Seismic Safety Specialist

Location:      DOE Forrestal Building, Washington, DC. Full-time with a Remote Work Option.

This position is for a Seismic Safety Specialist to provide support to the Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Safety, Infrastructure, and Operations (NA-50). NA-50 is responsible for NNSA safety, infrastructure, nuclear materials transportation, environment and sustainability, and nuclear materials management. The Office of Safety (NA-51), a sub-office in NA-50, supports the effective development and consistent implementation of safety programs and requirements across the nuclear security enterprise. The office provides support to senior NNSA leadership involving nuclear safety policy, requirements, and guidance on nuclear safety matters and responds to nuclear safety issues identified by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, Office of Health, Safety, and Security, or other organizations.


  • Primary duty entails performance of professional engineering and scientific work as a technical staff member engaged in work requiring the application of broad professional knowledge of engineering and scientific principles and methods to contribute toward the mission and functions of the employing NNSA organization. The work is predominantly intellectual in character and requires consistent exercise of discretion and judgment in application of engineering and scientific principles to identify and resolve technical issues.
  • The incumbent serves as a technical expert for Natural Phenomena Hazard (NPH) seismic, with an emphasis on the safety basis and design integration and risk assessment of DOE NNSA nuclear and high hazard facilities seismic safety.
  • Reviews the implementation of systems and components to prevent or mitigate the hazards that may be present in nuclear facilities as it relates to seismic hazards.
  • Provides oversight for the design, installation, use and maintenance of controls relied upon for safe operations.
  • Provides advice, insight, and expertise on all matters regarding seismic safety in accordance with DOE safety policies and regulatory requirements.
  • Provides support for NNSA new nuclear/high hazard facility projects or modifications to existing DOE nuclear and high hazard facilities.
  • Provides support and advice regarding DOE NNSA nuclear/high hazard facilities seismic performance risk assessments.
  • Reviews content and implementation of safety/authorization basis for compliance with applicable DOE Directives and appropriate codes, standards, and requirements. Identify necessary changes to and reviews draft revisions of applicable DOE Orders, Standards, and Guides subject to seismic safety. Provides authoritative advice on issues related to DOE seismic natural phenomena hazard STD 1020-2016 requirements.
  • Provides expert advice on seismic risks and hazards as they impact our nuclear/high hazard facilities.
  • Takes the lead on seismic safety matters subject to DOE O 420.1C, applicable DOE Standards (i.e., DOE-STD-1020-2016), and other recognized seismic industry safety standards.
  • Prepares positions on appropriate application of codes, directives, standards, and regulations related to nuclear safety and seismic related risks at NNSA facilities and determines their applicability to nuclear activities conducted at NNSA sites.
  • Reviews requests for exemptions to directives that affect nuclear safety as related to seismic issues, determines whether safety impacts have been adequately addressed, and makes recommendations as to Central Technical Authority concurrence.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science with Major in area of specialization.
  • At least 3 years’ experience with NNSA performing seismic safety specialist work as defined in the essential functions.
  • Strong knowledge of DOE O 420.1C, applicable DOE Standards (i.e., DOE-STD-1020-2016), and other recognized seismic industry safety standards.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Work assignment requires professional knowledge in multiple fields of engineering and/or physical science.
  • The professional engineering and scientific knowledge required to perform the work assignment can only be attained through completion of a course of study leading to a professional degree in an engineering field or physical science field.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; superior writing and editing skills in the creation of documents and procedures. Skilled in articulating complex issues at a level easily understood, in both oral and written form.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • Proficient in Adobe and SharePoint.
  • Willingness to work directly with clients in an environment that changes rapidly; must possess a mature approach to the personal interactions between a consultant and the client.
  • Must be an independent, self-starter with excellent organizational skills and an ability to multi-task and be comfortable working with a team of technical experts in varying fields of security and emergency operations disciplines.
  • DOE site access will require the qualified candidate be a U.S. citizen with an active Top Secret or DOE Q clearance. The candidate’s written consent to conduct a background check for the purposes of obtaining a security clearance will be required as a condition of employment.
  • May require the periodic successful completion of a counterintelligence-scope polygraph examination.
  • Ongoing reviews and tests for the absence of any illegal substances will be conducted as a requirement for ongoing access to DOE sites; the candidate’s written consent to conduct such tests will be required as a condition of employment.
  • Able to sit for extended periods and perform work in an office environment, including extensive use of computers, under sometimes stressful conditions.
  • Able to work after hours, extended shifts, and on weekends when required during emergency responses and exercises. Parking is not available on site.
  • Travel will be required. Travel will be best cost to the government and only economy airfare and economy class rental cars will be allowed.
  • Able to lift 50 pounds, carry your own luggage, and walk up to a quarter of a mile to work locations.
  • This position requires proof of COVID vaccination to be provided by the date of hire unless an accommodation request has been provided and granted pursuant to federal law by the date of hire.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Understanding of DOE and NNSA Strategic Mission.
  • Master’s Degree in related field. Completion of relevant emergency management course curricula.

Please e-mail your résumé to:

Equal Opportunity Employer/AA/M/F/Vet/Disabled (Compliant with the new VEVRAA and Section 503 rules.)