Reactor Systems Engineer (Fuel Analyst)

Rockville, Maryland
Sep 13, 2019
Sep 17, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES), Division of Systems Analysis (DSA), Fuel and Source Term Code Development Branch (FSCB). The supervisor is Richard Lee. This position is Bargaining Unit. This position has COR duties that may subject the incumbent to the Confidential Financial Disclosure reporting requirements. This position is subject to the security ownership restriction reporting requirements.

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As a Reactor Systems Engineer (Fuel Analyst), you will conduct and coordinate specialized research analysis in the area of fuel and cladding performance and design. You will utilize your expertise to develop fuel analysis codes to support resolution of relevant safety and technical issues of Agency interest. Duties will include but are not limited to:
  • Maintaining state-of-the art knowledge and expertise in the area of nuclear fuel, cladding, and fuel performance code development.
  • Maintaining and developing the NRC fuel performance codes, such as FRAPCON and FRAPTRAN to meet emerging needs introduced by evolutionary zirconium/UO2 designs (i.e., fuel dopants), advanced technology fuel or accident tolerant fuel (ATF), and non-LWR reactor fuel concepts.
  • Developing and implementing a long-term strategy to maintain state-of-practice analytical capabilities.
  • Coordinates, plans, develops, and provides technical direction for NRC's fuel performance experimental and analytical research programs.
  • Conducts fuel performance confirmatory analyses for operating and new reactor licensing reviews.
  • Presents results of evaluations to senior NRC officials, external stakeholders and peer review organizations, related to fuel performance under reactor steady state and transient accident conditions.

  • Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    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.


    The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of engineering principles and mathematical methods for reactor and reactor fuel design and analysis, particularly relating to neutronics and nuclear fuel behavior. Examples may include experience with reactor and reactor fuel design and analysis, particularly relating to nuclear fuel designs for operating, advanced, accident tolerant fuel (ATF), and non-light water reactors, experience relative to nuclear fuel cladding behavior under normal and transient conditions for design basis events, and experience in performing analyses in the area of neutronics and nuclear fuel.
  • Demonstrated ability in developing and assessing nuclear fuel performance codes (e.g., FRAPCON, FRAPTRAN and FAST) for nuclear reactor and fuel designs. Examples may include experience developing and performing safety analysis of nuclear fuel performance codes and to evaluate the accuracy and reliability of the results for nuclear reactor and fuel designs.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate, plan, develop, and provide technical oversight and direction of analytical and experimental research programs or projects. Examples may include experience in reviewing, coordinating, and managing the activities of an analytical and experimental research program or project within schedule and resource limitations, in evaluating varied proposals and approaches to a program or project's challenges, and recommending and implementing changes for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of a program or project.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate technical information both orally and in writing. Examples may include leading complex technical discussions, consolidating complex and diverse opinions, data, or analysis results into concise, balanced and well-founded recommendations and producing high quality technical reports to diverse stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with management and staff, coworkers, and personnel of external organizations. Examples may include experience using tact, diplomacy, and negotiation to achieve cooperation and develop consensus, experience using informal and formal networks to build support for programs and serving as a point of contact with other program offices, the Commission, industry, advisory groups, international organizations, or other stakeholders to provide advice and recommendations on research areas and initiatives to enhance regulatory effectiveness and efficiency.

  • In addition to the basic requirements, to qualify for this position you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (13) in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as experience which provided demonstrated knowledge of reactor fuel design and analysis, the development and assessment of analytical codes, and nuclear fuel behavior.

    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. You may also provide additional information related to your knowledge, skills, and abilities, in the vacancy question provided for supplemental response.


    Candidates must possess a bachelor's or higher degree in professional engineering, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience demonstrating a thorough knowledge of principles, theories, and practices in the field 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 Deaf applicants may contact the Disability Program Manager by calling the NRC videophone at 240-428-3217.

    Individuals who are eligible for non-competitive appointment under an OPM special appointing authority may apply for consideration under a comparable NRC non-competitive appointing authority. Veterans, please visit:

    Selectee's will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. 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.

    A transferable security clearance from another agency or a background investigation leading to a clearance is required for all new hires. To begin work at the NRC without a security clearance, you must be granted a temporary waiver of the required clearance, referred to as a 145(b) waiver. To be eligible for a 145(b) waiver you will need a favorable education verification, reference, credit, and criminal history checks. If a wavier is granted, the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication is required for continued employment. If you have resided outside the U.S. for an extended period of time, the agency may not be able to (1) grant the 145(b) waiver where the required investigation cannot be completed in a timely manner, or (2) achieve timely completion of the background investigation required for a security clearance.

    The NRC is a zero tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use. Individuals selected for this position will be subject to pre-appointment drug testing unless currently in a NRC position subject to random drug testing AND will be subject to random drug testing upon appointment to the NRC.

    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

    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

    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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