[ES_JOBS_NET] Physical Scientist, isotope facility operations, and isotope processing, Department of Energy, Germantown, MD

Christine Wiedinmyer Christine.Wiedinmyer at Colorado.EDU
Wed Jul 11 17:46:25 MDT 2018

Physical Scientist
Department of Energy, Germantown, MD 20874
$134,789 - $164,200 a year - Full-time, Part-time



The Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, providing more than 40 percent of total funding for this vital area of national importance. It oversees and is the principal federal funding agency of the Nation's research programs in high-energy physics, nuclear physics, and fusion energy sciences. The Office of Science manages fundamental research programs in basic energy sciences, biological and environmental sciences, computational science. In addition, the Office of Science is the Federal Government's largest single funder of materials and chemical sciences and it support unique and vital parts of U.S. research in climate change, geophysics, genomics, life sciences and science education. The Office of Science manages this research portfolio through six interdisciplinary program offices: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics and Nuclear Physics. In addition, the Office of Science sponsors a range of science initiatives through its Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists program.

This position is located in the Facilities and Project Management Division, Office of Nuclear Physics, Office of the Deputy Director for Science Programs, Office of Science, Department of Energy. The DOE Office of Nuclear Physics, specifically its Facilities and Project Management Division, manages the DOE Isotope Program, which develops and makes available isotopes that are in short supply. The DOE Isotope Program produces radioactive and stable isotopes that are critical to applications in medicine, national security, research, and industry.

A successful candidate in this position will...

     *   Serve as a recognized scientific authority and expert in the areas of isotope facility operations, and isotope processing, including the status of isotope production and processing facilities.
     *   Be responsible for planning, coordinating, implementing and evaluating isotope production on a national and international level.
This position is also being advertised to status candidates via Merit Promotion procedures. The announcement number is SE-18-SC-00440-MP.


As a Physical Scientist, you will:

     *   Manage and coordinate the operations of the isotope production facilities at universities and laboratories, including but not limited to management issues, program and strategic planning, budget formulation, cost effectiveness of operations, performance and oversight of isotope production facilities projects and other isotope facilities related instrumentation.
     *   Examine and ascertain the effectiveness of operations of the isotope production and processing facilities against scientific and technological advances and of potential needs of the organization.
     *   Determine scientific focus and direction if isotope production and processing facilities improvement projects and facility instrumentation initiatives in relation to the operations of the organization's Isotope Program, including: preparing calls for proposals, organizing independent peer reviews, recommending funding allocations, organizing Principal Investigator meetings, serving as a liaison on committees, and monitoring scientific progress of the program.
     *   Prepare, justify and support the portions of the budget relating to isotope production and processing facilities operations, improvement projects and facility related capital equipment.
     *   Develop and prepare analytical documents to communicate with top management of DOE and higher echelons of the government on the status of programmatic phases and new developments and opportunities in a broad range of isotope science and isotope facility operations.
     *   Select and ascertain the qualifications and suitability of peer reviews for proposed new facility initiatives and on-going programs in the isotope production facilities.

Travel Required

25% or less - 5-6 days travel may be required per month.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
This job is open to...
U.S. Citizens

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

*         Job family (Series)

1301 General Physical Science

*         Requirements

Conditions of Employment

     *   You must be a United States Citizen.
     *   This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
     *   See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.
     *   Must pass pre-employment drug testing and random testing after appointment.
     *   You must obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance.
     *   Resume and question responses must be submitted online.


     *   If selected for this vacancy, you may be required to file the OGE Form 450 (Financial Disclosure Statement) prior to your appointment to this position. For additional information and to obtain the form, please visit the Office of Government Ethics.
     *   This position is included in a bargaining unit.


A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as managing and coordinating isotope facility operations and isotope processing including management issues, program and strategic planning, budget formulation, cost effectiveness of operations, performance and oversight of isotope production facilities projects.

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, 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. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

     *   Knowledge of the use of isotopes in basic research or applied sciences.
     *   Knowledge of isotope science and production and its relationship to areas of related technologies including reactor and accelerator isotope production, isotope processing techniques, and electronics and instrumentation.
     *   Ability to plan, budget, justify, and allocate funds among a variety of competing programs and requirements.
     *   Ability to effectively communicate in writing to prepare analytical documents and/or research findings.
     *   Ability to effectively communicate orally to serve as spokesperson for the organization in the broad scientific areas of responsibility.
"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid 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, including volunteer experience.

CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Basic Qualification Requirements for Physical Scientist 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.

You must provide transcripts with your application to receive consideration.

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, see the Department of Education website.

Additional information

The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

     *   New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify
     *   Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
     *   If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
     *   More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
     *   Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.
     *   Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.
     *   All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register . If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.
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Selective Service Registration: http://www.sss.gov/

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

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 eligible for career transition assistance plans such as ICTAP or CTAP, you must meet the definition of "well qualified" which is defined as having a score of 85 or better.

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.
To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Q - Sensitive

*         Required Documents

Required Documents

Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.

If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.

ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.

     *   Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you must list the full name and address of the each employer.
     *   For all types of work experience, you should indicate the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.
     *   For paid work experience, please indicate your starting salary for each position and the highest salary you earned (if different).
     *   Your resume should also include any education and training you have completed (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).
     *   For more information about what to include in your resume, please view this USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video on YouTube.
Most DOE offices will allow you to submit a resume in the format of your choice (as an attached document or as a USAJOBS Resume Builder format). However, some offices may require one specific format. You will be notified at the time you click 'Apply Online' which type of resume is acceptable. It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume, we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.

If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Please see the Education section for more information.

Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214 Member #4 Copy, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.

Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.

Displaced Federal employees who qualify for CTAP/ICTAP: If you are a former Federal employee who was displaced due to a Reduction-in-Force (RIF) or surplused by some other means, please submit a copy of the separation letter or RIF notice from your agency. To be selected under I/CTAP, you must still be found well-qualified for this position. Please see the OPM Guide to Career Transition for more information.

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.

*         Benefits


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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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