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Modeling and Simulation Specialist

Idaho National Laboratory

Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: 2 - 5 years
Date Posted: August 22, 2022
Reference Code: 18262
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) Digital Reactor Technology and Development group is seeking forward-thinking professionals interested in exploring a career as a Modeling and Simulation Specialist.
Our team works an on-site 9x80 schedule located at our Research and Education Campus with every other Friday off!
Responsibilities Include:
  • Support the Digital Reactor Technology and Development Department in machine learning applications to further the Laboratory's vision to change the world's energy future. The work is supported by Department of Energy programs (Integrated Energy Systems, Light Water Reactor Sustainability, etc.) and Laboratory-directed research and development.
  • Support the RAVEN (https://github.com/idaholab/raven) and HERON software (https://github.com/idaholab/heron) development efforts.
  • Apply machine learning algorithms to solve problems for long-term economic analysis with special consideration for uncertainty in variable renewable energy and energy demand, as well as complex multi-commodity markets.
  • Act as a contributor to assigned programmatic assignments.
  • Assist in preparation of technical reports, journal articles and presentations.
  • Meet ES&H goals, and perform all work in environmentally safe and compliant manner.


Minimum Requirements:
  • PhD in nuclear science/engineering, mathematics, or related engineering field and a minimum of 2 years of experience.
  • Knowledge with machine learning and artificial intelligence (supervised learning, unsupervised learning).
  • Demonstrated understanding of one field among the following: nuclear reactor-related thermohydraulic, safety, and system, reactor physics, fuel performance, electricity market financial modeling and cash flow-based financial analysis of complex projects.
  • Proficiency with object-oriented programming and Python.
  • Demonstrated oral and published written communication skills (in English).
Preferred Requirements:
  • Knowledge of software management platform (SVN, Git, etc.).
  • Knowledge of software development methodologies (e.g. Agile, etc.).
  • Experience in working on the development of a large software platform.
  • Knowledge of reduced order modeling techniques.
Job Information
  • Salary Grade: 210/220
  • Chosen applicants are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.
  • 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 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.

COVID Safety Protocols
As a condition of employment, Idaho National Laboratory will inquire about COVID vaccination status and expects candidates to comply with all required COVID safety protocols, including mask-wearing as applicable.

Idaho National Laboratory has implemented a required vaccination policy effective immediately requiring that all new hires must be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, unless exempt under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, or other applicable state or federal law. In accordance with Idaho National Laboratory's duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we are adopting this policy to safeguard the health of our employees and their families, our customers and visitors, and the community at large from infectious diseases that may be reduced by vaccinations.
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.