Fuel Performance Engineer

Date: Sep 6, 2023

Location: Lynchburg, VA, US

Company: BWX Technologies

At BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BWXT), we are People Strong, Innovation Driven. Headquartered in Lynchburg, Va., BWXT provides safe and effective nuclear solutions for national security, clean energy, environmental remediation, nuclear medicine and space exploration. With approximately 6,400 employees, BWXT has 12 major operating sites in the U.S. and Canada. We are the sole manufacturer of naval nuclear reactors for U.S. submarines and aircraft carriers. Our company supplies precision manufactured components, services and fuel for the commercial nuclear power industry across four continents. Our joint ventures provide environmental remediation and nuclear operations management at more than a dozen U.S. Department of Energy and NASA facilities. BWXT’s technology is driving advances in medical radioisotope production in North America and microreactors for various defense and space applications. Follow us on Twitter at @BWXTech and learn more at www.bwxt.com.



BWXT is currently seeking a Fuel Performance Engineer for its Advanced Technologies location in Lynchburg, VA!


BWXT is People Strong, Innovation Driven - be part of BWXT’s innovation hub. BWXT’s Advanced Technologies (AT) group researches, designs, and develops innovative new nuclear reactors, nuclear rocket propulsion systems, and radioisotope production systems for both internal and external customers.


BWXT Advanced Technologies is seeking a highly motivated Fuel Performance Engineer with materials expertise to advance the state-of-the-art fuel systems and materials for use in advanced reactor applications.


If you are looking for a career where your experience is valued, innovative thinking is fostered, and barrier-free teamwork is embraced every day, then this opportunity is for you. The position will be located in the Lynchburg, VA Advanced Technologies office. Relocation benefits are available for this position.


Job Description / Duties:

  • Develop of advanced fuel forms (TRISO, etc.).
  • Perform material selection and optimization of fuel material architecture.
  • Develop manufacturing and test requirements/specifications.
  • Provide materials engineering support for procurement and manufacturing of components.
  • Evaluate feedback from in-pile testing.
  • Develop technical approaches to support licensing.
  • Support core design development.
  • Support fuel performance modeling.
  • Provide a strong interface with the BWXT’s TRISO manufacturing team and with national laboratory partners in the development and testing of advanced fuel materials for various applications.
  • Work with interdisciplinary team of engineers to ensure fuel and moderator solutions meet the overall objectives.


Job Qualifications / Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Nuclear, Materials, Mechanical or similar discipline) is required.
  • Must have a minimum of four (4) years of experience.
  • Experience in the nuclear field with a focus on advanced fuel material development and performance is required.
  • Must possess an understanding of the interplay between reactor design, fuel development, advanced fuel materials, and fuel testing / qualification programs.
  • Must possess excellent technical writing, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen with no dual citizenship.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) or Department of Defense (DOD) security clearance, whichever is required.



As a federal government contractor, BWX Technologies, Inc. and any subsidiaries, affiliates and related entities (“BWXT” or the “Company”) complies with all federal, state, and local laws and customer requirements regarding COVID-19 and other health and safety protocols.  As such, all BWXT new hires will be required to adhere to applicable Company COVID-19 requirements within the workplace as a condition of employment.


Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. Position requires U.S. citizenship with (no dual citizenship) ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance which involves an extensive criminal and financial background investigation, drug test and previous employment reference verifications.


BWXT supports diversity and is committed to the concept of Equal Employment Opportunity. We have established procedures to ensure that all personnel actions such as recruitment, compensation, career development, benefits, company-sponsored training and social recreational programs are administered without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or veteran status.





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