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Reliability and Risk Analyst

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This position is located in Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES), Division of Risk Analysis (DRA), Probabilistic Risk Assessment Branch (PRAB), Rockville, Maryland.
As a Reliability and Risk Analyst, you will perform technical analyses and review technical studies. You will have the responsibility of managing research projects in the fields of system reliability analysis for internal and externally initiated accidents, including fire initiated accidents, accident physical process analysis, containment severe accident response, human reliability analysis and/or offsite consequence analysis of nuclear reactors or other facilities using nuclear materials.

Duties include but not limited to:

1. Performs risk analyses: Evaluates the design and functional capability of nuclear facilities and/or devices to withstand accident conditions, with a focus on estimating the frequencies of accidents and their consequences.
2. Performs reviews of risk analyses: Reviews risk analyses of an issue in a nuclear facility or device, or a more broad study of an entire facility or device, submitted by NRC licensees or other organizations.
3. Manages contractor projects in risk analysis methods development or applications: Identifies the need for research projects which can be obtained under contract, and develops appropriate work scope. Serves as project manager on research programs in support of the staff regulatory activities under contract with Department of Energy laboratories, other government agencies, academic institutions, and private contractors to provide technical guidance and to assure compliance with contract requirements.


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 the knowledge of probabilistic risk analysis and application of risk assessment tools, methods, or models to support risk-informed safety decision-making for nuclear power plants.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

1. Demonstrated knowledge of the design, operation and configuration of major systems of commercial nuclear power plants (reactor, engineered safety feature, balance of plant, and auxiliary). (Examples may include your education, training and experience related to engineering (nuclear, mechanical, electrical, chemical or similar) or "hard" science (e.g., physics). Examples may also include your experience related to the following: (1) engineering and analysis or inspection experience involving design, maintenance, or operation of nuclear power plant systems; (2) plant transient and accident analysis typical of or similar to SAR Chapter 15; (3) level 1 or similar nuclear power plant probabilistic risk assessment.)
2. Demonstrated ability in applying the principles, theories, and practices of probabilistic risk analysis in the assessment of operating commercial nuclear power reactors. (Examples may include your experience that demonstrates your knowledge of the principles, theories and practices of engineering or physical science as it relates to the application of reliability and risk analysis and/or severe accident analysis in nuclear power facility design, fabrication, construction, analysis, testing, maintenance and/or operations. Examples may also include your experience in the application of probabilistic risk analysis for nuclear power plants or other complex facilities. Your accomplishments in areas such as Levels 1, 2, and 3 risk analyses; severe accident progression; low-power and shut down operations; fire safety; human reliability analysis; common cause failure; and external events are described.)
3. Ability to plan, manage, and analyze regulatory or technical issues and to develop sound recommendations and solutions. Ability to contribute to mission-critical programs with competing deadlines and conflicting resource demands. Ability to negotiate and build consensus on the resolution of regulatory and technical issues. (Examples may include your experience and training with analyzing regulatory or technical issues and developing recommendations for resolution. Examples may also include your ability to negotiate and build consensus on the resolution of regulatory and technical issues.)
4. Ability to communicate information, ideas, and advice in a clear, concise and logical manner, both orally and in writing, with colleagues, subordinates, management, senior managers, advisory organizations such as the NRC’s Commission or Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS) or equivalent industry organization(s), members of the public, representatives of professional groups, or other Federal/State agencies. (Examples may include your specific experience, training and accomplishments that demonstrate your ability to communicate information and ideas, both orally and in writing, where the type of original writing you routinely perform is described ( e.g., memoranda, letters, reports) as well as the type of oral briefing you perform.)

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 additional space provided for supplemental response.


Qualification for 0801 General Engineering Series:
Basic Requirements:
A. 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.
B. 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:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.)

Qualification for 1301 Physical Science series:
Basic Requirements:
A. 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.
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 Career Opportunities page, click on “Apply Now” then “Search for New Opportunities” and click on “view a list of current NRC vacancies, please visit USAJobs EXIT.” Find the Reliability and Risk Analyst Job Announcement Number RES/DRA-2021-0001 and apply on-line by March 22, 2021. We strongly encourage you to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position so that you correctly submit all necessary materials and documentation. If you are viewing this opportunity after March 22nd please visit NRC’s website and discover additional opportunities for which you might be interested.

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