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This position is located in the Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards (NMSS), Division of Fuel Management (DFM), Materials and Structural Branch.
As a Materials Engineer you will be responsible for the review of the materials section and designs associated with the licensing and certification of nuclear fuel storage installations and cask systems, transportation packages, enrichment and fabrication facilities.

You will be expected to accomplish the following:

Performs special projects related to spent nuclear fuel storage and transportation packages, spent nuclear fuel storage facilities, nuclear fuel enrichment and fabrication facilities. Provides advice on the materials aspects of transportation and storage of radioactive materials, spent nuclear fuel, fuel enrichment and fabrication facilities, and other radioactive materials.

Reviews and evaluates the safety analyses and environmental reviews of proposed spent fuel storage and transportation package designs, the interim storage of spent reactor fuel, and fuel enrichment and fabrication facilities. Evaluates the mechanical design, criticality, structural integrity, and heat transfer and shielding characteristics of the proposed design and facility operations to determine whether the applicant has provided adequate design against inadvertent criticality, excessive radiation levels, airborne radioactivity and the spread of radioactive contamination.

Evaluates the adequacy of package, fabrication, and storage facility designs to comply with regulatory standards. Based on review of design information and analysis, recommends the approval or disapproval of proposed designs, or prepares requests to the applicant for additional information required in order to make a determination.

Initiates development of licensing guides, standards, codes, criteria, and methods of analysis related to storage and transport of radioactive materials including spent fuel, spent fuel storage facilities, and fuel enrichment and fabrication facilities. Initiates requests for research on the materials mechanical properties adequacy for the design of storage casks and transport packages, enrichment, and fabrication facilities for nuclear fuels.

Reviews applicant's predictions of system and component performance under normal and off-normal conditions to determine if independent calculations and engineering analyses are needed to confirm or verify predictions. Determines or provides guidance to other DFM staff in determining whether the applicant has adequately protected against hazards, such as an inadvertent criticality, fire or explosion, excessive radiation levels and the spread of radioactive contamination. This may involve arranging for written appraisals of particular aspects of the application by technical specialists outside of the DFM.

Prepares written safety evaluation reports for licenses and certificates of compliance for storage and transportation designs for irradiated spent fuel, fuel enrichment and fabrication facilities and other licensed radioactive material. Prepares or assists in the preparation of Environmental Statements or Environmental Assessments as required by 10 CFR Part 51. Develops necessary technical conditions and limitations to be incorporated in licenses or certificates of compliance. Recommends issuance or denial of licenses or certificates of compliance.


In order to qualify for this position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as experience that demonstrates thorough knowledge of the principles, theory and practice of material science and their applications in the design of spent nuclear fuel storage installations and cask systems, transportation package designs, nuclear fuel enrichment and fabrication facilities, devices and other related equipment.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

Demonstrated knowledge of the design, construction, operation, inspection, and evaluation of nuclear fuel storage installations and cask systems, transportation packages, and enrichment and fabrication facilities, to understand the value and impact of the requirements of proposed standards for these structures, systems, and components. (DOUBLED WEIGHTED) Examples may include specific training, education and work experience that demonstrate your knowledge of overall engineering principles related to technical assessments of materials/mechanical behavior and structural mechanics issues related to the materials degradation and integrity of components and structures, used in nuclear fuel storage installations and cask systems, transportation packages, and enrichment and fabrication facilities. Examples may also include technical assessments of, or experience in materials/mechanical behavior, irradiation effects, environmental effects, chemistry aspects of materials degradation, and structural mechanics issues of the industry's nondestructive evaluation (NDE) and/or in-service inspection (ISI) techniques, engineering analyses related to the effectiveness of NDE and ISI related to the structural integrity of components and systems used in nuclear power plants and spent-fuel storage containers.

Demonstrated experience in leading, managing, or participating in complex, highly technical research projects or tasks with others leading to timely issue resolution. (Examples may include relevant technical research projects or tasks that you conducted with a focus on identification of problem areas, emerging issues and processes used to achieve resolution, and your specific role in the project or task.)

Demonstrated ability to work effectively with internal and external organizations on research projects on a variety of subjects related to materials engineering. (Examples may include specific experience and accomplishments communicating effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds in various organizations. Examples may also include your role and responsibilities in interfacing with other organizations to resolve problems and/or recommended solutions to these problems.)

Demonstrated ability to communicate and present technical information clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing. (Examples may include experience, training, and accomplishments that demonstrate your ability to communicate and present technical information clearly and effectively. Examples may include oral presentations and/or written documents you prepared and the various levels of individuals for which presentations were made. Examples may also include where you have utilized skills in communicating complex technical issues to professional societies, peers, management, general public, governmental agencies, or others.)

A description of how you possess the specialized experience as well as how you meet the qualifications desired in an ideal candidate should be addressed in your resume and in the additional space provided for supplemental response.


Qualification for All Professional Engineering 0800 Series:

Basic Requirements:

1. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor’s degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
1. Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:
2. Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
3. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
4. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.
5. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor’s degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

How to Apply

Visit www.nrc.gov Review the NRC Opportunities page and click on “view a list of current NRC vacancies at USAJobs EXIT.” Find the Materials Engineer Job Announcement Number NMSS/DFM-2020-0001 and apply on-line by June 30, 2020. If you are viewing this opportunity after June 30th please visit NRC’s website and discover additional opportunities for which you might be interested.

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