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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 jobs@usnc-tech.com.

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:

  • PhD 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.

Nuclear Software Engineer (Space Nuclear Systems)

USNC-Tech is looking for a full-time Nuclear Software Engineer with expertise in engineering design and optimization to join our team to work on space nuclear systems technologies. 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.