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Nuclear Fuels Post-irradiation Examination Principal Investigator

Idaho National Laboratory

Location: US
Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: 2 - 5 years
Date Posted: February 8, 2023
Reference Code: 19150
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 Fuels Post-irradiation Examination Principal Investigator.
Our team works an on-site 9x80 schedule located at our Research Education Campus with every other Friday off!
Responsibilities Include:
The INL-led Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) fuel qualification program is looking for a principal investigator (PI) to help lead applied research focused on establishing the performance of tristructural isotropic (TRISO) coated particle fuel for high-temperature reactors. TRISO post-irradiation examination (PIE) employs a host of experimental techniques to extract information on key areas such as TRISO coating integrity and morphology, fission product transport, and fuel resilience in off-normal conditions such as high temperatures and oxidizing atmospheres. Common methods include gamma spectroscopy, wet chemistry, post-irradiation heating tests in specialized furnaces, optical and electron microscopy, and X-ray computed tomography. The PI will work with other subject matter experts in utilizing these and other methods to comprehensively characterize the fuel and support its qualification with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The PI will help select samples, plan and coordinate experiments, analyze data, and disseminate results in reports and journal articles. Additional functions of the PI will be to evaluate existing processes and suggest improvements or enhancements to those processes or analytical capabilities.
The position requires experience with nuclear fuel systems and materials, irradiation testing, and/or post-irradiation examination focusing on multiple elements of fuel performance.


Minimum Requirements:
  • PhD in Nuclear Engineering, Material Science, Mechanical Engineering, or a physical science and 2 years of experience
  • Demonstrate exceptional written and verbal communication skills
Preferred Requirements:
  • Significant laboratory experience is preferred (as opposed to solely computational experience, for example)
  • Experience with TRISO fuel is preferred
  • Ability to conduct technical presentations at levels of depth tailored to the audience
Job Information:
  • Salary Grade 220 ($107,520 - $177,336)/230 ($121,212 - $206,232)
  • 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 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.