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Nuclear Fuel System Principal Investigator

Idaho National Laboratory

Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: 5+ years
Date Posted: August 10, 2022
Reference Code: 18221
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) Fuel Development, Performance and Qualification group is seeking forward-thinking professionals interested in exploring a career as a Nuclear Fuel System Principal Investigator.
Our team works an on-site 9x80 schedule located at our Research and Education Campus with every other Friday off!
Responsibilities Include:
  • Conceptualize and provide technical expertise to irradiation experiments focused on development, qualification, and investigating performance of a wide range of types of nuclear fuel to support the current nuclear power reactor fleet, research reactors, and other advanced reactor types.
  • Assemble, lead, and coordinate teams of scientists, analysts, and engineers in planning, design, and analysis of experiments. Document results in reports and peer-reviewed publications.
  • Coordinate, plan and carry out examinations and measurements to ensure collection of data.
  • Serve as primary technical and programmatic point of contact and collaborate with test reactor and Post Irradiation Examination facilities for experiments for which the Principal Investigator is responsible.
  • Coordinate technical details between INL program personnel, staff at various support facilities, and inter-laboratory program personnel. Ensure experiments are designed and irradiated as needed to meet safety and programmatic needs.
  • Develop technical scope of work packages and provide leadership to multidisciplinary project teams.
  • Generate research concepts and proposals. Identify and develop new program opportunities within the broad scope of advanced nuclear reactor technologies, with DOE and industry.
  • Represent department and programs through programmatic and technical presentations to the public and to sponsors and peers at conferences and symposia.
  • Maintain familiarity with scientific literature in the area of performance of nuclear fuels and materials, and publish results in scientific literature.
  • Meet ES&H goals and perform all work in an environmentally safe and compliant manner.


Minimum Requirements:
  • BS with 8 years, MS with 6 years, or PhD with 4 years of relevant experience in Nuclear Engineering, Materials Engineering, or related field.
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy "L" clearance, which requires US Citizenship.
Preferred Requirements:
  • 10 years of experience with technical leadership of irradiation experiments and/or corresponding Post Irradiation Examinations.
Job Information
  • Salary Grade: 230/240
  • 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.
  • 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.