Naval Research Laboratory, D.C
Mar 21, 2023
Mar 25, 2023
Analyst, Research
Full Time

  • You will be responsible for the science and technology research program, business management and personnel leadership of the branch.
  • You will provide scientific and technical leadership and guidance to the Laser Plasma Branch.
  • You will develop and execute advanced theoretical and computational models of high-energy laser-matter interactions to assist both NRL experimental programs and the science and technology for laser driven inertial confinement fusion.
  • You will conduct experimental research into in laser driven radiation hydrodynamics, hydrodynamic instabilities of accelerated and imploded targets and their mitigation.
  • You will provide scientific leadership in the areas of inertial confinement fusion and laser driven high energy density physics.
  • You will serve as part of the senior management team for the Plasma Physics Division and plan the Branch research program in consultation with the Superintendent.
  • You will be responsible for the individual administrative tasks pertaining to the Laser Plasma Branch and it's members.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a US Citizen.
  • Must be determined suitable for federal employment.
  • Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.
  • New employees to the Department of the Navy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
  • Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • You will be required to obtain and maintain an interim and/or final security clearance prior to entrance on duty. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal.
  • You will be required to complete ethics orientation within three months of appointment and submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450, within 30 days of appointment.
  • Supervisors in the executive branch have a heightened personal responsibility for advancing government ethics. You will be required to review the 14 General Principles of Ethical Conduct at 5 CFR 2635.101.
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment drug test (including marijuana) is required. A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if you fail to report to the drug test appointment or fail the test. You will be subject to random testing.


This position has a selective placement factor that will be used to screen out ineligible candidates. The selective placement factor is: This position requires demonstrated experience in the areas of theoretical, computational, and experimental plasma physics, high energy density physics, laser-driven radiation hydrodynamics and instabilities of accelerated and imploded targets and ICF plasmas, deep-UV wavelength lasers, plasma spectroscopy, and in guiding and leading research groups, and coordinating efforts in the field of laser fusion.

In addition to the Basic Education Requirement your resume must also demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11/13) or pay band (NP-03) in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector performing most or all of the following duties: (1) Conducting theoretical and/or experimental research into in laser driven radiation hydrodynamics, hydrodynamic instabilities of accelerated and imploded targets and their mitigation; 2.) Providing scientific and strategic leadership in the areas of inertial confinement fusions and laser driven high energy density physics; 3.) Creating an inclusive, diverse, and collaborative work environment; 4.) Leading large, complex projects that are responsive to sponsor needs and successfully completing program milestones within budget and on schedule.; AND 5.) Maintaining a secure work environment, attending required security trainings and briefings.

Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management website: Physics Series 1310 (

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (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.


Basic Education Requirement:

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

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Additional information

This position is covered by the Department of Defense Priority Placement Program.

Several vacancies may be filled.

A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.

Federal annuitant information: The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants. Policy information may be found at: .

Veteran's preference does not apply when selecting individuals under this specific hiring authority. However, if you claim veteran's preference, you will be required to submit supporting documentation with your application as described in the Required Documents section below.