research and planning on a regular and recurring basis in the following areas related to turbines:

Answer to this question is required
  • Advanced gasification systems including gas cleaning.
  • Advanced oxycombustion power cycles.
  • Advanced chemical looping power cycles.
  • Advanced Ultra Supercritical Steam and other novel transformative power cycles.
  • Novel bottoming cycles.
  • Supercritical carbon dioxide fluids.
  • None of the above.
16

Please provide the information where in your resume we can find this specialized experience.  You will need to provide your job title, dates of employment, GS level or equivalent level, and name of the employer or agency.

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17

I have directed or assisted in research and planning on a regular and recurring basis in the following areas related to materials:

Answer to this question is required
  • Advanced gasification systems including gas cleaning.
  • Advanced oxycombustion power cycles.
  • Advanced chemical looping power cycles.
  • Supercritical to advance ultra-supercritical boilers.
  • Advanced Ultra Supercritical Steam and other novel transformative power cycles.
  • Novel bottoming cycles.
  • Supercritical carbon dioxide fluids.
  • None of the above.
18

Please provide the information where in your resume we can find this specialized experience.  You will need to provide your job title, dates of employment, GS level or equivalent level, and name of the employer or agency.

Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
19

Select the choice that best describes your experience, supported by your resume, in performing engineering analysis of turbines performance parameters including efficiency, environmental performance, and economics related to fossil power generation applications.

Answer to this question is required
  • I perform or have performed this task as a part of my job on a regular and recurring basis
  • Demonstrated experience leading research development programs on turbines that are applicable to fossil power generation.
  • I have not performed this task related to advanced power systems, but have performed this task in other areas of coal power generation technologies.
  • I have performed this task in other areas not relating to advanced power systems or coal power generation technologies
  • I do not have experience in performing this task.
20

Please provide the information where in your resume we can find this specialized experience.  You will need to provide your job title, dates of employment, GS level or equivalent level, and name of the employer or agency.

Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
21

Select the choice that best describes your experience, supported by your resume, in performing engineering analysis of materials performance parameters including materials testing for a code case development, creep/mechanical testing, environmental testing and economics related to their application in coal power generation applications.

Answer to this question is required
  • Demonstrated experience leading research development programs on advanced materials that are applicable to fossil power generation.
  • I perform this task as a part of my job on a regular and recurring basis.
  • I have performed some, but not all of these tasks, related to fossil-fueled electric power generation.
  • I have performed this task in similar areas of heavy industry, but not related to fossil-fueled electric power generation
  • I do not have experience in performing this task.
22

Please provide information where in your resume we can find this specialized experience.  You will need to provide you job title, dates of employment, GS level or equivalent level, and name of the employer or agency.

Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
23

Do you have experience, supported in your resume, leading research and development activities on a regular and recurring basis related to advanced high temperature materials for power systems in extreme environments that are applicable to coal generation?

Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
24

Please provide information where in your resume we can find this specialized experience.  You will need to provide you job title, dates of employment, GS level or equivalent level, and name of the employer or agency.

Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
25

Do you have experience, supported in your resume, leading research and development activities on a regular and recurring basis related to advanced turbines for power systems that are applicable to coal generation?

Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
26

Do you have experience supported by your resume in presenting complex ideas, conclusions and recommendations persuasively, both in writing and verbally?

Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
27

This position requires ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Select the choice(s) that describes your experience, supported by your resume.

Answer to this question is required
  • Technical writing showing authoritative judgments on concepts and proposals.
  • Verbal communication to various audiences
  • Creation and presentation of technical briefings.
  • Conduct of seminars.
  • Representing an organization at scientific and technical meetings and symposia.
  • Evaluating technical reports prepared by other professionals .
  • None of the above.