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Irradiation Experiment Thermal Hydraulics Department Manager

Company: Battelle Energy Alliance
Location: Idaho Falls
Posted on: November 12, 2020

Job Description:

ORGANIZATION: Nuclear Science & Technology (NS&T)
GRADE: 240
WORK LOCATION: Idaho Falls, ID (9x80 schedule)

The Irradiation Experiment Thermal Hydraulics Analysis (IETHDA) Department within the Reactor Systems Design and Analysis Division (RSD&A) is seeking an Irradiation Experiment Thermal Hydraulics Analysis Department Manager to perform complex, innovative and unique thermal-fluids-structural analyses and safety calculations that enable research, design and development (RD&D) of experiments either irradiated in nuclear research reactors or conducted in nuclear facilities. The department staff works closely with staff from the Nuclear Science and Technology (NS&T) Directorate as well as staff from nuclear facilities across the Laboratory, specifically staff from the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR), Transient Reactor Test (TREAT) Facility and Hot Fuel Examination Facility (HFEF).

The department staff activities include working on multiple engineering design project teams, applying complex modeling and simulation methods, using finite element (FE), computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and multi-physics codes, data analysis and visualization, verification and validation, serving on engineering design review boards, writing formal engineering calculation reports, presenting and defending methods, assumptions, calculations, analysis results, conclusions and recommendations. The manager is a leader in the RSD&A division and will be responsible for the overall human capital management of the department.

Responsibilities

* Create a culture of technical excellence, collaboration, inclusion, and diversity with focus toward professional development.

* Assure analysis deliverables meet nuclear quality assurance, NQA-1 requirements for nuclear safety basis application.

* Build a strong supportive peer group promoting a questioning attitude and a strong safety culture.

* Assign staff and coordinate their work in support of Laboratory goals and objectives.

* Ensure training, qualification, and overall competence of staff.

* Oversee, mentor and guide professional development of staff.

* Recruit, hire and retain highly skilled staff.

* Develop and increase department work portfolio.

* Review department deliverables for quality, policy and procedure compliance, justification of assumptions, conclusions and soundness of recommendations.

* Act as thermal-hydraulics analysis technical authority for INL irradiation experiments, review, contribute to, and concur with engineering requirements documents, observe, comment on and concur with engineering design reviews, review, comment and approve analysis calculations and evaluation documents.

* Evaluate department work processes, lead and develop guidance to implement process improvement and efficiencies.

* Encourage research accomplishments (e.g., LDRD proposals) and promote publication of results.

* Identify and benchmark innovative approaches to analysis from comparable technical fields.

* Manage allocated department overhead funds, track and ensure appropriate use.

* Conduct staff performance reviews.

* Verify/approve day-to-day activities such as time sheet certification, use of charge numbers, travel authorizations, equipment purchases, expense reimbursements, non-standard software use, training, personal leave and work assignments.

* Represent the Department, the Division, the Directorate and the Laboratory as a leader in nuclear technology

* Coordinate with NS&T departments, other directorates and user facilities to provide integration of work across programs and the Laboratory.

* Collaborate with user facilities, programs and customers to improve integrated processes.

* Degree in Mechanical Engineering or closely related discipline with commensurate experience in the nuclear enterprise:

* BS and 12 years of experience

* MS and 8 years of experience

* PhD and 6 years of experience

* Must be able to work in a culturally diverse environment.

* 5 years of experience within nuclear experiment R&D.

* Evidence of increasing leadership or management experience demonstrating effective skills in recruiting, developing and managing engineers.

* Experience performing or managing analysis work on nuclear reactors/nuclear systems.

* Knowledge of finite element, computational fluid dynamics, multi-physics and nuclear systems software (e.g., ABAQUS, Star-CCM , COMSOL, RELAP5).

* Experience performing work to meet NQA-1 requirements and rigor.

* Experience using nuclear safety basis/design safety analysis (DSA) documentation.

* Ability to clearly describe complex experiment designs and analyses and develop persuasive arguments to defend analysis.

* Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications

* Specific experience with ATR experiment design, ATR Safety Analysis Report (SAR) and Technical Specification Requirements (TSR) is advantageous.

* Specific experience with TREAT experiment design, TREAT SAR and TSR is advantageous.

* Specific experience with software quality assurance (SQA) is preferred.

* Knowledge of engineering practices and tools (e.g., 3-dimensional modeling, engineering analysis, and design software) is preferred.

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
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INL embraces and values the diversity of each and every member of our workplace community. Our community members bring together a vast array of characteristics, experiences, and attributes that cumulatively support creative and novel science and engineering solutions. INL as a work-community, provide everyone equal access, inclusion, and opportunity to bring their authentic selves to work. While engaging in diversity of thought and in diversity of science and engineering, we strive together to achieve our mission to discover, demonstrate, and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other low-carbon energy options, and critical infrastructure.

Benefits, Salary, and Relocation

We have an extremely competitive salary structure, robust relocation package, and phenomenal benefits. For more information, please visit: https://www.inl.gov/careers/benefits-overview/. .

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