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 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 http://www.sss.gov
  • 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: Fulltime
  • 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 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:

Basic Requirements:
  • 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
  • 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.
  • AND

    You may qualify at the GS-13, if you fulfill the following qualifications:

    A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service 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.

    You may qualify at the GS-14, if you fulfill the following qualifications:

    A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service 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.

    *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.

    You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at time of application.

    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

    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/

    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

    All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.

    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/

    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 resume and supporting documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies, identified below, required for this position.

    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.


    Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following quality categories:

    Best Qualified:
    This highest category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including any selective placement factors and/or appropriate quality ranking factor(s), as determined by the job analysis.
    Highly Qualified: This higher category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position, including any selective placement factors and/or appropriate quality ranking factor(s) as determined by the job analysis.
    Qualified: This lowest category will be used for those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective placement factors and appropriate quality ranking factor(s) and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position. https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/competitive-hiring/#url=Category-Rating

    Names of the candidates in the Best Qualified category will be sent first to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Applicants in other categories will be referred in accordance with category rating procedures.

    Veterans Preference:
    If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are entitled to veterans' preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed above non-preference candidates on a list sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Qualified veterans' preference eligible with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category depending on the position and grade level of the job.
    For information on entitlement see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .

    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. If you are claiming military spouse preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed below preference eligible veteran candidates and above non-preference candidates on a list sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration. 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 on 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 to 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 list 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.
    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)

    For More Information: https://www.dla.mil/Portals/104/Documents/Careers/downloads/DoDGenAppInfo.pdf

    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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