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Health Physicist (inspector)

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

This is a Full-time position in Lisle, IL posted May 1, 2021.

SummaryThis position is located in the Division of Nuclear Materials Safety, Materials Control, ISFSI & Decommissioning Branch, Region III Office, Lisle, IL. The supervisor is David E. Hills, Branch Chief. This is a Bargaining Unit position. Selectee is not subject to Office of Government Ethics Confidential Financial Disclosure reporting requirements. Learn more about this agency ResponsibilitiesAs a region-based inspector, you will inspect and evaluate the effectiveness of licensee health physics performance; radiological monitoring, remediation, and waste transportation; facility and equipment material condition; conformance with NRC regulations and industry standards; and a wide variety of operational, maintenance and engineering activities at decommissioning reactor facilities or Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installations. You will resolve complex technical safety issues; participate in communication and out-reach initiatives involving licensees, the public, and Federal, state, and local officials; and perform reactive inspections and assessments in response to events at these facilities.Travel Required 50% or less – Generally, up to 30% travel is required. Supervisory status No Promotion Potential 13 Job family (Series) 0801 General Engineering 1306 Health Physics Help Requirements Conditions of Employment U.S. Citizenship Required Background investigation leading to a clearance is required for new hires. Appointees are subject to a 2-year trial period Veterans Preference eligibles subject to a 1-year trial period This is a Drug Testing position. In addition to the basic education/knowledge requirements described above, you must possess at least 1 year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade level. To meet the level of experience, you will need 5+ years of post bachelor’s degree experience or at least 3+ years of post master’s degree experience working with radiological safety technology, including radiation physics and dosimetry, with particular emphasis on the use of ionizing radiation in medicine and industry. 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.QualificationsThe ideal candidate for this position must demonstrate in their resume: 1. Demonstrated knowledge of the principles, theory and practice of health physics, radiation protection, or radioactive material exposure control to identify, analyze and develop conclusions regarding assessments of regulatory programs or licensee performance in implementing radiation safety programs and controls. 2. Demonstrated ability to perform evaluations and analysis of radiological health hazards.3. Demonstrated knowledge of radiological aspects of decomminissioning activities and facility/site release.4. Demonstrated knowledge of NRC rules and regulations related to radiation protection/health physics in the inspection of radiation safety.5. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. (Focus in on the ability to present technical information effectively to a variety of audiences. Complex technical issues that were presented orally/or in written reports to peers, higher level management, outside organizations, and public audiences. Communications that played a role in understanding or resolution of an issue and in gaining consensus. Ability to effectively interact and cooperate with personnel of varying technical backgrounds and to function as a team member.)Education BASIC EDUCATION/PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS:Candidates must possess knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices in the general field of health physics, evidenced by possession of a bachelor’s degree in a natural science or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in health physics, engineering, radiological science, chemistry, physics, biology, and mathematics, including calculus or equivalent. Additional informationThe 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 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: 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 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.Read more How You Will Be EvaluatedYou will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.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 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. Please keep in mind your resume is of key importance for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position. To preview questions please click here. Read more Background checks and security clearanceSecurity clearance L Access Authorization Drug test required Yes Help Required DocumentsIMPORTANT NOTE: To be considered, all applicable supplemental documents MUST be received by the closing date of the announcement. Failure to timely submit requested supplemental documents will result in you being rated not qualified or otherwise being eliminated from consideration for having an incomplete application. Conversely, ONLY the specified supplemental materials will be accepted and considered along with your online resume and responses. DO NOT send training course certificates, awards certificates, letters of appreciation, etc. If you wish to have such training and accomplishments considered, you must list them in your online resume.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 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, .pdf, and .doc; or 3. Use the “Fax” feature to print the Fax Cover Sheet and fax it, along with your supplemental documents to 1-630-515-1278.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. Help BenefitsA 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. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits. 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. our benefits 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.