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Analytical Methods Technology Engineer
Duration: 12 18 month Staff augmentation part time of 20 hours per week with 2 full time months (estimated Sept 2021 and July 2022)
Role Summary / Purpose
The project scope is comprised of the procurement, qualification, verification/validation, and benchmarking of multiple engineering software packages including PARTISN, MC-2, and DIF3D, and their use in design and safety analysis applications.
Interface with GEs partner, TerraPower, on a regular basis toward this end.
Provide coaching/mentoring to less experienced colleagues in the areas of sodium fast reactor neutronics.
Licensing documents such as topical reports will be generated for the methods and methodologies where needed and submitted to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for review.
Facilitate this process, including the generation of these documents and resolution of NRC questions through eventual NRC approval.
This project scope requires access to export controlled information.
This position supports a government project.
Responsible for leading the technical development, accuracy and uncertainty qualification, testing, verification, regulatory licensing, and maintenance of analytical methods required for evaluation of steady-state and transient core/fuel performance of nuclear reactors.
Work within an approved regulatory framework for nuclear software quality assurance for engineering computer programs.
Prepare, document and present technical data to internal and external customers.
Contribute to and lead team process improvements to drive speed and simplification.
Communicate with internal/external users of the methods through support, documentation, and training.
Ensure work is performed with high quality in accordance with NRC rules and regulations, customer requirements, and business quality assurance standards.
Drive a team culture based on team work, integrity, candor, transparency, and execution on commitments.
Effectively communicate and coordinate activities with other team members on engineering/technical issues.
Assist and provide support to the team technical leader and functional manager to plan, status and execute projects.
Support teams working in various time zones globally.
Support the interface with various regulatory agencies (NRC, DOE, etc.) as appropriate.
Honest and straightforward with a high level of personal integrity.
Detail oriented and accountable for results.
Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work in a team.
Displays a strong drive for continuous improvement.
Displays an engaging, can-do, optimistic attitude.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Strong analytical capabilities, problem solving skills, and process skills.
Qualifications / Requirements
B.S. degree from an accredited university or college in nuclear engineering, physics, mathematics, or a closely related technical discipline
Six or more years of cumulative engineering experience Knowledge of fast reactor neutronics, the PARTISN/MC-2/DIF3D codes, and teaching/mentoring experience
Additional Desired Characteristics
Ph.D. in computational methods, thermal-hydraulics, nuclear engineering, or a closely related discipline.
Prior experience with neutronic methods (eg., MCNP, PARTISN, MC2-3, DIF3D).
Prior experience with thermal hydraulic methods (eg, TRAC, RELAP5-3D, Fluent)
Experience with software Commercial Grade Dedication in accordance with NQA-1. Programming experience with Fortran, C#, and Python.
Working knowledge of nuclear reactor core licensing, technical specifications, safety margin bases, code methodology licensing, and related federal regulations.
Publication of technical articles and/or patent applications.
Demonstrated ability to make decisions with speed and accuracy based on the best available information.
Exceptional organization skills.
Legacy of delivering on commitments; tenacious, with a proven track record of overcoming obstacles; ability to achieve stretch targets.
Strong external focus; clear and demonstrated understanding of nuclear industry and/or energy industry.
Six Sigma Green Belt, Black Belt, or equivalent quality certification
Empyrean Services is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other protected status.