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Job Title:Engineer (Technical Advisor) (GG-14)

Agency:Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Job Announcement Number:OIG/AIGI-2012-0003


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Monday, August 06, 2012 to Monday, November 05, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Rockville, MD, USView Map


Applications will be accepted from United States citizens. Veterans, please visit:  http://www.fedshirevets.gov.



The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proud to be ranked as a BEST Place to Work in the Federal Government. We've earned our top ratings by creating a work environment rich in opportunity, diversity, leadership training, teamwork, and work life balance.


Begin a challenging career with the NRC Office of the Inspector General.  Be part of a select group of professionals who perform exciting work to enable the NRC to carry out its nuclear safety and security mission with greater efficiency and effectiveness.  To find out more about the OIG, visit us at www.nrc.gov/insp-gen.html.

This position is located in the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, Rockville, MD.


This position is being filled at the GG-14 level with promotion potential to the GG-15 level.


This is an open continuous vacancy.  Applications will be pulled and referred to the rating entity after a minimum of 16 calendar days after the opening date, therefore; you should apply as soon as possible.  Additional candidate lists will be prepared as needed - again, applicants should apply as soon as possible.


The supervisor is Rossana Raspa, Senior Level Assistant for Investigative Operations.


This position requires occasional travel.


This position is non-bargaining unit.


OIG may offer recruitment incentives to eligible new appointees, or relocation incentives to current Federal employees, who are required to move geographically, when OIG determines that, in the absence of such incentives, it will be difficult to fill the position with a suitable candidate.  Generally, current Federal employees are not eligible for a recruitment incentive.


Expenses associated with interview and/or relocation may be paid.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • This is a Drug Testing position.
  • Background investigation leading to a "Q" clearance is required.


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As an Engineer (Technical Advisor) to the Office of the Inspector General, you will provide independent technical analysis, advice, and assistance on investigations, event inquiries, special evaluations, and other OIG work to determine if NRC is effectively accomplishing its regulatory responsibilities in protecting public health and safety in the civilian use of nuclear materials.  During the course of each matter, you will work in close coordination with the investigations staff, appropriate agency personnel, and other stakeholders.


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To qualify for this position, you must meet basic education and professional knowledge requirements that apply to Federal engineering positions at all grade levels, in addition to the specialized experience requirements outlined below.


You may meet the basic qualification requirements by having a bachelor's or higher degree in a relevant professional engineering discipline, e.g., nuclear, electrical, mechanical, civil, chemical from an accredited school of engineering, or related professional degree.


In addition to meeting the basic requirements, 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.  Specialized experience includes practical experience in the licensing and regulation of nuclear power plants and in the safe operation and shutdown of nuclear power plants.


The ideal candidate for this position will be able to demonstrate the following:


1.  Knowledge of and experience in NRC regulatory responsibilities, programs, and practices sufficient to thoroughly analyze and assess the adequacy of actions taken by NRC and licensee staffs in response to issues impacting nuclear power plant operation or other activities regulated by the NRC.


2.  Detailed knowledge of the NRC organization, basic NRC mission, regulations and regulatory guides, NRC regulatory programs and processes, as well as the roles and responsibilities of outside professional organizations, Agreement States and other Federal agencies in radiation and environmental matters.


3.  Demonstrated ability to evaluate engineering performance or work products of others.


4.  Practical experience which demonstrates technical knowledge of the safety and security aspects relating to NRC's regulation and licensing of the possession, use, and processing of nuclear materials.


5.  Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with individuals at all levels, including managers and supervisors, coworkers, and staff personnel of other agency offices.


6.  Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing the results of analyses and solutions to problems.


A description of how you possess the specialized experience described above as well as how you meet the qualifications desired in an ideal candidate should be addressed in your resume.

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.


When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the job requirements. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to any vacancy questions to determine your level of knowledge, skill and ability related to the job requirements. If you are among the top candidates for this position, your application will be referred to the hiring manager.

Your resume and responses in the additional space provided are the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position.  Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume and responses that directly relate to this position.

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As an NRC employee you will enjoy excellent Federal Benefits, including: comprehensive health and life insurance plans; Flexible Spending Account Program for health and dependent care; Long Term Care Insurance; Dental and Vision Insurance; retirement savings and investment plan similar to 401(k)  (Thrift Savings Plan); annual (vacation) and paid sick leave; family friendly leave policies; 10 paid holidays per year; transit benefits.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.  http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/ei61.asp.


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.

The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please notify the Disability Program Coordinator at (301) 492-2325.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Selectees 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 need favorable education verification, and 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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We strongly encourage you to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position.

Your application for this vacancy must be received online via the USAJoBs application system BEFORE midnight Eastern Time on the cutoff date of this announcement.  If you fail to submit a complete online resume, you will not be considered for this position. Paper applications will not be accepted unless hardship circumstances can be demonstrated and requests for extensions WILL NOT granted. If applying online poses a hardship for you, the Human Resources Specialist listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted online by the closing date.  Applicants must Contact the Human Resources Specialist BEFORE the closing date to speak to someone who can provide assistance for online submission.

Breadth, recency, and length of experience in the field; training, awards, and commendations; past and current performance; and community or outside professional activities will be considered to determine your level of knowledge, skill or ability for this position.


To begin the application process, select the "Apply On-line" button to the right on this screen.  Then follow the prompts to login/register, submit all required supplemental documents, and complete the application process.


List of supplemental material that may be applicable:

If you are a NRC employee you are required to submit your most recent Rating of Record (Performance Appraisal) or a statement saying that one is not available.

If you are a current/reinstatement eligible Federal employee with status (Tenure Group 1 or 2), you will be considered under our merit promotion procedures and must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) to verify competitive status or reinstatement eligibility.  

If you are a Veteran claiming 5-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof of eligibility.  If you are a Veteran claiming 10-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference, plus the proof required by that form.  You can find additional information about Veterans' Preference at http://www.fedshirevets.gov/.

If you are applying for a position that requires a college degree, you must submit your College Transcripts.

All supplemental documents will now be collected electronically and should be submitted before the closing date of this vacancy announcement.  You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:

1.  Use the "USAJOBS" feature to download documents from your USAJOBS portfolio; or
2.  use the "Upload" feature to upload documents directly from your computer.  The following types of documents can be uploaded:  .gif, .jpeg, .png, .rtf, .pfg, and .doc; or
3. use the "Fax" feature to print the Fax Cover Sheet and fax it, along with your supplemental documents to 1-571-258-4052.


Tammy Simmons
Agency Information:
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Office of the Inspector General
Attn: Tammy Simmons
Rockville, MD


You may check the status of your application at any time after the announcement closes by logging onto USAJoBs and selecting "Application Status."

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Rockville, MD

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