Framatome Reactor Coolant System (RCS) Chemistry Engineer (Engr. III - Principal Engr.) 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%).

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  • The Framatome Fuel Business Group: *

Framatome is a global leader in all activities associated with the design and operation of nuclear power reactors. The Fuel Business group is focused on design and production of nuclear fuel for commercial light water reactors.

  • Materials and Thermal Mechanics Department: *

The Materials & Thermal Mechanics organization is responsible for a broad range of activities covering PWR & BWR fuel assembly materials development and manufacturing support, PWR & BWR fuel rod thermal-mechanical analyses, PWR & BWR control component analyses, and fuel rod performance code development. The department’s activities are coordinated with other Framatome fuel engineering departments both locally and worldwide.

Materials engineers within the department offer direct support to resolve manufacturing problems as well as work on teams which improve manufacturing processes and/or material performance. Related activities include maintenance and revision of material product specifications and qualification reports.

Material & Fuel Performance data is routinely gathered from post-irradiation measurements. This data must be reduced and evaluated against existing databases. Periodically the updated databases need to be incorporated in revised material models within the fuel rod codes and methods.

Materials engineers support research efforts aimed at improving current materials as well as developing new alloys. They provide the materials expertise in support of licensing new materials and applications.

Framatome Chemistry engineers evaluate corrosion effects that the Reactor Coolant System (RCS) water chemistry has on the fuel components.

  • Job Description: *

Framatome is seeking a RCS Chemistry Engineer.This qualified candidate will assess PWR & BWR fuel materials, especially the RCS water chemistry effects on the fuel. This individual will work collaboratively with Framatome reactor chemistry personnel and fuel design material engineers to plan tasks and perform evaluations.

Typical assignments include:

  • Evaluate effects of PWR & BWR coolant chemistry changes (e.g. Li/elevated pH programs, Zn-injection, Hydrogen Water Chemistry (HWC), Noble Metal Chemical Addition (NMCA), On-line Noble Chemistry (OLNC), etc) on fuel performance (e.g. CRUD, corrosion, Crud Induced Localized Corrosion (CILC), Crud Induced Power Shift (CIPS), etc.).

  • Maintain expertise with fuel corrosion mechanisms (e.g. IGSCC, IASCC, Shadow Corrosion), BWR & PWR Fuel components and associated parameters of influence.

  • Project management of Framatome Fuel R&D projects related to water chemistry and fuel performance.

  • Plan and evaluate out of pile lab tests and flow loop tests for corrosion / CRUD effects.

  • Evaluate contamination events and impact on fuel assembly components or RCS.

  • Function as Framatome’s representative to utilities, EPRI and other stakeholders regarding fuel performance effects related to plant operating conditions and water chemistry programs, material testing and development programs.

  • Represent Fuels Engineering in Framatome’s Plant Water Chemistry Organization and Fuels Engineering Global Water Chemistry Network.

  • Support poolside examinations and evaluate post-irradiation data with respect to material performance, including database development and maintenance.

  • Interface with BWR & PWR fuel material engineers.

  • Other similar activities as assigned by management, including project leadership & project management.

  • 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. *

  • Engineer III- BS in Materials Science Engineering or Chemistry with 3-5 years of experience. An advanced degree may be substituted for related experience (MS 1-2 yrs or PhD 1-3 yrs).

  • Engineer IV- BS in Materials Science Engineering or Chemistry with 5-7 years of experience. An advanced degree may be substituted for related experience (MS 1-2 yrs or PhD 1-3 yrs).

  • Principal Engineer- BS in Materials Science Engineering or Chemistry with 7-10 years of experience. An advanced degree may be substituted for related experience (MS 1-2 yrs or PhD 1-3 yrs).

  • Positive and effective team interaction skills, along with a positive peer relationship skills.

  • Leadership and initiative in meeting customer requirements.

  • Excellent communication skills (oral / presentation / written), and the ability to effectively communicate and coordinate activities among the diverse groups within Framatome and with customers.

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

  • Master's Degree in Material Science Engineering or Chemistry preferred. Chemical Engineering degree also accepted with relevant work experience.

  • Chemistry experience and expertise with zirconium alloys and / or stainless steels and nickel-based alloys.

  • Metallurgical engineering experience in the nuclear industry, and familiarity with required engineering quality and controls in this industry.

  • Experience in calibrating, operating or analyzing results for radioactive and non-radioactive samples with scanning electron microscope (SEM).

  • Experience in scientific/technical code development and programming, and in technical document preparation and review (Fortran and C ).

  • French and/or German language skills.

  • TRAVEL *

Sporadic (<15%) Typical travel for this position is moderate, typically involving 6 to 8 business trips per year (assuming 5 days for each trip) to Framatome sites that may include those in Richland, WA; Lyon, France; Erlangen, Germany; a customer or vendor site; or in support of industry technical meeting or reactor outage.

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.


Title: Reactor Coolant System (RCS) Chemistry Engineer (Engr. III - Principal Engr.)

Location: NORTH AMERICA-Virginia-Lynchburg - OFR

Requisition ID: DES03031

Other Locations: NORTH AMERICA-United States-Washington-Richland