Reliability and Risk Analyst - Direct Hire Authority

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Rockville, Maryland
Posted
May 14, 2022
Closes
May 17, 2022
Function
Analyst
Hours
Full Time
Duties

As Reliability and Risk Analyst at the full performance level of this position, you will carry out technical duties with respect to the quantitative, probabilistic analyses of issues in nuclear safety and initiates appropriate actions to obtain solutions to problems which arise in fulfilling assignments. Duties include but are not limited to:

1. Performs risk analyses:
  • Evaluates the design and functional capability of nuclear facilities and/or devices to withstand accident conditions, with a focus on estimating the frequencies of accidents and their consequences.
  • Provides technical reports and discussions of methods, data, and results as well as other assistance, to other technical staff that need this information in the conduct of their work.
  • Prepares technical reports and makes presentations to the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards, NRC management, and outside groups on technical issues, concerns, or positions developed on regulatory issues related to analyses performed.

2. Performs reviews of risk analyses:
  • Reviews risk analyses of an issue in a nuclear facility or device, or a more broad study of an entire facility or device, submitted by NRC licensees or other organizations.
  • Provides technical reports and discussions of methods, data, and results with respect to the areas described above, as well as other assistance, to technical reviewers in other branches who need this information in the conduct of their reviews.
  • Prepares technical reports and makes presentations to NRC management, the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards, and outside groups on technical issues, concerns, or positions developed on regulatory issues related to such reviews.

3. Manages contractor projects in risk analysis methods development or applications.

4. Serves as project manager on research programs in support of the staff regulatory activities under contract with Department of Energy laboratories, other government agencies, academic institutions, and private contractors to provide technical guidance and to assure compliance with contract requirements.

5. Drafts correspondence and reports in response to inquiries received from members of Congress, other federal agencies, state and local governments, and from the general public.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • This is a Drug Testing position.
  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Background investigation leading to a clearance is required for new hires.


You must meet the qualifications for this position by no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.

These positions have potential Contracting Officer Representative duties that may subject the incumbent to the Confidential Financial Disclosure Reporting requirements and are subject to the security ownership restriction reporting requirements.

Qualifications

In order to qualify for this position, 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.

For the GG-11 Level:

To qualify at the GG-11 grade level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GG-09 grade level which is defined as experience that demonstrates knowledge in the field of engineering or risk analysis related to industrial technologies including nuclear plants.

OR

3 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree OR a Ph.D. OR equivalent doctoral degree.

For the GG-12 Level:

To qualify at the GG-12 grade level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GG-11 grade level which is defined as experience that demonstrates knowledge in the field of engineering or risk analysis in the performance of research related to, or assessing the risk from, industrial technologies including nuclear plants.

For the GG-13 Level:

To qualify at the GG-13 grade level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GG-12 grade level which is defined as experience that demonstrates knowledge in the field of engineering and risk analysis in the performance of research related to, or assessing the risk from, industrial technologies including nuclear plants and demonstrates ability to evaluate the results of research.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the field of engineering or reliability and risk assessment, in the performance of research related to, or assessing the risk from, industrial technologies including nuclear, chemical, mechanical, or aerospace. Examples may include experience, education, and training that demonstrates your knowledge of the principles, theories and practices of engineering or physical science as it relates to the performance of scientific or engineering research activities, developing or implementing plant design or operational information, conducting complex systems analyses, or the application of reliability and risk analysis in design, operations, and maintenance of nuclear power facilities, chemical plants, aerospace technology, or similar industrial applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to review, coordinate, and manage the activities of a project within schedule and resource limitations, and establish effective interactions with varied individuals to accomplish common objectives, and consolidate complex and assorted opinions. Examples may include experience, training, and education that demonstrates your ability to manage complex technical projects or programs. Examples also include specific role in the oversight and direction of the projects or programs.
  • Knowledge and experience with research activities, regulations, programs, and practices applicable to nuclear reactor design, operations, licensing, and/or technical system analysis or review applicable to nuclear power plants, nuclear fuel cycle facilities, nuclear materials, or nuclear waste. Examples may include work experience, training, or other activities that demonstrate your knowledge to application of research or regulatory practices related to nuclear power plant design and operation, licensing and/or technical system analysis related to nuclear power plants, nuclear fuel cycle facilities, and/or materials or waste facilities or applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to present technical information both orally and in writing. Examples may include experience in making oral presentations and preparing written documents and the various levels of individuals for which presentations were made. Examples may also include work experiences where you have utilized skills in communicating complex technical and/or administrative issues to professional societies, peers, management, general public, governmental agencies, or other; and how your oral or written communications have played a role in the understanding or resolution of issues.

  • A description of how you possess the specialized experience as well as how you meet the qualifications desired in an ideal candidate should be addressed in your resume and additional space provided for supplemental response.

    Education

    You must include an unofficial or official copy of your college and/or university transcripts with your application. Education must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of credibility of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency.

    Qualification for All Professional Engineering 0800 Series:

    Basic Requirements:
  • 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
  • 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)1, 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)2 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. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

  • More detailed information about these alternatives are described in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards Operating Manual which may be accessed at the following website: https://www.opm.gov/policy-dataoversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/general-engineering-series-0801/

    Qualification for 1301 series:

    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.

    Additional information

    Based on the staffing needs of the agency/area of consideration, additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement.

    The duty location of this position is Rockville, MD. In general, employees are expected to be in the office 4 days per pay period. Telework schedules are approved, on a case-by-case basis. If selected, telework will be determined in accordance with Agency policy and the Collective Bargaining Agreement, if applicable.

    To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the NRC will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. The NRC will request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

    The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Individuals with disabilities may contact the Selective Placement Coordinator for assistance with the application or hiring process via Disability.Resource@nrc.gov. Deaf applicants may contact the Disability Program Manager by calling the NRC videophone at 240-428-3217.

    Individuals who are eligible for non-competitive appointment under an OPM special appointing authority may apply for consideration under a comparable NRC non-competitive appointing authority. Veterans, please visit: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/

    Selectee's will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

    A transferable security clearance from another agency or a background investigation leading to a clearance is required for all new hires. To begin work at the NRC without a security clearance, you must be granted a temporary waiver of the required clearance, referred to as a 145(b) waiver. To be eligible for a 145(b) waiver you will need a favorable education verification, reference, credit, and criminal history checks. If a wavier is granted, the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication is required for continued employment. If you have resided outside the U.S. for an extended period of time, the agency may not be able to (1) grant the 145(b) waiver where the required investigation cannot be completed in a timely manner, or (2) achieve timely completion of the background investigation required for a security clearance.

    The NRC is a zero tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use. Individuals selected for this position will be subject to pre-appointment drug testing unless currently in a NRC position subject to random drug testing AND will be subject to random drug testing upon appointment to the NRC.

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