Computer Engineer, Computer Scientist, Electrical Engineer, or Electronics Engineer

Rockville, Maryland
Dec 01, 2021
Dec 03, 2021
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time

As a professional Computer Engineer, Computer Scientist, Electrical Engineer, or Electronics Engineer in the branch, you will serve as an NRC expert responsible to develop, manage, and coordinate research dealing with cyber threats, vulnerabilities, and risks or system configuration, hardware, and software states involving digital components in important-to-safety, security, and emergency preparedness systems at NRC-licensed facilities. You will also carry out independent research to resolve research assistance requests from program offices. Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Serve as a professional computer scientist/engineer responsible for managing projects involving research on digital components and systems and the safety/security implications for the use of those systems and components for nuclear regulatory applications. You will also review integrated system operations and functions and determine potential adverse impacts due to maloperation or failure of digital systems on safety, security, emergency preparedness, and material control and accounting systems.
  • Provide computer science and engineering expertise in the development of cyber security and DI&C requirements and associated regulatory guidance. You will also gather and interpret complex and diverse technical data, analyzes the data and forms recommendations for agency positions related to cyber security and DI&C technology, and develops technical bases for agency positions related to hardware and software solutions for cyber security and DI&C.
  • Recommend computer science- and/or engineering-related technical assistance contracts or research work that the NRC should sponsor to enhance the cyber security and safe use of DI&C in NRC-licensed facilities; develops or confirms requirements and supports development and implementation of cyber security-related and/or DI&C safety-related/important to safety contracts.
  • Communicate with international regulatory agencies to share programs, processes and lessons learned, including participating in IAEA and NEA guidance development. You will also support agency efforts regarding cyber security or DI&C risk analyses and reviews, and maintains regulatory security or safety documentation, procedures, and other technical documents.

  • Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship Required
    • This is a Drug Testing position.
    • Must be able to meet/maintain security & suitability requirements.

    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 (13) in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as experience which demonstrates knowledge of cyber security technology and measures and the Commission's cyber security policies for NRC-licensed facilities.

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


    Qualification for All Professional Engineering 0800 Series :

    Basic Requirements:
  • Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; 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 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. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:
  • Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
  • Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
  • Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.
  • Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

  • More detailed information about these alternatives are described in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards Operating Manual which may be accessed at the following website:

    Qualification for Computer Science 1550 Series :

    Basic Requirements:

    Bachelor's degree in computer science or bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus. All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.

    Evaluation of Education for 1550 series:

    Applicants should have sufficient knowledge to understand the fundamental concepts and techniques of computer science. Courses designed to provide an introduction to computer science techniques and methodologies, to problems of system design, and to other specialized fields are acceptable. Courses or experience in teaching elementary, business, or shop mathematics are not acceptable.

    Additional information

    Following the agency's re-entry date of November 7, 2021, the position advertised in this vacancy announcement is not approved for full-time remote or full-time fixed telework. However, most NRC positions are eligible for some type of telework, in accordance with agency policy.

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