Physicist (Fundamental Symmetries)

Germantown, Maryland
Jun 14, 2019
Jun 15, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in the Physics Research Division, Office of Nuclear Physics, Office of Science (SC), Department of Energy (DOE). The mission of the Nuclear Physics program is to discover, explore, and understand all forms of nuclear matter. The Research Division sponsors research in many experimental and theoretical fields including heavy ion physics, medium energy nuclear physics, low energy nuclear physics, and theoretical nuclear physics.

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As a Physicist (Fundamental Symmetries) you will,
  • Serve as a Program Manager determining scientific focus and direction of the fundamental symmetries aspects of the research program.
  • Examine and ascertain pioneering research needs and opportunities of this research program against scientific and technological advances and of potential needs of the DOE.
  • Organize, participate in, or lead committees composed of agency, inter-agency, and government personnel for the purpose of representing the DOE and programmatic interests.
  • Consult and negotiate with leading government and scientific personnel both nationally and internationally on sensitive issues and complex areas of importance to all involved parties.
  • Prepare, justify, and support the portions of the budget relating to the area of responsibility. Propose and implement adjustments to program during the budget approval process and unanticipated developments.
  • Evaluate contractor, DOE laboratory, and grantee research proposals and performance via own scientific and technical judgment, merit review, site visits and reviews, and panel reviews.
  • Develop and prepare analytical documents to communicate with top management of DOE and higher echelons of government on the status of programmatic phases and new developments and opportunities in the area of responsibility.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.
  • Resume and question responses must be submitted online
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
  • Subject to satisfactory security and suitability determinations.

Other Requirements
  • Selection made under this announcement will be processed as a new appointment to the Civil Service
  • Status and Non-Status applicants from outside DOE selected for this position are required to serve a mandatory one (1) year probationary period. A DOE career status employee selected for this position may be required to serve a new one (1) year probationary period, pursuant to 5 CFR 315.802.
  • If selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Statement (OGE-450) upon entering the position, and annually thereafter.
  • This position is part of a bargaining unit
  • This is a public Trust Position.
  • If selected, applicants will be required to submit a copy of certifications and transcripts to demonstrate certification and educational requirements have been met prior to on-boarding. However, we HIGHLY encourage you to do so with your application.



A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade GS 14 in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

Formulating and directing a research program in nuclear physics and its relationship to areas of related technologies including particle accelerators, nuclear physics detector instrumentation, data acquisition, and analysis computer systems; establishing research priorities and funding levels, reviewing scientific literature, and coordinating issues with the international scientific community; organizing, participating in, or leading committees for the purpose of representing an organization and; leading the development of experimental research in the area of fundamental symmetries.

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 the current state of a broad range of nuclear physics and fundamental symmetries that serves the core research programs supported by Division.
2.Ability to develop methods and procedures and apply them to novel and unusual highly technical problems and developments for which there is little, if any, precedent.
3.Knowledge of the current state of a broad range of nuclear physics and fundamental symmetries that serves the core research programs supported by Division.
4.Ability to organize and direct diverse groups in the solving of highly complex scientific problems and to identify key synergisms/leverage points that will facilitate major scientific breakthroughs.

"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.

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.



This position has a positive education requirement, transcripts must be provided prior to on-boarding

To qualify for the 1310 Series, applicants must possess:

(A) Degree: physics; or related degree that included at least 24 semester hours in physics.


(B) Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in physics totaling at least 24 semester hours, plus appropriate experience or additional education

In either A or B above, the courses must have included a fundamental course in general physics and, in addition, courses in any two of the following: electricity and magnetism, heat, light, mechanics, modern physics, and sound.

More information on qualification requirements for this position can be found at General Physical Science Series, 1310

Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
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.

Additional information

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.
  • 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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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Under this Direct-Hire announcement, all applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements at the grade level they are applying will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration. Veteran's Preference, Schedule A, Category Rating, and other methods of consideration DO NOT APPLY for this announcement under a Direct-Hire Authority.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a about what is expected in your resume." href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
  • Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you must list the full name and address of the each employer.
  • For all types of work experience, you should indicate the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.
  • For paid work experience, please indicate your starting salary for each position and the highest salary you earned (if different).
  • Your resume should also include any education and training you have completed (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).
  • For more information about what to include in your resume, please view this USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video on YouTube.

Most DOE offices will allow you to submit a resume in the format of your choice (as an attached document or as a USAJOBS Resume Builder format). However, some offices may require one specific format. You will be notified at the time you click 'Apply Online' which type of resume is acceptable. It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume, we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.

If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: You are HIGHLY encouraged to submit with your application, which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. However, if selected and prior to on-boarding, you will be required to submit an OFFICIAL transcript verifying your educational claims. Please see the Education section for more information.

Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. flexibilities for persons with disabilities" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.

Displaced Federal employees who qualify for CTAP/ICTAP: If you are a former Federal employee who was displaced due to a Reduction-in-Force (RIF) or surplused by some other means, please submit a copy of the separation letter or RIF notice from your agency. To be selected under I/CTAP, you must still be found well-qualified for this position. Please see the OPM Guide to Career Transition for more information.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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