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Research Engineer

Date: Jan 11, 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



BWXT is currently seeking a Research Engineer for its location in Lynchburg, VA!


BWXT is People Strong, Innovation Driven - be part of BWXT’s innovation hub. BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT) boasts a rich history steeped in innovation and performance. Our mission - to be a trusted provider of critical components and services to the United States government and commercial customers - drives everything we do. From the Naval Nuclear Propulsion program to research test reactors for our national labs to complex operations management, BWXT’s commitment proudly lives on through our talented workforce, state-of-the-art technologies, and innovative solutions. BWXT takes pride in its robust catalog of services and capabilities. 


The Research Engineer will fulfill the lead engineer role on a variety of projects including: material characterizations, design of specialized test equipment/experiments, planning and implementing laboratory upgrades, managing laboratory projects including cost and schedule. Hands-on laboratory work including working directly with radioactive materials is required. 


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 Lynchburg, VA.


Job Description / Duties:

  • Provide support to an on-site manufacturing facility.
  • Standardize in-process monitoring including chemical and mechanical properties.
  • Routine and customize analyses to resolve production issues, typically through qualitative elemental analysis utilizing SEM/EDS and quantitative analysis utilizing electron microprobe.
  • Design new analysis methods including selection of instruments and authoring of technical procedures.
  • Work closely with instrument operators to ensure analysis methods are appropriate for the issue at-hand.
  • Author/maintain area operating procedures and technical procedures.
  • Interpret test data and author of technical reports.
  • Work directly with radioactive materials in a safe manner.
  • Plan and implement laboratory upgrades including selection and procurement of equipment, process planning, and supporting formal safety/licensing evaluations.
  • Participate in fuel development efforts including process development and characterizations.


Job Qualifications / Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or an ABET- accredited Engineering program is required.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of experience in a laboratory or manufacturing environment. 
  • Familiarity with the following is required:
    • Scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectroscopy (SEM/EDS).
    • X-ray diffraction analysis.
    • Wavelength dispersive spectroscopy for quantitative microanalysis.
    • Metallographic sample preparation techniques.
    • Weld attribute evaluation using standard microscopy techniques.
    • Heat treatment processes and operation of high temperature furnaces.
    • General laboratory practices including working with hazardous chemicals.
    • Quality assurance best practices including documentation and handling of data/records.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen with no dual citizenship.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance.



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.


Nearest Major Market: Lynchburg
Nearest Secondary Market: Virginia

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