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This position is located in the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES), Division of Systems Analysis (DSA), Accident Analysis Branch (AAB), Rockville, MD
As Reactor Systems Engineer (Data Scientist) or Reactor Systems Scientist (Data Scientist) you will assist in the coordination, planning, development, and technical direction of nuclear safety research programs.

Duties include but are not limited to:

1. Develops solutions to reactor system regulatory issues through the use of data analysis, analytical applications, visualization, and machine learning.
2. Provides technical review of obtained data and analytical efforts and works with senior staff to integrate results with regulatory requirements, interfaces with NRC user offices and assures timely dissemination of results to user offices.
3. Manages or supports the management of contracts with external organizations that are needed to support NRC's needs in the area of data science, maintenance, development, verification, validation, documentation, and distribution.
4. Interacts with external stakeholders including Licensees, private organizations, and members of the international community to develop input to data analysis and new activities.
5. Presents at technical and programmatic review meetings. Presents at conferences and seminars sponsored by the NRC and/or professional societies addressing new and novel uses of data science for reactor safety analysis, as requested.
In order to qualify for this position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (13) in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as experience that demonstrates knowledge of reactor systems design and data analysis, analytical applications, digital twinning, big data engineering, algorithms, domain expertise (e.g., data cleansing, data management, analytics, visualization and engineering) and/or statistics and machine learning.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

1. Demonstrated knowledge of engineering theories, principles, and practices as applied to the design, maintenance, inspection, licensing, or operation of nuclear power plants and or safety analyses of nuclear power plant systems.
Examples may include work experience, education, training and assignments that apply engineering theories, principles, and practices to the design, maintenance, inspection, licensing, or operation of nuclear power plants (safety analysis, technical evaluations, criteria and testing plans for plant modifications, performance of operability determinations, or oversight of the station reactivity management program).
2. Knowledge and experience of data science theory, principles, and practices as it applies to evaluating the function or safety of nuclear reactor systems through agile and dynamic analytics that enable decision-making and use existing and new analytical and graphical codes and tools (e.g. Python, Tableau, MATLAB, NLTK, etc.).
Examples may include your experience using data analytics, developing and accessing analytical codes, user interfaces, database systems, identifying technically defensible data streams, interpreting and communicating results, evaluating the accuracy and reliability of such analyses. Examples include your specific role and specific work products.
3. Demonstrated experience in planning, executing, and coordinating complex technical or analytical programs.
Examples may include your experience in planning, executing, and coordinating complex technical or analytical programs. Examples may also include your ability to review and coordinate the activities of a project within schedule and resource limitations, where the scope and complexity of the projects and how well you performed your role is identified or described.
4. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with management, staff, coworkers, and personnel of external organizations.
Examples may include your experience establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with management, staff, coworkers, and personnel of external organizations where the various types and levels of individuals you routinely interact with and for what purposes are identified or described. Examples may also include your experience that required you to use tact, diplomacy, and negotiation skills to achieve cooperation and develop consensus and to use informal and formal networks to build support for programs. This can include examples that show your ability to serve as a point of contact across work units, industry, advisory groups, international organizations, and other stakeholders, and your ability to provide advice and recommendations on research areas and initiatives to enhance regulatory effectiveness and efficiency.
5. Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate technical information both orally and in writing.
Examples include specific experience and accomplishments that demonstrate your ability to lead complex technical discussions and to consolidate complex and diverse opinions, data, or analysis results into concise, balanced, and well-founded recommendations. Examples may also include your experience in producing high quality technical reports and experience orally presenting technical work to diverse stakeholders.

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 and in the additional space provided for supplemental response.


Qualification for 0801 Series:

Basic Requirements:
1. 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.
1. 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:
2. Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, 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.
3. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 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.
4. 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.
5. 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. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)
More detailed information about these alternatives are described in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards Operating Manual which may be accessed at the following website: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/general-engineering-series-0801/

Qualification for 1301 series:

Basic Requirements:
1. 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.
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.

How to Apply

Visit www.nrc.gov Review the NRC Opportunities page and click on “view a list of current NRC vacancies, please visit USAJobs EXIT.” Find the Reactor Systems Engineer (Data Scientist) or Reactor Systems Scientist (Data Scientist) Job Announcement Number RES/DSA-2020-0010 and apply on-line by September 14, 2020. If you are viewing this opportunity after September 14th please visit NRC’s website and discover additional opportunities for which you might be interested.

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