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Reactor Plant Performance Analysts

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Closing date
25 May 2022

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The Company

Our client is a start-up joint special purpose vehicle (SPV) business, specifically created to design, construct and deliver a new fleet of Small Modular Reactors power plants that will be a critical and strategic player in the race to Net Zero carbon emissions globally. Spun out of Rolls-Royce with its pedigree in engineering excellence but also attracting world class inward investment this is an exciting new business with an optimistic opportunity to be a global player in the coming years.
The Post
The Reactor Plant Analysts will work alongside systems design team to understand the technical nature of the reactor plant design and producing thermal hydraulic analyses which characterises system performance, informs intelligent design decisions and ultimately verifies the performance and safety of the final design.

Successful candidates will develop analysis methods using industry standard codes (including RELAP, COBRA-TF, MAAP and GOTHIC), create and verify representative models of the reactor plant design, assess transient performance of the reactor duty and safety systems, and develop code validation cases against real world test data.

There are a number of opportunities within the SMR programme for both experienced leads and developing thermal hydraulic analysts to work across a range of different thermal hydraulic analysis areas including:
  • Reactor plant transient and safety analysis using RELAP;
  • Core thermal analysis using COBRA-TF;
  • Containment thermal analysis, model build and method development using GOTHIC;
  • Severe Accident Analysis using MAAP;
  • Development of code validation statement, including the generation of PIRT and TAMs.
Key Responsibilities
  • Work with the plant design engineers to understand the technical nature of the reactor plant as well as the evidence required to inform technical decision making verify plant performance.
  • Apply technical expertise to develop representative plant models, solve thermal-hydraulic problems and generate valid plant performance data.
  • Develop and manage own technical work plans. Prioritise activities to ensure on time delivery, cost and quality for all project deliverables.
  • Define and manage requirement traceability from design through to analysis, models and method validation.
  • Ensure appropriate quality is achieved in all aspects of the analysis programme.
  • Act as technical representative for assigned area of technical expertise. Present and inform technical or project reviews when required.
  • Understand and articulate technical and programme risks, managing them as appropriate with the Reactor Plant Performance Team Leads.
  • Experience analysts will be expected to provide technical supervision and coaching to other thermal hydraulic analysts working across the project, share technical knowledge and steer the direction of technical analysis to meet the needs of the programme.
  • Work with due regard to Health, Safety and Environment. Comply with corporate, business and legislative requirements. Champion company values, including Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
LevelCompetencyEIMEnterpriseUnderstands the appropriate level of Risk in the Company.XHas a grasp of any implications of Public Relations.XUnderstands and applies appropriate Corporate Governance to decision making.XUnderstands appropriate Commercial and Corporate law decision making.XUnderstands Safety & UK Regulatory AffairsXLeadership[In development]Technical authority for the relevant areas.XFunctionalManaging knowledge, information and data essentialsXDeliver Programme - Define a project/programme of work, deliver programme milestones in line with agreed plans and budgets, manage risks, etc.XAwareness and understanding of SMR Quality Assurance (QA) processes and standardsXTechnical Communication EssentialsXLearning from Experience (LfE)XKnowledge of Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) design, plant and behaviour during normal and abnormal operationXEnvironmental, Safety, Security and Safeguarding (E3S) regulations and principals (including application of As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP) and Best Available Technique (BAT) principals)XE3S case methods (including nuclear safety classification), case structure and document generationXGeneration and management of Verification and Validation (V&V) plans and evidenceXSystems Thinking Essentials: Requirements development (inc
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