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Reactor Operations Engineer or Scientist at Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Reactor Operations Engineer or Scientist

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Rockville, MD Full-Time

Summary This position is located in the office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, Division of Reactor Oversight, Reactor Inspection Branch.The supervisor is Thomas HipschmanThis position isBargaining Unit with the National Treasury Employees Union, Chapter 208 or Non Bargaining Unit.This position IS not subject to Confidential Financial Disclosure reporting requirements.This positionISsubject to security ownership restriction reporting requirements.ALL NRC EMPLOYEES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY Responsibilities The successful candidate will perform the full range of Reactor Operations Engineer or Scientist duties.Such duties include but are not limited to:1. Participates in activities related to the managementof the Reactor Oversight and Construction Reactor Oversight Processes, with an emphasis on improving knowledge of key safety and risk aspects related to inspections and assessment activities.2.Develops inspection procedures and related program guidance for NRC inspections of nuclear power facilities, including operating facilities and those under construction.3.Identifies and prioritizes generic reactor inspection related issues and formulates office positions.4.Provides headquarters support for regional inspections, notifying supervisor of any reactor safety concerns.5.Develops estimates of resources that are needed to perform all elements of the assigned program, whether established or under development.6.Represents the division on technical working groups and provides independent input on related matters.7.Prepares and presents technical briefings to NRC management as requested. May be required to act as Branch Chief in the absence of the supervisor. Requirements Conditions of Employment U.S. Citizenship Required This is a Drug Testing position. Background investigation leading to a clearance is required for new hires. To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the NRC will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent that an NRC job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. You must meet the qualifications for this position by no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position. Qualifications In order to qualify for this position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:1. Demonstrated experience to inspect (i.e., observe, identify issues, evaluate, and assess overall performance of licensee performance at nuclear power plants; understand and apply associated regulations, codes, and standards; and understand the NRC Reactor Oversight Process, including significance determination when applied to these areas and issues.2. Demonstrated ability to coordinate a broad range of technical tasks.3. Demonstrated ability to identify complex issues and recommend successful approaches for resolution. Highlight examples that demonstrate resourcefulness, initiative, and ingenuity in completing the work. 4.Demonstrated ability to identify complex issues and recommend successful approaches for resolution. Highlight examples that demonstrate resourcefulness, initiative, and ingenuity in completing the work. 5.Demonstrated ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing; demonstrated ability to establish effective working relationships with supervisors, government and industry officials, utility employees/managers, professional committees, and coworkers. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as:Experience that demonstrates thorough knowledge of the regulations, criteria, standards, guides, and policies pertaining to the NRC's regulatory posture and enforcement over the nuclear industry; experience in the review and/or inspection of the physical functional requirements of reactor sites, structures, systems, components, staffing and procedures during the siting, design, construction, operation, and/or decommissioning phases of reactor life.A description of how you possess the specialized experience as well as how you meet the qualifications desired in an ideal candidate should be addressed in your resume. Education Qualification for 0801 Series:Candidates for Federal government professional engineering positions must meet certain basic professional knowledge requirements. Generally these knowledge requirements are met by having a bachelor's or higher degree in a relevant professional engineering discipline (e.g., mechanical, metallurgical, materials, nuclear, structural, chemical, electrical) from a school of engineering with at least one professional engineering curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). However, if you do not possess such a professional engineering degree, you may still satisfy the professional knowledge requirements if you have current Professional Engineer (P.E.) registration in one of the relevant disciplines from any U.S. State or Territory; or if you successfully passed an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) written examination administered by a State Board of Engineering Examiners; or if you have either a related professional degree or at least 60 semester hours of specified engineering-related college courses COMBINED WITH at least a year of professional engineering work experience performed under professional engineer supervision and guidance. Note: Engineering technology degrees are not generally qualifying unless supplemented by other evidence of the individual's professional knowledge (e.g., current P.E. license or EIT examination results, as discussed above). More detailed information about these alternatives for meeting the knowledge requirements for Federal professional engineering jobs are described in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards Operating Manual which may be accessed at the following website:[ Link removed ] - Click here to apply to Reactor Operations Engineer or Scientist for 1301 Series: 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. OR 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. Additional Information The duty location of this position is Rockville, MD. In general, employees are expected to be in the office at a minimum of 4 days per pay period. Telework schedules, including full-time telework, are approved, on a case-by-case basis. If selected, telework will be determined in accordance with Agency policy and the Collective Bargaining Agreement, if applicable. Based on the staffing needs of the agency/area of consideration, additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement. The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Individuals with disabilities may contact the Selective Placement Coordinator for assistance with the application or hiring process via [ Email address blocked ] - Click here to apply to Reactor Operations Engineer or Scientist. Deaf applicants may contact the Disability Program Manager by calling the NRC videophone at

240-428-3217
.Individuals who are eligible for non-competitive appointment under an OPM special appointing authority may apply for consideration under a comparable NRC non-competitive appointing authority. Veterans, please visit: [ Link removed ] - Click here to apply to Reactor Operations Engineer or Scientist will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.A transferable security clearance from another agency or a background investigation leading to a clearance is required for all new hires. To begin work at the NRC without a security clearance, you must be granted a temporary waiver of the required clearance, referred to as a 145(b) waiver. To be eligible for a 145(b) waiver you will need a favorable education verification, reference, credit, and criminal history checks. If a wavier is granted, the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication is required for continued employment. If you have resided outside the U.S. for an extended period of time, the agency may not be able to (1) grant the 145(b) waiver where the required investigation cannot be completed in a timely manner, or (2) achieve timely completion of the background investigation required for a security clearance.The NRC is a zero tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use. Individuals selected for this position will be subject to pre-appointment drug testing unless currently in a NRC position subject to random drug testing AND will be subject to random drug testing upon appointment to the NRC.

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