Physical Scientist

Germantown, Maryland
Jan 13, 2022
Jan 20, 2022
Full Time

As a Physical Scientist you will:
  • Serve as a recognized scientific authority and expert in synthesis and processing science, and as such have the responsibility to plan, coordinate, implement, and evaluate research programs in this field on a national and international level.
  • Determine scientific focus and direction of the research program, prepare calls for proposals, organize independent peer reviews, recommend funding allocations, organize Principal Investigator meetings, serve as a liaison on committees, and assess scientific progress of the program.
  • Conceive, justify, plan, initiate, manage, and coordinate all aspects of programs that includes a diverse range of topics related to materials synthesis.
  • Develop connections and interfaces between the projects supported within the program and other research programs; secure essential information in all aspects of a broad range of work that serves the core research programs.
  • Develop long range plans with intermediate goals and resource requirements, taking into consideration financial and technical constraints. Identify and analyze the scientific needs of programs and recommend and oversee appropriate research to mission needs.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by a background investigation.
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
  • A Financial Disclosure is required.
  • Occasional travel may be required.
  • A relocation and/or recruitment incentive may be authorized depending on the availability of funds.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT: A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:
  • Initiating new scientific projects or providing leadership for broad and complex programs/projects.
  • Applying a thorough knowledge of the state of the physical sciences and related technology to assess and facilitate consideration of all appropriate means to achieve program goals.
  • Supporting fundamental experimental and theoretical research to provide the knowledge base for the discovery and design of new materials with novel structures, properties, and functions.
Individual Occupational Requirements 1301 Physical Scientist
Group Qualification Standard Professional and Scientific Positions



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.


B. 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.

This position has a positive education requirement. Therefore, you MUST provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. This documentation can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. For specific education requirements, please see the Education Requirements.

If selected, official transcripts may be requested.

Additional information

  • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If you are selected for this position, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 22, 2021, or prior to onboarding, if hired after November 22, unless you request a legally required exception from this requirement.

As part of onboarding, you will need to submit DOE's Certification of COVID-19 Vaccination for Prospective Federal Employees attesting to truthfulness that you are fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021, or prior to onboarding, if hired after November 22, 2021. Once onboard, you will then be required to provide proof of vaccination in DOE's MyEnergy system and certify the documentation you provide is true and correct under penalty of perjury. Providing a knowing and willful false statement on either DOE's COVID-19 Vaccination Form prior to starting or when providing proof of vaccination in DOE's MyEnergy system once onboard is punishable by fine and/or imprisonment (18 U.S.C. 1001) and will result in termination from Federal service.

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