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USNC-Tech is a nuclear technology company that specializes in the design of compact nuclear energy systems for space and terrestrial uses. Our mission is to enable the settlement of outer space and meet humanity’s clean energy needs through developing commercial nuclear technologies.

Formed in 2019, USNC-Tech is an independently operated and managed subsidiary of Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation.  We are based in Seattle, WA with a waterfront office on Salmon Bay.  

We retain a number of unique capabilities in the field of space nuclear systems and are seeking highly qualified engineers to join our team. We are developing technology for compact space fission systems, radioisotope power systems, and nuclear thermal propulsion.

To apply to a job posting, please email your resume and cover letter to jobs@usnc-tech.com.

Aerospace Design Engineer (Nuclear Thermal Propulsion)

USNC-Tech is looking for a full-time Aerospace Design Engineer to join our team with expertise in thermal and mechanical design of aerospace systems. This role is as expansion of our capabilities in mechanical design and analysis, and we are primarily looking for candidates with strong engineering fundamentals rather than any specific skill.

The candidate will be responsible for designing, producing, and testing engineering prototypes of hardware related to nuclear thermal propulsion systems. This is complex, multi-disciplinary work that requires outside the box thinking and close attention to detail.

In addition to NTP, the candidate may also work on power systems, nuclear electric propulsion, and other advanced technologies. Potential tasks could include the design of reactor structural elements, turbomachinery, mechanical actuators, vessels, fluidic systems, heat exchangers, etc. Design includes everything from concept, design, verification analysis, and testing through sourcing, manufacturing and integration of prototype hardware.

We are a small team and require all employees to be multi-disciplined and open to tackling a variety of tasks.

A professional, positive, and pleasant attitude is a must.

 

Location of Work and Travel:

The position will be based in Seattle, WA with limited travel.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Develop concepts and designs of nuclear thermal propulsion hardware.
  • Analyze the mechanical and thermal aspects of nuclear thermal propulsion technology. For example, use Finite Element Analysis software to determine the impact of vibration, thermal expansion, and structural loading on NTP components.
  • Create manufacturable design drawings using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software and specifications.
  • Provide mechanical and thermal expertise to compact fission system projects during planning and concept stages.
  • Develop prototypes of hardware concepts.
  • Develop test plans, execute tests, and design test infrastructure for development test campaigns.
  • Communicate with parts manufacturers, and/or coordinate purchase of off-the-shelf hardware.
  • Document design decisions and write technical reports.

Basic Qualification:

  • S. or M.S. in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering
  • 1 to 7 years of experience in industry or research laboratories
  • Demonstrated understanding of mechanical engineering fundamentals, starting from first principles through numerical analysis
  • Experience in mechanical and/or thermal design and analysis
  • Demonstrated proficiency in hands-on hardware design, prototyping, fabrication, and assembly 
  • Demonstrated experience in life-cycle development of mechanical system hardware within a complex system or product
  • Experience in CAD with preferred proficiency using SolidWorks
  • Passion for advancing the commercial space industry and human spaceflight

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Experience in static, dynamic, and/or thermal analysis of mechanical systems, preferably in ANSYS
  • Experience with SolidWorks (NX or Creo are also of interest)
  • Experience in Python and Git software development environments
  • Experience with dynamic power conversion
  • Experience with high temperature composites
  • Basic understanding of nuclear reactions (fission and radioisotope) used for energy production
  • Ability to write and speak clearly about technical subject matter
  • Ability to work well in a collaborative team environment
  • Highly self-motivated and able to prioritize and execute tasks in a fast-moving environment

Export Control Requirements:

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about ITAR here.

USNC-Tech is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with USNC-Tech is governed on the basis of merit, competence, and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability, or any other legally-protected status.

Material Scientist (Space Nuclear Systems)

USNC-Tech is looking for a full-time Material Scientist with expertise in the development and application of high-temperature materials for space nuclear systems. The Material Scientist will be the internal subject matter expert and champion of material development efforts within USNC-Tech. The position will be responsible for researching and developing new methods and materials for various high-temperature applications while working to rapidly prototype and implement the materials in USNC-Tech products. 

We are a small team and require all employees to be multi-disciplined and open to tackling a variety of tasks. A professional, positive, and pleasant attitude is a must.

Location of Work and Travel:

The position will be based in Salt Lake City, UT with frequent travel (about once per month) to partner laboratories and the Seattle home office.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Be the lead of USNC-Tech’s advanced material research and development efforts
  • Research, analyze, design, and test various materials for use in applications such as nuclear thermal propulsion, radiation shielding, and nuclear fuels
  • Establish material development laboratories focused on rapid prototyping and environmental testing
  • Create and execute test plans
  • Identify promising materials and develop development plans to achieve company objectives
  • Perform trade studies and down-selects to assess various materials
  • Generate, identify, and document intellectual property
  • Mentor junior staff and students

Basic Qualification:

  • M.S. in materials science/engineering or related field (or equivalent experience)
  • 6+ years of experience in manufacturing process or research and development (or equivalent experience)
  • Experience in materials development for challenging environmental conditions
  • Knowledgeable of relevant material characterization methods
  • Familiarity with high-temperature materials and hydrides, application of high-temperature coatings, fabrication of ceramic composites, and joining of ceramics

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Ph.D. in material science or a related field
  • Experience in space technology development or research
  • Experience establishing and running a materials development and characterization laboratory
  • Experience with radiation-induced damage in materials
  • Ability to write and speak clearly about technical subject matter
  • Passion for advancing the commercial space industry and human spaceflight
  • Ability to work well in a collaborative team environment
  • Highly self-motivated and able to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment

Export Control Requirements:

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about ITAR here.

USNC-Tech is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with USNC-Tech is governed on the basis of merit, competence, and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability, or any other legally-protected status.

Radiation Shielding Engineer (Space Nuclear Systems)

USNC-Tech is looking for a full-time radiation shielding engineer to aid in the development of compact nuclear systems. The position will be responsible for analyzing and designing shielding solutions for radioisotope systems, space surface power reactors, and nuclear thermal propulsion. The work will examine the dose to humans and electronic components.

We are a small team and require all employees to be multi-disciplined and open to tackling a variety of tasks. A professional, positive, and pleasant attitude is a must. 

Location of Work and Travel:

The position will be based in Seattle, WA with limited travel.

 

Main Responsibilities:

  • Perform design activities related to shielding and radiation transport
  • Develop shielding solutions and strategies for compact nuclear systems
  • Develop automated analysis streams for shielding problems
  • Inform and model radionuclide release scenarios

 

Basic Qualification:

  • M.S. or Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering or Radiation physics
  • 1 to 7 years of experience in industry or research laboratories
  • Experience in reactor physics analysis, radiation transport applications, neutron activation, and radiation shielding
  • Experience in Python and Git software development environments and automating analyses streams
  • Ability to work well in a collaborative team environment
  • Highly self-motivated and able to prioritize and execute tasks in a fast-moving environment
  • Familiarity with shielding software codes such as MCNP, Serpent, MAVRIC, and/or Geant

  

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Familiarity with material science related issues associated with shielding materials
  • Familiarity with radioactive materials license procedures and best practices
  • Familiarity with criticality accident and consequence modeling
  • Experience with modeling the space radiation environment
  • Experience in CAD with preferred proficiency using SolidWorks
  • Ability to write and speak clearly about technical subject matter

 

Export Control Requirements:

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about ITAR here.

USNC-Tech is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with USNC-Tech is governed on the basis of merit, competence, and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability, or any other legally-protected status.

Reactor Design Engineer (Space Nuclear Systems)

USNC-Tech is looking for a full-time Reactor Design Engineer to join our team with expertise in engineering design and optimization. The position will be responsible conducting reactor analyses that will further USNC-Tech’s goal of getting reactors into space. This work will leverage mostly neutronic analyses and design but will also include more general engineering tasks.

We are a small team and require all employees to be multi-disciplined and open to tackling a variety of tasks. A professional, positive, and pleasant attitude is a must.

 

Location of Work and Travel:

The position will be based in Seattle, WA with limited travel.

 

Main Responsibilities:

  • Conduct neutronic and other engineering analyses for USNC-Tech reactor concepts
  • Leverage, enhance, and support in-house software that optimizes advanced nuclear reactor designs
  • Work with other reactor designers and analysts to ensure extensibility of USNC-Tech work-flow solutions

 

Basic Qualification:

  • B.S. or M.S. in nuclear engineering, physics, or engineering-related field
  • Strong understanding of neutronics
  • Experience with Serpent 2 or similar Monte Carlo-based reactor analyses tools
  • Experience with Python coding, particularly in data management/processing and object-oriented design
  • 3+ years of experience in engineering industries or in research laboratories

  

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Experience in high-performance computing
  • Experience in optimization and workflows
  • Experience with reactor systems modeling
  • Basic capabilities with thermal and fluid modeling
  • Experience with various software engineering practices such as agile, scrum, and evolutionary
  • Passion for advancing the commercial space industry and human spaceflight
  • Ability to write and speak clearly about technical subject matter
  • Highly self-motivated and able to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment

 

Export Control Requirements:

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about ITAR here.

USNC-Tech is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with USNC-Tech is governed on the basis of merit, competence, and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability, or any other legally-protected status.

USNC-Tech is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with USNC-Tech is governed on the basis of merit, competence, and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability, or any other legally protected status.