Physical Scientist, ZP-1301-III (GS-11/12 Equivalent)

Washington D.C.
Jul 14, 2017
Jul 20, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

The incumbent of this position will serve as a Nanofabrication Equipment Engineer responsible for troubleshooting, repairing, and updating nanofabrication and semiconductor processing systems in the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), a state-of-the-art nanofabrication user facility with researchers from academia, government, and private industry. This position requires extensive work in a class 100 cleanroom environment, with the incumbent wearing full-body cleanroom attire, including gown, boots, hood, facemask, safety glasses, and gloves.

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Your application package may be shared with other selecting officials at NIST with opportunities like the one you are applying to. Additional selections may be made through this vacancy.

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  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (
  • You must be suitable for Federal Employment
  • Time-in-grade/band requirements must be met (if applicable)
  • You must be able to meet the physical requirements (see Other Information)

    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.


    B. 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.

    In addition to the basic requirements, applicants must have one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 (ZP-II at NIST) level. Specialized experience is defined as troubleshooting and updating nanofabrication and semiconductor processing systems. Experience must include work on no less than four of the following systems: sputter deposition; electron beam deposition; reactive ion etching; low pressure chemical vapor deposition; plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition; oxidation/diffusion furnaces; optical lithography; and high purity gas cabinets and gas distribution systems;


    3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree;


    A combination of education and experience.

    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.

    Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains Federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the OPM website located at http:///

    This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required prior to the final offer of employment.

    Foreign education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

    Applicants must meet requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Your resume must be complete (i.e., include dates of experience, salary, work schedule, etc.), detailed, and relevant to the position.

    Q - Nonsensitive


    As an equipment engineer, the incumbent will perform duties in support of the CNST NanoFab, including:

    • Troubleshoot and repair complex systems on a wide variety of NanoFab equipment including sputter deposition, electron beam deposition, reactive ion etching, low pressure chemical vapor deposition, plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition, oxidation/diffusion furnaces, optical lithography, and high purity gas cabinets and gas distribution systems.
    • Perform design work for new, renovation, and improvement projects for NanoFab equipment and facility control systems, including novel interlock systems.
    • Interpret and adapt traditional methods and approaches in developing design calculations, layouts, drawings, and specifications that support project objectives and standards.
    • Prepare conceptual studies and sketches that indicate pertinent design features, material, equipment, and specifications.
    • Coordinate projects with engineers in other disciplines or with architects.
    • Keep abreast of emerging technologies to ensure programmed development will not prematurely become obsolete.

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