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Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Materials Engineer or Metalurgist

Architecture and Engineering


$126.23 - $164.10


Full Time

On Site


Rockville, Maryland, United States


As a Materials Engineer/Metallurgist you will perform a full range of duties related to the technical assessment of materials issues in light, non-light water nuclear reactors, or other regulated facilities. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Review complex materials engineering or metallurgy-related issues to evaluate implementation of NRC regulations and requirements in the licensing of light- and non-light water nuclear reactors or other regulated facilities, including generating safety evaluation reports regarding design certification applications (Part 52), combined license applications (Part 52), construction permit applications (Part 50), operating license applications (Part 50), and license renewal applications (Part 54).
  • Develop regulations and regulatory guidance related to materials in nuclear reactors or other regulated facilities.
  • Participate in industry consensus codes and standards committees related to materials and evaluates industry codes and standards for endorsement.
  • Provide specialized technical assistance and advice to NRC management and staff and communicates complex materials engineering or metallurgy-related issues with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Utilize leadership skills to organize, direct, train, and review junior staff activities on the review and resolution of complex technical and regulatory issues. Develop integrated work plans and schedules to coordinate complex, multi-disciplined technical and regulatory activities for various groups, teams, or projects.
  • Serve as a liaison for research and regulatory activities, monitors international events and operating experience, participates in international meetings.
  • Identify need for contractor support to complement existing resources and expertise necessary to address complex issues in assigned areas of responsibility.

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  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • This is a Drug Testing position.
  • Must be able to meet/maintain security & suitability requirements.

You must meet the qualifications for this position by no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.


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

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as experience with the that demonstrates evaluation of materials or metallurgy principles in nuclear reactors or other regulated facilities.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

  1. Demonstrated knowledge of the principles, theories, and practices of materials engineering or metallurgy in the evaluation of nuclear reactors or other regulated facilities.

  2. Demonstrated experience in leading, managing, or participating with others in complex, highly technical research projects or tasks related to materials or metallurgical engineering that utilized risk-informed decision making and sound technical judgement, and lead to timely issue resolution.

  3. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with management and staff, colleagues, and representatives of external organizations.
  4. Demonstrated ability to communicate and present technical information clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.

A description of how you possess the specialized experience should be addressed in your resume, the vacancy questions, and in the additional space provided for your supplemental response.


  1. GG-0806 (Materials Engineering Series):

Basic Requirements:

  • 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 meeting additional OPM requirements.

GG-1321, (Metallurgy Series):

Basic requirements:

  • Degree: metallurgy or metallurgical engineering that included at least 20 semester hours in metallurgical subjects.


  • Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.