Supervisory General Engineer or Physical Scientist

Washington, D.C
Nov 09, 2019
Nov 14, 2019
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time


The successful candidate in this position will serve as a Supervisory General Engineer or a Supervisory Physical Scientist in the NNSA Associate Administrator for Management and Budget's office. This position functions as the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis.

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As a Supervisory General Engineer or Supervisory Physical Scientist you will:
  • Serve as an Authoritative National and International Nuclear Security Enterprise, General Engineer/Physical Scientist Expert Consultant for NNSA nuclear and non-proliferation programs, weapons, research and development, systems, operations, construction, facilities, activities, Planning, Programming, Budgeting, Cost Estimation and Execution (PPBE).
  • Plan, develop, evaluate, oversee, advise long and short range NNSA nuclear, engineering, and science programs, short- and long-range plans, projects, operations and activities, impacting national or international non-proliferation, nuclear weapons, and security.
  • Evaluate existing and proposed nuclear programs and systems; initiate new program development strategies to advance or extend nuclear engineering and scientific knowledge.
  • Explore, evaluate and incorporate state-of-the-art technological improvements into NNSA-wide nuclear programs and systems.
  • Serve as the General Engineer or Physical Scientist technical program authority for NNSA fiscal planning, programming, cost estimating, modeling, planning studies, and Analysis of Alternatives.
  • Accomplish program planning and cost estimate engineering and/or scientific research for Program Offices developing data-informed, defensible PPBE fiscal program plans and cost estimates.
  • Review and assess budget and strategic planning activities, addressing emerging issues.
  • Accomplish scientific and/or engineering technical review and analysis for Integrated Priority Lists (IPLs); the FYNSP, and the Congressional budget request. Advise program offices and account integrators about engineering and scientific nuclear program priorities during the PPBE programming process in order to align available resources with priorities and produce a balanced, integrated, executable Future-Years Nuclear Security Plan (FYNSP).
  • Exercise authority for personnel actions for all subordinate employees. Plan work to be accomplished by subordinates, set and adjust short-term priorities, prepare schedules for completion of work; assign work to subordinates, evaluate work performance of subordinates; recommend performance pay increase, awards or bonuses; make personnel changes; give advice, counsel, or instruction to employees; and identify and implement developmental and training needs of employees.

Travel Required

25% or less - Travel to NNSA site offices

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
05 - This position is at the full performance pay band of EN-05.


Conditions of Employment

  • Subject to Random Drug Testing
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug test.
  • Favorable suitability determination required.
  • Financial Disclosure is required.
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a Q level Security Clearance.

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
  • Compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity which will require that you provide two forms of identification.
  • A two year trial/supervisory period may be required.
  • More than one position may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower NNSA pay band or GS grade level in the Federal Service i.e., EN/NN/NQ-04 or GS-15. Specialized experience for this position is defined as: Experience independently applying advanced engineering or physical science practices, methods and concepts evaluating and assessing budget and strategic planning activities of existing and proposed nuclear programs and systems; exploring and evaluating the costs and budget implications of incorporating state-of-the-art technological improvements into nuclear programs and systems.

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. Skill applying, the art and science of engineering or physical sciences sufficient to formulate, evaluate, nurture, and promote generation and exchange of new theories, concepts, principles, methods, applications, and practices; to plan, evaluate, and execute short- and long- range programs impacting national & international issues; to serve as an authoritative expert and consultant on broad programs, in highly specialized fields, & industries affecting national or international interests and the well-being of the public.

2. Authoritative knowledge of the theories and advanced state-of-the-art concepts and principles practiced in the science of professional engineering or physical sciences sufficient to understand the parameters underlying highly complex technical issues and to provide expert advisory services related to the cost, schedule, risk and budget implications of the design and operation of existing and new self-sustained facilities, and nuclear weapons systems in order to serve as a nationally recognized expert on the application of physical science or engineering science to the evaluation of the sustainment and improvement of facilities and weapons systems in order to analyze, formulate, explain, issue, and promulgate policies, and standards on such systems.

3. Skill in program, project, acquisition principles and techniques, budget processes, technical requirements, procurement processes and procedures, and contract terms and conditions in order to manage programs, projects, and/or evaluate contractor operations.

4. Skill in written and oral communication to work with all levels of DOE/NNSA management, field and Albuquerque Complex managers, program representatives, contractors, and private industry on programs, projects, policies, processes, legislation in order conducting negotiations, solving problems, presenting briefings, or program reviews.

5. Skill in leading or supervising a staff and directing the work of others.

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.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

CTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.


Basic Requirements:

801 - Degree: professional engineering. The curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven 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 (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. OR Combination of education and experience: college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. There are alternate methods to meeting the engineering educational requirement (e.g., holding current professional engineering registration, having passed the EIT examination, or having completed specified academic courses or a related degree). Please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards at Professional Engineering Positions .


1301 -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 OR 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. Please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards at Physical Science Positions .

EDUCATION: This vacancy specifically states that certain educational requirements must be met, therefore, you must provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application.

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.
  • 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.
  • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
  • 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. EEO Policy: Click HERE.
    Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Click HERE.
    Veterans Information: Click HERE.
    Telework: Click HERE.
    Selective Service Registration: Click HERE.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. If you meet the qualifications requirements, your application will be referred to the selecting official for further review.

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'.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Q Access Authorization

Drug test required

Required Documents

Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants. If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.

ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a 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 grade/salary for each position and the highest grade/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 recent performance appraisal.
  • List all incentive awards on your resume.

Current and former Federal employees: Most recent SF-50 (Standard Form 50 - Notice of Personnel Action). To properly verify status eligibility, your SF-50 must show the following. If you do not submit an appropriate SF-50, we cannot verify your status eligibility!
  • Full position title;
  • appointment type;
  • occupational series;
  • pay plan, grade, and step;
  • tenure code; and
  • service computation date (SCD).

  • If your current position SF50 does not indicate you have competitive service status or does not reflect the pay plan and grade of the highest position you have held in the competitive service, in addition to your current SF50, you must provide your previous SF-50s that provide the proof of competitive status and highest grade held on a permanent basis.

    Applicants using education to qualify (if allowed): Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Education cannot be substituted for experience in some positions at higher grade levels. Please see the Education section for more information.

    **NOTE: Applicants are required to submit their last 2 performance evaluations.**

    ***You must provide transcripts with your application in order to receive consideration for this position.***REMOVE IF NOT APPLICABLE

    For Professional, Scientific and Engineering Positions: If qualifying on the basis of an alternate method, i.e., professional license, you must submit official documentation to support your claim with your application package.

    Veterans: Veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214 Member #4 Copy, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.

    Displaced Federal employees who qualify for CTAP: 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 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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