Senior Nuclear Engineer
WFH Flexible Janesville, WI
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SHINE Technologies is seeking an experienced and highly motivated Senior Nuclear Engineer to help lead engineering efforts for the design of a used nuclear fuel (UNF) recycling pilot facility.  This role offers a unique opportunity to take a nuclear process design from the early preliminary stage through detailed design, licensing with the nuclear regulatory commission (NRC), procurement of equipment, and construction. Ideal candidates would have experience with design of nuclear chemical processes, safety analysis, equipment selection, and NRC licensing. 

This position is in a small but dynamic team that includes design engineering, safety analysis, radiochemistry, and licensing team members. While this type of process (liquid-liquid separation) has been commercialized before, new technologies are being integrated into the design to improve proliferation resistance and maximize recovery of the valuable resources contained in UNF. This role requires the ability to work effectively both independently on analyses and specifications and in a team to provide engineering expertise needed for the team to successfully integrate these new technologies into a commercial design. 

The Senior Nuclear Engineer will also be asked to think strategically about goals, schedule, and budget, and help define guidance for the team on items such as selection of codes and standards, seismic design approach, and application of nuclear quality requirements.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Specific duties and responsibilities of the Senior Nuclear Engineer include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborate with multi-disciplinary team to progress design and licensing of UNF recycling pilot facility.
  • Provide strategic and day-to-day guidance on activities for the team to complete work efficiently.
  • Lead regular team meetings to coordinate project activities and update project status and schedule.
  • Maintain documentation on baseline design, including facility design requirements, process description, and process flow diagram.
  • Develop equipment data sheets and specifications to communicate equipment requirements to vendors and design partners.
  • Prepare, review, or provide direction on nuclear analyses related to areas such as radionuclide inventories, dose rates, biological shielding, waste classification.
  • Provide input to project goals, schedule, and budget.
  • Actively participate in hazard and operability studies (HAZOPs) and design reviews.
  • Provide input to equipment layout to maximize process efficiency, factoring in operation, maintenance, and safety considerations.
  • Identify and evaluate key technical project risks, develop solutions, and communicate to senior management.
  • Provide guidance to and mentor junior engineers.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering or related discipline.
  • Seven years or more of relevant engineering experience.
  • Energized by solving interesting design engineering challenges.
  • Willingness to learn and understand new technology and technical processes.
  • Ability to manage and drive multiple activities forward, prioritizing them in a way that contributes most to Company success.
  • Cooperative approach to problem solving, being open to input from multiple parties.
  • Ability to think strategically and take decisive action once the necessary information has been gathered.
  • Ability to critically evaluate information and the confidence to ask questions when things don’t make sense.
  • Experience designing or selecting equipment for operation in harsh environments.
  • Familiarity with nuclear industry design, operations, and regulatory requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of nuclear fuel cycle processes.
  • Experience as a Principal Investigator on a complex project. 
  • Nuclear safety analysis experience.
  • Familiarity with facility design, licensing, and construction under 10 CFR Part 50.
  • Experience interacting with a regulatory body, such as NRC.


Eligibility for employment is conditioned on the applicant’s ability to qualify for access to information subject to U.S. Export Controls. Additionally, applicant’s eligibility may be conditioned based upon meeting the Nuclear Regulatory Commission requirements for access to Safeguards Information, which typically requires a pre-employment drug screen, fingerprinting and criminal background check.

SHINE values diversity in all its forms as a critical component of innovation, which is fundamental to our success. Every member of the SHINE community benefits from the talents and experiences of our peers, from the mutual respect we exercise, and from the responsibility we take for our actions.

SHINE Technologies is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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