Senior Reactor Systems Engineer (Fuel Analyst)
As Senior Reactor Systems Engineer (Fuel Analyst), you will conduct and coordinate highly specialized research and analysis of fuel and cladding performance and design. Work involves expert use and development of fuel performance codes to support risk-informing and resolution of relevant safety and technical issues of Agency interest. Duties include but not limited to:
1. Serves as a technical authority independently performing the most complex studies of detailed fuel and cladding behavior using advanced computer codes. These studies are performed in a reliable manner and use technically sound approaches. These analytical studies focus on various types of reactor fuel systems, and experimental facilities used in support of resolving technical issues. Maintains and develops the NRC fuel performance codes, such as FAST and FRAPCON/ FRAPTRAN, to meet emerging needs introduced by advanced reactor fuel concepts including Accident Tolerant Fuel (ATF). Develops and implements a long-term strategy to maintain state-of-practice analytical capabilities.
2. Performs fuel behavior modeling with fuel performance codes, such as FAST or other NRC fuel performance codes, in support of Agency research needs as well as urgent licensing needs of user offices. Modifies codes as necessary to support fuel design licensing reviews.
3. Develops, plans, and implements extraordinarily complex analytic and experimental research programs. Provides technically authoritative expert support and technical monitoring to contractors involved in various fuel areas, and coordinates support to users of these programs.
4. Interfaces with other domestic and international research organizations such as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) or Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN) to facilitate timely integration of available material property and fuel performance models that emerge from fuel research and development. Interfaces with domestic and international research organizations regarding developments in advanced computational codes to evaluate the relevancy and adequacy of these tools to support NRC needs.
5. Serves as an NRC representative in making presentation at technical and programmatic review meetings. Serves as an NRC authority at technical conferences and seminars sponsored by the NRC and/or professional societies for the purpose of addressing regulatory issues, as requested. Peer reviews technical reports providing comments and recommendations, as needed.[Register to View] class="usajobs-joa-section__help" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> Help 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.
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.Qualifications
In order to qualify for this position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (14) in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as experience which provides knowledge of experimental data interpretations and modeling approaches related to fuel performance and cladding behavior. Examples may include but are not limited to experience in the development and use of fuel performance computer codes including confirmatory analyses of nuclear systems (e.g., fuel behavior under normal and transient conditions for design basis events) and experience supporting the resolution of relevant fuel safety technical issues related to operating commercial nuclear power reactors, new and advanced reactors, accident tolerant fuels, and high burnup and extended enrichment fuels.
The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:
1. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in applying the principles, theories, and practices of engineering as it relates to the application of nuclear fuel analyses for complex nuclear facilities (e.g., operating commercial nuclear power reactors, new and advanced reactors, and accident tolerant fuels). Examples may include specific experience, training, and accomplishments which demonstrate your knowledge of mathematical and experimental methods for fuel performance relating to nuclear fuel designs for operating, new and advanced reactors, and accident tolerant fuels. Examples may also include experience relative to nuclear fuel cladding behavior under normal and transient conditions for design basis events, and experience in performing confirmatory analyses.
2. Demonstrated knowledge of the design and development of nuclear fuel performance codes (e.g., FAST, FRAPCON/FRAPTRAN). Examples may include specific experience, training, and accomplishments which demonstrate your knowledge of the design and development of fuel performance codes. Examples may also include experience with developing fuel performance codes, such as FAST and FRAPCON/ FRAPTRAN, and code development tools such as FORTRAN 2018 standard including Object Oriented Programming, Intel compliers, and Microsoft Visual Studio. Highlight knowledge and ability to perform independent studies of detailed fuel and cladding behavior using advanced computer codes, such as for confirmatory analyses, which support NRC evaluations of the safety of the designs and operations of operating, new and/or advanced reactors.
3. Demonstrated ability to independently coordinate, plan, develop, and provide technical oversight and direction of analytical and experimental research programs or projects. Examples may include specific experience and accomplishments which demonstrate your ability to independently coordinate, plan, develop, and provide technical oversight and direction for analytical and experimental research programs or projects. Examples may also include experience in reviewing, coordinating, and managing the activities of an analytical and experimental research program within schedule and resource limitations, in evaluating varied proposals and approaches to meet a program or project’s challenges, and recommending and implementing changes for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of a program or project.
4. Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate technical information both orally and in writing. Examples may include specific experience and accomplishments that demonstrate your ability to effectively communicate technical information both orally and in writing. Examples may also include leading complex technical discussions, consolidating complex and diverse opinions, data, or analysis results into concise, balanced, and well-founded recommendations and producing high quality technical reports to diverse stakeholders.
5. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with management and staff, coworkers, and personnel of external organizations.
Examples may include specific experience and accomplishments that demonstrate your ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with management and staff, coworkers, and personnel of external organizations. Examples may also include experience using tact, diplomacy, and negotiation to achieve cooperation and develop consensus, experience using informal and formal networks to build support for programs and serving as a point of contact with other program offices, the Commission, industry, advisory groups, international organizations, or other stakeholders to provide advice and recommendations on research areas and initiatives to enhance regulatory effectiveness and efficiency.
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 and additional space provided for supplemental response.Education
You must include an unofficial or official copy of your college and/or university transcripts with your application. Education must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of credibility of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency.
Qualification for All Professional Engineering 0800 Series:
- Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor’s degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; 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.
- 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 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. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:
- Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
- Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
- Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.
- Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor’s degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)
More detailed information about these alternatives 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]