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Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Emergency Preparedness Specialist (Licensing)

Architecture and Engineering


$106,823.00 - $138,868.00



Maryland, Maryland, United States


The successful candidate will serve as the Emergency Preparedness Specialist responsible for developing, evaluating, and coordinates certain aspects of the emergency preparedness (EP) program. The selectee will review and evaluate licensing actions related to radiological emergency plans for new, operating and decommissioning nuclear power reactors, research and test reactors, fuel cycle facilities, spent fuel facilities, and medical isotope production facilities. The selectee will assist in the coordination of related research and technical assistance program. The selectee will support the development and clarification of standards and criteria for the EP at nuclear facilities and participates in development and preparation of related criteria, standards, and guides.

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  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • This is a Drug Testing position.
  • Background investigation leading to a clearance is required for new hires.

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.

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 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the theory, principles, and practices in the general field of engineering or physical science with specific knowledge of nuclear reactor, fuel cycle, or materials facilities
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the theory, principles, and practices of health physics and/or systems engineering and their application to emergency preparedness and response.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of NRC policies, plans, and practices in response to accidents at nuclear power plants, fuel cycle, or materials facilities.
  4. Demonstrated ability to communicate information, ideas, and advice in a clear, concise, and logical manner, both orally and in writing.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as experience in the development and/or implementation of emergency preparedness plans and programs based on Federal standards and regulations for NRC-licensed facilities (e.g., power reactors, research and test reactors, independent spent fuel storage installations, and fuel cycle facilities). In addition, the experience must demonstrate the ability to review, analyze, and make sound engineering/scientific recommendations related to emergency preparedness and response.

A description of how you possess the specialized experience as well as how you meet the qualifications should be addressed in your resume.


Basic requirement for General Engineer, GG-801: A professional engineering degree is required. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; 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 a 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 professional 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.

Basic requirement for General Physical Science Series, GG-1301: 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. OR a combination of education and experience. Education equivalent to one of the majors shown above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.