Physical Scientist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Posted
Oct 20, 2017
Closes
Oct 28, 2017
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

At the Defense Threat Reduction Agency we work as One Team in support of our mission: Safeguarding the United States and its allies from global weapons of mass destruction threats by integrating, synchronizing, and providing expertise, technologies, and capabilities. We have an inclusive work environment that promotes a highly-qualified and diverse workforce capable of meeting the demands of such a critical mission. Whether your career is in an administrative support staff position or in a professional/technical area such as science, engineering, accounting or program management, DTRA offers a unique opportunity to join an innovative team of professionals dedicated to making the world safer. If you're ready to be entrusted with helping to safeguard the United States and its allies, DTRA offers a rewarding career with competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits and many professional development opportunities.

We are seeking a candidate with a strong academic background in nuclear science or nuclear engineering, such as might be attained via a Ph.D. degree program, and past experience in radiological/nuclear (R/N) detection. The candidate should be able to analyze R/N threats and related detection problems in order to provide operational, scientific and policy solutions to the Contingency and Exercises Department and supported units. The candidate's background in R/N detection development and detection theory should accompany the ability to effectively communicate and instruct both technical and non-technical audiences, from the individual to the senior official level, in conducting effective R/N search operations. The prospective candidate should have experience in the interpretation of both detection and spectroscopic R/N data, and the operational recommendations that would accompany data analysis and interpretation.

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TRAVEL REQUIRED:

25% or less - Must be willing to spend up to (but not limited to) 90 days annually in temporary duty travel, sometimes on short notice, in the United States and foreign countries.


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period

  • Work Schedule: Fulltime
    Overtime: Occasionally
    Tour of Duty: Flexible
    Recruitment Incentives: Authorized
    Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
    Financial Disclosure: Not Required
    Telework Eligibility: This position is telework eligible
    Selective Service Requirement: Please visit http://www.sss.gov for more information.

    For more information, please visit General Application Information and Definitions.
    Other Notes:
    Subject to Lautenberg Agreement
    Must be willing to to spend up to (but not limited to) 90 days annually in temporary duty travel, sometimes on short notice, in the United States and foreign countries.
    Must be willing to work overtime during exercise and real-world crisis.
    This position is Emergency Essential.
    This position authorizes the incumbent to carry a firearm.
    Regularly recurring requirements include considerable walking, standing, bending, and carrying of light objects. The incumbent must be capable of lifting and carrying, for short distances, loads up to 50 pounds, standing for long periods (8 hours), and be able to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including a protective mask. At times, the incumbent may be exposed to CBRN hazards as well as hostile forces. The incumbent may be required to participate in the DoD Immunization Program. The work may require long hours in a field environment and under austere conditions.


    Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).

    All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.

    You may qualify at the GS-13, if you fulfill the following qualifications:

    One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service:

    Utilize field radiological/nuclear (R/N) detection and detectors (with knowledge of their capabilities) during scenerios for WMD response training, exercises, and real world events; Calculate the effects of radiation shielding and associated doses; Interpret radiological data and spectra; Utilize experience with nuclear weapons design and associated technology in support of Combatant Command and/or other federal departments/agencies emergency response events; Participate in radiological/nuclear (R/N) response operations; Develop authoritative analyses and reports; Make formal presentations and briefings; provide expert scientific, technical, policy advice, opinions and recommendations to high ranking executive officials.
    This position has a Basic Education Requirement.
    Basic Requirements:
    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. OR
    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.
    Completed formal course work in nuclear chemistry, nuclear/sub-atomic physics or nuclear engineering not required but preferred.


    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.


    Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.



    You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable at time of application, or (2)
    If you are serviced by the office filling this position and your transcripts are on file in your official personnel folder, you are not required to submit. However, it is your responsibility to ensure transcripts are on file.

    All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

    GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of
    credits hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time
    study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain
    your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter
    hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet
    the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by
    a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such
    education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or
    full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further
    information, visit: Foreign Education

    Other Information:

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): Individuals who have special priority selection rights under ICTAP must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Well qualified is defined as possessing the type and quality of experience that exceeds the position's minimum qualifications, including all selective placement factors and appropriate quality ranking factors. ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified prior to Veteran's preference points being added. Federal employees seeking ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they met the requirements of 5 CFR 330.704. This includes a copy of the agency separation notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP eligible. Please visit this link to obtain requirements for applying as an ICTAP eligible applicant. http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictaphttp://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp

    Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    How You Will Be Evaluated: We will review your resume and supporting documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies, identified below, required for this position.

    Competencies:

    • Basic Education Requirement
    • CWMD/CBRN
    • Minimum Qualification
    • Nuclear Physics
    • Oral Communication
    • Planning and Evaluation
    • Test and Evaluation
    • Written Communication


    Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following quality categories:

    Best Qualified: This highest category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including any selective placement factors and/or appropriate quality ranking factor(s), as determined by the job analysis.
    Highly Qualified: This higher category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position, including any selective placement factors and/or appropriate quality ranking factor(s) as determined by the job analysis.
    Qualified: This lowest category will be used for those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective placement factors and appropriate quality ranking factor(s) and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.
    http://www.opm.gov/HiringReform/HiringReformRequirements/CategoryRating/index.aspx.

    Names of the candidates in the Best Qualified category will be sent first to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Applicants in other categories will be referred in accordance with category rating procedures.

    Volunteer Experience: Your Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service program (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.

    Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are entitled to veterans' preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed above non-preference candidates on a list sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Qualified veterans' preference eligible with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category depending on the position and grade level of the job. For information on entitlement see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.


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