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National Reactor Innovation Center (NRIC) Reactor Instrumentation and Controls Engineer

Idaho National Laboratory

Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: 5+ years
Date Posted: December 5, 2022
Reference Code: 18798
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) Reactor Project Engineering group is seeking forward-thinking professionals interested in exploring a career as a Reactor Instrumentation and Controls Engineer.
Our team works an on-site 4x10 schedule located at our Materials and Fuels Complex facility with every Friday off!
Responsibilities Include:
The Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is seeking applicants for the National Reactor Innovation Center (NRIC) Reactor Instrumentation and Controls Engineer. The successful applicant will be a recognized subject matter expert (SME) in Safety Related reactor control systems. This position will report to the MFC Reactor Project Engineering Department. Engineers at MFC are classified as Nuclear Research Facility Engineers.
INL is recognized as the lead national laboratory for the Department of Energy (DOE). The NRIC testbeds provide a unique capability to allow testing of first of a kind advanced micro reactors. Being collocated with MFC allows demonstrators to demonstrate additional nuclear fuels research and development expertise along with numerous post-irradiation examination and analytical capabilities.
The NRIC Reactor Instrumentation & Controls Engineer will be the lead Integrated Product Team (IPT) member for reactor controls systems for advance micro reactor demonstrations at the NRIC testbeds. This position will provide oversight of advance micro reactor control systems and recommend changes to reactor demonstrators or approval to the engineering manager. In addition, the successful candidate will be responsible for designing, developing, installing, leading and maintaining equipment which is used to monitor and control engineering systems and equipment used in nuclear facilities. The engineer researches, tests, and analyzes the design use in relation to the function of the elements in the system, seeking consistent results within specified tolerances.
  • Has functional expertise in the relevant IEEE standards for Safety Related reactor instrumentation and control systems and ensures that all relevant designs conform to the requirements and standards
  • Provides oversight and review of safety related reactor instrumentation and control systems
  • Serves as a member of the IPT of various advanced micro reactor projects
  • Act as the system engineer for installed reactor instrumentation and control systems across two reactor test beds
  • Performs engineering calculations, prepares specifications, performs analyses, performs testing, issues reports and maintains related data
  • Works directly with the Technical Program Manager and Demonstration Reactor Lead Engineer to ensure reactors meet the applicable nuclear safety criteria
  • Performs other instrumentation and control design and system engineering tasks as directed by the department manager
  • Design and oversee the development and installation of many types of complex non-reactor control systems and equipment
  • Work with project lead to effectively produce detailed instrumentation and control design drawings, including physical layouts, installation details, instrument and cable design, control schematics
  • Responsible for the development of control system wiring, logic hardware design and configuration
  • Development of instrumentation and control design documents (P&IDs, Instrument and I/O Lists, Control System Architecture, Network, Graphic Display drawings)
  • Troubleshooting of control systems instruments, should be able to troubleshoot the installed software on the system
  • Interacts with other subject areas, project support groups, subcontractors, vendors and clients as appropriate on an assigned project to achieve outcomes
  • Provides imaginative, thorough engineering solutions to a wide range of complex, ambiguous, and/or difficult problems


Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering or other technical related field with 8-12 years of experience or a Master of Science Degree and 6-8 years of experience
  • Expert in the application of IEEE standards for the design, implementation and operation of Safety Related reactor instrumentation and control systems
  • Expert in the development of Human Machine Interfaces (HMI)
  • Expert understanding of PLC concepts and design principles
  • Ability to be a strong team player and effectively organize and lead tasks with little to no oversight
  • Ability to communicate with both business and technical audiences at all levels of an organization
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy "L" clearance, which requires US Citizenship
Preferred Requirements:
  • Experience with development languages such as Python, Visual Basic, Perl, C, C++, etc.
  • Experience with DOE Safety Class software, control systems, or equipment
Job Information
  • Salary Grade 230 ($118,020 - $200,808)/240 ($135,816 - $230,904)
  • 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.