Health Physicist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Arlington, Virginia
Posted
Mar 19, 2019
Closes
Mar 19, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Occasional travel - Travel may be required periodically.


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • You must have reached the minimum age (18) at the time of application.
  • You must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).
  • Selective Service registration is required.
  • See additional "Conditions of Employment" and "Other Information" section
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Security Clearance
  • Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

    Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

    Conditions of Employment:

    Position requires a Level II Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) Certification, per Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acquisition Workforce Policy Number: 064-04-003, Federal Acquisition Certification for Contracting Officer's Representative and Appointment and Revocation, dated August 8, 2012. Applicants not certified may still apply and be selected, but must be able to achieve certification within 18 months of appointment.

    This position has been designated as an Emergency position which may be subject to 24-hour on call duty in the event of an emergency. This service may require irregular working hours, work at locations other than the official duty station.

    Basic Requirements:

    A. A four year degree from an accredited institution in natural science or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in health physics, engineering, radiological science, chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, and/or calculus.

    OR

    B. A combination of education and experience -- courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or other education; or certification as a health physicist by the American Board of Health Physics, plus appropriate experience and other education that provided an understanding of the sciences applicable to health physics comparable to that described in paragraph A.

    To qualify for the SV-J Pay Band (equivalent to GS-14), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-I or GS-13 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as:

    • Applying techniques, in compliance with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, American National Standards Institute, National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, and the Food and Drug Administration standards and guidelines to evaluate radiation issues and problems;
    • Recommending solutions which impact operational policies and activities;
    • Coordinating and administering radiation safety training programs in the workplace; and
    • Providing technical advisory services to senior leadership, and external organizations on critical radiation problems.

    You MUST provide copies of your college transcripts. Unofficial copies are acceptable for application purposes. It is your responsibility to provide adequate proof that you met any educational requirements listed in the qualifications section of this announcement. Transcripts alone may not provide enough information to make a substantiated qualification decision. If course titles do not clearly indicate which element of the overall educational requirements to which they apply, you should submit additional documentation such as course descriptions from the school catalogue or a letter from school officials. Inadequate information could result in non-qualification and loss of consideration. EXCEPTION TO THIS REQUIREMENT: If you are a current Federal employee and your official permanent position of record is classified in the same series as the vacant position, you need not provide college transcripts as supporting documentation. The SF-50 you submit as supporting documentation will be used as confirmation of your current occupational series

    Note: Credit for experience is given based on a 40-hour workweek. Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ratio, i.e., working 20 hours per week for two months equals one month of experience. No additional credit is given for overtime. 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.

    See Qualifications for Basic Requirements.

    Eligibility to apply for other Federal positions: TSA is an Excepted Service agency exempt from most of Title 5 United States Code, including regulations which apply to displaced Federal employees (CTAP/ICTAP) of other agencies, and employment with TSA does not confer "Competitive Status" that generally results from selection and service in Competitive Service agencies.  The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has established an Interchange Agreement, which allows most permanent TSA employees to apply and be considered for vacancies in Competitive Service agencies.  Information from OPM on this or other Interchange Agreements is available at: http://www.opm.gov .

    To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy.  To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation as a condition of placement into this position.  

    DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify including your rights and responsibilities.

    TSA employees who are absent for the purpose of performing military duty may apply for any vacancies announced in their absence.

    It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual.  Information about an individual’s employment experience will be used only to determine the person’s qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities.  Although an individual’s personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination. For more information, click here .

    Payment of relocation expenses (Permanent Change of Station) is not authorized.

    More than one position may be filled from this announcement.

    If you are entering TSA employment on an appointment without time limitations, you must serve a basic trial period unless you have already met the requirement.

    TSA policy requires verification of Selective Service registration for male applicants born after 12/31/59. For more information click here .

    View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.

    Veterans and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the documentation that is required, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

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

    You will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of the experience and/or related education as reflected in your resume and supporting documentation.  You are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show possession of the competencies required for this position.  We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and any supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your category placement may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.

    Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Grouping procedures.  Under Category Grouping, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:

    Best-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all Selective Placement Factors (SPF) as determined by the job analysis.

    Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all SPFs as determined by the job analysis.

    Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies, including all SPFs as determined by the job analysis.

    Veterans: Qualified veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best-qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. This position is considered scientific/professional. Other 10-point preference eligibles and veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. View information on veterans’ preference .

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:

    • Knowledge of radiation safety and health principles, practices, procedures, methods, techniques, and standards to administer the TSA nationwide radiation safety program and to ensure worker radiation protection.
    • Knowledge of a wide range of complex and hazardous working conditions in ionizing or non-ionizing radiation environments.
    • Expert knowledge required to advise experienced health physicists, engineers, and scientists on the most unusual, complex, and critical problems they run into when they review and recommend changes.
    • Knowledge of Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), DHS policies, procedures, and requirements, and applicable Federal, state and local rules and regulations governing radiation safety.
    • Skill in conveying complex information regarding radiation, radioactive materials, and radiation safety in specialized training programs to establish and maintain safe working environments.

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    Drug test required No


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