PHYSICAL SCIENTIST

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Posted
May 27, 2022
Closes
Jun 01, 2022
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

This position is being filled under DoD Modified Direct Hire Authority, Section 1109; PL, 116-92, dated 12/20/2019 .

As a PHYSICAL SCIENTIST at the GS-1301-14/15 some of your typical work assignments may include:
  • Is accountable for the research and development products designed to address current and emerging nuclear threats, as well as, military and interagency requirements to include reliability, critical sources and supply, production readiness, maintenance and sustainment.
  • Incumbent formulates research projects that requires the integration of both internal and external requirements, including mission needs generated by the CCDRs, Services, Joint Staff, OSD, Allies and other DoD components.
  • The incumbent establishes strategic research plans for nuclear threat detection systems.
  • Incumbent researches strategies and provides a detailed and in-depth summary of current research in the field, under both sponsorship of DTRA and the broader interagency, and the development of five year research plans for the technology area.
  • Provides recommendation and solutions based on research.
  • Incumbent plans, organizes and carries through to completion analytical studies and research to develop advanced nuclear threat detection capabilities and systems.
  • Conducts analysis of alternatives and explores other disciplines to determine optimal solutions to overcome the "limitations of physics" characteristic of nuclear signatures.
  • Develops and contributes new test and evaluation criteria, principles and techniques that are regarded as major advances in their field of expertise.
  • Technically manages complex contracts with multiple tasks, multiple performers, and possibly jointly with separate agencies and international partners.
  • Responsibilities at this level involve highly unstructured and interconnected problems involving both difficult technology and complex programmatic issues.


Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Occasional Travel - Travel in the performance of temporary assignments may be required up to 25% of duty time. Must be able to obtain and maintain a valid passport.
  • Work Schedule: Full-time
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Overtime: Overtime/compensatory time may be required to accommodate operational needs of the Organization.
  • Tour of Duty: Flexible
  • Recruitment Incentives: Authorized
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Financial Disclosure: Required
  • Telework Eligibility: This position is telework eligible
  • COVID19: Please see, additional information.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a TOP SECRET clearance with and access to Special Compartmented Information.
  • Must consent to and pass pre-employment drug testing and be subject to periodic random drug testing thereafter.
  • This is an Acquisition Workforce Position in the Engineering and Technology Management career field.
  • The incumbent must obtain a minimum of 80 continuous learning points (CLPs) for every 2 year CLP period, with a goal of at least 40 annually.
  • The incumbent will be required to become certified in the Practitioner tier within 5 years.
  • Incumbent is required to submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Form, OGE 450, within 30 days of entering the position, annually and upon termination of employment in accordance with DoD Directive 5500.7-R, Joint Ethics Regulation, Aug 30, 1993.


Qualifications

You may qualify at the GS 15 , if you fulfill the following qualifications:

A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service as listed below:
  • Subject Matter Expertise (SME) in nuclear detection techniques and systems (including, but not limited to, ionizing radiation detection) including experience in developing and directing the development of such systems to meet DoD or interagency missions, goals, and objectives.
  • Subject Matter Expertise (SME) in assessing complex portfolios of research and development projects including gap analysis, strategy development and implementation, and project initiation.
  • Subject Matter Expertise (SME) in planning a complex research and development portfolio comprised of multiple individual projects and managing finances toward stated obligation and expenditure goals.
  • Experience in modeling and simulation, integrated sensor networks, data science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning is also desired.
You may qualify at the GS 14 , if you fulfill the following qualifications:

B. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service as listed below:
  • Extensive experience in nuclear detection techniques and systems (including, but not limited to, ionizing radiation detection) including experience in developing and directing the development of such systems to meet DoD or interagency missions, goals, and objectives.
  • Extensive experience in assessing complex portfolios of research and development projects including gap analysis, strategy development and implementation, and project initiation.
  • Extensive experience in planning a complex research and development portfolio comprised of multiple individual projects and managing finances toward stated obligation and expenditure goals.
  • Experience in modeling and simulation, integrated sensor networks, data science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning is also desired.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). 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.

In addition to meeting qualifications, your application package must reflect the applicable experience to meet the Individual Occupational Requirements for the 1301, series as listed below:

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 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.

Education

Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims.

All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Additional information

COVID19 - To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may 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.

Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily or intermittently telework.

Other Notes:
ACQUISITION POSITION: This is an Acquisition Workforce Position in the Engineering & Technical Management functional area. The incumbent will be required to become certified in the Practitioner tier within 5 years. The incumbent is required to acquire a minimum of 40 continuous learning points (CLPs) every fiscal year as a goal and 80 CLPs being mandatory within 2 years.

RE-EMPLOYED ANNUITANT: This position DOES NOT meet criteria for re-employed annuitant. The DoD criteria for hiring Re-employed Annuitants can be found at: https://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/140025/1400.25-V300.pdf

All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs: This program applies to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; Well qualified is defined as possessing the type and quality of experience that exceeds the positions minimum qualifications. and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. For more information:
https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see Who Needs to Register | Selective Service System : Selective Service System (sss.gov) )