Nuclear Engineer

Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne, IL

Job posting number: #7098832 (Ref:413201)

Posted: April 28, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Nuclear Science and Engineering Division is seeking a highly motivated thermal hydraulics analyst to join the Research and Test Reactor Department (www.anl.gov/nse/research-and-test-reactors). The individual will perform thermal hydraulic analyses (design and safety) related to new reactor designs, reactor feasibility studies, and conversion of existing research reactors to the use of new fuel. The individual will develop applicable physical and mathematical models and computational strategies for designing and deploying new reactor fuels into a range of research and test reactors. Predictions of reactor performance characteristics, analyzing experimental results, performing alternative simulations, and software development and validation are key areas of work to support regulatory licensing efforts. The individual will document and prepare reports, presentations, and manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed publications in collaboration with other staff at Argonne and external institutions and national laboratories.  

Position Requirements

  • Knowledge of nuclear engineering principles, theories, and practices for the design and analysis of reactor systems.
  • Knowledge of computational modeling of fluid mechanics and heat transfer for analysis of thermal and safety performance of nuclear reactors and facilities.
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in performing reactor transient and accident analyses using system codes (e.g., RELAP5, TRACE) are essential.
  • Skills in applying computational fluid dynamics software (e.g., STAR-CCM+, COMSOL) to solve complex engineering problems would be an asset.
  • Skill in applying programming languages (e.g., Python, MATLAB, Fortran) for scripting and data analysis.
  • Skill in the conception, design, and evaluation of innovative approaches and solutions to quantitative problems.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to contribute to projects in a team environment, frequent interaction with co-workers and support personnel are required.
  • Ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork.
  • To perform the essential functions of this position successful applicants must provide proof of U.S. citizenship or Permanent Residency, which is required to comply with federal regulations and contract. Illegal drug testing as defined in 10 CFR 707.4 and a background investigation will be required prior to employment.

Since thermal-hydraulics is an essential topic within many engineering fields, the specific field of engineering studied by the successful candidate might include nuclear, mechanical, chemical engineering, or a related field. The selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level (RD2 or RD3) depending upon the depth and breadth of relevant knowledge, skills, and experience brought to the position. The requirements for the desired levels are as follows:

  • RD2 Level: Bachelor’s and 5+ years; Master’s and 3+ years; Doctorate and 0+ years, or equivalent.
  • RD3 Level: Bachelor’s and 8+ years; Master’s and 5+ years; Doctorate and 4+ years, or equivalent

Position Requirements

Job Family

Research Development (RD)

Job Profile

Nuclear/Reactor Engineering 2

Worker Type

Regular

Time Type

Full time

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Please note that all Argonne employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. All successful applicants will be required to provide their COVID-19 vaccination verification as a condition of employment, subject to limited legally recognized exemptions to COVID-19 vaccination.



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Job posting number:#7098832 (Ref:413201)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne,Illinois
United States
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