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perform design and analyses of fuel rods and control rods as well as the development of codes and methods for nuclear applications.
Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Perform thermal and mechanical analyses to support the safe irradiation of existing and new fuel designs including the advanced or accident tolerant fuel designs. These analyses involve the use of engineering computer codes, empirical methods, and first principle methods.
• Perform thermal and mechanical analyses of control rods (CRAs, CEAs, and RCCAs) to demonstrate that all functional requirements are met.
• Maintain existing fuel rod analysis codes (perform code changes to address outstanding issues or to implement suggestions for improvement raised by analysts)
• Develop automation software to streamline the fuel rod analyses based on the calculation-intensive advanced methods
• Participate in the development of computer codes and associated methods for use in thermal and mechanical analyses.
• Participate in and support interface with customer and regulatory authorities to obtain regulatory approval of the Framatome reactor core design, codes, and methods.
• Prepare and review of engineering drawings and specifications and supporting documentation such as calculation files, test requirements and associated reports.
• The position is within the Materials & Thermal Mechanics organization which is responsible for a broad range of activities covering:
o PWR fuel rod design
o PWR control component design
o Nuclear fuel materials development
o Fuel manufacturing support
o Fuel rod performance code development.
• The engineering activities are coordinated with other Fuel engineering departments both locally and worldwide.
• Fuel Design engineers within the department offer direct support to resolve manufacturing problems as well as work on teams which improve manufacturing processes and/or material performance. Related activities include maintenance and revision of material product specifications and qualification reports.
• Fuel performance data is routinely gathered from post-irradiation measurements. This data must be reduced and evaluated against existing databases. Periodically the updated databases need to be incorporated in revised fuel models within the fuel design codes and methods.
• Fuel Design engineers support research efforts aimed at improving current materials as well as developing new alloys. They provide the expertise in support of licensing new nuclear fuel materials and new fuel designs.
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 II: BS in Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, or related equivalent plus 2-3 years experience.
• Engineer III: BS in Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, or related equivalent plus 3-5 years experience.
• An advanced degree may be substituted for related experience (MS 1-2 yrs or PhD 1-3 yrs).
• High degree of familiarity with software development processes and NQA-I requirements.
• Positive and effective team interaction skills, along with positive peer relationship skills.
• Leadership and initiative in meeting customer requirements.
• Excellent communication skills (oral/presentation/written), and the ability to effectively communicate and coordinate activities among the diverse groups with customers.
The following requirements are desired and will be used to differentiate all candidates who apply for this position.
• Nuclear industry engineering experience.
• Experience in scientific/technical code development and programming (e.g. Fortran or C++) and other modern coding tools or techniques (e.g. PYTHON or SCRUM), and in technical document preparation and review
• Prior experience with fuel rod performance codes
• French and/or German language skills