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Plant Engineer for Integrated Energy Systems

Idaho National Laboratory

Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: 5+ years
Date Posted: February 6, 2023
Reference Code: 19136
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) Advanced Reactor Technology and Design group is seeking forward-thinking professionals interested in exploring a career as a Senior Plant Engineer for Integrated Energy Systems.
Our team works an on-site 9x80 schedule located at our Research and Education Campus with every other Friday off!
Responsibilities Include:
  • Support R&D activities associated with use of light water reactor and advanced reactor concepts beyond the grid.
  • Collaborate with both the modeling and simulation and experimental systems design team to evaluate performance and safety impacts of options for thermal integration of industrial processes with a nuclear plant.
  • Assess experimental systems design applicability for use in integrated system performance evaluation and model validation.
  • Provide feedback from utility partners on experimental approaches to reduce risk in implementing non-electric applications with operating nuclear plants.
  • Conduct experimental and computational studies related to the design and operation of a prototypical non-nuclear, microreactor engineering test bed, a thermal energy distribution system, and connected auxiliary systems.
  • Support research and development related to high-temperature electrolysis for efficient electrolytic production of hydrogen and other value-added products from nuclear energy.
  • Assist with all aspects of the design, operation, procedure preparation, instrumentation and control, analysis and reporting of experimental facilities and test articles related to various experimental test beds.
  • Prepare technical reports and publish work in topical meetings, conference summaries, and relevant technical journals. Represent INL to external customers and peer groups.
  • Provide, mentorship, direction to and oversight of junior level technical staff.


Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree in Nuclear, Mechanical, Chemical, or Civil Engineering or related field and 5 years of experience, or MS and 3 yrs or PhD and 2 years experience in the same fields.
  • Proficiency in thermal/hydraulic systems analysis and demonstrated interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in experiment design, hardware, process instrumentation and control, data processing and analysis, and system operation.
Preferred Requirements:
  • Experience with credentials in thermal hydraulic and power systems.
  • Design, operation, or modeling of thermal hydraulics systems.
  • Metallurgy, corrosion, and plant maintenance.
  • Process controls for nuclear plant operations.
  • Demonstrated oral and published written communication skills (in English).
  • Working knowledge of engineering systems in the current fleet of light water reactors.
Job Information
  • Salary Grade: 220, ($104,688 - $172,668)
  • Chosen applicants are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.
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.