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Department Of Energy Nuclear Engineer in Germantown, Maryland


This position is located with the Office of Enterprise Assessments, Office Environment, Safety & Health Assessments, Office of Nuclear Safety & Environmental Assessments (EA-31). EA-31 implements the nuclear safety aspects of DOE Order 227.1A through independent evaluations of DOE nuclear facilities and operations that provide constructive feedback and objective information on programs and performance in protecting our workers, the public and environment from radiological hazards.


As a Nuclear Engineer, you will: Lead and participate in teams of DOE and contractor technical experts and contribute to the conduct of assessments, special technical analyses, and studies at DOE's high-hazard nuclear facilities.

Serve as a professional advisor to Headquarters and field management officials on issues related to nuclear facility design, accident analysis, construction quality, operations, maintenance, testing and commissioning, including the identification and evaluation of operations and/or conditions which represent a safety risk; and the formulation and recommendation of measures to eliminate or control such risks and hazards.

Evaluate measures taken to ensure that engineered safety systems, maintenance and testing programs, safety basis documents, engineering and quality assurance programs, and operations procedures are properly designed and implemented.

Advise senior EA and DOE officials on safety issues pertaining to high-hazard nuclear operations and facilities.

Develop and manage the incorporation of appropriate nuclear safety information pertaining to engineered safety systems, maintenance and testing programs, safety basis documents, engineering and quality assurance programs, and operations data collection into EA independent oversight activities.

Coordinate the requirements for nuclear safety into the comprehensive agency-wide EA independent oversight program.


Conditions of Employment

You must be a United States Citizen.

This employer participates in the e-Verify program.

See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.

This position must obtain and maintain a "Q" Security Clearance.

Resume and question responses must be submitted online.

Must complete a Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450 form.

Must complete DOE's Technical Qualification Program.


This position is eligible for telework; however, approval is at the discretion of the supervisor.

This position is telework eligible but is NOT a virtual position. Selectee will report to Germantown, MD.

This position is included in the Department of Energy's Technical Qualification Program (TQP). The selectee will be required to meet core, position, and site specific technical qualification standards within a reasonable period of time (typically from 12 to 18 months) from the date of placement in the position.

If selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure, OGE-450 form upon entry into the position and annually thereafter.

Eligible candidates for this position must be able to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy"Q" level security clearance.Position requires the incumbent have access to highly classified/restricted data documents and/or materials, thus the position demands the highest degree of public trust.

This position has also been designated as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) subject to testing for illegal drug use. The selectee must test negative prior to being appointed to this position and will be subject to random testing thereafter. Failure to pass or refusal to take subsequent tests could result in non-selection or disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the Federal service.

You must submit an unofficial or official transcripts by the closing date of this vacancy announcement. NOTE: Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position. You must meet both the positive education requirement known as "Basic Requirements" andSpecialized Experience as described in the "Qualification" section of the vacancy announcement.


For the Nuclear Engineer, GS-0840, 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; or

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; or

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; or

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. In addition to meeting the "Basic Requirements" described above, you must also meet the "Specialized Experience Requirements" described below.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: Specialized Experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as: Performing inspections, evaluations, and assessments of nuclear safety programs at nuclear facilities.

Identifying any design, construction or operational practices that may violate safety requirements at nuclear facilities.

Leading teams of subject matter experts that enable thorough evaluations of complex technical information resulting in high-quality written products to be presented to management for decision. 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! Mastery of advanced principles and practices of related disciplines and subject matter areas, such as health physics, general and occupational safety and health, and working knowledge of other professional engineering and scientific disciplines, to serve as a technical authority with respect to the full range of work associated with the conduct of assessments, special technical analyses and studies.

Knowledge to evaluate the adequacy of nuclear facility engineering design, safety basis, configuration management and operations programs and to provide advice on how to improve systems and related safety programs Department-wide.

Knowledge of DOE, OSHA, EPA, NRC, and other agency or organization safety regulations, policies, and procedures in order to determine and measure conformance with required and accepted nuclear engineering and systems safety practices and procedures applicable to the design, construction, and operation of nuclear facilities.

Ability to lead, guide, direct, and contribute to multidisciplinary teams engaged in the conduct of assessments and in the analysis and study of nuclear facility engineered safety systems, engineering and design processes, safety bases, operations, and related issues.

Skill to represent the agency in oversight matters in interagency meetings, conferences, and/or task groups. "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.



This position has a positive educational requirement. Education requirements described in the "Qualifications" sectionfor the Nuclear Engineering series, 0800can be found on U.S. Office of Personnel Management website at:

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.

Additional 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 more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit

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.

This position is included in the Bargaining Unit.

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: Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Veterans Information:


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