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Chemical Software Engineer

Idaho National Laboratory

Location: US
Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: 2 - 5 years
Date Posted: December 5, 2022
Reference Code: 18804
Does a career focused on changing the world's energy future intrigue you? If so, we might have just the opportunity you're looking for!
Idaho National Laboratory's (INL) Computer Engineering group is seeking forward-thinking professionals interested in exploring a career as a Chemical Software Engineer.
Our team works an hybrid 4x10 schedule located at our Materials and Fuels Complex with every Friday off!
Responsibilities Include:
As a member of the Digital Controls and Information Systems department, you will provide significant experience and knowledge to activities and personnel that support the Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) facilities and their operations in processing uranium and heavy metals.
We are seeking mid-level applicants with a strong Chemistry/Metallurgy/Pyrochemistry/Process Engineering/Computer Modeling background to apply chemical and software engineering abilities in the areas of spent fuel treatment. Job duties include flowsheet modeling, process data analysis, metallurgical accounting, and developing computer programs to perform facility material at risk tracking and criticality rule modeling.
Tasks will include usage and maintaining of in-house chemistry-based software and algorithms for data analysis in fuel element preparation, electro-refining, salt-metal separation, and casting furnace operations. Qualified candidate will develop and maintain specialist knowledge of database concepts, object and data modeling techniques and design principles, along with a detailed knowledge of database architectures, software, and facilities. They will be able to direct and perform database and web/middleware tasks independently of supplied specifications using agreed standards and tools, to achieve a well-engineered result. Candidate will be involved in validation and verification of NQA-1 software. Candidate will be heavily involved in the eventual migration of the present material tracking system to the new INL wide mass tracking system. Frequent interaction and communications with various team members including operations, engineering, and digital controls personnel will be required.


Minimum Requirements:
  • Baccalaureate of Science in Chemical, Metallurgical, or Nuclear Engineering or related technical field and 2-5 years of relevant experience, or Master of Science Degree and 1-3 years of relevant experience
  • Position requires participation in the Human Reliability Program (HRP)
  • Candidate must complete a counterintelligence-scope polygraph, pursuant to 10CFR 709. Medical requirements may apply.
  • Excellent communication skills (oral, written, and presentation)
  • Must demonstrate participative problem solving, project implementation and continuous improvement
  • Optimization of process parameters to improve production throughput and reduces costs
  • Advanced computer skills in MS Word, Excel, MSAccess, VBA, SQL, ORACLE database
  • Expertise in one or more of the following languages: Python, R, MatLab, Fortran, and C/C++, Ruby
  • Should have expertise and experience with similar process plants, systems, and equipment and understand metallurgical accounting and statistics modeling
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy "Q" clearance, which requires US Citizenship.
Preferred Requirements:
  • Good working knowledge of application software development tools and various software languages, chemical knowledge appropriate with degree and experience, and software development processes
  • Must have demonstrated knowledge of software development
Job Information
  • Salary Grade 210 ($91,032 - $150,156)/220 ($104,688 - $172,668)
  • Chosen applicants are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.
  • TDP: This is a testing designated position; you will be required to submit to a pre-employment drug screen and periodic drug testing throughout the term of your employment.
  • Multi-Level: This is a multi-level posting and the selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level dependent on depth and breadth of proven experience and skills.
INL Overview:
INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With more than 5,000 scientists, researchers, and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and development technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security, and environmental missions.
INL Mission:
Our mission is to discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.
INL Vision:
Our vision is to change the world's energy future and secure our nation's critical infrastructure.
Selective Service Requirements:
To be eligible for employment at INL men born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). For more information see www.sss.gov.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
INL is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide EEO to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Reasonable Accommodation:
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
Other Information:
When applying to positions please provide your resume and answer all questions on the following screens. Applicants, who fail to provide a resume or answer the questions, may be deemed ineligible for consideration.
INL does not accept resumes from third party vendors unsolicited.
Benefits & Salary:
We have an extremely competitive salary structure, robust relocation package, and a phenomenal benefits package. For more information, please visit: https://www.inl.gov/careers/benefits-overview
About this Employer

Part of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s complex of national laboratories, INL performs work in each of the strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science & environment. INL is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research & development.