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Southern Company BWR Fuel Engineering - Senior Engineer / Physicist (Corporate) in Birmingham, Alabama

BWR Fuel Engineering - Senior Engineer / Physicist (Corporate)


BWR Fuel Engineering – Senior Engineer / Physicist (Corporate)


Southern Nuclear Operating Company's corporate BWR Fuel Engineering department is responsible for nuclear fuel and core design, core management, operational support, reload safety analysis (e.g. Chapter 15 events), and reload licensing to support two BWR nuclear units. The BWR Fuel Engineering team is also responsible for fuel performance evaluations and spent fuel characterization and certification for long term dry storage.

In 2018, the Southern Nuclear BWR Fuel Engineering department, in collaboration with industry partners, lead the industry with the first deployment of fueled enhanced accident tolerant lead test assemblies into a commercial nuclear power plant in the world. This effort culminated in a 2018 Nuclear Energy Institute’s Top Innovative Practice Award for this team. The BWR Fuel Engineering team offers outstanding opportunities for innovation in the realm of nuclear fuel and core design. Additionally, in 2018, the Southern Nuclear BWR Fuel Engineering department completed an effort to bring the performance of core reload design and licensing analyses utilizing fuel supplier methods "in-house." This permits an unprecedented level of utility ownership and technical depth in the areas of core design and reload licensing and is an excellent development opportunity for individual professional growth.

This challenging and rewarding position will be responsible for delivering engineering products for activities related to nuclear fuel and core design, licensing and operation, transient and accident analyses, and technical evaluations regarding BWR nuclear fuel and advanced nuclear fuel innovations. Additionally, this position will be called upon to provide coaching and mentoring to less experienced team members.


Education :

  • A minimum of a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree in Engineering or Physics from an ABET accredited institution is required.

  • An advanced degree in Engineering, Physics, or related field with specialties in nuclear fuel analysis is desired.

  • Degree(s) in Nuclear Engineering is preferred, but not required.

Experience :

The following experience is required:

  • A minimum of four (4) years of nuclear industry work experience performing engineering calculations to support nuclear fuel analyses is required. The following experiences are highly desired:

  • Experience with applications of BWR reactor physics

  • Experience with BWR core design or transient analysis

  • Experience of BWR safety analysis

  • Experience with GE-Hitachi (GEH)/Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF) nuclear methods

  • Experience with TRACG methods

  • Experience with CASMO/SIMULATE methods

Knowledge and Skills :

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills. Comfortable providing and presenting information to all levels of the organization.

  • Exceptional organization skills and ability to manage complex projects with multiple work phases are required.

  • Ability to comprehend complex reactor physics/design problems and provide solutions is required.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in autonomous use of engineering judgement and decision making. Self-starter capable of performing tasks with little supervision or oversight.

  • Knowledge of BWR reactor physics and of fuel and core design analysis is preferred.

  • Knowledge of BWR transient or safety analysis is desired.

  • Mustexhibitanexceptionaldegreeoftechnicalexpertise,creativity,andresourcefulness.


BWR Fuel Senior Engineer responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct independent analysis to support performance of BWR transient analysis and/or BWR nuclear fuel or core design analysis with minimal supervision.

  • Effectively communicate with other technical and non-technical disciplines, site reactor engineers, and fuel suppliers.

  • Technical project management and oversight of nuclear fuel supplier's fuel/core design analysis and licensing support.

  • Technical support of nuclear fuel commercial decisions for BWR units.

  • Technical mentoring of fellow BWR Fuel Engineering team members.

Southern Nuclear's top priority is the safety and health of the public, our employees and the environment. We are committed to the safe operation of our nuclear generating facilities with equipment and systems that meet strict Nuclear Regulatory Commission safety and design regulations. Each Southern Nuclear employee is committed to instilling Institute for Nuclear Power Operations' "Principles for a Strong Nuclear Safety Culture" in every aspect of their responsibilities.

Southern Company at (NYSE: SO at ) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at at at .

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.


Job Field: Engineering

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham

Operating Company: Southern Nuclear Operating Co

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

The Energy Center - 3535 Colonnade Parkway (3535Birmingham)

3535 Colonnade Parkway

Birmingham, 35243

Req ID: SNC2005365

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