Nuclear Fuel Systems Principal Investigator (Pi)

Idaho National Laboratory Idaho Falls , ID 83405

Posted 2 months ago

ORGANIZATION: Fuel Design & Development

GRADE: 210 / 220

CONTACT: Brenda.Maiers@inl.gov

WORK LOCATION: Idaho Falls, ID (9x80s schedule)

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

INL's Nuclear Materials Department establishes structure property relationships and physical properties of nuclear fuels and materials that promote fundamental understanding, support accelerated materials development, and meet industry needs. We are seeking an exceptional Principal Investigator (PI) to conduct research on irradiation testing of materials and/or nuclear fuels and responsible for the timely and accurate execution of the experiments.

Responsibilities

  • Meet with irradiation test customers, interpret their experimental objectives into engineering requirements.

  • Perform and evaluate scoping calculations to understand and interpret the validity and quality of supporting complex, computational or analytical analyses that support experiments

  • Coordinate the design of an irradiation test vehicle and coordinate safety and programmatic assessment of the irradiation test.

  • Plan irradiation testing with representatives from the target reactor.

  • Coordinate the execution of the PIE, and in collaboration with project/experiment management, develop all necessary documentation and reports to support the experiment and the customer.

  • Plan post-irradiation-examinations (PIE) necessary to collect, record, and report the performance of the materials and/or fuels.

  • Present the ongoing progress of experiments at several venues including customers, conferences, management, and in scientific archival-quality publications.

  • Remain cognizant of budget and schedule constraints of the program and understand overall high-level programmatic objectives.

Minimum Qualifications:

BS degree in Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related discipline plus at least 4 years experience; or a M.S. degree or PhD in Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related discipline plus at least 2 years experience. An ideal candidate will possess a relevant graduate degree with greater than 2 years' experience in neutronics and/or thermal/hydraulics analyses, nuclear fuels development, including irradiation testing and/or post-irradiation examination.

Must have experience with analytical and modeling tools such as 1-D systems codes (RELAP5 or similar), finite element analysis (ABAQUS or similar), and computational fluid dynamics (STAR-CCM or similar).

Must be well-versed in the area of neutronics and nuclear thermal/hydraulics, to design, lead, model, analyze, and report on experiments supporting development of nuclear fuels and irradiated materials testing.

Must have strong communication and organizational skills with ability to work in a team environment and establish and defend experiment design and execution.

Must be able to work in a culturally diverse environment.

Must be a US Citizen or a US Green Card holder to qualify for this position.

Please Apply Before: May 28, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (MDT)

MISSION/VISION STATEMENT: 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.

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.

Employee Job Functions

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 - standing, bending/stooping, squatting, fine motor control (hands); must be able to lift 25 lbs. max, minimal exertion, repetitive, intermittent work

Special Senses - visually demanding work, speech discrimination, audio alarms, ability to smell

Work Conditions - stairs, hazardous chemicals/waste, radiation work, typing/keyboard, working >8 hours/day, working alone

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). 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 www.sss.gov.

Environmental, Safety and Health Statement

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.

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.

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 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.

The Idaho Falls Area

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 www.visitidahofalls.com and www.visitidaho.org.



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