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Lead Nuclear Engineer



Other Engineering
El Segundo, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2024

Radiant Industries is an El Segundo, CA-based startup developing Kaleidos, a portable, containerized nuclear microreactor. Portable nuclear power with rapid deploy capability can replace diesel generators used today to provide critical asset support for hospitals, datacenters, and military bases or to power microgrids at remote sites. Radiant’s unique, practical approach to nuclear development utilizes modern software engineering to rapidly achieve safe, factory-constructable microreactors leveraging existing, well-qualified materials. Radiant is on a fast track to demonstrate the first fueled operation of a new commercial nuclear reactor design, just two years from now.

Lead Nuclear Engineer

Radiant seeks a technical and people-oriented leader for our nuclear design and analysis group focused on thermal-fluidics, instrumentation and controls, shielding, and reactor operations. You will lead a high-performing team through the design, development, and test stages of the Kaleidos microreactor. You will own the schedule, budget, hiring, and execution of nuclear-related milestones with a key focus on safety, reliability, portability, and performance. The ideal candidate is comfortable in interdisciplinary environments working cross-functionally with engineers and leadership, has tenacious creative problem-solving abilities and keen to get to the solution of a problem, and loves to mentor and motivate engineers to deliver their best work. You will play a critical role at Radiant in driving the first portable nuclear microreactor to market.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Manage an interdisciplinary team of nuclear engineers focused on safety analyses, radiation, thermal-fluidics, I&C, shielding, operations and more.
  • Hire, lead, and grow a high performing team of nuclear engineers.
  • Own nuclear engineering projects end to end including design, requirements, development, testing, and build phases.
  • Provide subject matter expertise and guidance on the design and analysis of the Kaleidos reactor.
  • Collaborate with regulatory team on nuclear industry standards and requirements.
  • Mentor junior engineers through actionable feedback and coaching.

Required Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering or equivalent degree from accredited institution.
  • 5+ years nuclear engineering industry experience.
  • 1+ year managing direct reports.

Desired Qualifications and Skills:

  • Master’s or PhD in nuclear engineering or equivalent degree from accredited institution.
  • Subject matter expert in one of following areas: safety analysis, shielding, instrumentation and controls, reactor operations, and/or radioactive material transportation.
  • Hands-on experience designing hardware and/or performing tests.
  • High-level understanding of government regulatory requirements and engineering practices required to build a safe, reliable reactor.
  • Self-starter and autonomous in planning, scheduling, and leading teams to execute on milestones on time.
  • Experienced leading teams in fast-paced environments, complex technical environment.
  • Expert communicator up and down the chain and effectively acts as a technical advisor.
  • Ability to make sound judgement calls based on company priorities and resources.
  • Tenacious in finding creative solutions to complex problems.

Employee Benefits for Eligible Employees:

  • Stock: Substantial incentive stock plan for all full time, salaried employees.
  • Medical: 100% up to base silver level plan for employee + 50% dependents, offers up to Platinum plans.
  • One Medical: Sponsored memberships for employees and their dependents.
  • Vision: 100% top tier plan coverage + 50% for dependents.
  • Dental: 100% top tier plan coverage, orthodontia extra, 50% for dependents.
  • Voluntary Life, Accident, Hospital, Critical Illness, Commuter and FSA are offered as employee contributed benefits.
  • Free snacks and drinks onsite.
  • Flexible PTO policy.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide visa sponsorship at this time. This position involves access to technology that is subject to U.S. export controls. Any job offer made will be contingent upon the applicant’s capacity to serve in compliance with U.S. export controls.