Interdisciplinary General Engineer/Physical Scientist

Washington D.C.
Dec 03, 2018
Dec 03, 2018
Full Time

Occasional travel - Overnight travel required approximately 3 to 6 days per month to attend meetings, conferences, training and/or site visits.

Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes Relocation or recruitment incentive and/or moving expenses may be paid in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations, pending funding availability.

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.
  • Must complete a Consent to Financial Disclosure, OGE-450 form.
  • May be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
  • Resume and question responses must be submitted online.

    You must submit an unofficial or official transcripts by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.  NOTE: Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position. 

    If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to entering on duty.

    You must meet both the positive education requirement known as "Basic Requirements" and Specialized Experience as described in the "Qualification" section of the vacancy announcement.

    If selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure, OGE-450 form upon entry into the position and annually thereafter.

    This position is being filled as a General Engineer or Physical Scientist at either duty location in Golden, CO or Washington, D.C.  This will be determined at time of selection.

    Below are the salary for the GS-13 for each duty location.

    • Golden, CO: $94,890.00 - $123,358.00 (including locality payment for Denver-Aurora, CO);
    • Washington, D.C.: $96,970.00 - $126,062.00 (including locality payment for  DC-MD-VA-WV-PA)

    Below are the salary for the GS-14 for each duty location.

    • Golden, CO: $112,133.00 - $145,772.00 (including locality payment for Denver-Aurora, CO);
    • Washington, D.C.: $114,590.00 - $148,957.00 (including locality payment for  DC-MD-VA-WV-PA)

    This is an Interdisciplinary position which may be filled under any of the following titles and occupational series, depending on the qualifications of the applicant and needs of the agency:  

    • General Engineer, 0801
    • Physical Scientist, 1301


    A. Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in 5 of the 7 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; and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


    B. Combination of education and experience-college level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) thorough knowledge of physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

    Professional registration-Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration.

    Written Test-Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) exam, or written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. 


    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 meeting the "Basic Requirements" described above, applicants must also have at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.  
    Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

    GS-13: A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service.  Specialized experience for this position is defined as: Experience developing and implementing research planning and evaluation activities in support of low-cost hydrogen production, storage and distribution.

    GS-14: A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service.  Specialized experience for this position is defined as: Experience in leading efforts or being responsible for designing, planning, documenting and implementing analyses and research assignments involving the production, storage and marketing of hydrogen; Managing the development and demonstration of advanced technologies that lower the cost and advance hydrogen fuel technologies.
    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 concepts, theories, principles, practices, methods, and techniques of physical science and/or engineer relevant to the production, storage and distribution of hydrogen for diverse end uses: including thermochemical, electrochemical, photoeletrochemical and microbial production of hydrogen; and innovative physical and materials-based options for hydrogen storage and hydrogen carriers in order to meet the organization goals and objectives.  Additional knowledge relevant to hydrogen distribution, compression and dispensing would be valuable.
    2. Knowledge in various scientific and environmental fields as they relate to hydrogen fuel research and development (R&D), including state-of-the-art materials science-related methodologies relevant to the early-stage R&D of innovative materials, interfaces and structures for the production, storage and distribution of hydrogen.
    3. Knowledge of laws, rules, regulations, policies, precedents and procedures for assigned program areas in order to ensure all project and technical is complete to the specifications of the regulations.
    4. Skill in project management techniques to serve as project manager for complex technological development programs.
    5. Knowledge of the Federal, State, and local budget processes in order to develop budget for hydrogen research and development.
    6. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

    "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.

    This position has positive education requirements.

    For additional information regarding education requirements described above for the GS-0801, General Engineer can be found at following website:

    Additional information regarding the education requirements for GS-1301, Physical Scientist can be found at the following website:

    Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

    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.

    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 more 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.
    • This is a Bargaining Unit position.
    • 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 place you into an initial quality category via OPM's Category Rating procedures. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to ensure you have been placed into the appropriate quality category.

    Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (when applicable), and training as described in your resume and applicant assessment. Your credentials are measured against the established duties of the position at the grade level(s) being advertised.

    The quality categories are usually defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified", and "Qualified", although they may differ slightly based on individual agency policy.

    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 you are a Veteran Preference eligible candidate, you will be listed at the top of whichever quality category your rating places you in. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and higher.

    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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