PNNL Careers

Nuclear Engineer

RICHLAND, WA
Engineering/Engineering Techs


Job Description

Job ID: 307619
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Nuclear Engineering and Analysis Group is searching for experienced nuclear engineer who possess an understanding of the nuclear fuel cycle including nuclear reactors. This position will support multidisciplinary projects that require a broad understanding of technical and policy implications on the nuclear fuel cycle.
The position provides nuclear engineering analysis for a number of nuclear science and material production related topics as well as nuclear nonproliferation and safeguards applications.
- Demonstrated experience using commercially available radiation transport engineering software, such as SCALE, MCNP, SWORD, ORIGEN and GADRAS
- Experience with and knowledge of thermal hydraulics codes such as RELAP5 and VIPRE
- Knowledge of and experience with programming in FORTRAN/MATLAB and/or general programming skills
- Calculations and evaluations related to nuclear power industry reactor modeling software
- Technical Expertise: Skilled professional working on becoming a known technical expert in their field. Applies, on a broad basis, existing theories, principles, and concepts to a specialty field.
- Breadth of Technical Knowledge: Knowledge of nuclear engineering and nuclear design is required. Knowledge of commercial nuclear reactor systems and operations is preferred. Interest in multi-disciplinary activities required.
Level of Responsibility:
- Fully competent in all conventional applications of knowledge common in the specific discipline and function of work assigned. Subject matter expert in nuclear fuel cycle analysis; leader for major technical tasks; lead author on technical reports and other written or oral deliverables; direct communication with clients within and exterior to PNNL. Will also mentor interns to aid in their professional development.
Business Development:
- Generates ideas for new proposals and business development opportunities. Leads development of technical section of small to medium proposals. Demonstrates ability to acquire internal/external funding for self, and possibly others.
Technical Products:
- Primary author or contributor on calculations and technical documents, literature publications or reports; presents information to external review groups and papers at national meetings; may present invited papers.
- Familiarity with material production processing at other DOE/NNSA or DOE/NE sites is desirable.
- It is essential that you have demonstrated ability to organize and execute test plans in support of overall project goals and analytical skills, including experience and demonstrated proficiency in presenting, writing capabilities, and interacting with technicians.
- Also responsible to independently complete recurring assignments in a safe and secure fashion, exercise limited judgment on work details, and make preliminary selections and adaptations of technical alternatives. Key attributes leading to the determination of upward progression in this career family include: technical expertise, level of responsibility, directing others, mentoring, teaming, and networking.

Discipline, principal job duties/expectations, and qualitative and quantitative measures of performance that exceed the Functional Descriptor:

- It is essential that you have demonstrated ability to organize and execute test plans in support of overall project goals and analytical skills, including experience and demonstrated proficiency in presenting, writing capabilities, and interacting with technicians.
- Also responsible to independently complete recurring assignments in a safe and secure fashion, exercise limited judgment on work details, and make preliminary selections and adaptations of technical alternatives. Key attributes leading to the determination of upward progression in this career family include: technical expertise, level of responsibility, directing others, mentoring, teaming, and networking.
- The incumbent will be responsible for contributing to projects and building a professional reputation for nuclear material processing technical expertise, while completing recurring assignments and exercising limited judgment on work details.
- The incumbent will be required to lead specific tasks of the project to meet scope, schedule, and budget and coordinate closely with Project Managers.
- The incumbent will be required to build a network within the Technical Team and Group and begin extending this network into the National Security Directorate.
- The incumbent is expected to provide strong technical judgment by providing solutions to an assortment of problems using conventional methods where causal relationships are progressively difficult to establish.
- Additionally, the incumbent will contribute to the development of new capabilities and proposals within the Signature Science and Technology Division.
- This position will be expected to work with non-sensitive, sensitive, and classified information as appropriate for individual projects and the incumbent should demonstrate an ability to manage sensitive business situations and influence positive outcomes. The person in this position must recognize and accept that they will be working in technical areas associated with the National Security of the United States.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at 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 BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at jobs.pnnl.gov.


Minimum Qualifications

- Bachelor in relevant discipline plus 5 years of experience, Master’s degree in relevant discipline plus 3 years or Doctoral degree in relevant discipline plus 1-2 years of related work or educational experience
- Demonstrated experience in a field directly relevant to nuclear engineering and analysis.
- Demonstrated ability to work with limited information to draw technically defensible conclusions that would support objectives of individual projects.


Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307619
Directorate: National Security
Division: Signature Science & Technology
Group: Chemical & Biological Signature Sciences


Other Information

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.

Requirements:
* U.S. 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, including marijuana, 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, including marijuana, for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.