Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Mechanical Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 306177

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signatures Science & Technology

Group: Nuclear Engineering & Analysis

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Nuclear Engineering and Analysis Group is searching for mechanical engineers who possess an understanding of nuclear power plant design and operations. This position will support projects involved in the design and analysis of components utilized in nuclear applications and nuclear non-proliferation. Additionally, the position will support nuclear regulatory work through the evaluation of submitted technical reports and providing subject matter leadership.

This position is responsible for interfacing with internal and external customers, presenting research results to the technical community, planning work, developing teams, executing work scope, preparing quality deliverables on time, and managing budgets. Additionally, the incumbent will lead technical decision-making within responsibility area, advising senior project management and developing project proposals for future work. This position will be expected to work with non-sensitive, sensitive, and classified information as appropriate for individual projects. The person in this position must recognize and accept that they will be working in technical areas associated with topics related to the National Security of the United States.

Specific responsibilities include:

* Demonstrated experience with lattice physics codes such as CASMO or ANSYS

* Conducting mechanical/thermal hydraulic analyses

* Demonstrated experience with thermal hydraulic analysis codes such as RELAP

* Knowledge of and experience with programming in FORTRAN and/or general programming skills

* Participating on and leading small to medium sized teams

* Working on multiple projects concurrently

* Contributing to the development of project proposals to establish new work

* Mentoring more junior staff and interns

* Possessing excellent writing, oral, and presentation skills

* Being a contributing or lead author on technical reports and design documentation

* Presenting technical research to peer technical community

* The ability to work in a proceduralized environment

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering plus 2-3 years of experience pertaining to reactors, reactor systems, secondary systems, or other systems associated with regulated facilities or advanced degree (MS or PhD) in mechanical engineering plus 0-2 years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering plus 2-3 years of experience pertaining to reactors, reactor systems, secondary systems, or other systems associated with regulated facilities or advanced degree (MS or PhD) in mechanical engineering plus 0-2 years of experience.

* Technical Expertise: Contributing professional. Applies standard theories, principles, and concepts to a specialty field.

* Breadth of Technical Knowledge: Knowledge of nuclear engineering or mechanical engineering with a nuclear engineering experience base is required. Knowledge of commercial nuclear reactor systems and operations is preferred.

* Level of Responsibility: Independently completes assignments and assumes technical responsibility for tasks. Contributor to major technical tasks; contributing author on technical reports and other written or oral deliverables; direct communication with clients within PNNL. The ability to mentor junior staff and interns to aid in their professional development.

* Business Development: Contributes to the technical content of proposals.

* Technical Products: Primary author or contributor on calculations and technical documents, literature publications or reports; presents information to internal review groups and papers at national meetings. May contribute to the development of intellectual property leading to publications, copyrights and/or patents.

Equal Employment Opportunity

PNNL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse, talented workforce. EOE Disability/Vet/M/F/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Staff at PNNL must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.

Other Information

This position requires the ability to obtain a federal security clearance in a timely manner. Which requires:

* U.S. Citizenship

* Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.

* Drug Testing: All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.

Directorate: National Security Dir

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Nuclear Engineering & Analysis

Opening Date: 2016-12-29

Closing Date: 2017-01-28