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Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Committee Member Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards

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Maryland, Maryland, United States

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proud to be ranked as a BEST Place to Work in the Federal Government. We've earned our top ratings by creating a work environment rich in opportunity, diversity, leadership training, teamwork, and work life balance. Help guide our nation into the next generation of nuclear safety! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission where you can be part of a select group of professionals who protect people and the environment with the peaceful use of nuclear materials in medicine, industry, and research.

This announcement supersedes NRC’s request for resumes in the Federal Register

on September 8, 2021, in 86 FR 50380. Since that time, the needs for specific

expertise on the ACRS have changed, and now the Commission seeks to fill two

Committee vacancies. Candidates are sought who are “generalists,” with more broad

nuclear safety experience than in the previous announcement. All applicants for

NRC’s September 8, 2021, announcement [86 FR 50380] will be considered for these

two positions based on material already submitted, but previous applicants are also

welcome to update, re-submit, or withdraw from consideration as appropriate.

Duties

As a Committee Member you will serve on the NRC’s Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS). The Commission looks to fill two vacancies because of this request.

The ACRS is a part-time advisory group, which is statutorily mandated by the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended. The ACRS provides independent expert advice on matters related to the safety of existing and proposed nuclear reactor facilities and on the adequacy of proposed reactor safety standards. Of primary importance are the safety issues associated with the operation of commercial nuclear power plants in the United States and regulatory initiatives, including risk-informed and performance-based regulation, license renewal, new licensing applications for non-light water reactors, and the use of mixed oxide and high burnup fuels.

An increased emphasis is being given to safety issues associated with new light water and non-light water reactor designs and technologies, including topics related to:

neutronics and reactor kinetics analyses, thermal-hydraulics phenomena, passive and inherently safe design features, and integrated reactor core and systems performance;

nuclear fuels, chemistry, and materials;

structural and seismic design;

radiation protection, shielding, and health physics; use of digital instrumentation and control; and,

international codes and industrial standards used in multinational and domestic design certifications and reviews.

As part of their committee work, ACRS committee members may also be required to provide advice on radiation protection, radioactive waste management, and earth sciences in the agency’s licensing reviews for fuel fabrication and enrichment facilities, and for waste disposal facilities. The ACRS also has some involvement in security matters related to the integration of safety and security of commercial reactors.

ACRS Committee members are appointed for four-year terms with no term limits.

See the NRC website at [Register to View] for more information about the ACRS.

Qualifications

The NRC is seeking individuals with demonstrated skills in nuclear reactor safety matters, the ability to solve complex technical problems, and the ability to work collegially on a board, panel, or committee.

Candidates for this position must have extensive experience in nuclear fuel cycle chemistry, structural integrity, and/or metallurgy applicable to nuclear facilities and/or nuclear power plant systems or components. It would be useful if candidates also have experience in seismic analysis.

Candidates must also have at least 20 years of education and experience and a distinguished record of achievement in one or more areas of nuclear science and technology or related engineering disciplines.

Candidates with pertinent graduate level experience will be given additional consideration.

A resume describing the educational and professional background of each candidate, including any special accomplishments, publications, and professional references should be provided.

Criteria used to evaluate candidates include education and experience, demonstrated skills in nuclear reactor safety matters, the ability to solve complex technical problems, and the ability to work collegially on a board, panel, or committee. The Commission, in selecting its committee members, also considers the need for specific expertise to accomplish the work expected to be before the ACRS. Consistent with the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Commission seeks candidates with diverse backgrounds, so that the membership on the Committee is balanced in terms of the points of view represented and functions to be performed by the Committee. Candidates will undergo a thorough security background check to obtain the security clearance that is mandatory for all ACRS members.

How to Apply

For complete application information, please read the Federal Register Notice at: [Register to View]

Resumes are due by July 5, 2022, to Ms. Jamila Perry and Ms. Sandra Walker, ACRS, Mail Stop: T2B50, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, or email [Register to View] and [Register to View]

A resume describing the educational and professional background of the candidate, including any special accomplishments, publications, and professional references should be provided. Candidates should provide their current address, telephone number, and email address. All candidates will receive careful consideration. The NRC does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Candidates must be citizens of the United States and be able to devote approximately 100 days per year to Committee business but may not be compensated for more than 130 calendar days. As a part of ACRS’ transformative practice, appointees may be able to attend some Committee meetings virtually.