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Background

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proud to be ranked among the best places to work for compensation, work-life balance, and performance for mid-sized agencies 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 the Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards (NMSS), Division of Fuel Management (DFM), Inspection and Oversight Branch (IOB), Headquarters, Rockville, MD.

The successful candidate will perform the full range of Transportation and Storage Safety Inspector duties. The successful candidate will serve as a senior safety inspector in the Division of Fuel Management (DFM) with responsibility for the inspection of and inspection of design, fabrication, use and maintenance of casks used for the transportation or storage of radioactive materials and development of Commission QA policy as it applies to designers, fabricators and users of transportation packaging and spent fuel storage systems, fuel facilities, enrichment facilities, and other fuel cycle projects as assigned.

Such duties include but are not limited to:

1. Plans and leads multi-disciplined team inspections of designers, fabricators and users of transportation packaging and spent fuel storage systems, focusing on implementation of regulatory requirements, and preservation of component functionality.
2. Coordinates the development of new inspection approaches and revisions to the existing inspection programs to ensure that the program is performance based and conforms to current agency policies and practices.
3. Reviews new or revised NRC regulations and develops changes to existing inspection procedures and/or the QA program review methodology to assure consistency with agency policies and practices.
4. Oversees preparation of generic industry guidance of QA programs as it applies to designers, fabricators and users of transportation packaging and spent fuel storage systems, fuel facilities, enrichment facilities, and other fuel cycle projects
5. Reviews submittals relative to regulatory requirements and guidance and prepares safety evaluation inputs and/or technical reports to support licensing, license amendments, certifications, and exemption.

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.

This opportunity will be filled at either the GG-14 or GG-15 grade levels.

The ideal GG-14 candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:
1. Knowledge of an engineering or scientific discipline, or radiation protection or QA principles, and demonstrated ability to conduct and lead multi-disciplinary inspections of NRC licensees, certificate holders, vendors, and suppliers.
(Describe specific work experience, education, and training that demonstrate ability to act as a subject matter expert in an engineering or scientific discipline, or radiation protection or QA principles. Describe specific work experience, education, and training that demonstrate your ability to perform, as a member or leader of an inspection team, inspections of NRC licensees, certificate holders, vendors, and suppliers, or entities that operate under equivalent (DOE or NQA-1) QA programs. Describe experience or ability to develop inspection plans and schedules, direct and coordinate inspection team activities, participate in interviews of licensee, etc., staff and management, and prepare inspection reports.)
2. Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
(Describe specific experience, training and accomplishments that demonstrate your communication skills. Describe in detail your ability to (1) lead complex technical discussions and consolidate complex and diverse opinions into concise presentations; (2) formulate balanced and well founded recommendations. Describe the various levels of individuals you interact with and for what purposes. Describe presentations or formal training you delivered and what topics.)
3. Demonstrated ability to establish effective working relationships with peers, co-workers, and various levels of management both inside and outside the agency.
(Describe your experience with collaborative efforts in which you were part of a diverse interdisciplinary team. Describe opportunities where you worked as a part of a team and in which you had the responsibility for directing a team. Describe experiences involving your co-workers and individuals from other organizations. Describe experiences with dealing with various levels of management both within and outside your current organization. Include a discussion of challenging situations including both technical and personal complications which had to be resolved.)
4. Demonstrated ability to manage all aspects of a complex project: development, coordination, review, scheduling, etc.
(Describe specific work experience that demonstrates your ability to handle the technical and administrative aspects of project management. Address your experience with all aspects of project management from design through implementation to final product.)
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE for the GG-14 is defined as knowledge of overall engineering or scientific principles related to the safety inspection activities in the area of design, fabrication, use and maintenance of casks used for the transportation or storage of radioactive materials which may include performing lead roles in complex, multi-disciplined team inspections. Additionally, knowledge of QA programs as it applies to designers, fabricators and users of transportation packaging and spent fuel storage systems, fuel facilities, enrichment facilities, and other fuel cycle projects. 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.

The GG-15 ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:
1. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in an engineering or scientific discipline, or radiation protection or QA principles related to the design, fabrication, maintenance and use of cask storage systems, fuel cycle facilities, or related technologies.
(Examples may include specific training, education and work experience that demonstrate your knowledge as a subject matter expert in an engineering or scientific discipline, or radiation protection or QA principles related to technical assessments of design, fabrication, maintenance and use of packaging and dry cask storage systems, Fuel cycle facilities, or related technologies. For example, completing safety evaluations, supporting inspection programs, enforcement, licensee amendments, and exemptions. Have experience with the revised Fuel Cycle Oversight Process, the Reactor Oversight Process, NRC Enforcement Policy, and Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation Enhancement Program.)
2. Demonstrated knowledge of NRC regulations, regulatory guides, industry codes and standards applicable to QA programs.
(Examples may include work experience and training, gained through industry, NRC, or other organizations, that demonstrates your knowledge of the above. Provide several examples of work assignments that required you to apply your knowledge of the regulatory instruments and standards listed.)
3. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with internal and external organizations on projects on a variety of subjects related to quality assurance and inspection programs, as it applies to designers, fabricators, and users of transportation packaging and spent fuel storage systems, fuel facilities, enrichment facilities, and other fuel cycle projects.
(Examples may include specific experience and accomplishments communicating effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds in various organizations. Examples may also include your role and responsibilities in interfacing with other organizations to resolve problems and/or recommended solutions to these problems.)
4. Demonstrated ability to communicate and present technical information clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
(Examples may include oral presentations and/or written documents you prepared and the various levels of individuals for which presentations were made. Examples may also include where you have utilized skills in communicating complex technical issues to professional societies, peers, management, general public, governmental agencies, or others.)
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE for the GG-15 is defined as experience that demonstrates an ability to independently review, analyze and develop of policy and criteria pertaining to the design, fabrication and use of transportation packaging and dry cask storage systems, and fuel cycle facilities. Provides expert technical and programmatic support on safety inspection activities in the area of design, fabrication, use and maintenance of casks used for the transportation or storage of radioactive materials which may include performing lead roles in complex, multi-disciplined team inspections. Additionally, provides expert technical support on QA programs as it applies to designers, fabricators and users of transportation packaging and spent fuel storage systems, fuel facilities, enrichment facilities, and other fuel cycle projects. 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

For General Engineering Series 0801:
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
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.
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, 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.)

For General Physical Science Series 1301:
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
or
2. Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in 1. 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 Transportation and Storage Safety Inspector Job Announcement Number NMSS/DFM-2022-0015 and apply on-line by November 1, 2022. If you are viewing this opportunity after November 1st please visit NRC’s website and discover additional opportunities for which you might be interested.


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