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Reliability and Risk Analyst

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This position is located in the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR), Division of Risk Assessment (DRA), PRA Licensing Branch A (APLA), Headquarters, Rockville, MD.
As a Reliability and Risk Analyst you will serve as a higher-level staff specialist providing professional engineering and/or scientific expertise associated with probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) related issues for new and operating reactors including development of policy and guidance, evaluations of applications for new designs and licensing actions, and analysis of plant operating performance using PRA techniques to evaluate safety risk.

The successful candidate will perform the full range of duties. Such duties include but are not limited to:

• Utilizes PRA, reactor systems expertise, and regulatory expertise to perform assigned activities in order to assure the health and safety of the public, to protect the environment, and to achieve the NRC's strategic goals. Considers use of risk insights and a risk-informed performance-based philosophy in all activities.
• Performs technical reviews and prepares safety evaluation reports in support of applications for reactors and licensing actions.
• Prepares new and revised regulations and supporting documentation including statement of consideration, Committee to Review Generic Requirements (CRGR) packages, backfit analyses and any supporting regulatory guidance.
• Supports reactor and vendor audits and inspections to assure compliance with regulatory requirements and safe plant operation.
• Evaluates significant safety concerns that arise from new and operating reactors for their generic impact on licensing and makes recommendations for changing and improving the regulatory process.
• Supports the review of allegations. Provides technical support to the Offices of Enforcement and Investigation to investigate and resolve allegations. Supports preparation and presentation of finds to the allegation review board. Performs interviews, inspections and reviews necessary to understand and resolve allegations. Participates in preparation of reports and letters documenting allegation closeout.


In addition to the educational requirements 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 a thorough knowledge of the theory, principles and practices in the area of probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) and reactor systems with specialized knowledge of the application of reliability and risk analysis in nuclear facility design, fabrication, construction, analysis, testing, maintenance and operation; knowledge of PRA sufficient to utilize state of the art principles in the analysis of plant operations and events to assess risk significance; and experience in the application of risk to support oversight and event assessment.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

1. Demonstrated knowledge of structures, systems, component design and general operating characteristics of nuclear reactors. (EXAMPLE: Describe your experience performing reviews and evaluations in the design and functional capability of nuclear power plants to withstand transient and accident conditions.)
2. DOUBLE WEIGHTED - Demonstrated experience applying the principles, theories, and practices of probabilistic risk analysis in the assessment of new or operating commercial nuclear power reactors. Experience in reviewing risk-informed license amendment requests and pilot risk applications for new or operating reactors should be highlighted. (EXAMPLE: Describe experience, education, and training which 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 in nuclear power facility design, analysis, testing, maintenance and/or operations. Provide examples demonstrating your experience in the application of probabilistic risk analysis for nuclear power plants. Describe your accomplishments in areas such as Levels 1 and 2, internal and external events PRAs; human reliability analysis; common cause failure analysis; and fault tree and event tree modeling. Describe your experience reviewing risk informed license amendment requests and pilot risk applications for operating reactors; applying NRC guidance (i.e., SRP Chapter 19, RG 1.174, RG 1.200) to those applications; resolving issues with the applicant or licensee during these reviews; and writing safety evaluations.)
3. Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and experience in the formulation of sound technical judgement on the adequacy of existing and proposed systems and design and operation. (Describe specific experience, training, and accomplishments which demonstrate your ability to formulate technical judgement. Provide several examples of judgements, recommendations, or actions you have taken in regard to the adequacy of reactor systems design or analytical methods used in reactor systems analyses. Describe your ability to identify complex issues and recommend successful approaches for resolution. Highlight examples that demonstrate resourcefulness, initiative, and ingenuity in completing the work.
4. Ability to communicate information, ideas, and advice in a clear, concise, and logical manner, both orally and in writing, with colleagues, subordinates, executive management, ACRS, the Commission, members of the public, representatives of professional groups, or other Federal or State agencies. (EXAMPLE: Describe specific experience, training and accomplishments which demonstrate your communication skills, both orally and in writing. Describe your ability to lead complex technical discussions and consolidate complex and diverse opinions into concise presentations, memoranda, letters, reports. Describe your ability to formulate balanced and well-founded recommendations. Describe oral and written presentations you have performed within your organization, including published technical documents you have authored. Describe presentations you have made to outside groups including professional organizations, advisory groups, the public, and/or Congress.)

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. The NRC encourages applicants to provide extensive job experience details in your resume. Applicants may also use the supplemental vacancy question found in the official Job Announcement (see How to Apply section below) to provide additional information pertaining to specialized experience and ideal candidate criteria.


For 0801 - General Engineering: Candidates for Federal government professional engineering positions must meet certain basic professional knowledge requirements. Generally these knowledge requirements are met by having a bachelor's or higher degree in a relevant professional engineering discipline (e.g., mechanical, metallurgical, materials, nuclear, structural, chemical, electrical) from a school of engineering with at least one professional engineering curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). However, if you do not possess such a professional engineering degree, you may still satisfy the professional knowledge requirements if you have current Professional Engineer (P.E.) registration in one of the relevant disciplines from any U.S. State or Territory; or if you successfully passed an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) written examination administered by a State Board of Engineering Examiners; or if you have either a related professional degree or at least 60 semester hours of specified engineering-related college courses COMBINED WITH at least a year of professional engineering work experience performed under professional engineer supervision and guidance.
Note: Engineering technology degrees are not generally qualifying unless supplemented by other evidence of the individual's professional knowledge (e.g., current P.E. license or EIT examination results, as discussed above).
For 1301 - General Physical Science:
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 Opportunities page and click on “view a list of current NRC vacancies, please visit USAJobs EXIT.” Find the Reliability and Risk Analyst Job Announcement Number NRR/DRA-2022-0003 and apply on-line by October 17, 2022. If you are viewing this opportunity after October 17th please visit NRC’s website and discover additional opportunities for which you might be interested.

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