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Background

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. Help guide our nation into the next generation of nuclear safety! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission where you can be part of a select group of professionals who protect people and the environment with the peaceful use of nuclear materials in medicine, industry and research.

Duties

This position is located in Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES), Division of Risk Analysis (DRA), Human Factors and Reliability Branch (HFRB), Rockville, MD.
As a Human Factors Psychologist or Human Factors Engineer, you will be responsible for researching and analyzing human performance. You will be progressively responsible for planning, evaluating, and directing research in the human performance areas including human-system interface, human performance modeling, procedures, human reliability, staffing and qualifications as applied to NRC licensees. Assignments require the application of expertise in human performance and reliability methods, models and analysis techniques to develop technical bases and guidance.

Duties include but not limited to, progressively:

1. Serves as an expert in human factors research and analyses responsible for resolving human performance issues. Develops plans for the resolution of issues including identifying the need for RES contracts and developing appropriate work scope. Coordinates the efforts of technical staff and RES contracts necessary to resolve these issues. Conducts human performance and reliability analyses.
2. Serves as Project Manager on commercial and Department of Energy contracts. Develops statements of work for projects and other required contract documents in the assigned human performance area.
3. Maintains liaison with other research efforts and with NRC staff to ensure integration of research results and staff needs into the planning and conduct of related efforts in the Division.
4. Prepares reports as required for effective presentation of the staffs' evaluation to senior staff and the Commission; prepares Research Information Letters reporting on the results of completed research.

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.

For the GG-11 Level: To qualify at the GG-11 grade level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GG-09 grade level which is defined as experience that demonstrates the ability to perform analysis of human performance and reliability as well as technical issues and regulatory problems for nuclear systems; OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree OR a Ph.D. OR equivalent doctoral degree.
For GG-12 Level: To qualify at the GG-12 grade level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GG-11 grade level which is defined as experience that demonstrates the ability to perform analysis of human performance and reliability as well as technical issues and regulatory problems for nuclear systems, particularly those involving safety concerns; and the ability to recommend technical bases for proposed resolutions.
For GG-13 Level: To qualify at the GG-13 grade level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GG-12 grade level which is defined as experience that demonstrates the ability to perform analysis of human performance and reliability as well as technical issues and regulatory problems for nuclear systems, particularly those involving significant safety concerns; and the ability to develop and present sound technical bases for proposed resolutions.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

1. Knowledge of and experience with the principles, theories, and practices of analyzing human and/or organizational performance. Specific knowledge base should include some combination of human-system interface, procedure design, methods for assessing personnel trustworthiness and reliability, fitness for duty, staffing and qualifications, organizational factors, or analysis techniques applied to complex systems. (Examples may include work experience, education, training, and other activities that demonstrate your depth of knowledge of human and/or organizational performance analyses).
2. Knowledge of and experience with planning, performing, managing, and evaluating research on human and/or organizational performance, including assessment methods, the results of which can be used to develop tools for evaluation of human and/or organizational performance in complex systems. (Examples may include experience that describes the scope and complexity of studies you have performed or reviews you have conducted that apply the theories, principles, and methods of human and/or organizational performance to support the evaluation of operational issues, and your specific role).
3. Demonstrated ability to write clearly and make sound logical oral presentations on complex human and/or organizational performance technical issues to professional audiences that are unfamiliar with the science and practice related to human and organizational performance. (Examples may include presentations that you have made (and the audiences) and written material you have originated. Examples may also include work assignments that demonstrate your ability to communicate the results and conclusions of human factors studies or reviews).

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 additional space provided for supplemental response.

Education

Qualifications for 0180 Psychology Series:
Basic Requirements:
Degree: major or equivalent in psychology for all specializations except clinical psychology and counseling psychology. These two specializations have additional educational requirements, as stated below:
• Clinical psychology: For positions at grades GS-11 and above, satisfactory completion of all the requirements for the doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) directly related to full professional work in clinical psychology is required.
• Counseling psychology: For positions at grades GS-9 and above, satisfactory completion of 2 full academic years of graduate study directly related to professional work in counseling psychology, or satisfactory completion in an accredited educational institution of all the requirements for a master's degree directly related to counseling psychology is required.

Qualifications for 0801 Engineering Series:
Basic Requirements:
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.
OR
B. 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:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.)

How to Apply

Visit www.nrc.gov Review the NRC Career Opportunities page, click on “Apply Now” then “Search for New Opportunities” and click on “view a list of current NRC vacancies, please visit USAJobs EXIT.” Find the Human Factors Psychologist or Human Factors Engineer Job Announcement Number RES/DRA-2021-0003 and apply on-line by April 5, 2021. We strongly encourage you to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position so that you correctly submit all necessary materials and documentation. If you are viewing this opportunity after April 5th please visit NRC’s website and discover additional opportunities for which you might be interested.



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