Health Physicist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Posted
Oct 22, 2021
Closes
Oct 27, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is part of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. The incumbent will be responsible for serving as a Health Physicist and subject matter expert in the area of nuclear and radioactive materials and radiation-producing equipment. As such the incumbent is responsible for managing aspects of DTRA's Radiation Safety Program (RSP) as directed by the DTRA Radiation Safety Officer (RSO). .
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Responsibilities

As a Health Physicist at the GS-1306-13/14, some of your typical work assignments (in collaboration with the RSO) may include:
  • Serve as the on-site radiation safety point of contact in order to administer and assure compliance with the provisions of all NRC licenses and radioactive material authorizations held by DTRA.
  • Manage and amend as necessary, DTRA's Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) license to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations regarding the use of radioactive materials and radiation-producing equipment in support of DTRA's worldwide radiological program.
  • Implements the Agency-wide radiation safety policy regarding all DTRA activities, operations and personnel while ensuring compliance with all applicable regulations and limitations of DTRA's (NRC) License and Quality Assurance Program.
  • Interprets, modifies, and extends as necessary, existing standards, regulations, and policies to safely and effectively accomplish DTRA missions.
  • Develop and implement health physics and radiological control policies to assure safe and healthy work environments and practices at all DTRA locations worldwide.
  • Devise and recommend new methods, programs, and policies to bring deficient areas into compliance with applicable health physics and radiation safety legislation.
  • Review and evaluate all DTRA requests for shipment of Special Nuclear Material.
  • Perform, review, and evaluate, request for authorizations for the use of radioactive materials exempt from NRC control.
  • Administer and assure compliance with the provisions of all NRC licenses and radioactive material authorizations held by DTRA.
  • Investigate accidents involving ionizing radiation, occurrences involving potential radiation overexposure of DTRA personnel, and the shipment of Special Nuclear Material.
  • Conduct workplace inspections, audits and evaluations on a routine and non-routine basis in accordance with regulatory guidance, and recommends and implements corrective actions as required.
  • Interpret radiological exposures for DTRA personnel. Maintain and automate the retrieval of occupational radiation exposure records for DTRA employees. Interpret and monitor bioassays for worldwide DTRA operations.
  • Perform and review radiation shielding and dosimetry calculations as needed.
  • Oversee the transportation of DTRA radioactive materials.
  • Provide guidance on DTRA operations where existing guidelines are inadequate or do not exist.
  • Evaluate and recommend the approval or disapproval of plans, specifications, and requests for deviations for facilities, equipment, and operations involving hazardous sources of ionizing radiation.
  • Develop new or improved techniques to assure implementation of the "as low as reasonably achievable" concept, which often involves departure from established practices.
  • Establish safe methods and procedures for handling, storing, disposing, and decontaminating radioactive material.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Work Schedule: Full Time
  • Overtime: Occasionally (Overtime/compensatory time may be required to accommodate operational needs of the organization.)
  • Tour of Duty: Flexible
  • Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Financial Disclosure: Not Required
  • Telework Eligibility: This position is telework eligible, on a situational basis
  • COVID19: All Federal Employees must be fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021. Please see, additional information.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a TOP SECRET/SCI security clearance.
  • Subject to pre-employment drug testing and periodic random drug testing thereafter.
  • Travel in the performance of temporary assignments is required up to 30% of duty time.


Qualifications

To qualify for this position, you must meet BOTH the Qualifications and Education requirements:

1. Qualifications requirement.
A. To qualify for the GS-13:
you must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 grade level or equivalent under other pay systems in the Federal service, military or private sector. Creditable specialized experience includes:
  • Serving as a health physicist in a radiation safety program with responsible to provide assistance and advise to the management of a Radiation Safety Program.
  • Developing and implementing health physics and radiological control policies and procedures to assure safe and healthy work environments.
  • Working with radiological materials in sealed or unsealed forms in the performance of their assign work duties.
B. To qualify for the GS-14: you must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-13 grade level or equivalent under other pay systems in the Federal service, military or private sector. Creditable specialized experience includes:
  • Serving as a health physicist in a radiation safety program with responsible to provide assistance and advise to the management of a Radiation Safety Program.
  • Developing and implementing health physics and radiological control policies and procedures to assure safe and healthy work environments.
  • Devising and recommending new methods, programs, and policies to bring deficient areas into compliance with applicable health physics and radiation safety legislation.
  • Working with radiological materials in sealed or unsealed forms in the performance of their assign work duties.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). 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.

2. Education/Experience requirement. In addition to meeting qualifications, your application package must reflect the applicable education/experience to meet the Individual Occupational Requirements for the 1306 series:
A. Degree: natural science or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in health physics, engineering, radiological science, chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, and/or calculus.

-OR-
B. Combination of education and experience -- courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or other education; or certification as a health physicist by the American Board of Health Physics, plus appropriate experience and other education that provided an understanding of sciences applicable to health physics comparable to that described in paragraph A.
*NOTE: Failure to provide transcripts to support Education will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.

Education

Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level. Please refer to the "Qualifications" section for details on required Education for this position.

You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims.

All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: Foreign Education

Additional information

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, the veteran must be a preference eligible or a veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs: This program applies to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; Well qualified is defined as possessing the type and quality of experience that exceeds the positions minimum qualifications. and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. For more information: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .

COVID19 - All Federal Employees must be fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021. Proof of vaccination will be required. To ensure compliance with this mandate, review the vaccination requirements, to include timelines for receiving required doses, at the following: https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/faq/vaccinations/

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility requirements:
Persons with Disabilities - Schedule A
Special Hiring Authority for Veterans
Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses
Other Special Appointment Authorities
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx

The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.
NOTE: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.

Selective Service Requirement: Please visit http://www.sss.gov for more information.

For more information, please visit

https://www.dla.mil/Portals/104/Documents/Careers/downloads/DoDGenAppInfo%2012-1-2020.pdf?ver=ECNbdsHtGilTd3OENN4A0Q%3d%3d

Re-employed Annuitant: This position Does not meet criteria for re-employed annuitant. The DoD criteria for hiring Re-employed Annuitants can be found at:
http://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/140025/1400.25-V300.pdf

Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).


How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

Competencies:
  • Communication
  • Health physics of a Radiation Safety Program (RSP)
  • Radiological measurements and monitoring
  • Training of health physics principles in support of a Radiation Safety Program.


Military Spouse Preference: If you are entitled to military spouse preference, in order to receive this preference you must choose the spousal eligibility in your application package referencing MSP Military Spouse Preference. Your preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. To claim Military Spouse Preference (MSP) please complete the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist , save the document and attach it to your application package.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required
Yes

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

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc...). Your complete application includes your COMPLETE resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

The following documents are REQUIRED

1. Your resume:
  • Your resume may be submitted in any format. It must include your name and contact information and support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain the number of hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e.," HRS per week and month/year" or "HRS per week and month/year to present").
  • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.
2. Transcripts
  • This position has a degree or education requirement so you are required to submit a copy of your transcript
  • College transcript(s), required if qualifying based on education. We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain your name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the lists of classes and credits earned.

3. Veteran's Documents

  • If applying using veteran's preference or under a Veteran's hiring authority you must submit the following documents:
  • DD214 showing character of service, SF-15 Form and VA letter showing final percentage, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty. NOTE: The Member 1 copy of the DD 214 is not acceptable, since it does not provide the character of service.

PLEASE REVIEW THE BELOW LINK FOR OTHER SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS needed for proof of eligibility:
https://www.dla.mil/Portals/104/Documents/Careers/downloads/FourthEstateRequiredSupportingDocumentation%2011-16-2020.pdf?ver=Lgkkn1HW9a8is7V2lyCS2Q%3d%3d
If you are claiming Military Spouse Preference, you must submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents must provide acceptable information to verify: you reside within the commuting area of your sponsor's permanent duty station (PDS); proof of marriage to the active duty sponsor, proof of military member's active duty status, and other documentation required by the vacancy announcement to which you are applying; and must meet all pre-employment criteria and be eligible for immediate noncompetitive appointment to a position in the competitive service. Documentation required: Marriage Certificate or License, Signed Self-Certification Checklist, Veterans' Preference documentation (e.g., DD-214, VA Letter, Statement of Service, if applicable), Transcripts (if applicable).

Additional documentation required if previously held a federal position: SF-50s (e.g., LWOP, highest grade held, overseas appointments, etc.), SF-75 Information, and documentation of performance rating of record (dated within the last 12 months)

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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