Physicist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Germantown, Maryland
Posted
Aug 23, 2019
Closes
Aug 31, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

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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Responsibilities

As a Physicist you will;

Serve as a Program Manager determining scientific focus and direction of the nuclear data and nuclear data computing 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, interagency, 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 judgement, 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
No

Promotion Potential
15

Requirements

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.


Qualifications

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

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:

Experience planning and conducting research program and/or projects in the area of nuclear data and/or nuclear theory computing research, or related area; Experience leading, coordinating, and/or managing research program and/or projects in the area of nuclear data and/or nuclear theory computing research, or related area; Experience funding, responding to changing budgets, or developing a budget for a research program and/or projects in the area of nuclear data and/or nuclear theory computing research, or related area; Experience in participating, organizing or leading independent peer review and assessing research performance nuclear data and nuclear theory computing research programs, or related area; Experience representing an organization or institution in the area of nuclear data and nuclear theory computing research, or related area to high level management, the general public and/or Congress.

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 nuclear data/nuclear data computing 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.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. 4.Knowledge and ability to plan, budget, justify, and allocate funds among a variety of competing programs and requirements.

"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.

Education

EDUCATION:

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.

OR

(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.

The Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, providing more than 40 percent of total funding for this vital area of national importance. It oversees and is the principal federal funding agency of the Nation's research programs in high-energy physics, nuclear physics, and fusion energy sciences.

The Office of Science manages fundamental research programs in basic energy sciences, biological and environmental sciences, and computational science. In addition, the Office of Science is the Federal Government's largest single funder of materials and chemical sciences, and it supports unique and vital parts of U.S. research in climate change, geophysics, genomics, life sciences, and science education. The Office of Science manages this research portfolio through six interdisciplinary program offices: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics and Nuclear Physics. In addition, the Office of Science sponsors a range of science education initiatives through its Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists program.

This position is located in the Physics Research Division, Office of Nuclear Physics, Office of the Deputy Director for Science Programs, 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.

The incumbent will serve as a recognized scientific authority and expert in nuclear physics and in the sub-field of nuclear data and nuclear data computing and, as such, has the responsibility to plan, coordinate, implement, and evaluate research programs in this field on a National and International level.

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
Other

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a about what is expected in your resume." href="https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/How_to_create_your_resume" 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="https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/" 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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