Framatome Primary Side Chemist or Chemical Engineer -Principal in Lynchburg, Virginia

Framatome is a major international player in the nuclear energy market recognized for its innovative solutions and value-added technologies for designing, building, maintaining, and advancing the global nuclear fleet. The company designs, manufactures, and installs components and fuel for nuclear power plants and offers a full range of reactor services.

With 14,000 employees worldwide, every day Framatome’s expertise helps its customers improve the safety and performance of their nuclear plants and achieve their economic and societal goals.

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Framatome is owned by the EDF Group (75.5%), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI – 19.5%) and Assystem (5%).

The Installed Base Services Business Group:

The Installed Base Services Business Group combines the nuclear reactor design and construction activities and the products and services activities necessary for the maintenance, operation, modernization, and improvement of power plants. It also includes vessel propulsion nuclear reactor and research reactor activities.

  • Job Description: *

  • Framatome is seeking a Primary Side Chemist or Chemical Engineer -Principal located in Lynchburg, VA at our Mill Ridge Road facility. *

This position’s role and responsibility are in support of nuclear power stations’ critical operations regarding important and specific chemistry conditions. The associated transients may have an impact on the radiological condition related to maintenance for the nuclear plant’s following outage, including but not limited to, materials integrity, shutdown process duration, radiochemistry during the next cycle operations, lay-up condition chemistry during the next outage, etc.

CRUD deposition on, and re-dissolution from, the fuel cladding surface is an important challenge in light water reactors primary circuit since they have a large impact on the activity build-up. Effects of fuel cladding material, water chemistry, hydrodynamic conditions and thermal gradients have to be taken into account in order to achieve CRUD control. In the present survey, a detailed description of the shutdown and start-up water chemistry transients and the associated interaction processes between coolant and oxide layers on construction materials is given. Particular attention is paid to the transformation of the corrosion layers and the rate of release of ions to the coolant.

Knowledge and understanding of the relationships between CRUD composition, structure and morphology, and the Axial Power Anomalies (AOA/CIPS) are important. The main factors influencing AOA are sub-cooled boiling, CRUD formation and boron hideout. The candidate needs to be able to perform a comprehensive review of the existing activity accumulation/transport and CRUD deposition/AOA models and associated codes, review the main assumptions and restrictions, plus perform operational chemistry reviews. Chemistry knowledge related to the steam generator construction materials, i.e., Alloy 600, 690 and 800, related to plant chemistry is an additional position requirement. This individual will also be expected to support primary side chemistry operations.

  • Chemist/Engineer must have proven writing skills and strong organizational toolbox

  • Required to write procurement authorizations, follow procedures to operate components/systems as well as writing reports documenting system/component testing, laboratory research, and process application summaries

  • Work under a broad framework of responsibilities and requirements with independent thought to execute their work on schedule and within budget

This position requires excellent communication skills and the ability to evaluate primary side chemistry related to optimum chemistry regime as determined by the fuel design including materials, construction and effectiveness of primary side operational water chemistry. Coordination of all aspects of a chemistry program and providing guidance on chemistry standards; conducting evaluations of plant chemistry programs; and addressing and resolving chemistry operating problems.

Knowledge of EPRI chemistry guidelines.

Knowledge of nuclear fuel CRUD deposition on and re-dissolution from fuel cladding surfaces as this effects fuel cladding material, water chemistry, hydrodynamic conditions and thermal gradients.

Necessary Skills:

  • Strong knowledge of chemistry or chemical engineering theory

  • Good oral and written communication skills

  • Strong and proven experience with nuclear operational chemistries

  • Microsoft Office program proficiency including Word ®and Excel®

Key Competencies / Preferred Attributes:

  • Proven self-starter, able to think independently, and budget time across multiple tasks

  • Work well as a member on a technical expert team

  • Ability to learn and become proficient with skills outside of major speciality

  • Must be able to obtain unescorted commercial nuclear and Department of Energy facility site access, which means a clear criminal history and passing controlled substance drug/alcohol testing

  • Active and engaged participant in a Safety Conscious Work Environment

All candidates must meet the following minimum requirements in order to be considered for this opportunity. Candidates who exceed minimum qualifications may be considered for a higher level position.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering plus 7-10 years related work experience. Applicants with an engineering/technical degree in another field with applicable work experience will also be considered.

  • Ability to provide guidance on nuclear plant chemistry programs standards; conducting evaluations of plant chemistry programs; and addressing and resolving chemistry operating problems

  • Ability to evaluate primary side chemistry related to optimum chemistry regime as determined by the fuel design including materials, construction and effectiveness of primary side operational water chemistry

  • Chemistry knowledge related to the steam generator construction materials, i.e., Alloy 600, 690 and 800, related to plant chemistry is an additional position requirement

  • Applicants with an engineering/technical degree in another field with applicable work experience will also be considered

  • Must be able to obtain unescorted commercial nuclear and Department of Energy facility site access, which means a clear criminal history and passing controlled substance drug/alcohol testing

The following qualifications are desired and will be used to differentiate all candidates who apply for this position.

  • Knowledge of EPRI chemistry guidelines is desirable

  • Strong problem identification and problem resolution skills

  • Knowledge of nuclear plant systems and nuclear fuel

  • Experience with nuclear plant chemistry

  • TRAVEL *

Sporadic (10-20%) domestic and international travel. Business related travel - typically meeting over a few days. Travel to attend and participate in industry conferences for a couple days up to a week’s duration. International travel to France and Canada is a potential on occasion.

Framatome is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

Job: *DESIGN & ENGINEERING

Title: Primary Side Chemist or Chemical Engineer -Principal

Location: NORTH AMERICA-Virginia-Lynchburg - MRR

Requisition ID: DES03085