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Posted by: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on May 26, 2023


Rockville , MD 20852

Job Description:


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.

This position is in the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR), Division of Advanced Reactors and Non-Power Production and Utilization Facilities (DANU), Non-Power Production & Utilization Facility Oversight Branch (UNPO).


If selected for this position, you will be responsible for the regulatory programs associated with operator licensing programs for non-power reactor facilities (NPUFs). Your duties may include but are not limited to:
• Review and evaluate efforts in the operator licensing examination area related to examination content, procedures, and administration.
• Develop appropriate regulations, regulatory guidance, and generic letters to ensure licensed operators have the skills necessary to safely operate research and test reactors, and thereby assure public health and safety and protection of the environment.
• Formulate examiner training programs to supplement examiner development and maintenance of skills.
• Manage technical assistance and research contractors in the resolution of regulatory analyses, examination concerns and the licensing process; and participate in the continuing development of computer systems related to examination content and administration.
• Prepare material for Commission papers, rule changes, and other policy matters. Present said material at Commission and ACRS meetings, during public hearings and to other audiences inside and outside of the NRC.

In order to qualify for this position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GG/GS-13) in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.


Experience in the administration and planning of nuclear reactor operator examinations or nuclear reactor inspections, which demonstrates technical knowledge of NRC programs and policies. Nuclear reactor operator examination or nuclear reactor inspection experience must include one or more of the following: 1) resolving licensing or policy considerations; 2) developing guidance; or 3) performing nuclear reactor inspections.
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 may also be addressed in the vacancy question provided for your supplemental response.

The IDEAL CANDIDATE will be able to demonstrate the following:

1. Demonstrated knowledge of nuclear engineering theories and principles for operating reactor facilities (i.e., research reactors, test reactors, nuclear power reactors, or nuclear facilities) including design, operation, operator licensing, inspection, or maintenance.
(EXAMPLES: Provide in your resume several examples of your specific experience, education, and training that demonstrate your knowledge of nuclear engineering theories and principles for operating reactor facilities. Describe your experience with licensing of operators, operation of nuclear reactors, inspection of nuclear reactors, and/or experience with analyzing reactor designs. Highlight any licensing and operational challenges you faced and how they were resolved. Clearly define which operating reactor facilities you have experience with, your role and the results of your individual actions.)
2. Ability to develop, apply, and/or interpret NRC rules, regulations, or other industry standards and guidelines as related to operating reactor facilities (i.e., research reactors, test reactors, nuclear power reactors, or nuclear facilities) in the areas of operator licensing or inspections.
(EXAMPLES: Describe in your resume your level of expertise and all of the specific NRC rules, regulations, or other industry standards and guidelines you have experience with developing, applying, or interpreting as related to operating reactor facilities in the areas of operator licensing and/or inspections. Describe your work assignments or products (e.g., inspection reports, reactor operator examinations, code or standards working group, Commission papers, technical reviews, safety evaluation reports, etc.), that demonstrate your abilities and clearly define your role, challenges, and the results and outcomes.)
3. Demonstrated ability to communicate information, ideas, and advice in a clear, concise and logical manner, both orally and in writing.
(EXAMPLES: Describe in your resume your experience in making oral presentations and preparing written documents, and the various levels of individuals for which presentations were made. Clearly describe your role for each provided example (were you the primary communicator, secondary level communicator, etc.) Discuss examples where you have used skills in communicating complex technical and policy issues to NRC staff and management, general public, governmental agencies, specific industry groups, the public, or others. Clearly describe which audiences you have communicated with (e.g., division or office management, senior executive management, the public, licensees, applicants, the NRC Commission, EDO, ACRS, Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards,, etc.) Describe the various written products you have authored (e.g. reactor operator examinations, policy papers, briefing papers, etc. Discuss how your oral or written communications have played a role in the understanding or resolution of issues.)
4. Ability to use interpersonal skills to interact effectively with peers, management, and representatives of the industry, and to develop and implement successful approaches to problem solving and conflict resolution.
(EXAMPLES: Describe in your resume your specific experience, accomplishments, or training, which demonstrate your interpersonal skills. Provide examples of relevant technical projects/tasks you have developed and managed with a focus on identification of problem areas, emerging issues, and processes used to achieve resolution. Describe situations where it was necessary for you to use tact, diplomacy, and negotiation skills to achieve cooperation or consensus when interacting with staff, management, or external stakeholders. Describe your role in successful team work, team building, coalition building, or small group dynamics. Describe how your interpersonal skills have played a role in the understanding or resolution of issues. Describe successful interactions with internal and external stakeholders, industry contacts, international contacts, or internal agency contacts at various levels. Include several examples demonstrating the above.)


You must include an unofficial or official copy of your college and/or university transcripts with your application. Education must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of credibility of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. If you have multiple degrees (e.g., BS, MS, PhD) please submit transcripts for each degree. If you are qualifying for an 800 Series Engineering position under OPM’s basic requirements Section B, you must also provide copies of your 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; OR 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.

GG-0801 (General Engineering Series):

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.
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:
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.
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.
Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences.
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.)

GG-1301, (General Physical Science Series):

A. 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 Engineer/Scientist (RTR Examiner) Job Announcement Number NRR/DANU-2023-0006 and apply on-line by June 5, 2023. 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 June 5th please visit NRC’s website and discover additional opportunities for which you might be interested.

Education Level:

Bachelors degree or higher

Pay Rate:

Over $100,000

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About U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is an independent agency that was established by the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974 and began operations in 1975. NRC’s mission is to license and regulate the Nation’s civilian use of radioactive materials to provide reasonable assurance of adequate protection of public health and safety and to promote the common defense and security and to protect the environment. In carrying out its mission it exercises the following vision: Demonstrate the Principles of Good Regulation (independence, openness, efficiency, clarity, and reliability) in performing our mission. NRC’s scope of responsibility includes: the regulation of commercial nuclear power plants, research and test reactors, nuclear fuel cycle facilities, medical, academic, and industrial uses of radioactive materials; the decommissioning of these facilities and sites; and, the transport, storage, and disposal of radioactive materials and wastes. NRC issues licenses for civilian uses of radioactive materials, oversees the licensees, and certifies standard nuclear reactor designs and spent fuel storage casks and transportation packages. It also licenses the import and export of radioactive materials; participates in international nuclear activities, including multilateral and bilateral safety and security activities; and works closely with its international counterparts to enhance nuclear safety and security worldwide. To accomplish its overall mission NRC has identified two Strategic Goals—To ensure the safe and secure use of radioactive materials. We need a wide variety of administrative and technical staff to accomplish our objectives. We hire engineers, scientists, security specialists, information technology professionals, financial analysts, and a range of other occupations. We’re constantly looking for outstanding individuals at all levels – recent grads, mid-career professionals, and senior leaders.

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