Nuclear Safety Analysis Structural Engineer (Hybrid Eligible)

Date: Nov 28, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 11952 


We are seeking a Nuclear Safety Analysis Structural Engineer who will focus on performing analysis and reviews for planned upgrades and projects relating primarily to civil and structural engineering.  This position resides in the Nuclear Safety Analysis Group in the Nuclear Safety and Experiment Analysis Section (NSEA), Research Reactors Division (RRD), Neutron Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  


As part of our team, you will work in an analytical environment with other nuclear safety analysis and engineering staff members, supporting cross-disciplinary teams, and collaborating with people having diverse backgrounds both inside and outside the organization! The successful candidate should have a strong background in civil or structural engineering, the ability to provide review and analysis for engineering projects and nuclear safety basis documents, and the flexibility to learn and support other systems and projects at the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR).


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Preparation and maintenance of the HFIR safety basis documents, including the HFIR Safety Analysis Report (SAR), Cold Neutron Source Documented Safety Analysis (CS DSA), HFIR Technical Safety Requirements (TSRs), fuel shipping container Safety Analysis Reports for Packaging (SARP), and Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA).
  • Perform analysis, testing, and research as necessary to support the HFIR beryllium reflector replacement and reactor pressure vessel replacement projects.
  • Ensure technical compliance with 10 CFR Part 830 Subparts A and B, affecting reactor and facility safety, through implementation of ORNL Standards Based Management System (SBMS) and RRD procedures.
  • Application of the Unreviewed Safety Question (USQ) process per ORNL SBMS and RRD procedure directly to the HFIR and Cold Source Facility.  
  • Interpreting and implementing DOE Natural Phenomena codes and regulations as well as nuclear facility structural materials and design codes.
  • Perform seismic qualifications, analyses, and evaluations in accordance with DOE-STD-1020 and -021, and International Building Code.
  • Perform research and/or testing needed to validate safety analysis assumptions or controls.
  • Deliver ORNL’s mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by encouraging a respectful workplace – in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in civil or structural engineering or a related field with 5 or more years of relevant experience.
  • A minimum of 1 year of prior nuclear experience.
  • Must be organized, diligent, and sensitized to a nuclear safety culture.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in civil or structural engineering.
  • Familiarity with ASME B31.1 and BPVC; NFPA 13, 70, and 72; DOE/EH-0545; DOE-STD-1020; and/or DOE-STD-1090.
  • Familiarity and experience with 10 CFR 830 Subparts A and B and the USQ process.
  • Experience at a commercial, research, or naval reactor.
  • NRC/DOE regulatory experience and/or past interaction with regulators.
  • Demonstrated experience using finite element analysis programs, such as STAAD or ANSYS.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory.
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks on time and adapt to evolving needs.


Special Requirements:

L clearance: This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program.


Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


Benefits at ORNL:  

ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain hardworking people. The laboratory offers many employee benefits, including medical and retirement plans and flexible work hours, to help you and your family live happy and healthy. Employee amenities such as on-site fitness, banking, and cafeteria facilities are also provided for convenience.


Other benefits include the following: Prescription Drug Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Contributory Pension Plan, Life Insurance, Disability Benefits, Generous Vacation and Holidays, Parental Leave, Legal Insurance with Identity Theft Protection, Employee Assistance Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Wellness Programs, Educational Assistance, Relocation Assistance, and Employee Discounts.


In addition, we offer a flexible work environment that supports both the organization and the employee. A hybrid/onsite working arrangement may be available with this position.


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This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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