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Nuclear Methods Engineer - Sensitivity and Uncertainty Quantification

Bellevue, WA 98008

Posted: 05/13/2022 Employment Type: Contract Industry: Core Technologies - Contract Job Number: 25479

Job Description

Position Title: Nuclear Methods Engineer - Sensitivity and Uncertainty Quantification

Position Description: Protingent has an exciting contract opportunity for a Nuclear Methods Engineer - Sensitivity and Uncertainty with our client in Bellevue, Washington.

Job Requirements:
  • Create formal documentation of sensitivity and uncertainty quantification studies applicable to the companies reactor. The areas of interest are in criticality, control rod worth, power distribution, and fast neutron fluence.
  • Utilize the existing Advanced Reactor Modeling Interface (ARMI) framework developed by the company to build an automated suite of sensitivity studies.
  • Utilize the existing uncertainty quantification methods developed at the company to assess sensitivities and uncertainties to key figures of merit.
  • Work within the nuclear methods team supporting the project on the development of applicable engineering and licensing media.

Job Qualifications:
  • Advanced degree in Nuclear Engineering or equivalent and 4+ years of relevant experience preferred.
  • Experience in understanding and executing nuclear design/analysis methodologies, with a focus on radiation transport analyses using deterministic and/or stochastic simulation codes.
  • Excellent “under-the-hood” knowledge of the methods of reactor physics analysis (deterministic and stochastic particle transport, isotopic depletion, perturbation theory, nuclear data, kinetics, etc.).
  • Experience with some nuclear engineering software such as DIF3D, MC2, PARTISN, MCNP, Serpent, SCALE, PARCS, APA, CASMO, DRAGON, ARMI, etc. preferred.
  • Strong programming skills in any language required, preferably in scientific computing; bonus points for Python, C++, and Fortran skills.
  • Strong formal technical documentation skills required. 
  • Fast reactor physics and design intuition.
  • Proven ability to integrate and automate simulation tools.
  • Demonstrable capabilities with fundamental software development tools (e.g. IDEs, version control, profilers, debuggers, documentation builders, packaging tools).
  • Good working knowledge of general numerical methods and applied mathematics (e.g. PDEs, numerical stability, statistics, numerical analysis, dynamics).
  • Ability to consistently deliver to an aggressive schedule.
  • Ability to seek out tasks and produce value aligned with team goals without waiting for next assignment.
  • Passion for and dedication to software best practices. 
  • Willingness to openly give and accept professional criticism through code reviews and other venues.
  • Strong verbal communication skills desired.
  • The successful candidate will possess a high degree of trust and integrity, communicate openly and display respect, and a desire to foster teamwork.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Strong background in statistics is preferred.
  • Experience with hot channel factor development for evaluating thermal-hydraulics uncertainties is preferred.
  • Experience interacting on nuclear methodology with the NRC under an ASME NQA-1 compliant QA environment preferred.

Benefits Package: Protingent offers competitive salary, 100% paid health insurance, education/certification reimbursement, pre-tax commuter benefits, Paid Time Off (PTO) and an administered 401k plan. 

About Protingent: Protingent is a niche provider of top Engineering and IT talent to Software, Electronics, Medical Device, Telecom and Aerospace companies nationwide. Protingent exists to make a positive impact and contribution to the lives of others as well as our community by providing relevant, rewarding and exciting work opportunities for our candidates.


Meet Your Recruiter

Chris Walsh

Since 2013 I have been able to meet a lot of bright minded and interesting people while recruiting for Protingent. I specialize in hardware and software product development engineers. My recruiting style is to build a strong, lasting relationship as I help you achieve your career goals. I am a straight forward open minded individual and treat others as I wish to be treated. I enjoy sports, food and wines. Let’s get started today.

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