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Fuel Performance Engineer

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



BWXT is currently seeking a Fuel Material Development Engineer for its Lynchburg, VA – Ramsey Place location!

BWXT Advanced Technologies is seeking a highly motivated nuclear fuel development engineer with materials expertise to advance the state of the art fuel systems and materials for use in advanced reactor applications.


Job Description/Duties:

  • This position will involve:
    • Development of advanced fuel forms (TRISO, etc.),
    • Material selection and optimization of fuel material architecture,
    • Developing manufacturing and test requirements/specifications,
    • Providing materials engineering support for procurement and manufacturing of components,
    • Evaluating feedback from in-pile testing,
    • Developing technical approaches to support licensing,
    • Supporting core design development,
    • Supporting fuel performance modeling,
    • Providing 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, and
    • Working with interdisciplinary team of engineers to ensure fuel and moderator solutions meet the overall objectives.


Job Qualifications/Requirements:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Material Engineering or equivalent (e.g., Nuclear Engineering, Chemistry, or Mechanical Engineering with materials science background) from an ABET-accredited university is required.
  • Must have a minimum of four (4) years of experience in the nuclear field with a focus on advanced fuel material development and performance.  
  • 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.



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.


Lynchburg VA

Nearest Major Market: Lynchburg
Nearest Secondary Market: Virginia

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