Reactor Systems Engineer

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Rockville, Maryland
Posted
Jul 12, 2019
Closes
Jul 16, 2019
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Office of New Reactors (NRO), Division of Engineering, Safety Systems and Risk Assessment (DESR), Reactor Systems, Nuclear Performance, and Code Review Branch (SRSB). The supervisor is Rebecca Karas. This position is in the Bargaining Unit. Expenses associated with interview and/or relocation will NOT be paid. This position is not subject to Confidential Financial Disclosure reporting requirement.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement.

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Responsibilities

As a Reactor Systems Engineer in NRO's Reactor Systems, Nuclear Performance, and Code Review Branch, the successful candidate will perform the full range of duties. Such duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Reviewing and evaluating design, process design parameters, and performance of reactor systems and nuclear fuel designs for new reactors, including both thermal hydraulic and reactivity phenomena under steady-state, transient and accident conditions for design basis events.
  • Conducting reactor systems confirmatory analyses for new reactor licensing reviews.
  • Reviewing and evaluating policy issues related to reactor systems requirements for new reactor designs.
  • Preparing safety evaluations reports, audit reports, and other documentation related to new reactor design reviews.
  • Presenting results of evaluations before the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS) and other technical briefings, providing testimony at new reactor hearings and performing technical audits related to reactor systems performance and design basis event evaluations.


  • Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

    Supervisory status
    No

    Promotion Potential
    13

    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship Required
    • This is a Drug Testing position.
    • Background investigation leading to a clearance is required for new hires.


    You must meet the qualifications for this position by no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.

    Qualifications

    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 (GG-12) in the Federal Service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as experience technically and analytically reviewing and evaluating design, process design parameters, and performance of reactor systems and nuclear fuel design for new reactors, including both thermal hydraulic and reactivity phenomena under steady-state, transient and accident conditions for design basis events.

    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 ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate RECENT knowledge and experience in the following:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices in the field of reactor systems and nuclear fuel sufficient to evaluate designs, process design parameters, and review performance for a variety of new reactor and nuclear fuel designs.
  • Demonstrated ability in formulating sound technical judgments, making recommendations, and finding solutions in regards to issues pertaining to core physics, fuel behavior, reactivity control system and control rod design, and core thermal-hydraulic performance.
  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of NRC rules, regulations, and policies pertaining to new reactors through familiarity with new reactor regulatory framework, system design standards, regulatory guides and practices, and through the performance of regulatory reviews associated with design and licensing of new reactor designs.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate information, ideas, and advice in a clear, concise, and logical manner, both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with management and staff, colleagues, and representatives of external organizations.


  • Education

    Basic requirement for General Engineer, GG-801: A professional engineering degree is required. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. OR a combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering .

    Additional information

    The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Individuals with disabilities may contact the Selective Placement Coordinator for assistance with the application or hiring process via Disability.Resource@nrc.gov. Deaf applicants may contact the Disability Program Manager by calling the NRC videophone at 240-428-3217.

    False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the job requirements. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to any vacancy questions to determine your level of knowledge, skill and ability related to the job requirements. If you are among the top candidates for this position, your application will be referred to the hiring manager.

    Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    L Access Authorization

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Required Documents

    List of supplemental material that may be applicable:

    If you are a NRC employee you are required to submit your most recent Rating of Record (Performance Appraisal) or a statement saying that one is not available.

    If you are a current/reinstatement eligible Federal employee with status (Tenure Group 1 or 2), you will be considered under our merit promotion procedures and must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) to verify competitive status or reinstatement eligibility.

    Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g. DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service; Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within 120 days; SF-15 Form and related documentation; VA letter.) You can find additional information about Veterans' Preference at http://www.fedshirevets.gov/.

    If you are applying for a position that requires a college degree, you must submit your College Transcripts.

    All supplemental documents will now be collected electronically and should be submitted before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:

    1. Use the "USAJOBS" feature to download documents from your USAJOBS portfolio; or
    2. use the "Upload" feature to upload documents directly from your computer. The following types of documents can be uploaded: .gif, .jpeg, .png, .rtf, .pdf, and .doc; or
    3. use the "Fax" feature to print the Fax Cover Sheet and fax it, along with your supplemental documents to 1-571-258-4052.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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