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Reactor Systems Engineer or Scientist

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Background

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Duties

This position is located in the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES), Division of Systems Analysis (DSA), Accident Analysis Branch (AAB).

As a Reactor Systems Engineer or Reactor Systems Scientist you will be knowledgeable of reactor systems, accidents, and offsite consequences and assist in the coordination, planning, development, and technical direction of nuclear safety research programs.

Duties include but are not limited to:

1. Conducts detailed analyses of offsite consequences of radiological releases from accidents using MELCOR Accident Consequence Code System (MACCS) suite of codes. These studies are performed using technically sound approaches. These consequence analyses consider various types of accidents from different sources at different nuclear facilities including all major radiological sources (reactors, spent fuel pools, and dry cask storage systems).
2. Supports computer code maintenance, development, verification, validation, documentation, and distribution and participates in identification, review, and resolution of technical issues.
3. Manages or supports the management of contracts with external organizations that are needed to support NRC's needs in the area of consequence analysis applications and MACCS code maintenance, development, verification, validation, documentation, and distribution.
4. Interacts with consequence analysis stakeholders in other NRC offices including the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, Nuclear Materials Safety and Safeguards, ACRS, etc. Interacts with external stakeholders including MACCS users and consequence analysts within the US government, private organizations, and members of the international community.
5. Supports the development of plans and objectives for analytic and experimental research programs. Based on knowledge and analysis of the issues, determines the overall feasibility and desirability of undertaking short and long range analytical and experimental research. Provides technical justification for such research.

Qualifications

In order to qualify for this position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (12) in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as experience that demonstrates knowledge of nuclear power plant accident progression and consequence analysis phenomena and use of computer codes for accident progression analysis and consequence analysis modeling.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

1. Demonstrated knowledge of engineering theories, principles, and practices of the design, maintenance, inspection, licensing, or operation of commercial nuclear power plants as it relates to accident progression analysis and/or offsite consequences analysis.
Examples may include work experience, education, training and assignments which demonstrate knowledge and understanding of engineering theories, principles, and practices of the design, maintenance, inspection, licensing, or operation of commercial nuclear power plants as it relates to accident progression analysis and/or offsite consequences analysis. Examples may also include experience in the evaluation of safety and analysis of severe accident consequences.
2. Knowledge and experience of computer codes used for severe accident progression and offsite consequence analyses (i.e. MELCOR or MACCS).
Examples may include your experience in the use of severe accident computer codes which you have led or been involved in, including identification of code improvements, modification of code structure, verification testing, and related documentation. Examples include your specific role and specific work products.
3. Demonstrated experience in planning, executing, and coordinating complex safety research or analysis programs.
Examples may include your experience in planning, executing, and coordinating complex safety research or analysis programs. Examples may also include your ability to review and coordinate the activities of a project within schedule and resource limitations, where the scope and complexity of the projects and how well you performed your role is identified or described.
4. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with management, staff, coworkers, and personnel of external organizations.
Examples may include your experience establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with management, staff, coworkers, and personnel of external organizations where the various types and levels of individuals you routinely interact with and for what purposes are identified or described. Examples may also include your experience that required you to use tact, diplomacy, and negotiation skills to achieve cooperation and develop consensus and to use informal and formal networks to build support for programs. This can include examples that show your ability to serve as a point of contact across work units, industry, advisory groups, international organizations, and other stakeholders, and your ability to provide advice and recommendations on research areas and initiatives to enhance regulatory effectiveness and efficiency.
5. Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate technical information both orally and in writing.
Examples include specific experience and accomplishments that demonstrate your ability to lead complex technical discussions and to consolidate complex and diverse opinions, data, or analysis results into concise, balanced, and well-founded recommendations. Examples may also include your experience in producing high quality technical reports and experience orally presenting technical work to diverse stakeholders.
Education

Qualification for 0801 Engineering 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.
OR
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.
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
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.

Qualification for 1301 Scientist series:

Basic Requirements:
1. Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
OR
B. Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

How to Apply

Visit www.nrc.gov Review the NRC Opportunities page and click on “view a list of current NRC vacancies, please visit USAJobs EXIT.” Find the Reactor Systems Engineer or Reactor Systems Scientist Job Announcement Number RES/DSA-2020-0009 and apply on-line by September 1, 2020. If you are viewing this opportunity after September 1st please visit NRC’s website and discover additional opportunities for which you might be interested.


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