Sr. Nuclear Fuels Engineer
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - Richland, WA

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Organization and Job ID
Job ID: 302399

Directorate:
National Security

Division:
Systems Engineering $ Integration
Group: Nuclear Systems Design, Engineering & Analysis
Job Description
What if you could discover dark matter... curb U.S. dependence on foreign fuel... clean up an oil spill... or save the world from acts of violence before they happenall by making a vital engineering discovery today? Better yet, what if you could improve humanity for generations to come by finding and nurturing the engineers who will discover a myriad of ways to improve the world around us? Would you? We are.
At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, our mission is to transform the world through courageous discovery and innovation. Our vision is that PNNL science and technology inspires and enables the world to live prosperously, safely, and securely. Our values of integrity, creativity, collaboration, impact and courage provide the foundation for all we do.
Located in Richland, Washington, PNNL is one among ten U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories managed by DOE's Office of Science. Our research strengthens the U.S. foundation for innovation where we help find solutions for not only DOE, but for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the National Nuclear Security Administration, other government agencies, universities and industry. Unlike others, our multidisciplinary scientific and engineering teams are brought together to address the nations impactful problems. More specifically, at PNNL we:
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Provide unique facilities and equipment to world-renowned scientists and engineers in order to strengthen the U.S. scientific foundations through fundamental research and innovation.
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Prevent and counter acts of terrorism through applied research in information analysis, cyber security, and the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
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Increase U.S. energy capacity and reduce dependence on imported oil through research of hydrogen and biomass-based fuels and nuclear power.
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Reduce the effects of energy generation and use on the environment.

Our team is looking for a senior level nuclear engineer (with a strong materials background) or materials scientist/engineer (with strong nuclear background) to conduct engineering analysis and evaluation of nuclear fuel, irradiation targets, fuel vendor designs, and nuclear fuel performance codes.

The position will assist in design and analysis of irradiation targets and target performance, analysis of new fuel designs, evaluation of

fuel performance problems, and provide organizational expertise on nuclear fuels and nuclear targets. Experience with Post Irradiation Examination (PIE) campaigns is desired as this position may plan, manage and analyze the data from PIE.
Our ideal research engineer has a demonstrated track record of building interdisciplinary teams to complete complex engineering analysis tasks, have relevant experience with in-reactor materials performance and expertise with code development, experience in data analysis including a strong statistical background, a thorough understanding of materials behavior and the development of materials behavior models.
This research engineer will support US government clients in fields related to nuclear fuel development and in-reactor performance, target design and in-reactor performance.

The technical group has projects that range from evaluation of existing designs, development of unique fuels and targets for current and advanced nuclear reactors, criticality safety analyses for a range of clients, international reactor stabilization, and new reactor design analysis.

Requirements:
  • Advanced degree in Nuclear Engineering or related field (Ph.D. preferred).
  • Thorough understanding of materials behavior and the development of materials behavior models in the nuclear environment.
  • The ability to assess the performance of nuclear fuels and design new nuclear fuel.
  • Demonstrated track record of building interdisciplinary teams to complete complex nuclear engineering analysis tasks.
  • Experience as a technical advisor for projects involving irradiations is preferred.
  • The ability to establish regulatory recommendations, evaluate fuel performance problems and provide organizational expertise on nuclear fuels and their performance.
  • Relevant experience with in-reactor fuel performance and expertise with code development, data analysis including a strong statistical background.
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Experience with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is desired.
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Clearance Level and/or U.S. Citizenship Required: Must be able to obtain DOE Q clearance
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Active in mentoring and developing junior staff.
Minimum Requirements
LEVEL IV: A Bachelor's degree with at least 7 years experience or a Master's degree with 5 years experience or a Ph.D. with 3 years is required.

Must be a technical expert who selects and widely applies principles, theories and concepts in a major field of specialization.

All staff at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.
LEVEL V: A Bachelor's degree with 9 years experience or a Master's degree with 7 years experience or a Ph.D. with 5 years experience is required.

Must have a national or international authority.

Applying intensive and diversified knowledge of scientific or engineering principles in broad areas of assignments and related fields.

An extensive publication list is required.

All staff at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace.

All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information.

All staff at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.
Other Information
This position requires the ability to obtain a federal security clearance in a timely manner.

Which requires:
  • US Citizenship
  • Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.
  • Drug Testing:
All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing.

In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).
Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated

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