Naval Research Laboratory, D.C
Jan 27, 2022
Feb 03, 2022
Full Time

  • You will provide technical support for the Health Physics Section's radiation safety programs and report to the Supervisory Health Physicist.
  • You will demonstrate that the support is in accordance with Navy and Health Physics procedures by conducting inspections, surveys, area monitoring, source inventories and source leak testing.
  • You will follow-up on open deficiencies identified during external and internal inspections, initiate and execute corrective action as appropriate, track the status of each deficiency to completion, and document the actions taken.
  • You will receive, label, and issue laser eyewear under the technical direction of a Health Physicist.
  • You will post laser warning signs and label laser systems with a Health Physics database number to ensure effective tracking and evaluation of laser systems.
  • You will conduct radiation surveys of assigned areas in which radioactive materials and/or radiation producing devices are used or stored.
  • You will determine the adequacy of operational safety methods, shielding of radiation sources, and waste disposal procedures.
  • You will measure external radiation, liquid, and/or airborne contamination levels in areas to assure that such areas are posted and controlled per applicable federal, state, and local regulations and with NRL instructions and procedures.
  • You will evaluate the potential hazards associated with proposed uses of radioactive materials and recommend remedial action or alternative methods.
  • You will conduct radioactive source inventories.
  • You will determine the airflow and efficiency of fume hoods in which radioactive material is used.
  • You will maintain required records of the preceding.
  • You will calibrate portable radiation survey instruments and perform troubleshooting of and basic repairs of survey instruments.
  • You will conduct workplace inspections as assigned.
  • You will advise and assist NRL personnel in performing decontamination operations.
  • You will conduct the Environmental Dosimetry Monitoring Program.
  • You will collect and dispose of radioactive waste.
  • You will accurately record all surveys.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a US Citizen.
  • Must be determined suitable for federal employment.
  • Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.
  • New employees to the Department of the Navy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
  • Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Per E.O. 14043, selectee(s) must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by date of employment except in limited circumstances where an exemption is approved due to a disability or sincerely held religious beliefs.
  • You will be required to successfully complete a ionizing radiation and laser radiation physical.
  • You will be required to obtain and maintain an interim and/or final security clearance prior to entrance on duty. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal.
  • This position is restricted to applicants with veterans preference. However, applications will be accepted from non-preference eligibles that may be referred for employment consideration only in the absence of applicants with veterans preference.
  • You will be required to lift up to 45 pounds in weight.


You will serve as a Physical Science Technician in the Mission Support Division of the NAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORY.

Your resume must also demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-08) or pay band (NR-02) in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector performing most or all of the following duties: (1) Providing technical support by conducting inspections, surveys, area monitoring, source inventories and source leak testing; (2) Conducting radiation surveys of assigned areas in which radioactive materials and/or radiation producing devices are used or stored; (3) Applying the theory of operation of Geiger-Mueller (GM), proportional, ionization chamber, and scintillation type survey meters and their field use for detecting and measuring alpha, beta, gamma, and thermal and fast neutron radiation; (4) Performing periodic leak tests of sealed radioactive sources and maintains associated records in compliance with the requirements of the Lab's Naval Radioactive Materials Permit (NRMP); and (5) Assisting in the performance of radiofrequency/microwave safety surveys of lab equipment.

Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management website:

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (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.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

This position is covered by the Department of Defense Priority Placement Program.

Several vacancies may be filled.

Certain incentives (such as Recruitment, Relocation or Student Loan Repayment) may be authorized to eligible selectees.

A relocation incentive is generally a single payment intended to offset some of the relocation costs experienced by the selectee. A relocation incentive may be authorized.

A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.

Federal annuitant information: The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants. Policy information may be found at: .

If you claim veteran's preference, you will be required to submit supporting documentation with your application as described in the Required Documents section below.