Department of Energy
This announcement is also being advertised to current federal employees under announcement number 18-XA-00764-EN-GOV
The successful candidate in this position will serve as a Deputy Director to the Director for Experimental Sciences (NA-113) who will be responsible for providing expert scientific, technical and budgetary advice to senior DOE, NNSA, DP Interagency partners, and Congressional members and staff on management of the Experimental Sciences programs; elements of the Stockpile Stewardship research, development, test, and evaluation portfolio; and other appropriate scientific, technical and management topics.
As a General Engineer/Physical Scientist, you will:
Serve as the Deputy Director to the Director for Experimental Sciences responsible for applying a high level of technical expertise to assist with identifying, overseeing, and resolving complex engineering, scientific and technological issues associated with the NNSA's science-based Stockpile Stewardship Programs.
Assist in supervising NA-113 staff, providing both technical and administrative direction. Assists with the planning and management of office activities and provides overall direction to the selection, utilization, and development of assigned personnel and the resolution of work-related issues.
Coordinate with the NNSA M&O sites, interagency and international partners, academic institutions, and research laboratories to integrate OES Program capabilities into broad national and international plans and priorities for experimental sciences.
Assist with establishing, supporting and overseeing partnerships between research centers and universities and the NNSA (e.g., joint working groups, research grants, research collaborations, cooperative agreements, graduate fellowships, etc.) to achieve specific mission goals and in support of the long-term scientific and technical human capital requirements for sustaining the nuclear weapons stockpile and infrastructure.
Assist with developing and managing coordinated plans for building, maintaining and operating several one-of-a-kind and state-of-the-art OES science facilities, including a broad suite of high energy density science facilities- including the National Ignition Facility, Omega Laser and the Z Machine.
Guide the development, planning and execution of experiments and pioneering new concepts to provide advanced diagnostic, assessment, technology, computing and certification capabilities that support the long-term needs of the science-based Stockpile Stewardship Program (SSP).
Provide expert scientific, technical and budgetary advice to senior DOE, NNSA, DP Interagency partners, and Congressional members and staff on management of the Experimental Sciences programs; elements of the Stockpile Stewardship research, development, test, and evaluation portfolio; and other appropriate scientific, technical and management topics.
Represent NNSA's interests in collaborating and partnering with the DOD on nuclear weapon-related research, development, test, and evaluation program elements.
Occasional travel - This position requires travel outside of the duty station 20% of the time.
Who May Apply
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Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen.
This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
Permanent change of station costs will not be paid.
Must be able to obtain/maintain a Q security clearance.
Additional Conditions of Employment:
-Subject to Random Drug Testing
-Must pass pre-employment drug test
-Favorable suitability determination
-Public Financial Disclosure will be required
-Verification of your identity and employment eligibility under the provisions of Employment Verification (E-Verify)
-Compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity which will require that you provide two forms of identification
-A two year period may be required
You must meet one of the Basic Requirements and Specialized Experience:
- Degree: professional engineering. The curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology as a professional engineering curriculum; 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 professional 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. There are alternate methods to meeting the engineering educational requirement (e.g., holding current professional engineering registration, having passed the EIT examination, or having completed specified academic courses or a related degree). Please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards at .
- 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. Please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards at .
Specialized Experience Requirements:
A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/band (EN-04/GS-15) in the Federal service.
Specialized experience for this position is defined as:
applying professional engineering or physical sciences concepts, theories, and practices to manage and evaluate research and development programs related to the nuclear weapons stockpile to include developing strategic planning, programmatic alignments, budget justifications or long range budget estimates for nuclear stockpile programs.
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!
Mastery of and skill in applying, the art of science of a specialty area of an engineering field such as chemical, electrical, mechanical, nuclear, and systems engineering, and/or of a broad range of physical science disciplines, including chemistry, materials science, and physics sufficient to evaluate and pioneer new alternatives, develop new concepts, and plan and evaluate long range manufacturing, research, development, and testing programs and projects.
Mastery of the principles, concepts, and relevant academic disciplines associated with national security policy, as well as the organizational relationships and mechanisms associated with U.S. national security planning and operations, in order to effectively coordinate a wide variety of nuclear weapons modernization activities associated with the DP field offices and research, development, testing, and production facilities.
Skill in analyzing program budgetary relationships to relate multiyear projects to the planning, estimation, and modification of multiyear appropriated funding budget estimates for carrying out the Nation's strategic defense programs.
Ability to communicate with members of Congress, or their staff, and with high-level officials in the Department of Defense and other federal agencies, state and local governments, industry, and academia.
Ability to make persuasive presentations on technical topics to potentially skeptical audiences.
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.
You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
If this vacancy specifically states that certain educational requirements must be met, you must provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application.
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 .
The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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 website.
More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
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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, . 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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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. If you meet the qualifications requirements, your application will be referred to the selecting official for further review.
If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated ineligible or not qualified
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Background checks and security clearance
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.
You must submit a
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 on YouTube.
Most recent performance appraisal.
List all incentive awards on your resume.
If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy:
which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Education cannot be substituted for experience in some positions at higher grade levels. Please see the Education section for more information.
For Professional, Scientific and Engineering Positions:
If qualifying on the basis of an alternate method, i.e., professional license, you must submit official documentation to support your claim with your application package.
(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
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 .
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.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. .
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.
How to Apply
To be considered for this position, you must submit your complete application no later than 11:59pm U.S. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. If you do not submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the online application system will not allow you to finish! Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish before the deadline. Our online application system displays a countdown timer at the top of the screen for your reference. For your security, your session in our online application system will time-out if you are inactive for a certain period of time. We recommend that you preview the assessment questions before you apply and prepare all of your information prior to beginning the application. If you do get timed-out you will have to log back in to USAJOBS and re-visit the vacancy announcement, you can then click Update Application to finish where you left off. Steps to submit a complete application:
You must have a USAJOBS account and be logged in.
You must have a complete resume associated with your USAJOBS account.
Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and instead require that you submit a USAJOBS-formatted resume using the
You will be prompted to select a resume and any documentation you have attached to your USAJOBS account before you are transferred to the Department of Energy's online application system. Please be aware that any document you select before being transferred to our system, will not automatically be received. You must take steps to download your documents from USAJOBS during the Documents step within our online application system (see Step 6).
If you are a first-time applicant to the Department of Energy, you'll be asked to register an account first. If you are a returning applicant, you will skip this step and go straight to the application portion.
You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation. If you selected documents from USAJOBS prior to being transferred to our application system (Step 3), you will need to click the USAJOBS link to complete the transfer process. These documents ARE NOT automatically transferred!
It is ultimately your responsibility to make sure all required documents are either faxed, uploaded, or transferred from USAJOBS successfully. If you are unsure that your documents went through, please contact the HR Specialist listed on the announcement BEFORE the vacancy closes.
After reviewing your submission in the final step, you must click Submit Application at the bottom of the page. If you leave the application before clicking Submit, your application will not be received.
If you experience any difficulties with the online application process (anything after you have clicked the 'Apply Online' button):
contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement between normal business hours. If you are receiving any kind of error message, please be ready to provide a screenshot or at a minimum, the error message text and number. If necessary, we will put you in touch with the technical support number if we are unable to assist you personally.
If you are having trouble with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account password/profile issues, or Resume Builder):
please visit the . We regret that we are unable to support any issues with USAJOBS, as this service is not maintained by the Department of Energy.
If you are experiencing a significant hardship which hinders your ability to apply online please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement during normal business hours to discuss your situation.
Agency contact information
National Nuclear Security Administration
1000 Independence Ave SW
Washington, District of Columbia
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