TITLE: Principal Safety Method Development Engineer
LOCATION: Bellevue, WA, USA
TerraPower is a nuclear technology company based in Bellevue, Washington. At its core, the company is working to raise living standards globally through a more affordable, secure and environmentally friendly form of nuclear energy along with innovations in medical isotopes to improve human health. In 2006, TerraPower originated with Bill Gates and a group of like-minded visionaries who evaluated the fundamental challenges to raising living standards around the world. They recognized energy access was crucial to the health and economic well-being of communities and decided that the private sector needed to take action and create energy sources that would advance global energy deployment. TerraPower’s mission is to be a world leader in new nuclear technologies, while developing innovators and future leaders in the nuclear field. As a result, the company’s activities in the fields of nuclear energy and related sciences are yielding significant innovations in the safety and economics of nuclear power, hybrid energy and medical applications – all for significant human health benefits.
TerraPower is seeking to hire highly motivated and forward-thinking professionals who are interested in focusing on advanced nuclear reactor research and development and influencing change within the nuclear power landscape and bringing forward the critical production of medical isotopes. TerraPower is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, as a federal contractor, TerraPower has instituted an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) in an effort to proactively recruit, hire, and promote women, minorities, disabled persons and veterans.
Principal Safety Method Development Engineer
The Principal Safety Method Development Engineer is part of a growing team supporting the design and licensing of the Natrium Demonstration reactor and is primarily responsible for the overall safety methodology development in the following areas:
- Analysis of Licensing Basis Events (LBEs) Without Radionuclide Release
- Analysis of LBEs With Radionuclide Release
- Mechanistic Source Term
- Emergency Planning Zone
- Radiological Releases Consequence
The Principal Safety Method Development Engineer may also contribute subject matter expertise to other projects under development by the TerraPower Sodium Fast Reactor (SFR) Program. Other engineering activities include, but are not limited to, performing accident analyses, contributing to software commercial grade dedication, participating in hazard analysis, participating to Structures, Systems and Components (SSC) classification, as well as performing verification and validation activities.
Under TerraPower matrix organizational structure, the Principal Safety Method Development Engineer receives administrative and technical supervision from the Nuclear Safety and Licensing Discipline Manager and project direction from project managers.
- Lead and coordinate safety methodology development work performed inside and outside TerraPower.
- Help develop and grow the Natrium safety methods team.
- Participate to the development of work plans and schedules.
- Contribute to the development of analytical and computational models in collaboration with safety analysis engineers
- Contribute to the development of methodologies using a graded approach to the Evaluation Model Development and Assessment Process (EMDAP) as needed. This also include activities such as leading the development of Phenomena Identification and Ranking Table (PIRT) as necessary, develop evaluation model requirements, create evaluation model development plan, leading code selection process, etc.
- Coordinate collaboration with safety verification and validation engineers to develop assessment bases (benchmark, identify applicable tests, etc.) and asses the evaluation model.
- Work with an interdisciplinary team of engineers to establish core and reactor SSC functional, performance, safety, and quality requirements as well as support the overall design.
- Perform engineering reviews of analyses and other engineering design media.
Key Qualifications and Skills
- At least 15+ years of related experience with a B.S. degree; or 12+ years and an M.S. degree; or a PhD with 8+ years of experience in the nuclear field.
- Significant experience in leading and coordinating safety method development activities.
- Knowledgeable of nuclear systems thermal-hydraulic fundamentals as well as reactor dynamics and transient phenomena.
- Significant experience with safety analysis codes such as SAS4A/SASSYS-1, GOTHIC, RELAP5, TRACE, MELCOR, MACCS, RADTRAD or equivalent.
- Familiarity with nuclear design, regulatory requirements, and risk-informed performance-based technology guidance for Non-Light Water Reactors is required.
- Familiarity with EMDAP and Regulatory Guide 1.203 is required.
- Experience with SFR safety methods is highly desirable. Experience with other reactor designs can be considered when differentiating candidates.
- Demonstrated strong quantitative, analytical, modeling and reporting skills.
- Understanding of NQA-1 requirements associated with analysis and software management as well as experience working under a quality assurance programs.
- Experience in working in multi-disciplinary engineering teams to address engineering challenges.
- Strong software engineering skills in any language is a plus.
- The successful candidate will possess a high degree of trust and integrity, communicate openly and display respect and a desire to foster teamwork.
- Actual position starting level and title will be determined based on assessment of qualifications.
Job Functions are physical actions and/or working conditions associated with the position. These functions may also constitute essential functions for the job which the employee must be able to fulfill, with or without accommodation. Information provided below is to help describe the job so that the applicant has a reasonable understanding of the job duties/expectations. An applicant's ability to perform and/or tolerate these actions and conditions will be discussed and workplace accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis following an individualized assessment of the applicant and other considerations, including but not limited to any governing safety standards.
- Motor Abilities: Sitting and/or standing for extended periods, bending/stooping, grasping/gripping, fine motor control (hands)
- Physical exertion and/or requirements: Minimal, with ability to safely lift up to 25 pounds
- Repetitive work: Prolonged
- Special Senses: Visual and audio focused work
- Work Conditions: Stairs, typing/keyboard, standard and/or sitting working environment of >8 hrs./day
- Travel required: 0-5%
TerraPower’s technology is controlled for export by various agencies of the U.S. Government. TerraPower must evaluate applicants who are foreign nationals (other than asylees, refugees, or lawful permanent residents) in accordance with U.S. Government export control requirements. To facilitate TerraPower’s export control reviews, you will be asked as part of the application process to identify whether you are a U.S. Citizen or national, asylee, refugee, or lawful permanent resident of the United States. Government export authorization approval times vary. Based on the business needs for a particular position, TerraPower may not consider a foreign national from a country if it is impracticable to obtain timely Government export approval.
Please visit www.terrapower.com to apply