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Lead Nuclear Safety Inspector

Idaho National Laboratory

Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: 5+ years
Date Posted: January 8, 2023
Reference Code: 18947
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) Integrated Operation Assurance group is seeking forward-thinking professionals interested in exploring a career as a Lead Nuclear Safety Inspector.
Our team works an on-site 9x80 schedule located at our Research and Education Campus with every other Friday off!
Responsibilities Include:
  • Provide independent inspection of INL Nuclear Facilities (ATR, ATR-C, MFC, and associated facilities) by conducting oversight, performing analyses, reviewing and recommending for approval nuclear safety authorization basis changes.
  • Review operating event time lines and causal evaluations developed by the line organizations responsible for the safe conduct of nuclear operations. Ensure that the actual causes of operating events are identified and that actions to prevent recurrence are appropriate to the causes and timely implemented.
  • Advise and assist Laboratory Director, Laboratory Deputy Directors, and senior management on laboratory and national issues.
  • Develop and lead strategic relationships with DOE-ID, DOE-HQ, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), other national laboratories, peer groups, nuclear agencies, senior management, and facility operations.
  • Serve on and/or lead teams establishing nuclear safety objectives, setting priorities and advising INL senior management.
  • Develop and maintain expertise and convey nuclear safety information to the INL. Perform duties as a Nuclear Safety expert. Organize, chair, or present at national nuclear safety meetings. Participate as a technical/professional authority on national or peer-review committees including INPO, NRC, DOE-ID, and DOE-HQ committees.
  • Develop and implement comprehensive nuclear safety regulatory controls, procedures and processes.
  • Develop evaluation methods to assess performance, inspection procedures for inspections and assessments, and support for preparation of nuclear safety standards.
  • Provide resources as authority in strategic areas to facilitate accomplishment of the Laboratory's mission in an effective and efficient manner, as determined by the Director of ONA.
  • Provide oversight of and conduct inspections. As part of inspections, review safety analysis reports (SARs), technical safety requirements (TSRs), technical specifications/standards, unreviewed safety question (USQ) screenings and evaluations, and other safety basis documents that support DOE regulations.
  • Provide oversight of complex nuclear safety tasks ensuring compliance with technical codes, standards and regulations. Provide mentorship of other inspectors.
  • Identify human and equipment performance trends and submit trend analysis reports for Laboratory Deputy Director's review.


Minimum Requirements:
  • Level 5: Bachelor's and 12 years related experience, or Advanced Degree and 8 years related experience; experience associated with nuclear materials and/or nuclear power plant operations, maintenance, and testing that demonstrates knowledge of basic nuclear technology, operating safety procedures, radiological safety, codes, and standards. This ability must have been gained through commercial, government, or military nuclear experience. Requires extensive contact with INPO, DOE-HQ, DOE-ID, senior management, facility operations, and other nuclear agencies.
  • Demonstrated expertise in verbal and written communications is required.
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy "Q" clearance, which requires US Citizenship.
Preferred Requirements:
  • Experience as an NRC Senior Resident Inspector or qualified Inspector, Shift Supervisor in a commercial power plant or DOE Nuclear Facility, or equivalent.
Job Information
  • Salary Grade: 230 ($121,212 - $206,232)
  • Chosen applicants are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.
  • TDP-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.
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.
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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 males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). For more information see www.sss.gov.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide equal employment opportunities 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
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INL does not accept resumes from third party vendors unsolicited.
Benefits, Salary, and Relocation
We have an extremely competitive salary structure and phenomenal benefits. 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.