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Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Health Physicist - Direct Hire Notice for RI, RIII & RIV

Architecture and Engineering


$68,299.00 - $105,579.00



Lisle, Illinois, United States


Positions are located in:

Region I, Division of Radiological Safety and Security, King of Prussia, PA

Region III, Division of Radiological Safety and Security and Division of Reactor Safety, Lisle, IL

Region IV, Division of Radiological Safety and Security, Arlington, TX

These positions are being filled via Direct Hire Authority.

These positions are in the Bargaining Unit with the National Treasury Employees Union, Chapter 208.

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Clarification from the agency

Please read this Public Notice for Direct Hire in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration. You are applying to a resume database. Your resume and any documents submitted will be retained and may be used at any time during the open period of this Public Notice. U.S. Citizenship is REQUIRED.


The successful candidate will perform some or all of the full range of radiological and environmental protection licensing activities and/or serve as an inspector to plan, conduct, report and integrate findings associated with radiation protection inspections of active and/or decommissioning light-water reactor facilities, medical facilities, materials facilities using byproduct, source and/or special nuclear materials and Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installations (ISFSI). Such duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Review license applications for all uses of byproduct, source and special nuclear material other than nuclear power production.
  • Perform routine and complex inspections of operating and/or decommissioning reactor facilities, including ISFSI to observe and assure conformance to NRC rules and regulations.
  • Perform routine planned and reactive inspections of materials licensees to ascertain conformity with design and other criteria, evaluate the adequacy of licensee controls and provisions for radiological and environmental safety.
  • Recommend enforcement action with regional management approval when inspection findings indicate a significant violation of the license or NRC rules and regulations
  • Prepare inspection reports to document whether the facility is being operated safely, the licensee’s management control program is effective, and regulatory requirements are being met.

Selectees will be assigned to work in the Region I Office in King of Prussia, PA, Region III Office in Lisle, IL, or Region IV Office in Arlington, TX, based upon geographic preference indicated in their application.

Salary range for GG-11 is based on the 2022 Special Salary Table for Scientific Groups (1300). Salary ranges for GG-12 and GG-13 reflect current 2022 Base GG pay and will also include a locality adjustment of 26.95% for Region I, 29.18% for Region III and 25.68% for Region IV.

Requirements Conditions of Employment
  • This is a Drug Testing position.
  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Background investigation leading to a clearance is required for new hires.
  • Not subject to Confidential Financial Disclosure reporting requirements.
  • Subject to security ownership restriction reporting 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.

Selectees are required to serve a two year trial period to assess their overall fitness and qualifications for continued employment. New employees who are preference eligible veterans serve a one-year trial period.


In addition to the basic education requirements, to qualify for this position you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as: experience that demonstrates specific knowledge in and recent experience with programs that require work with radiological safety programs associated with the use of byproduct, source or special nuclear materials, in areas of medical, industrial, academic and/or decommissioning (material use or reactor operations). You should also have recent experience associated with a regulatory program focused on safety and the ability to present technical information orally and in writing. A description of how you possess the specialized experience as well as how you meet the qualifications desired in an ideal candidate should be included in your resume.

To meet the level of experience for the GG-11 level, one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GG-09 level OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D degree OR a Ph.D OR equivalent doctoral degree.

To meet the level of experience for the GG-12 level, one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GG-11 level.

To meet the level of experience for the GG-13 level, one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GG-12 level.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

  1. Knowledge of the principles, theories and practices in the field of health physics and radiation safety, and in the implementation of programs associated with the use of byproduct, source or special nuclear materials in the areas of medical, industrial, academic, decommissioning (material use or reactor operations), or Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSIs).
  2. Demonstrated ability to perform evaluation and analysis of radiological health hazards, or remediation of either byproduct, source or special nuclear material.
  3. Demonstrated knowledge of NRC rules and regulations related to the radiation protection aspects in the licensing and inspection of byproduct, source, and special nuclear materials.
  4. Demonstrated ability to present technical information both orally and in writing.

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 NRC encourages applicants to provide extensive job experience details in your resume. Applicants may also use the supplemental vacancy question to provide additional information pertaining to specialized experience and ideal candidate criteria.


A. Bachelor's Degree: Natural science or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in health physics, engineering, radiological science, chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, and/or calculus.


B. Combination of education and experience -- courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or other education; or certification as a health physicist by the American Board of Health Physics, plus appropriate experience and other education that provided an understanding of sciences applicable to health physics comparable to that described above.

More detailed information about these alternatives for meeting the knowledge requirements for Federal health physicist positions are described in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management qualification Standards Operating Manual which may be accessed at the following website: [Register to View]

You must include an unofficial copy of your college and/or university transcripts with your application.

Additional information

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the NRC will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. The NRC will request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

Following the agency’s re-entry date of November 7, 2021, the position advertised in this vacancy announcement is not approved for full-time remote or full-time fixed telework. However, most NRC positions are eligible for some type of telework, in accordance with agency policy.

Individuals who are eligible for non-competitive appointment under an OPM special appointing authority may apply for consideration under a comparable NRC non-competitive appointing authority. Veterans, please visit: [Register to View]

The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the coordinator at [Register to View] or TDD [Register to View] . Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Selectee's will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

The NRC is a zero tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use. Individuals selected for these positions will be subject to pre-appointment drug testing.

A transferable security clearance from another agency or a background investigation leading to a clearance is required for all new hires. To begin work at the NRC without a security clearance, you must be granted a temporary waiver of the required clearance, referred to as a 145(b) waiver. To be eligible for a 145(b) waiver you will need a favorable education verification, reference, credit, and criminal history checks. If a wavier is granted, the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication is required for continued employment. If you have resided outside the U.S. for an extended period of time, the agency may not be able to (1) grant the 145(b) waiver where the required investigation cannot be completed in a timely manner, or (2) achieve timely completion of the background investigation required for a security clearance.


A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. [Register to View] target="_blank" rel="noopener">Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

As an NRC employee you will enjoy excellent Federal Benefits, including: comprehensive health and life insurance plans; Flexible Spending Account Program for health and dependent care; Long Term Care Insurance; Dental and Vision Insurance; retirement savings and investment plan similar to 401(k) (Thrift Savings Plan); annual (vacation) and paid sick leave; family friendly leave policies; 11 paid holidays per year; transit benefits. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Applications will be evaluated in the order in which they are received based upon the information provided in your resume and your responses to the vacancy questions to determine your qualification for these positions. Qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager(s) for possible interview and selection based upon the number of available vacancies to be filled in each office. Please keep in mind your resume is of key importance for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position. You must respond to all required vacancy questions.

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Required Documents

List of supplemental material that may be applicable:

If you are a current/reinstatement eligible Federal employee with status (Tenure Group 1 or 2), you will be considered under our merit promotion procedures and must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) to verify competitive status or reinstatement eligibility.

You must include an unofficial copy of your college and/or university transcripts with your application. If you fail to submit transcripts with your application you will be considered ineligible and will not receive further consideration.

All supplemental documents will now be collected electronically and should be submitted before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:

1. Use the "USAJOBS" feature to download documents from your USAJOBS portfolio; or

2. Use the "Upload" feature to upload documents directly from your computer. The following types of documents can be uploaded: .gif, .jpeg, .png, .rtf, .pdf, and .doc; or

3. Use the "Fax" feature to print the Fax Cover Sheet and fax it, along with your supplemental documents to 1-[Register to View] .

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from [Register to View] .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

How to Apply

We strongly encourage you to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position.

Your application for this vacancy must be received online via the USAJOBS application system BEFORE 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete online application, you will not be considered for this position.

The NRC requires that applicants submit resumes built using the USAJOBS Resume Builder tool. The Resume Builder tool is activated upon selecting "Build New Resume" under the "Resumes" section of your USAJOBS account.

Resumes uploaded to your USAJOBS jobseeker account that have not been built using the USAJOBS Resume Builder tool WILL NOT be accepted and you WILL NOT be allowed to further advance through the NRC application process.

To ensure you are using the correct resume type when applying to our vacancies, please make sure that the resume you are using during the application process is listed with a format type of "USAJOBS Resume" and a source type of "Built with USAJOBS Resume Builder. Verifying this information on your USAJOBS resume before applying will ensure the successful submission of your application to the NRC job vacancy.

Paper applications will not be accepted unless hardship circumstances can be demonstrated. Requests for extensions WILL NOT be granted. If applying online poses a hardship for you, the Human Resources Specialist listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted online by the closing date. Applicants must contact the Human Resources Specialist during business hours BEFORE the closing date of the announcement and speak to someone who can provide assistance for your online submission.

You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume. Breadth, recency, and length of experience in the field; training, awards, and commendations; past and current performance; and community or outside professional activities will be considered to determine your level of knowledge, skill or ability for this position.

To begin the application process, select the "Apply On-line" button to the right on this screen. Then follow the prompts to login/register, submit all required supplemental documents, and complete the application process.

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