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Nuclear Research Structural System Engineer

Nuclear Research Structural System Engineer

locationIdaho Falls, ID, USA
PublishedPublished: 3/15/2024
Full Time


Idaho National Laboratory is hiring a Nuclear Research Structural System Engineer to work in our Reactor Project Engineering department supporting advanced microreactor projects. Our team works a 4x10 schedule located on-site out of our Materials and Fuels Complex with every Friday off!

Responsibilities Include:

  • Apply knowledge, practices, and techniques to reactor designs are correct
  • Apply engineering knowledge, processes, through the design and implementation phases
  • Ensure continued operational readiness of assigned systems and components to support ongoing nuclear operations and reactor development
  • Utilize a strong technical understanding of the design requirements, system performance criteria, physical configuration, operation, testing, and maintenance of assigned systems and components
  • Oversee the design documents (calculations, specs, system design descriptions) performed by reactor designers or subcontractors.
  • Assign quality requirements, develop and support execution of startup activities, and maintain redlines and as-build drawings.
  • Perform design and modification activities to support advanced reactors at MFC.
    • Perform mechanical and structural calculations, design simple to complex structural modifications to existing structures and design new structures related to engineering design projects.
    • Perform mechanical and structural engineering design, participating in in-house structural engineering design projects, and working with external engineering firms to support project specific design tasks, cost/schedule/scope base lining of engineering projects, technical and functional requirements development, conceptual design reports, procurement and construction specifications and contract documents development, and field construction support.
    • Complete code compliance designs, studies, and oversight per the ASME BPVC Section III and AISC N690. Additional relevant codes and standards are ACI, ASCE 7, ASCE 43, ASCE 4, AISC, IBC.
    • Ensure the INL Engineering Standards and DOE Orders and Standards have been implemented in their work and the work for which they have cognizance.
    • Design, analyze and evaluate structures/systems in accordance with ASME BPVC Section III
  • Assess the designs of advanced microreactors relative to DOE standards for seismic and other natural phenomena hazards
  • Perform finite element software calculations
  • Assess situations impacting structural integrity and public health and safety
  • Apply advanced or complex engineering concepts and techniques to solve Structural/Civil related problems
  • Complete engineering work tasks such as design/analysis efforts, maintenance activities and operating written instructions

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical, Civil or Structural Engineering and 5-8+ years relevant engineering experience, OR a Master’s Degree and 3-6+ years relevant engineering experience.
  • Professional Engineering License in Mechanical/Civil/Structural Engineering is ideal
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy "Q" clearance, which requires US Citizenship. 

Job Information: 

  • Salary Grade: PR0300 - 220 ($110,316 - $181,956) / PR0400 - 230 ($124,368 - $211,596)
  • You are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.
  • TDP: This is a testing designated position; you will be required to submit to a pre-employment drug screen and periodic drug testing throughout the term of your employment.
  • Multi-Level: This is a multi-level posting and you will be placed at the appropriate level dependent on depth and breadth of proven experience and skills.

Benefits and Relocation

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Flexible Spending Accounts
  • 401(k) with a 4.2% employer contribution and up to 4.8% match
  • Paid time off (personal leave)
  • Employee Education Program (tuition assistance)
  • Comprehensive Relocation Package
  • Benefit eligibility subject multiple factors, including employment status and position classification.

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 more than 5,000 scientists, researchers, and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and development technologies that underpin the nation’s nuclear and renewable energy, national security, and environmental missions.

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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. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply. 

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