Austin, TX 
Posted 14 days ago
Job Description

Job Posting Title:



Hiring Department:

Nuclear Engineering Teaching Laboratory


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



FLSA Status:



Earliest Start Date:



Position Duration:

Expected to Continue





Job Details:


Manage the reactor operations team and supervise the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Licensed UT-Austin TRIGA research reactor in compliance with applicable federal regulations and in support of its use as a significant research and educational tool to further the University's mission.


  • Engineering Support and Training - Reactor scheduling, S-badge training, Course support. Ensure all activities are conducted safely and within applicable program, license, and Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requirements. Direction of Reactor Operators including scheduling work, giving working direction and managing workflow. Management of training programs to educate new Reactor Operators.
  • Maintain documents and procedures - Manage facility administrative programs (emergency plan, security plan, and operator requalification program). Maintain operational records, operational procedures, maintenance procedures, maintenance of electronic files, posted document maintenance, annual inventory updates.
  • Maintenance and surveillance - Oversee facility safety and security. Perform and/or supervise required routine preventive and corrective maintenance on digital and analog reactor control and instrumentation system, address unanticipated failures, manage system upgrades and development.
  • Operational Support - Perform mission critical activities (reactor operations, maintenance, operator training, research, education and outreach). Communication and collaboration with faculty and research staff to facilitate research experiments.
  • Reactor License and Interaction with NRC - Emergency planning and drills, NRC inspections, Reactor Oversight Committee support, operator licensing and requalification exams, site security. Maintenance of regulatory requirements for the NRC including records of plant operations. Participation in NRC inspections and internal audits.
  • Security - Manage access authorization, manage security enhancements.
  • Other related functions as assigned by supervisor.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering or science field; OR technological school certificate or military training in associated or related field AND seven years of experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills at supervisor level, or above.
  • Minimum two years of nuclear reactor operation and maintenance experience.
  • Must obtain a Senior Reactor Operator license from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for assigned facility within six months from date of employment.
  • Proficiency with customer service.
  • Applicants must submit to a fingerprint-based criminal history check, a background investigation, and be evaluated as trustworthy and reliable by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Applicant must be able to obtain access to export controlled software and be able to work with experiments that have export control requirements.
  • Applicant must meet medical requirements for a nuclear reactor operator license.
  • Demonstrated excellent time management skills and ability to prioritize own work and team's work under dynamic circumstances.
  • Be able to work effectively both independently and collaboratively in a team-oriented environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications
  • B.S. in a science or engineering discipline.
  • 3 or more years of experience as an active reactor operator at a university reactor, as BWR / PWR facility employee, or in a military equivalent position such as Nuclear Navy plant operations or Engineering Officers of the Watch.
  • Experience in repair and maintenance of analog and digital electronic controllers and systems.
  • Experience in handling radioactive and hazardous materials.
  • Previous training or education in the fundamentals of nuclear reactor theory and operations
  • Previous qualification as Senior Reactor Operator.

Salary Range

$95,000+ depending on qualifications

Working Conditions
  • Work with energized electrical circuits, high and low voltage.
  • Occasional work with hazardous materials (chemical, cryogenics, compressed gas, and radioactive materials)
  • Work in a laboratory environment.
  • May be required on occasions to work evenings and weekends.

Required Materials
  • Resume/CV

  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • Letter of interest

Importantfor applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers:You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure thatALLRequired Materials have been uploaded. Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers:As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questionspresented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.


Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an ,complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information.


Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form. You will be required to present acceptable and original to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university's company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:

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Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in .

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe, Suite UTA 2.206, Austin, TX 78701.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
7+ years
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