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Nuclear Fuels Research Engineer

Company: Battelle Energy Alliance
Location: Idaho Falls
Posted on: February 12, 2019

Job Description:


Job Title: Nuclear Fuels Research Engineer
Grade: 200/220
Org: Fuel Fab & Nuc Mat Management
Work Location: Idaho Falls, ID (MFC, 4x10 schedule)

**This is a multi-level posting**



Empowering the Nation's Energy Future

MISSION: Discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.

VISION: INL will change the world's energy future and secure our critical infrastructure.



The Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is seeking candidates as a research professional reporting to the Fuel Fabrication and Nuclear Material Management Division.

INL is recognized as the lead national laboratory for DOE-NE, providing much of the nuclear research, development, and demonstration capability needed to move nuclear innovation forward to deployment. MFC hosts a unique combination of personnel, facilities and infrastructure and offers the ability to perform research and development of nuclear fuels from fuel design, development and fabrication through post irradiation analysis.

The research professional supports research, development, and analysis of nuclear fuels and materials within one or more of the following technical areas: characterization, fabrication, sample preparation, instrument development, process development, irradiation experiment design, and irradiation experiment assembly.

Key functions of the position are:

Actively explores research and funding opportunities, and supports preparation of research proposals and serves as named principal investigator or co-investigator

Responsible to assist and may lead in the development and use of processes to fabricate a wide range of nuclear fuels and materials experiments. This includes the synthesis and production of fuel feedstock in the desired form (metal or ceramic of the actinide elements, or a combination of both), selection, development of fuel fabrication processes (casting, atomizing, extrusion, mixing, pressing, sintering, additive manufacturing, etc.), leading or helping to establish fuel specifications and quality requirements, obtaining initial characterization data, documents activities for quality and quality inspections.

Address practical matters, as directed, such as coordinating material movements, coordinating support organization fabrications and quality inspections, and establishing and efficient multi-facility process paths.

Assist and may lead in the authorship of concluding reports and journal papers as permitted by work scope

Manages and performs all tasks within scope, cost and schedule, identifies problems and complications attributed to working within diverse and complex scope, and may lead in the implementation of process improvements.

Contributes to the development of safety documentation, and reviews work authorizing documents to ensure compliance with lab wide procedures and policies.


Must be a US Citizen and have the ability and willingness to obtain and maintain a DOE "Q" clearance.

Masters Degree and 1-3 years of related experience or PhD and 0-2 years of related experience.
Degree in Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering or other technical, scientific and/or engineering degree is required.

Must have a complete understanding of the fundamental science, theories and application needs such that the correct approaches are invoked

Must have a sound knowledge of other related science or technical disciplines with the ability to uses this knowledge to support the development of new work


To be eligible for employment at INL males between ages 18 and 25 must register (or must have registered) with the Selective Service System (SSS). This includes U.S. born and naturalized citizens, parolees, undocumented immigrants, legal permanent residents, asylum seekers, refugees, and all males with visas of any kind which expired more than 30 days ago. The few individuals who are exempt from this requirement are those on current non-immigrant visas. For more information see



Employee Job Functions are physical actions and/or working conditions associated with the position. These functions may also constitute essential functions for the job position which the employee must be able to fulfill, with or without accommodation. Information provided below is to help describe the job so that the applicant has a reasonable understanding of the job duties/expectations. An applicant's ability to perform and/or tolerate these actions and conditions will be discussed and workplace accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis following an individualized assessment of the applicant and other considerations, including but not limited to any governing safety standards.

Motor Abilities: fine motor control (hands)
Special Senses: audio alarms
Work Conditions: stairs, radiation work, typing/keyboard, 8 hrs./day, working alone
Certification Exams: fissile material handler, nonreactor nuclear facility operator, testing designated position (tdp)



February 19, 2019 (Midnight, MST)

Must be familiar with, and comply with all relevant health and safety requirements. Must be knowledgeable of emergency action policies and procedures, methods for reporting/resolving work practices or conditions to available cognizant professionals.

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.

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 over 4,300 scientists, researchers and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and develop technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security and environmental missions.

Idaho Falls is conveniently situated near many national treasures such as Yellowstone National Park, Teton National Park, Jackson, WY, etc. For more information about the area, please visit and

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.


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