Nuclear Power Plant

Reactor Plant Design Engineer

Company: Idaho National Lab (INL) Post Date: 1/21/2020 1:45 PM
Location: Idaho Falls, Idaho Job Type: Full Time
Start Date: Projected End Date:
Job Description

Idaho National Lab will change the world’s advanced nuclear technology future! Join us – innovate the future!

The Reactor Systems Design & Analysis (RSD&A) Division establishes new standards of emerging, innovative reactor design through contributing technical expertise to unique and specific advanced nuclear reactor design and deployment initiatives. Through collaborative efforts, RSD&A enables research, design and implementation of lab, partner and vendor initiatives. The work of RSD&A is positioned to establish the nation as a global leader in nuclear reactor technology.

The RSD&A Division is seeking candidates to join its team as a Reactor Plant Design Engineer.


  • Works with and may lead work with a fast-paced team of nuclear reactor designers to set a new standard in advanced reactor design and innovation.

  • Leads, participates and contributes to various reactor power plant design activities.

  • Performs modeling and analysis to assess design options. 
  • Makes preliminary selections and adaptations of technical alternatives.  
  • Contributes to development of new capabilities within the division.
  • Plays a key role in scientific and technical products such as patents, software, journal papers, reports, and proceedings. 
  • Participates in peer review work of others. 
  • Interacts with internal and external partners to review and complete assignments/projects.
    • External partner contacts may include private industry and other national laboratories.
  • Takes initiative to participate in establishing organizational goals and direction and reviews plans. 
  • Networks optimally with technical peer group. 
  • May provide mentorship and development of junior technical staff.   


  • Degree in nuclear engineering or a related field and relevant experience as follows:
    • BS plus 5-8 years experience
    • MS plus 3-6 years experience
    • PhD plus 2-4 years experience
  • Must have proven oral and written technical interpersonal skills.
  • Must be familiar with nuclear reactor power plant components and systems.
    • These include all components of an advanced nuclear power plant including heat exchangers, pumps, piping, power generators, instrumentation, and other components and systems.
  • Applicants with skills and experience in all aspects of reactor power plant design will be considered.
  • Must be able to work in a culturally diverse environment.
  • Due to the nature of work performed, preference will be given to applicants with US citizenship or green card holder status.

This is an excellent opportunity for technical specialists who want to move advanced nuclear reactor technology from the research and development phase into the design, construction, and deployment phase while reshaping and making huge impact on the future of nuclear reactor design, deployment, and operations!

MISSION/VISION STATEMENT: Empowering the Nation's Energy Future
MISSION: Discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.
VISION: INL will change the world's energy future and secure our critical infrastructure.

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.

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