Health Physicist

Washington D.C.
Jun 13, 2017
Jun 26, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

This position is located in the Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security (EHSS) which manages the Department of Energy's (DOE) major staff organizations responsible for health, safety, and security policy development, programs, assistance, and training.

A successful candidate in this position will be responsible for development of policies, requirements, and guidance pertaining to the protection of the public and the environment against radiation with respect to DOE’s nuclear materials production operations, and DOE’s research and development activities and for providing assistance in complying with such requirements.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Approximately 15% of the time

  • No

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.

    A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service, GS-13. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

    1. Demonstrated experience as a technical authority in a government agency or other large organization's radiation protection program.
    2. Developing or implementing radiation policies or guidelines.
    3. Providing subject matter expertise for radiation program activities.
    4. Analyzing proposed standards and legislation to determine their effect on an organization, and representing an organization’s interests.
    Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!
    1. A thorough working knowledge of radiation protection laws and legislation (e.g., Atomic Energy Act, Nuclear Waste Policy Act, Low Level Waste Policy Amendments Act, Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act, Energy Reorganization Act and Price Anderson Act), and other federal guidance on radiation protection.
    2. Mastery of radiation protection principles, philosophy, concepts, and practices, as well as in-depth knowledge of the evaluation of radiation protection standards, to serve as a Health Physicist who provides advice and assistance to management.
    3. Knowledge of national and international radiation protection standard setting organizations, and the policies, standards and activities of other Federal and state agencies. Ability to establish effective interactions with specialists and officials in the organizations to promote Departmental views and monitor progress of the work.
    4. Demonstrated experience in addressing technical and regulatory aspects of radioactive waste management, radioactive waste disposal site performance assessment, and property radiological control and release issues.
    5. Knowledge and ability to provide advice and consultation on the development and formulation of environmental policy positions, guidance, strategies and directives for management.
    6. Knowledge of and skill in oral and writing principles and practices to cogently and effectively communicate arguments and statements of position with professional and management personnel both in and out of DOE.
    "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.


    Positions in this series also have positive education requirements. You must submit your transcript(s) showing evidence of the required coursework to document your education.

    Basic Requirements

    1. Degree: natural science or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in health physics, engineering, radiological science, chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, and/or calculus. OR
    2. Combination of education and experience -- courses as shown above, plus appropriate experience or other education; or certification as a health physicist by the American Board of Health Physics, plus appropriate experience and other education that provided an understanding of sciences applicable to health physics comparable to that described above.
    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.


    If selected for this vacancy (only if this position has a financial disclosure requirement), you may be required to file the OGE Form 450 (Financial Disclosure Statement) prior to your appointment to this position. For additional information and to obtain the form, please visit the Office of Government Ethics.
    You will be subject to pre-employment/pre-appointment testing for illegal drug use under the U.S. Department of Energy Drug Plan. If you are selected you will be provided information regarding drug testing. Failure to undergo testing or positive findings resulting from the test will eliminate you from further consideration for this position. If selected for and appointed to this position you will be subject to random drug testing while employed.

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