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General Electric Technical Leader – Reactor T-H & Nuclear Methods in Wilmington, North Carolina

Job Description Summary

This role contributes to company objectives in the field of reactor physics and thermal-hydraulic technology. It integrates and develops nuclear and thermal-hydraulic technologies, application methodologies, and supporting processes that meet business needs across the organization. Specifically, this includes NQA-1 qualification of nuclear physics and thermal-hydraulic computational software for fast reactors, code benchmarking, associated documentation, licensing activities, code deployment, and user support.

The technical leader will work within the Core & Fuel Engineering COE to support all business units within GNF/GEH across Fuels, Services, and Design Engineering. The role involves leading engineers towards development, verification, validation, and maintenance of computational methods for thermal-hydraulic and nuclear analysis of sodium-cooled fast reactors, as well as other advanced and existing (BWR/PWR) reactor designs. The technical leader will also plan, assign and manage resources for the team and provide coaching/mentoring to less experienced team members.

This role is within the Analytical Methods Technology team, which is responsible for the development, maintenance, analytics, and technical consultation of engineering computer codes, correlations, and methodologies related to Boiling Water Reactor (BWR), Pressurized Water Reactors (PWR), new reactor types, and advanced/fast reactors. AMT is also responsible for supporting customers with emergent questions in the areas of reactor thermal-hydraulics, heat transfer, two-phase flow, and instrumentation physics.

Job Description

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Provide support to the functional manager to plan, assign, and manage resources and schedules within the AMT team.

  • Provide technical leadership for reactor thermal-hydraulic and nuclear analysis methodologies within the AMT team.

  • Establish and maintain relationships with teams and commercial leaders within the broader Engineering organization to understand upcoming work demands and provide inputs on team capability and availability.

  • Perform manager review and approval of engineering technical deliverables for GNF/GEH customers.

  • Work with project managers and commercial program managers to provide work planning, scheduling, and technical support for customer deliverables.

  • Advocate for, and lead, team process improvements to drive speed and simplification.

  • Ensure work is performed with high quality in accordance with NRC rules and regulations, customer requirements, and business quality assurance standards.

  • Drive a team culture based on teamwork, integrity, candor, transparency, and execution on commitments.

  • Effectively communicate and coordinate activities with other team members on engineering/technical issues.

  • Responsible for leading the technical development, accuracy and uncertainty qualification, testing, verification, regulatory licensing, and maintenance of analytical methods required for evaluation of steady-state and transient core/fuel performance of nuclear reactors.

  • Work within an approved regulatory framework for nuclear software quality assurance for engineering computer programs.

  • Prepare, document and present technical data to internal and external customers.

  • Support teams working in various time zones globally.

  • Support the interface with various regulatory agencies (NRC, DOE, etc.) as appropriate.

  • Honest and straightforward with a high level of personal integrity.

  • Detail oriented and accountable for results.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work in a team.

  • Displays a strong drive for continuous improvement.

  • Displays an engaging, can-do, optimistic attitude.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Strong analytical capabilities, problem solving skills, and process skills.


  • B.S. degree from an accredited university or college in nuclear engineering, physics, mathematics, or a closely related technical discipline

  • Six or more years of cumulative engineering experience

  • Demonstrated industry experience with project management and resource allocation

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in computational methods, thermal-hydraulics, nuclear engineering, or a closely related discipline.

  • Prior experience with neutronic methods (eg., MCNP, PARTISN, MC2-3, DIF3D).

  • Prior experience with thermal-hydraulic methods (eg, TRAC, RELAP5-3D, Fluent, COBRA)

  • Prior experience with computational fluid dynamics.

  • Experience with software Commercial Grade Dedication in accordance with NQA-1.

  • Programming experience with Fortran, C#, and Python.

  • Working knowledge of nuclear reactor core licensing, technical specifications, safety margin bases, code methodology licensing, and related federal regulations.

  • Demonstrated ability to make decisions with speed and accuracy based on the best available information.

  • Exceptional organization skills.

  • Legacy of delivering on commitments; tenacious, with a proven track record of overcoming obstacles; ability to achieve stretch targets.

  • Strong external focus; clear and demonstrated understanding of nuclear industry and/or energy industry.

  • Six Sigma Green Belt, Black Belt, or equivalent quality certification.

The salary range for this position is $104k-$140k. The specific salary offered to a candidate may be influenced by a variety of factors including the candidate’s experience, their education, and the work location. In addition, this position is eligible for a performance bonus.

Available health and welfare benefits include healthcare, prescription drug, dental, and vision coverage; savings account options (such as a Health Care Flexible Savings Account, Health Reimbursement Account, Limited Purpose Flexible Spending Account, and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account); and an employee assistance program. Additional benefits include a defined contribution 401(k) plan, employee life insurance, optional dependent life insurance, employee accidental death or dismemberment insurance coverage, salary continuance program benefits for disability, optional long-term disability, pre-tax transportation/commuter program, paid holidays, paid time off, parental leave, a layoff plan for salaried employees, tuition reimbursement program, use of Cariloop, adoption assistance, optional identity theft prevention insurance, optional personal legal assistance, and optional personal excess liability insurance.

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 ( . 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