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General Electric Senior Criticality Safety Engineer in Wilmington, North Carolina

Job Description Summary

The Senior Criticality Safety Engineer will be responsible for performing and verifying Nuclear Criticality Safety Evaluations required to license, construct, and operate a Natrium™ fuel fabrication facility. This role will provide Criticality Safety expertise as a member of the Integrated Safety Analysis (ISA) team responsible for developing safety analysis in accordance with Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) license commitments and requirements. The role will also oversee implementation of the criticality safety requirements throughout facility design, construction, and start-up of operations.

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) and TerraPower have partnered on development of the Natrium™ reactor and energy system architecture. This advanced nuclear technology features a cost-competitive sodium fast reactor combined with a molten salt energy storage system. The Department of Energy has selected the Natrium™ reactor for its Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program (ARDP). The Natrium™ fuel will be fabricated in a new facility located at the existing GEH site in Wilmington NC, which is currently licensed for manufacturing of nuclear fuel for commercial nuclear power plants.

Job Description

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Perform nuclear criticality safety evaluations (NCSEs) required for the licensing, construction, and operation of a Natrium™ fuel manufacturing facility.

  • Perform independent verification of NCSEs authored by other criticality safety engineers.

  • Evaluate normal and credible abnormal conditions for proposed facilities and operations.

  • Establish criticality limits on controlled parameters, specify criticality control requirements and functionality, and perform neutronics calculations.

  • Develop validation reports to support bias and associated bias uncertainty.

  • Support technical evaluations necessary for design of a criticality accident alarm system.

  • Coordinate with operations and engineering on development of process safety information required to develop safety analysis for the Natrium™ fuel manufacturing facility.

  • Participate on ISA team meetings as a member of criticality safety to support development of the process hazard analysis and supporting risk assessments.

  • Review and approve design changes and ensure the impacts to criticality safety is addressed throughout the licensing and facility construction process.

  • Review and approve facility documentation such as procedures, training, and functional test instructions to ensure criticality requirements are properly implemented.

  • Support meetings with the NRC, develop responses to NRC Requests for Additional Information (RAI), and support operational readiness reviews.

  • Provide advice and counsel to project management and operations management on matters of the criticality safety program and implementation of controls.

  • Provide criticality safety technical support to the ISA program.

Position Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Science or Engineering.

  • Minimum 7 years of nuclear industry experience in criticality safety.

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in roles supporting NRC fuel cycle facility or DOE regulated nuclear facility operations.

  • Eligibility Requirements:

  • For Controlled Access Area: must be able to successfully pass a Nuclear Safety Training Test; follow strict radiation protection, criticality, and industrial safety regulations; wear protective clothing to enter the area.

  • Ability to walk up and down stairs.

  • Must be 18 years or older and have legal authorization to work in the United States

Additional Eligibility Qualifications:

  • GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen (as applicable). This role is restricted to U.S. persons (i.e., U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and other protected individuals under the Immigration and Naturalization Act, 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)) due to access to export-controlled technology. GE will require proof of status prior to employment.

Desired Characteristics:

  • 10+ years of criticality safety experience.

  • Demonstrated proficiency with Monte Carlo methods such as KENO and MCNP.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in application of the double contingency principle and documentation of criticality safety evaluations

  • Experience performing independent verification of criticality safety evaluations

  • Experience with 10CFR70 licensing and ISA program implementation.

  • Experience working on projects to license fuel cycle facilities

  • Advanced degree (MS or Ph.D.) in nuclear engineering or physics.

  • Ability to develop creative solutions for complex, challenging issues

  • Ability to explain complex issues to a non-technical audience.

  • Positive track record of experience resolving technical issues

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Strong written communication skills

  • Proven ability to influence regulators, other leaders, and engineers

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This role is restricted to U.S. persons (i.e., U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and other protected individuals under the Immigration and Naturalization Act, 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)) due to access to export-controlled technology. GE will require proof of status prior to employment.

Additional Information

GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer (https://assets.phenompeople.com/CareerConnectResources/GE11GLOBAL/en_global/desktop/assets/images/poster_screen_reader_optimized_w_supplement.pdf) . Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen (as applicable).

Relocation Assistance Provided: Yes

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