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We have an opening for a Criticality Safety Engineer within the Environment, Safety, and Health (ES&H) Directorate. You will contribute to the design, development, and testing of nuclear equipment and systems for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) operations with fissionable materials. You will also contribute to projects and task assigned to LLNL supporting the Department of Energy (DOE) Nuclear Criticality Safety Program (NCSP). This position is in the Nuclear Criticality Safety Division (NCSD).
This position will be filled at either the SES.2 or SES3 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.
- Perform criticality safety evaluations in conformance with DOE-STD-3007 and LLNL administrative procedures and participate in design and reviews of new or proposed changes to existing equipment or operating procedures.
- Perform walkthrough inspections and basic annual reviews of operations and work authorization/work control documents and review safety procedures and documents for consistency with criticality safety evaluations and adequate implementation of criticality safety controls.
- Perform technical/scientific assignments of moderate to complex problems that require independent analysis and creativity, and provide technical support to facility management, engineers and scientists in scientific research and development projects and/or ongoing operations.
- Gather and analyze data and information in support of the work activity and deliver results in the form of documents, calculations, recommendations, corrective actions, or designs.
- Develop creative solutions to problems of moderate complexity, contributing to the fulfillment of project and organizational goals.
- Frequent travel to the Nevada National Security Site.
- Conduct Fundamentals of Criticality Safety training courses.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In addition at the SES.3 level
- Prepare technical reports and present formal presentations to LLNL management and various internal and external audiences.
- Conduct formal on-the-job training, informal presentations, and consultations of criticality safety information to fissile material handlers, designers, and other clients.
- Interpret, implement, and provide guidance to internal customers on DOE regulations, national consensus criticality safety standards and Laboratory policies related to criticality safety.
- Bachelor's Degree in Nuclear Engineering, Physics, or closely related scientific discipline or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Comprehensive knowledge of and experience working in a nuclear facility, nuclear reactor, chemical, high hazard, (e.g., explosive), radiological operations, or similarly complex or highly regulated facility.
- Broad application of technical, analytical and decision-making skills and record of achievement in performing criticality safety evaluations or research.
- Proficient with personal computers and radiation transport software (e.g., COG, MCNP, SCALE).
- Experience preparing technical documents following appropriate protocols (e.g., criticality safety evaluations, safety basis calculations, design calculations, and drawings/sketches).
- Working knowledge of DOE orders, national consensus standards, and engineering practices.
- Proficient verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively in a collaborative work environment.
- Ability to document, present and/or explain technical or operational information and work results to management and stakeholders, i.e., DOE, DNFSB, and other external agencies.
In addition at the SES.3 level
- Significant experience with nuclear and fissile material operations.
- Significant experience conducting safety evaluations in conformance with applicable DOE orders.
- Masters or Doctorate in Nuclear Engineering, Physics, or closely related discipline.
- Experience in criticality safety and knowledge of LLNL's policies, procedures, and practices.
Pre-Placement Medical Exam: A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.
Pre-Employment Drug Test: External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.
Security Clearance: This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.
If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted. For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2.
Note: This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE). LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance. The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 employees.
LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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