General Engineer/Physical Scientist (Waste Management)

Washington D.C.
Jun 16, 2017
Jul 05, 2017
Engineer, Management
Full Time

About the Agency

A successful candidate in this position will serve as a recognized national authority and functional manager for NNSA radioactive waste management, particularly transuranic (TRU) waste, to ensure protection of the environment and compliance with State and Federal laws and regulations and DOE directives.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel is required 25% of the time.

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses may be authorized.

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.

    A qualified candidate’s online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower NNSA pay band or GS grade level in the Federal service i.e., NN-03, or GS-13. Specialized experience for this position is defined as: Experience in radioactive waste management activities, particularly experience with TRU waste.

    1. Experience in managing and overseeing radioactive waste programs or projects, particularly the disposal of defense-related transuranic waste at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
    2. Experience in interpreting and implementing radioactive and hazardous waste management requirements (i.e., low level waste, transuranic waste, high level waste, and mixed waste).

    Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

    1. Mastery of the advanced theories, principles, methods and concepts of physical science disciplines (i.e., health physics, chemistry, physics, and environmental science) or general engineering (i.e., chemical, environmental, nuclear, or civil engineering) that enables the incumbent to utilize a wide range of technical concepts and principles to serve as an expert in waste management, including TRU waste management.
    2. Comprehensive in-depth and/or working-level knowledge of the: Federal policies, laws, regulations and criteria for transportation, certification, and disposition of TRU waste at the WIPP; National Environmental Policy Act; Atomic Energy Act; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; Department of Transportation and Nuclear Regulatory Commission requirements for hazardous/radioactive waste transport; nuclear safety management as in Title 10, Part 830; Federal Facility Compliance Act; and DOE orders especially DOE Order 435.1, Radioactive Waste Management.
    3. Demonstrated ability to lead teams in resolving complex technical problems under time constraints.
    4. Skill in the oversight of radioactive waste management activities, including TRU waste, and in the evaluation of radioactive waste management performance.
    5. Working knowledge of the DOE/NNSA Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Evaluation processes. Level of knowledge must be sufficient to define program objectives and plans, as well as budgetary requirements, and to manage program activities within available budgetary resources.
    6. Ability to answer inquiries from NNSA management, other Federal and State agencies, elected officials, special interest groups, and the general public.
    7. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to clearly develop strategic and tactical waste management plans and to define and effectively brief and convey technical issues to NNSA internal and external stakeholders.

    "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.

    Time-in-Grade: Qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

    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 within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

    EDUCATION: 801 - Degree: professional engineering. The curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology as a professional engineering curriculum; 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 professional 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. For more information, please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards at Professional Engineering Positions. 1301 - 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. For more information on the alternate methods of qualifying for Physical Scientist, please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards at Physical Science Positions

    OTHER REQUIREMENTS: There are alternate methods to meeting the engineering educational requirement (e.g., holding current professional engineering registration, having passed the EIT examination, or having completed specified academic courses or a related degree). For more information on the alternate methods, please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards at Professional Engineering Positions. If qualifying on the basis of an alternate method, i.e., professional license, you must submit official documentation to support your claim with your application package.

    You must provide documentation supporting your education claims. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. A written evaluation of any foreign education must be provided with your application in response to this vacancy announcement or be received by the closing date of this announcement. For a listing of services that can perform this evaluation, see the National Association of Credential Evaluation services (NACES) website at Failure to provide this evaluation will result in you being found unqualified for the position. PLEASE NOTE: If your foreign education has already been accepted by an accredited U.S. educational institution as part of a degree program with that institution, you do not need to provide an evaluation of foreign education but must submit a copy of the transcripts listing the degree from the U.S. accredited institution that accepted your foreign education. This position has been designated as a technical position subject to coverage under the DOE/NNSA Technical Qualification Program (TQP). As a TQP covered position, this position is responsible for performing technical functions that are critical to NNSA's success in accomplishment of its national defense, science and technology, and facility safety. This position requires the incumbent to acquire and demonstrate technical competencies identified in TQP Functional Area Qualifications and site/office-specific standards and requires certification of the competencies by NNSA supervision and TQP qualifying officials.

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