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USNC-Tech is a nuclear technology company.  Our mission is to enable the settlement of outer space and meet humanity’s clean energy needs through developing commercial nuclear technologies. We retain a number of unique capabilities and expertise in the field of nuclear thermal propulsion, and it is a key technology in our portfolio.

Formed in 2019, USNC-Tech is an independently operated and managed subsidiary of Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation.  Beyond nuclear thermal propulsion, we are developing technology for radioisotope power systems and compact fission systems for earth and space. We are based in Seattle, WA with a waterfront office on Salmon Bay.  

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

Executive Assistant/Office Manager

USNC-Tech is looking for a full-time or part-time Executive Assistant/Office Manager who will spend time managing the office and providing administrative support to the executive team. The position requires strong administrative skills, an ability to think proactively, attention to detail, and interfacing with professionalism with executives, clients, and collaborators in a fast-paced environment. The role will report to the COO.

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.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Proactively order supplies, maintaining office tidiness, maintain contact with building management, sort and distribute mail, prepare mail, troubleshoot office needs, etc.
  • Answer telephone calls (respond and screen, as appropriate) for Seattle office
  • Greet and welcome visitors to the office
  • Maintain office security by following safety procedures and controlling access via the reception desk (monitor logbook and issue visitor badges)
  • Provide administrative support for executives in the office and manage their calendars and schedules, answer executive phones and take accurate messages
  • Troubleshoot scheduling conflicts as they arise
  • Coordinate and schedule conference calls and meetings
  • Arrange business travel and accommodations
  • Process monthly expense reports and company invoices for payment
  • Manage business supplies with marketing team and office admins (business cards, collateral, ordering, etc.), coordinate of ordering and distribution of promotional items, and manage incoming website email
  • Proofread and edit company publications and outgoing deliverables
  • Take on ad-hoc projects as time permits
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or four years of relevant work experience
  • Ability to interact with the strictest confidence, professionalism, and respect with all levels of executive management, support staff, clients, etc.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • High level of organization, with strong attention to detail and proofreading
  • Ability to use critical thinking to understand our business and the contents of work product
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
  • Strong administrative and problem-solving skills
  • Self-guided and highly responsive; able to manage and report progress of projects
  • Personal pride in providing high quality work regardless of task size
  • A high degree of proficiency in Microsoft Office (especially Excel, PowerPoint, and Word)
  • General ability to learn quickly

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Ability to work overtime as needed
  • Passion for advancing the commercial space industry and human spaceflight
  • Experience editing and reviewing technical writing

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.

Propulsion Engineer

USNC-Tech is looking for a full-time Propulsion Engineer to join our team with expertise in thermal and mechanical design. The position will be responsible for designing, producing, and testing engineering prototypes of hardware related to nuclear thermal propulsion systems. This work will leverage mostly traditional propulsion engineering skills with the exception of combustion. 

We are a small team and require all employees to be multi-disciplined and open to tackling a variety of tasks. Mechanical and thermal expertise will also be needed for projects such as compact power systems.

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

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 radiation-induced swelling 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
  • Develop prototypes of hardware concepts
  • Communicate with parts manufacturers, and/or coordinate purchase of off-the-shelf hardware

Basic Qualification:

  • B.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
  • 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
  • Passion for advancing the commercial space industry and human spaceflight

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Experience in MATLAB, Python, and Git software development environments
  • Familiarity with Models Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)
  • Experience in static, dynamic, and/or thermal analysis of mechanical systems
  • Experience in FEMAP, Thermal Desktop, LabVIEW, C++, and wiki documentation
  • Experience with dynamic power conversion
  • Experience in CAD with preferred proficiency using SolidWorks
  • 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.

Nuclear/Software Engineer

USNC-Tech is looking for a full-time Nuclear/Software Engineer to join our team with expertise in engineering design and optimization. The position will be responsible for the development, maintenance, and upkeep of USNC-Tech design and analysis software and in-house workflow solutions in support of advanced nuclear reactor analysis.

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.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Enhance and support in-house software that optimizes advanced nuclear reactor designs
  • Implement automation schemes for generic workflows to enable system optimization while ensuring consistency and reliability
  • Work with reactor designers and analysts to ensure extensibility of USNC-Tech work-flow solutions

Basic Qualification:

  • B.S. or M.S. in physics, computer science, or engineering-related field
  • 3+ years of experience in engineering industries or in research laboratories 

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • 6+ years of experience in engineering industries or in research laboratories
  • Expert in Python coding, particularly in data management/processing and object-oriented design
  • Experience in high-performance computing
  • Experience in optimization and workflows
  • Experience with various software engineering practices such as agile, scrum, and evolutionary
  • 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.

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.