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Junior Nuclear Research Instrument Engineer

The Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) at Idaho National Laboratory is seeking applicants for Nuclear Research Instrument Engineer. This role reports directly to the Department Manager for Nuclear Remote Systems. 

INL is recognized as the lead national laboratory for DOE-NE, providing much of the nuclear research, development, and demonstration capability needed to move nuclear innovation forward to deployment. MFC hosts a unique combination of personnel, facilities and infrastructure and offers the ability to perform research and development of nuclear fuels from fuel design, development and fabrication through post irradiation analysis.   

In this role, you will apply your engineering knowledge and skills to challenges in the areas of nuclear program research and development. You will be the assigned System Engineer for highly specialized instruments (electro-mechanical equipment and measurement instrumentation) operated in hot cell environments for the purpose of irradiated material examination. 

Other day-to-day responsibilities may include:

Perform system engineering for highly specialized instruments operated in a hot cell environment for the purpose of irradiated material examination and processing.

Maintains instrument/equipment design basis and configuration

Ensures appropriate maintenance is performed for assigned instruments/equipment. 

Ensures assigned instrument and equipment are operated, maintained, and modified to meet operational and research needs within applicable baseline and applicable standards.  

Collects, assimilates, interprets and then reports technical data via numerous media as required to meet programmatic goals. 

Acts as a team member supporting and coordinating ongoing tasks 

Influence programmatic direction with sound opinions on technical issues. 

Interacts with other technical personnel as well as mission support staff from other organizations.

Contributes to the development of new capabilities and intellectual property. 

The Instrument engineer ensures operability by participation in the development of program proposals, scheduling, and facility work integration.  

The Instrument Engineer must maintain knowledge of current operational status and future plans as well as a participating in the modification process.  

Performs design functions as necessary to support operation and research of assigned instruments/equipment.

Writes and performs qualification and operational tests for assigned instruments/equipment.