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Nuclear Fuel Performance Principal Investigator

Company: Battelle Energy Alliance
Location: Idaho Falls
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Description
ORGANIZATION:Nuclear Science & Technology (NS&T)

GRADE: 220/230

WORK LOCATION:Idaho Falls, ID (9x80 schedule)

Idaho National Lab will change the world's energy future and secure our infrastructure! Join us - innovate the future!



The Fuel Development, Performance and Qualification group at INL is seeking skilled engineers for our Nuclear Fuel Performance Principal Investigator role. This position focuses on the deployment of a wide range of micro and advanced reactor fuel systems. Work products are anticipated to be developing or refining approaches for setting fuel system performance limits, establishing new methods for comparison of models to a wide range of post irradiation exam data, and supporting experiment design based on fuel performance modeling.

Several possible projects may require this skillset including taking a primary role in the:


  • Design and fabrication of accelerated irradiation testing experiments intended to enable rapid development of fuel and core structural performance models;
  • Development of methodologies to set fuel performance limits for a range of micro and advanced reactor applications based on application of historical data to new designs; and
  • Conceptualization of irradiation testing experiments intended to probe the transient performance of nuclear fuel systems.


    Project selection will be based on candidate skillset and research interests with multiple positions available. Based on the nature of the projects, the candidate is expected to be a strong asset to our interdisciplinary R&D team that is capable of working effectively both independently and providing technical direction as part of larger multifunctional teams. Additionally, this position will take the lead role in documenting complex experimental and analytic efforts in project or programmatic reports, continuing to increase profile in the field by writing scientific manuscripts for journal publication, and presentation of research results at national and international conferences and meetings.





    Qualifications

    • Degree in Nuclear, Mechanical or Materials Engineering, or related discipline, is required

    • B.S. and 5 years experience
    • M.S. and 3 years experience
    • PhD and 2 years experience


    • Preference for Graduate degree and more than 2 years of experience in neutronics and/or thermal/hydraulics analyses, nuclear fuels development, including irradiation testing and/or post-irradiation examination.
    • Experience with analytical and modeling tools such as 1-D systems codes (RELAP5 or similar), finite element analysis (ABAQUS or similar), computational fluid dynamics (STAR-CCM+ or similar), and/or application of fuel performance codes (BISON or similar).
    • This position is subject to export control restrictions per the Department of Energy. For this reason, you must be either a US Citizen or a US Green Card holder to qualify for the job. However, the DOE and INL will review and approve the selected candidate post offer acceptance.
    • Must be able to work in culturally diverse environment.









      INL Overview:

      INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With more than 5,000 scientists, researchers, and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and development technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security, and environmental missions.

      INL Mission:

      Our mission is to discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.

      INL Vision:

      Our vision is to change the world's energy future and secure our nation's critical infrastructure.

      Selective Service Requirements:

      To be eligible for employment at INL males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). For more information see www.sss.gov.

      Equal Employment Opportunity:

      Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.

      Other Information:

      When applying to positions please provide a resume and answer all questions on the following screens. Applicants, who fail to provide a resume or answer the questions, may be deemed ineligible for consideration.

      Benefits, Salary, and Relocation:

      We have an extremely competitive salary structure, robust relocation package, and phenomenal benefits. For more information, please visit:



      Primary Location:United StatesJob:EngineeringOrganization:Nuclear Science & Technology (Cxxx)Schedule:Full-timeEmployee Status:RegularJob Posting:Nov 18, 2020, 5:45:51 PMUnposting Date:Ongoing

Keywords: Battelle Energy Alliance, Idaho Falls , Nuclear Fuel Performance Principal Investigator, Education / Teaching , Idaho Falls, Idaho

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