Light Water Reactor Fuel Expert 7/1/2018

Battelle Energy Alliance Idaho Falls, ID

Idaho Falls, ID
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Bachelors Degree



Job Title: Light Water Reactor Fuel Expert
Org: Post Irradiation Examinations
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Work Location: Idaho Falls, ID (MFC)



Empowering the Nation's Energy Future

MISSION: Discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.

VISION: INL will change the world's energy future and secure our critical infrastructure.



Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is seeking a senior/distinguished scientist in the area of post irradiation examination (PIE) of light water reactor nuclear fuel, reporting to the Advanced Post Irradiation Examination (PIE) Department within the Advanced PIE and Characterization Directorate.

INL is the lead national laboratory for DOEs Office of Nuclear Energy, providing much of the nuclear research, development, and demonstration capability needed to move nuclear innovation forward to deployment. MFC hosts a unique combination of personnel, facilities and infrastructure and offers the ability to perform research and development of nuclear fuel from fuel design, development and fabrication through post irradiation analysis.
The successful candidate will serve as the principle investigator/principle researcher and technical expert for the PIE of light water reactor (LWR) nuclear fuel at the Materials and Fuels Complex. Candidates will work closely with internal and external customers to plan and manage fuel examination campaigns, develop improved examination methods and capabilities, and develop technical partnerships with the nuclear industry.

FUNCTIONS: This position is focused on the following responsibilities within the Advanced PIE and Characterization Directorate:

* Acts as the MFC site technical expert in the area of light water reactor fuel performance and post-irradiation examination, maintaining a high level of currency and competency

* Works closely with internal and external customers to meet customer needs,

* Develops technical partnerships with the nuclear industry

* Develops and implements a strategy for continuous improvement of research capabilities and LWR fuel knowledge, including developing a research program focused on improving instrumentation, data, and analysis capabilities,

* Actively communicates research results in refereed journals and conference papers.


Degree in Materials Science and Engineering, Nuclear Engineering or closely related field.

PR4- Bachelors of Science and 8 years of experience, Masters of Science and 6 years of experience or Doctor of Philosophy and 4 years of experience

PR5 - Bachelors of Science and 12 years of experience, Masters of Science and 8 years of experience or Doctor of Philosophy and 6 years of experience.

Required Skills:

* Demonstrated experience developing and executing projects involving PIE of nuclear fuel, light water reactor fuel in particular.

* Demonstrated experience in microstructural characterization of irradiated materials.

* Extensive experience and knowledge in zirconium based components used in nuclear reactors and fuels.

* Hands on experience and demonstrated expertise with electron beam and x-ray based instruments used in the characterization of nuclear fuels and materials of construction.

* Demonstrated ability to perform independent research and methods development in the above mentioned experimental techniques.

* Demonstrated ability to perform work as a leader of and member of multi-disciplinary team

* Strong history of peer-reviewed publications and technical presentations at national and international conferences


To be eligible for employment at INL males between ages 18 and 25 must register (or must have registered) with the Selective Service System (SSS). This includes U.S. born and naturalized citizens, parolees, undocumented immigrants, legal permanent residents, asylum seekers, refugees, and all males with visas of any kind which expired more than 30 days ago. The few individuals who are exempt from this requirement are those on current non-immigrant visas. For more information see



Employee Job Functions are physical actions and/or working conditions associated with the position. These functions may also constitute essential functions for the job position which the employee must be able to fulfill, with or without accommodation. Information provided below is to help describe the job so that the applicant has a reasonable understanding of the job duties/expectations. An applicant's ability to perform and/or tolerate these actions and conditions will be discussed and workplace accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis following an individualized assessment of the applicant and other considerations, including but not limited to any governing safety standards.

MOTOR ABILITIES: Lower Body: Walking-prolonged, standing-prolonged, Upper Body: Fine motor control (hands), Combined Upper/Lower body: Lifting ability- 50 lbs. max, repetitive work-intermittent.

SPECIAL SENSES: Eyes: Near vision, far vision, Ears: Speech discrimination, audio alarms.

WORK CONDITIONS: Facility: Stairs, Environmental Conditions: Hazardous chemical/waste, radiation work, Equipment: Respirator use, typing/keyboard, Personnel Requirements: 8 Hrs/day, overtime/irregular hours, working alone.

CERTIFICATION EXAM(S): Respirator user



August 19, 2018 (Midnight, MST)


Must be familiar with, and comply with all relevant health and safety requirements. Must be knowledgeable of emergency action policies and procedures, methods for reporting/resolving work practices or conditions to available cognizant professionals.

When applying to positions please provide a resume and answer all questions on the following screens. Applicants, who fail to provide a resume or answer the questions, may be deemed ineligible for consideration.

INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With over 4,300 scientists, researchers and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and develop technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security and environmental missions.

Idaho Falls is conveniently situated near many national treasures such as Yellowstone National Park, Teton National Park, Jackson, WY, etc. For more information about the area, please visit and

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.



Idaho National Laboratory is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s 17 national laboratories. With roughly 4,000 scientists, engineers and support personnel, the lab also stands as one of Idaho’s largest employers. At INL’s three primary facility areas – the Advanced Test Reactor Complex, Materials and Fuels Complex, and Research and Education Campus – researchers perform work in support of DOE’s mission to “discover the solutions to power and secure America’s future.” More specifically, INL is the nation’s leading center of nuclear energy research and development. Day-to-day management and operation of the laboratory is the responsibility of Battelle Energy Alliance.

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