Nuclear Engineer

Department Of Energy Germantown , MD 20874

Posted 2 weeks ago

  • Duties




A successful candidate in this position will serve as a team member for investigations and evaluations of non-compliances with the Department's nuclear safety regulations as applied to the Department of Energy's facilities and activities complex-wide. As a team member, the incumbent routinely plans, conducts, and supports complex enforcement inspections and investigations and assists in determining the need and appropriateness of initiating enforcement proceedings against DOE contractors.

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As a Nuclear Engineer, you will:

  • Lead teams of the Department of Energy (DOE) and contractor technical experts on a regular and recurring basis, in the conduct of, and/or conducts personally, investigations, reviews, and associated technical analyses at DOE's nuclear and non-nuclear facilities and laboratories. Evaluate contractor management procedures, and practices of the facility and the effect of these relationships on the safety of operations to determine the status of compliance with nuclear safety rules.

  • Serve as a team leader responsible for providing guidance and advice; integrating team efforts to ensure systematic thorough, and professional performance of investigations, inspections, and reviews; ensuring that enforcement conclusions are sound, factually based, and validated with the site; and collaborating with site management officials and their staff to assure that team activities do not disrupt ongoing operations.

  • Serve as a Senior Nuclear Safety Enforcement officer in the area of nuclear safety operations. Advise the Director, Office of Nuclear Safety Enforcement (EA-12), on whether a contractor is adequately ensuring nuclear safety. This work involves reviewing reports provided by contractors and DOE field elements and ensuring that the nuclear and radiological safety of DOE facilities, programs, projects and activities are properly analyzed, evaluated, documented, and approved, and that facilities and systems are designed, contracted, operated, maintained, decontaminated, decommissioned, and environmentally restored in a manner that provides adequate health and safety protection in accordance with DOE nuclear safety rules.

  • Provide expert advice and direction for more complex technical enforcement investigations and/or inspections to determine contractor compliance with DOE's nuclear safety rules.

  • Present results to DOE and Field managers as appropriate. Testify in Court before Hearings Examiners or Administrative Law Judges when requested.

Travel Required

25% or less - The incumbent will be required to travel approximately 25% of the time in order to attend meetings and site visits.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

0840 Nuclear Engineering

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen.

  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.

  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.

  • You may be required to complete a one-year probationary period.

  • You must submit application and all required documentation online.


This position is eligible for telework; however, approval is at the discretion of the supervisor.

You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period, if not completed in a competitive or excepted service position.

This position is being filled at either locations: Albuquerque, NM or Germantown, MD. This will be determined at time of selection.

Below are the salary ranges for the GS-15 for each duty location.

Albuquerque, NM:

GS-15: 126,810.00 - $164,858.00

Germantown, MD:

GS-15: $142,701.00 - $170,800.00

You must submit an unofficial or official transcripts by the closing date of this vacancy announcement. NOTE: Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.

You must meet both the positive education requirement known as "Basic Requirements" and Specialized Experience as described in the "Qualification" section of the vacancy announcement.

If selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure, OGE-450 form upon entry into the position and annually thereafter.

Eligible candidates for this position must be able to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy "Q" level security clearance. Position requires the incumbent have access to highly classified/restricted data documents and/or materials, thus the position demands the highest degree of public trust.

This position has also been designated as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) subject to testing for illegal drug use. The selectee must test negative prior to being appointed to this position and will be subject to random testing thereafter. Failure to pass or refusal to take subsequent tests could result in non-selection or disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the Federal service.


For the Nuclear Engineer, GS-0840, you must possess the following Basic


A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; 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.


  • 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 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. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the 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 (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions; or

  • Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico; or

  • Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A; or

  • Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's 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, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions.

In addition to meeting the "Basic Requirements" described above, you must also meet the "Specialized Experience Requirement" described below.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: Specialized Experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled.

GS-15: 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:

  • Leading, conducting, and documenting evaluations of nuclear safety or radiological control programs at nuclear facilities to ensure compliance with established requirements.

  • Managing or leading teams in inspections, evaluations and assessments of a radiological control programs at a nuclear facilities to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

  • Evaluating nuclear facility operations to identify any design, construction or operation practices that may violate safety regulations and laws.

  • Preparing briefings or reports on the findings of nuclear facilities investigation(s) for management decision.

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 principles, theories, and practices in the fields of nuclear operations and nuclear safety, including those related to hazards and accident analysis, radiation physics, radiation measurement, and protective materials and technologies for prevention, containment, dispersion, or reduction of radiation hazards.

  • Knowledge of nuclear safety regulations, policies, and procedures sufficient to evaluate whether nuclear safety requirements are being followed in assigned areas.

  • Skill in serving as a recognized technical expert in resolving controversial or novel problems of unusual size and complexity involving projects such as planning and directing scientific and engineering radiological safety evaluations.

  • Ability to apply fiscal and administrative policies, procedures, and practices sufficient to participate in the technical management of the nuclear safety investigation effort.

"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.

Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration.

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.



This position has a positive education requirement.

For additional information regarding education requirements described above for the GS-0840, Nuclear Engineer can be found at following website:

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.

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Nuclear Engineer

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