Health Physicist

Washington D.C.
May 28, 2018
May 28, 2018
Full Time

Occasional travel - 10% or less

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

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

    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 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 result from the test will eliminate you from further consideration for this position. If selected for an appointed to this position, you will be subject to random drug testing wile employed.


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

    1. Demonstrate 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; and

    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. 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. Knowledge of 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.
      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 philantropic 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 course work 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, mathematic, and/or calculus. OR

    2. Combination of education and experience: courses as shown above, plus appropriate experience or 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 recongized by the U.S. Department of Education. Foreign educaiton must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign educaiton and a list of organiztions that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education Website

    The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    • New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
    • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
    • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
    • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
    • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.
    • Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.
    • All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.
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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications necessary for this position. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to determine if your qualifications meet the criteria for referral to the selecting official.

    We will also verify that you are eligible for Merit Promotion positions by reviewing your previous Federal employment to ensure you meet Time-in-Grade requirements. If you are eligible to apply to Merit Promotion announcements based on Veteran or other non-competitive statuses, we will verify your supporting documentation prior to referral.

    If you are eligible for career transition assistance plans such as ICTAP or CTAP, you must meet the definition of "well qualified" which is defined as having a score of 85 or better.

    If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.
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