BWR Neutronics Codes & Methods Engineer

Framatome - Richland, WA3.9

Full-timeEstimated: $93,000 - $120,000 a year
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The BWR Core Design (Engineering) Department in Richland consists of both the BWR Neutronics domain and the BWR Thermal-Hydraulics domain. The BWR Codes and Methods group is responsible for the maintenance and evolution of codes and methods supporting both domains.

The Neutronics Richland domain directly supports the reactor core design and reload licensing analysis needs for BWR fuel customers including, for most BWR customers, online core monitoring. The department performs a full range of neutronics, fuel management, and safety analysis of the fuel and core design including ongoing development of codes and methods as well as maintenance of existing codes and methods used in those analyses. BWR neutronics engineers are involved in developing nuclear fuel and core designs and analysis methods, establishing mechanical and fuel design safety limits, including evaluation of critical heat flux during normal operation and transient events, and developing neutronic and thermal-hydraulic code inputs and methods to support the fuel reload analyses and plant operations.

The Neutronics Richland department works closely with other engineering departments (mechanical, thermal-hydraulic, materials), customers, Project Management, and regulators. As part of the worldwide Fuel Design organization at Framatome, Neutronics Richland interfaces with FD Neutronics organizations at other locations in France, German, and the U.S. As part of the U.S. Fuel Business Unit, Neutronics Richland interfaces with the fuel manufacturing plant, which is also located in Richland.

Minimum B.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering or related field.

Engineer II: BS in Nuclear Engineering plus 1 - 3 years experience reactor physics or fuel management engineering experience. An advanced engineering degree may be substituted for related work experience (MS 1-2 yrs. or PhD 1-3 yrs.).
Engineer III: BS in Nuclear Engineering plus 3 - 5 years experience reactor physics or fuel management engineering experience. An advanced engineering degree may be substituted for related work experience (MS 1-2 yrs. or PhD 1-3 yrs.).
Engineer IV: BS in Nuclear Engineering plus 5 - 7 years experience reactor physics or fuel management engineering experience. An advanced engineering degree may be substituted for related work experience (MS 1-2 yrs. or PhD 1-3 yrs.).
The following attributes are desired and will be used to differentiate all candidates who apply for this position:

Advanced degree (MS or PhD) is a plus but not a strict requirement.
Work experience in the areas of neutronics/physics and/or thermal hydraulics design of nuclear fuel assemblies, core reload analysis, and associated codes & methods is preferred.
Experience with the regulatory environment/the U.S. NRC is a plus
Experience with nuclear fuel neutronics analysis spectral/lattice codes (CASMO-3, CASMO-4, APOLLO, etc) and core simulator codes (SIMULATE, MICROBURN-B2, etc) is a plus.
French, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, and/or German language skills are a plus.
Experience in Lean Six Sigma product/process development in design and engineering is a plus.
Basic experience and capabilities with MICROSOFT Office software products (WORD, EXCEL, etc.) are required.
Experience working with engineering workstation computers and LINUX and/or UNIX operating environments
Computer programming/software capabilities/experience in FORTRAN, C/C++, SMALLTALK, PYTHON are a plus
Must possess good verbal and written communication skills.
Must have a pro-active approach to problem identification and resolution.
Must have ability and attitude to learn a variety of new procedures, processes, and tools, while maintaining various stages of production.
Must be able to work well in a fast-paced team environment.
Framatome is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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