Neutron Scattering Facility Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy
The Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) is recruiting for a Neutron Scattering Facility Program Manager position. Please review information about the position and the application process, which is provided below.
The Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) within the Office of Science in the Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking an individual (US Citizenship required) to manage a portfolio of Neutron Scattering Facilities, within the Scientific User Facilities Division. This is a permanent position located in Germantown, Maryland and the successful applicant will become a Federal employee under the GS pay and benefit system. The job title is Physical Scientist (GS 15) with a pay range of $142,701 to $170,800.
This position is to be filled under the OPM Government-Wide Direct Hire Authority for Certain STEM Positions. An Appointment made with this authority may be processed as a new appointment into the Civil Service. The incumbent may be required to serve a mandatory one (1) year probationary period. Additionally, a preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work. All positions are subject to satisfactory security and suitability determinations. The incumbent must complete an Employment and Financial Disclosure. Additionally, this position may be designated as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) and subject to testing for illegal drug use.
The Neutron Scattering Facility program manager will provide federal oversight of the two BES neutron scattering facilities, High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) and Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), located at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The Neutron Scattering Facility program manager will monitor the operational performance of the two facilities and assess their success in servicing the needs of the neutron user community. The Neutron Scattering Facility program manager will also provide subject matter expertise as needed to the BES construction program managers for the construction of new and upgraded neutron scattering facilities (e.g., Proton Power Upgrade (PPU) and the Second Target Station (STS)). In addition, the successful candidate will interact with the Neutron Scattering program manager in the BES Material Science and Engineering Division (MSED) and the DOE Isotope program managers to ensure that the BES facilities are meeting the needs of these neutron-based user communities.
The Neutron Scattering Facility program manager will monitor the operation and scientific productivity of the facilities including neutron production and the endstations to use the neutrons for research. The Neutron Scattering Facility program manager will organize independent triennial peer reviews, recommend funding allocations, serve as a liaison on committees, assess scientific and technical development of the facilities and assess their success as BES scientific user facilities to support the scientific needs of the neutron user community. The Neutron Scattering Facility program manager also serves as the backup for the X-Ray Scattering Facility program manager during the absences of the latter.
Applicants must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service. Such experience includes evaluating the effect of technical developments on fundamental policies, objectives and goals; developing new concepts, plan, and evaluate long-range programs and projects; planning and executing specialized programs on scientific, technical, administrative, and fiscal matters; and/or developing and managing funding for scientific research programs, and determining funding levels, and recommending proposal, denials and program determinations for assigned programs.
The successful candidate will be a scientist who is recognized for expertise in the use and development of neutron scattering facilities. The successful candidate must demonstrate an understanding of the operation of reactor and spallation-based neutron sources as large scale scientific user facilities. S/he must have previous experience with the production of high intensity neutron beams and/or the experimental use of neutrons as fundamental probes for scientific research.
Additionally, experience should involve determining the scientific focus and direction of a scientific user facility, organizing independent peer reviews, recommending funding allocations, and monitoring scientific program progress. Additionally, experience should involve managing scientific research, such as developing and defending requests for funding within an organization and managing budgets and staffing for research project(s). Experience in effective communication of information orally and in writing is expected, such as publication of research involving neutron scattering in the scientific literature and presenting strategies, advisory opinions and recommendations to managers and supervisors, as well as to varied audiences in formal and informal settings
This position has a positive education requirement. Therefore, you MUST provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. This documentation can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. For specific education requirements, please see the Education Requirements. If selected, official transcripts may be requested. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.
In addition to the above-referenced experience, applicants must have one of the following to satisfy the basic requirements for this position:
A degree in 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.
A 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.
Applications for this position must include the following:
A cover letter detailing previous experience relevant to the duties and qualifications required for a Neutron Scattering Facilities Program Manager position
A curriculum vitae with a complete list of publications
Your application must describe how you meet the qualifications and how your past experience demonstrates that you possess the knowledge and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of this position.
Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Linda L Horton (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information about this position and the application process.
Please forward this information to those who might be interested in the position or can help identify qualified candidates for this position. If applicants are interested in additional Physical Scientist positions with the Department of Energy, please visit the following Direct Hire Open & Continuous Announcement: TN-19-DOE-1301-OCDH.
About Department of Energy, Office of Science
Basic Energy Sciences (BES) supports fundamental research to understand, predict, and ultimately control matter and energy at the electronic, atomic, and molecular levels in order to provide the foundations for new energy technologies and to support DOE missions in energy, environment, and national security. The BES program also plans, constructs, and operates major scientific user facilities to serve researchers from universities, national laboratories, and private institutions. The BES program funds work at more than 160 research institutions through the following three Divisions:
Materials Sciences and Engineering Division
Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division
Scientific User Facilities Division
The research disciplines that the BES program supports—condensed matter and materials physics, chemistry, geosciences, and aspects of physical biosciences—are those that discover new materials and design new chemical processes. These disciplines touch virtually every aspect of energy resources, production, conversion, transmission, storage, efficiency, and waste mitigation. BES research provides a knowledge base to help understand, predict, and ultimately control... the natural world and serves as an agent of change in achieving the vision of a secure and sustainable energy future.
The energy systems of the future—whether they tap sunlight, store electricity, or make fuel from splitting water or reducing carbon dioxide—will revolve around materials and chemical changes that convert energy from one form to another. Such materials will need to be more functional than today’s energy materials. To control chemical reactions or to convert a solar photon to an electron requires coordination of multiple steps, each carried out by customized materials with designed nanoscale structures. Such advanced materials are not found in nature; they must be designed and fabricated to exacting standards using principles revealed by basic science.
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