International Safeguards Analyst

Rockville, Maryland
Oct 20, 2021
Oct 27, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards (NMSS), Division of Fuel Management (DFM), Material Control and Accounting Branch (MCAB).

The supervisor is James Rubenstone.

This position is Bargaining Unit.

Travel expenses associated with interview may be paid. Relocation expenses may be paid.

This position is subject to Financial Disclosure reporting requirements and security ownership restriction reporting requirements.

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The successful candidate will perform the full range of International Safeguards Analyst duties within the Office of Nuclear Material Safety(NMSS) and Safeguards, Division of Fuel Management (DFM), Material Control and Accounting Branch (MCAB).

Such duties include but are not limited to:

1. Assists in the coordination with other Federal agencies (Department of State, Department of Energy, Department of Defense, and Department of Commerce) to ensure compliance with U.S. international agreements, in areas not limited to the Eligible Facilities List, host team support for IAEA safeguards inspections and complementary access, and reporting under the U.S. Voluntary Offer Agreement, Voluntary Reporting Scheme, Additional Protocol, and U.S.-IAEA Agreement for the U.S. Caribbean Territories. Participates in interagency groups for international safeguards implementation. Assists in the coordination with NRC licensees to ensure compliance with 10 CFR Part 75 and related safeguards regulations.

2. Maintains cognizance of technical and regulatory activities and developments in other NRC Offices related to assigned areas of responsibility. Serves on review groups to plan and monitor ongoing research and evaluation activities in other offices. Reviews and provides comments on technical reports, US government policy, or evaluations in assigned areas of responsibility.

3. Enhances IAEA safeguards development through bilateral and multilateral cooperative arrangements, agreements, and treaties. Supports the international safeguards team on activities associated with the Subgroup on IAEA Safeguards in the U.S. (SISUS), Subcommittee on International Safeguards and Monitoring (SISM), Nuclear Cooperation Authorities Group, and Pentapartite Safeguards Working Group. Supports U.S. delegation for the U.S. Support Program for IAEA. Assists as needed in coordination with the Nuclear Material Management and Safeguards System (NMMSS) and Nuclear Material Information Program (NMIP).

4. Conducts independent analyses and provides specialized guidance concerning resolution of difficult and complex safeguards issues to the team. Serves as a mentor to new international safeguards staff.

5. Makes presentations on subjects in assigned areas of responsibility. Supports preparation of papers and reports on significant technical and regulatory issues for internal use, presentations at professional conferences or publication, and international conferences. Participates in public meetings.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional Travel

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • This is a Drug Testing position.

You must meet the qualifications for this position by no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.


In order to qualify for this position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GG-13) in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as experience that demonstrates knowledge of the principles and practices of international nuclear safeguards and their implementation, including the structure and contents of Agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency, U.S. international nuclear trading partners, and their expression in U.S. law and NRC regulations.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

1. In-depth knowledge of theory principles, and practices, applicable NRC regulations, regulatory guides, standard review plans, and industry codes and standards and their application in the regulatory process and in performing the duties in the areas of international nuclear safeguards treaties and agreements. Sufficient specialized knowledge to perform independent reviews and analyses of international safeguards.

2. Demonstrated ability to interact with technical and inspection personnel and present staff positions, utilizing knowledge of licensee systems, regulatory procedures, and other concerns as well as the as well as the ability to lead or participate in technical discussions with licensee personnel on regulatory and other safeguards requirements.

3. Demonstrated knowledge of nuclear systems and processes, reactor production processes, nuclear fuel operations, chemical processing systems, nuclear material control and accounting, and statistics.

4. Demonstrated skill in independent analysis of technical and policy issues and ability to develop, document, and present sound technical bases supporting the resolution of such issues.

5.Demonstrated ability to write clearly and to make sound logical oral presentations on safeguards issues, recommendations, or positions to NRC management, NRC Commission, and peers in national and international conference settings.

A description of how you possess the specialized experience should be addressed in your resume, the vacancy questions, and in the additional space provided for your supplemental response.


Qualification for 0801 Series:
Candidates must possess a bachelor's or higher degree in engineering, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience demonstrating a thorough knowledge of principles, theories, and practices in the field of engineering.

Qualification for 1301 Series:
Candidates must possess a bachelor's or higher degree in 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 an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience demonstrating a thorough knowledge of the principles, theories, and practices in the field of physical science.

Additional information

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the job requirements. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to any vacancy questions to determine your level of knowledge, skill and ability related to the job requirements. If you are among the top candidates for this position, your application will be referred to the hiring manager.

Your resume and responses to the vacancy question are the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Q Access Authorization

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

As a NRC employee you are required to submit your most recent Rating of Record (Performance Appraisal) or a statement saying that one is not available.

All supplemental documents can now be collected electronically and should be submitted before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:

1. Use the "USAJOBs" feature to download documents from your USAJOBs portfolio; or
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3. use the "Fax" feature to print the Fax Cover Sheet and fax it, along with your supplemental documents to 1-571-258-4052.

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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