General Engineer/Physical Scientist

Washington, D.C
Apr 17, 2021
Apr 24, 2021
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time


This position is located at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development (DNN R&D), Washington, DC is responsible for reducing global nuclear security threats through research and technology development. The incumbent serves as a Senior Program Manager, provides administrative and technical leadership, direction and program oversight of technologically advanced national nuclear nonproliferation and other programs.

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As a General Engineer/Physical Scientist, you will:
  • Responsible for leading, directing, overseeing, implementing DOE/NNSA technical criteria and policy compliant, current, engineering technology for national nuclear weapons, nonproliferation, and/or other NNSA missions, programs, and/or projects. Develops or reviews headquarters' guidance, program strategies, plans, project and/or technical milestones, resource requirements, program schedules, etc.
  • Develops long range budget estimates, assumptions, narratives, supporting data and justifications; develops written and verbal justifications and defends budget estimates to senior level management; analyzes, identifies, develops DOE/NNSA wide standards, methods, guidelines; recommendations and decisions for unprecedented, complex, significant, controversial, program management, technical and/or operations problems or issues.
  • Analyzes, develops and assesses national nuclear security, nuclear counter proliferation, emergency operations, and nuclear counterterrorism technical requirements; Analyzes and assesses technical capabilities and military requirements for detection of foreign nuclear weapon detonations and test ban treaty monitoring; develops alternatives, strategies, initiatives and capabilities for nuclear forensics, and continuous, global coverage sensor networks capable of detecting nuclear explosions.
  • Represents NNSA in hearings, high level meetings, conferences, special working groups with corporate contractor executives and subject matter experts (e.g. OSTP, NSC, National Academy of Sciences).
  • Reviews field site and contractor engineering/scientific technical activities progress and performance, M&O budget input, strategic plans, management commitments, regulatory compliance agreements, incentive contracts and fees.
  • Interacts with mission stakeholders and collaboration partners across the USG to contribute to the success of the DNN Mission, reduce or eliminate USG duplication of effort, support technology transfer of R&D developments to stakeholder organizations, and support the success of inter-agency partner's mission accomplishment.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel at least 25%.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Subject to Random Drug Testing; position is a Drug Testing position
  • Pass a pre-employment drug test.
  • Favorable suitability determination required.
  • Financial Disclosure required.
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a Q level Security Clearance.
  • Position may require Certification in the DOE's Technical Qualification Program (TQP) within 18 months.
  • Position may require Human Reliability Program (HRP) certification.

  • 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 one year probationary 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 Demonstration Project pay band or GS grade in the Federal Service, i.e.,NN-03 or GS-13 Specialized experience for this position is defined as developing and/or assessing technology and capabilities for detecting, identifying, and characterizing foreign nuclear weapons programs, illicit diversion of special nuclear materials, and global nuclear detonations.

Examples of experience includes:
  • Experience in originating new and improved applications and strategies for scientific or engineering concepts, theories, and principles; investigating, evaluating, advising on, and resolving unusual problems, issues, and conditions OR
  • Experience in adapting precedents to unusual conditions and projects; assessing project and program effectiveness OR
  • Experience in advanced principles and practices of professional engineering or physical science related to the design, construction, modification, alteration, and operation of nuclear fuel cycle facilities OR
  • Experience in managing budgets, schedules, and directing small contractor or laboratory teams and projects.

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!
  • Skill in program, mission, project, budget management principles, methods, and strategies in order to lead, direct, oversee, implement technical criteria and policy compliant, current, engineering technology for national nuclear weapons, nonproliferation, and/or other missions, programs, and/or projects.
  • Knowledge of guidance, program strategies, plans, project and/or technical milestones, resource requirements.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience developing and defending budget estimates; policy standards, methods, guidelines; recommendations and decisions.
  • Ability to interact successfully with a diverse population of people representing multiple government agencies, cultures, and interests.
  • Ability to communicate both 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.

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


    Basic Requirements:

    General Engineer 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 .

    Physical Scientist 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 .

    This vacancy specifically states that certain educational requirements must be met, 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, see the Department of Education website .

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. A written evaluation of any foreign education must be provided with your application in response to this vacancy announcement or be received by the closing date of this announcement. Failure to provide this evaluation will result in you being found unqualified for the position. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education, see the Department of Education website , and for a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, visit The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services .

    Please Note: If your foreign education has already been accepted by an accredited U.S. educational institution as part of a degree program with that institution, you do not need to provide an evaluation of foreign education but must submit a copy of the transcripts listing the degree from the U.S. accredited institution that accepted your foreign education.

    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
    • If you believe that you are eligible for the Inter-agency 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.
    • These positions require successful completion of a background investigation.
    • All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service 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.

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience.

    Under this Direct-Hire announcement, applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration as vacancies occur at the locations specified by the applicants. Veteran's Preference, Schedule A, Category Rating, and other methods of consideration DO NOT APPLY for this announcement under Direct-Hire Authority regulations.

    Selections made under this announcement will be processed as new appointments to the Competitive Service. Current Competitive Service employees would, therefore, be given new appointments to the Competitive Service. Status and Non-Status applicants from outside DOE/NNSA selected for this position may be required to serve a mandatory one (1) year probationary period, if not already completed.

    If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you will be rated "ineligible" or "not qualified".

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Q Access Authorization

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    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 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.
    • List all incentive awards on your resume.

    Educational or Professional Licence requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include official or unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Please see the Education section for more information. 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.***Failure to provide this documentation will result in not receiving consideration for this position. ***

    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/ICTAP: If you are a former Federal employee who was displaced due to a Reduction-in-Force (RIF) or surplused by some other means, you must submit a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location. 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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