Full Job Description
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 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 BWR Thermal Hydraulics domain is responsible for supporting the licensing and operation of Framatome fuels in commercial reactors. Included in the scope is the development of steady-state, transient and accident methodologies, and computer codes and application methods associated with licensing BWR fuel. The department also supports the design and development of advanced fuel designs and supports developing solutions for emerging industry issues. To achieve this charter, the department is composed of multiple customer focused reload teams as well as a codes and methods team. Both domains commonly interact with peer departments in other regions of the world (Virginia, France and Germany).
Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Work in BWR codes and methods development to assist design and licensing analyses of BWR fuel reloads.
Work as part of a team that includes engineers from other departments and application engineers as well as Project Managers responsible for different BWR fuel reload customers.
Codes and Methods development engineers work together with Reload design and analysis engineers to continue improvement and maintenance of methods and automation tools.
Interface with and interaction with BWR customers usually starts as soon as basic reload design and analysis engineering capabilities have been established.
Fuel assembly and core design
Reload safety analysis of BWR reload designs
Authoring and review of various design and reload licensing reports and documents
Review of engineering work performed by other team members
All candidates must meet the following minimum requirements in order to be considered for this opportunity. Candidates who exceed minimum qualifications may be considered for a higher level position.
Engineer III: BS in Nuclear Engineering plus 3 - 5 years experience in reactor physics or fuel management engineering experience.
Engineer IV: BS in Nuclear Engineering plus 5 - 7 years experience in reactor physics or fuel management engineering experience.
Principal Engineer: BS in Nuclear Engineering plus 7 - 10 years experience in 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.).
Must possess good verbal and written communication skills.
The following requirements are desired and will be used to differentiate all candidates who apply for this position.
Must have the ability to provide feedback regarding performance to engineers, and be able to handle personnel and performance issues calmly and professionally.
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.
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.
Advanced degree (MS or PhD) is preferred.
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.
Computer programming/software capabilities/experience in FORTRAN, C/C++, SMALLTALK, and PYTHON is preferred.
Experience with the U.S. NRC regulatory environment is preferred.
Experience with nuclear fuel neutronics analysis spectral/lattice codes (CASMO-3, CASMO-4, APOLLO, etc.), core simulator codes (SIMULATE, MICROBURN-B2, etc.), and thermal hydraulic system codes (RAMONA5-FA, S-RELAP5, etc.) is preferred.
Experience in Lean Six Sigma product/process development in design and engineering is a plus.
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.