Germantown, Maryland
Jun 28, 2022
Jul 05, 2022
Full Time

As a Physicist, you will:
  • Provide expert scientific and technical advice and assistance in the development and integration of policy and program plans for the Office. Coordinate and implement multilateral program activities necessary to fulfill the Office's mission including the communication and integration of Office activities with other organizations internal and external to the agency, including other Federal agencies and international counterparts.
  • Organize, participates in, or lead committees composed of agency, interagency, and government personnel for the purpose of representing the agency and programmatic interests. Consult and negotiate with leading government and scientific personnel, both nationally and internationally on sensitive issues and complex areas of importance to all involved parties.
  • Examine and ascertain pioneering research needs and opportunities of high energy physics QIS research and related technology R&D against scientific and technological advances and of potential needs of the agency.
  • Prepares, justify, and support the portions of the Office's budget relating to SC QIS Centers and related technology R&D. Propose and implement adjustments to programs during the budget approval process and unanticipated developments.
  • Assure that effective program management systems are established and implemented for the Office QIS program, including those for scientific peer review in partnership program areas.
  • Critically evaluate contractor, agency laboratory, and grantee research proposals and performance via own scientific and technical judgment, merit review, site visits and reviews, and panel reviews. Select, implement, and manage the HEP QIS center research program (i.e., acting on emerging opportunities, determining funding levels; recommending and initiating necessary proposal denials and program terminations; and promoting inter-organizational interactions and collaborations) based on the reviews and evaluations, program and agency priorities, and own scientific judgment.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Subject to satisfactory security and suitability requirements.
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
  • This position is included in a Bargaining Agreement.
  • Selectee will be required to complete a OGE 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure form.



A. Degree: physics; or related degree that included at least 24 semester hours in physics. or

B. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in physics totaling at least 24 semester hours, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In either A or B above, the courses must have included a fundamental course in general physics and, in addition, courses in any two of the following: electricity and magnetism, heat, light, mechanics, modern physics, and sound.

In addition to meeting the basic education requirement above, applicants must meet the following experience:


GS-14: A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, GS-13 , in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:
  • Experience providing input toward planning, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of programs and projects in the area of high energy particle physics or closely related research areas, including but not limited to scientific computing;
  • Providing recommendations on the development, coordination, and organization of funding allocations; and
  • Representing an office and meeting with senior management officials, university, laboratory, and professional groups on high energy physics issues.

GS-15 : A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, GS-14 , in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:
  • Experience organizing independent peer reviews, recommending funding allocations, monitoring scientific progress of high energy particle physics research and/or related scientific computing;
  • Experience planning, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating research program and projects in the area of high energy physics; and
  • Consulting with scientific personnel both nationally and internationally on sensitive issues and complex areas of importance, such as simulation/reconstruction/analysis and data acquisition.
The OPM Group Qualification Standard is: Professional and Scientific Position Standard
The OPM Individual Occupational Standard is: Physics Series 1310

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.


This position has a positive education requirement (see Qualifications section above).
  • Therefore, you MUST provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. This documentation can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. For specific education requirements, please see the Basic Education Requirement.
  • There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-14 and GS-15 grade levels.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Your position may be eligible for workplace flexibilities which may include remote work or telework options, and/or flexible work scheduling. These flexibilities may be requested in accordance with the DOE Workplace Flexibilities policy.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies across DOE.