[ES_JOBS_NET] Interdisciplinary Physical Scientist/General Engineer, DOE

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Sat Jan 31 06:59:28 MST 2015


A successful candidate in this position will serve as an Interdisciplinary Physical Scientist/General Engineer for the Bioenergy Technologies Office in the DOE-EERE Office of Transportation.  

*As an Interdisciplinary Physical Scientist/General Engineer, you will:*

  * Serve as a technical authority in bioenergy technology, theories,
    and methodologies, as they relate to EERE’s energy efficiency and
    renewable energy technology research and development mission.
  * Establish relevant bioenergy program scheduling, milestones,
    deliverables, and resource requirements. Monitor program execution,
    conduct in-process reviews, and advise senior officials on
    performance, scheduling, cost requirements, and recommend adjustments.
  * Serve as a liaison between research teams including those at
    multiple National laboratories, industrial, and academic, and other
    governmental entities to conduct research as well as scale-up of
    innovative technologies in the area of bioenergy-related
    technologies to ensure that research and development goals are
    achieved and that cohesive and accurate data are being acquired.
  * Evaluate relevant technologies through the analysis and comparison
    of intended versus actual results. Based on the findings, recommend
    and develop solutions or improvements in approaches in research,
    develop, and demonstration activities.
  * Prepare communications products, e.g., briefings, presentations,
    newsletters, and success story documents, lead the development of
    the relevant sections of the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office
    Multi-year Program Plan, and support the development of the annual
    budget justification that supports Bioenergy Technologies Office
    research and development programs.



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A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate 
at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the 
GS-12 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this 
position is defined as: Conducting and managing research and development 
programs in the areas of bioenergy, biofuels and bioproducts; and 
serving as a technical authority in bioenergy research and development 

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the 
following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs). You do not need to 
provide a separate narrative written statement. Instead, you must 
describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates 
that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of 
employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this 
experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this 
position. Please do not write "see resume" in your application, as this 
will NOT satisfy the requirements.

 1. Professional knowledge of scientific or engineering principles,
    theories, and methodologies, as they relate to bioenergy research
    and development.
 2. Knowledge of Federal and departmental goals, policies, programs,
    projects, and efforts related to bioenergy technologies.
 3. Ability to develop and assess progress toward bioenergy systems
    technology research and development program requirements, long-term
    goals and objectives, and schedules for the accomplishment of
    applied research and development, full-scale demonstration, and
 4. Ability to communicate effectively with individuals and groups at
    all levels, both orally and in writing, lead teams via direction and
    influence to achieve established goals and targets. Ability to
    synthesize past results, scientific and engineering principles, and
    broad objectives to develop and document strategies, intermediate
    targets, and tactics for future activities to meet technology
    development goals.
 5. Advanced skill in coordinating scientific and engineering studies
    and analyses involving the application of experimental theories or
    new applications or developments to bioenergy research and
    development. Sufficient analytical skills to make sound judgments,
    and develop sound conclusions and recommendations based on the
    findings from such study.
 6. Skill in written communication and oral presentations in order to
    prepare and deliver communication products.

"Experience" refers to paidandunpaid experience. Examples of qualifying 
unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National 
Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work 
for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 
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,includingvolunteer experience.

*You must meetallqualifications and eligibility requirements by the 
closing date of this announcement.*


Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by 
the U.S. Department of Education.*Foreign education*must be reviewed by 
an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For 
special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of 
organizations that can evaluate foreign education, seethe Department of 
Education website. <http://go.usa.gov/29DP>

*Basic Requirements:**0801*: Degree: professional engineering. To be 
acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with 
at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for 
Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering 
curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and 
courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in 5 of 
the 7 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; 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) thorough knowledge of physical 
and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) 
good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of 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/-Current registration as a professional
    engineer by any State, 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 are eligible only for positions that are within or
    closely related to the specialty field of their registration.
  * /Written Test/-Evidence of having successfully passed the
    Engineer-in-Training (EIT) exam, or written test required for
    professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of
    Engineering Examiners in the various States, District of Columbia,
    Guam, and Puerto Rico.

Applicants who have passed the EIT exam and have completed all the 
requirements for either (a) bachelor's degree in engineering technology 
(BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester 
hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering 
sciences, or (b) BET from a program accredited by the ABET may be rated 
eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is 
limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty 
field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions 
that involve highly technical research, development, or similar 
functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science 
must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A. Because of the 
diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET 
programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional 
education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to 
provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, 
and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The 
adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT exam.

  * /Specified academic courses/-Successful completion of at least 60
    semester hours of courses in physical, mathematical, and engineering
    sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in
    the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward
    meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as
    described in paragraph A.
  * /Related curriculum/-Successful completion of a curriculum leading
    to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an
    appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry,
    architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology,
    may be accepted in lieu of a 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.


This position is in the Bargaining Unit covered under NTEU.

One year of probationary period may be required.


The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate 
the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to 
place you into an initial quality category via OPM's Category Rating 
procedures. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will 
conduct a quality review of your application and supporting 
documentation to ensure you have been placed into the appropriate 
quality category.

Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your 
experience, education (when applicable), and training as described in 
your resume and applicant assessment. Your credentials are measured 
against the established duties of the position at the grade level(s) 
being advertised.

The quality categories are usually defined as "Best Qualified", "Well 
Qualified", and "Qualified", although they may differ slightly based on 
individual agency policy.

If you are a Veteran Preference eligible candidate, you will be listed 
at the top of whichever quality category your rating places you in. 
CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all 
positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and higher.

/If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you 
provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all 
required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 
'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly./

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