Southern Company is America’s premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries. Southern Nuclear Operating Company, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, operates Southern Company’s six nuclear reactors units for Alabama Power and Georgia Power at the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant near Dothan, Ala.; the Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant near Baxley, Ga., and the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant near Waynesboro, Ga. Southern Nuclear is the licensee of two new nuclear units currently under construction at Plant Vogtle, which are among the first nuclear units being constructed in the United States in more than 30 years.

The top priority for Southern Nuclear, a Southern Company, is the safety and health of the public, their employees and the environment. They are committed to the safe operation of their nuclear generating facilities with equipment and systems that meet strict Nuclear Regulatory Commission safety and design regulations. Each Southern Nuclear employee is committed to instilling Institute for Nuclear Power Operations’ “Principles for a Strong Nuclear Safety Culture” in every aspect of their responsibilities.

Role description

Southern Nuclear Operating Company’s corporate BWR Fuel Engineering department is responsible for nuclear fuel and core design, core management, operational support, reload safety analysis (e.g. Chapter 15 events), and reload licensing to support two BWR nuclear units. The BWR Fuel Engineering team is also responsible for fuel performance evaluations and spent fuel characterization and certification for long term dry storage.

In 2018, the Southern Nuclear BWR Fuel Engineering department, in collaboration with industry partners, lead the industry with the first deployment of fueled enhanced accident tolerant lead test assemblies into a commercial nuclear power plant in the world. This effort culminated in a 2018 Nuclear Energy Institute’s Top Innovative Practice Award for this team.  The BWR Fuel Engineering team offers outstanding opportunities for innovation in the realm of nuclear fuel and core design.  Additionally, in 2018, the Southern Nuclear BWR Fuel Engineering department completed an effort to bring the performance of core reload design and licensing analyses utilizing fuel supplier methods “in-house.”  This permits an unprecedented level of utility ownership and technical depth in the areas of core design and reload licensing and is an excellent development opportunity for individual professional growth.

This challenging and rewarding position will be responsible for delivering engineering products for activities related to nuclear fuel and core design, licensing and operation, transient and accident analyses, and technical evaluations regarding BWR nuclear fuel and advanced nuclear fuel innovations. Additionally, this position will be called upon to provide coaching and mentoring to less experienced team members.

Reports To:      Manager, BWR Fuel Engineering

Location:           Birmingham, Alabama


BWR Fuel Senior Engineer responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct independent analysis to support performance of BWR transient analysis and/or BWR nuclear fuel or core design analysis with minimal supervision.
  • Effectively communicate with other technical and non-technical disciplines, site reactor engineers, and fuel suppliers.
  • Technical project management and oversight of nuclear fuel supplier’s fuel/core design analysis and licensing support.
  • Technical support of nuclear fuel commercial decisions for BWR units.
  • Technical mentoring of fellow BWR Fuel Engineering team members.

Essential skills

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills. Comfortable providing and presenting information to all levels of the organization.
  • Exceptional organization skills and ability to manage complex projects with multiple work phases are required.
  • Ability to comprehend complex reactor physics/design problems and provide solutions is required.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in autonomous use of engineering judgement and decision making. Self-starter capable of performing tasks with little supervision or oversight.
  • Knowledge of BWR reactor physics and of fuel and core design analysis is preferred.
  • Knowledge of BWR transient or safety analysis is desired.
  • Must exhibit an exceptional degree of technical expertise, creativity, and resourcefulness.


  • A minimum of four (4) years of nuclear industry work experience performing engineering calculations to support nuclear fuel analyses is required.

Desired skills

The following experiences are highly desired:

  • Experience with applications of BWR reactor physics
  • Experience with BWR core design or transient analysis
  • Experience of BWR safety analysis
  • Experience with GE-Hitachi (GEH)/Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF) nuclear methods
  • Experience with TRACG methods
  • Experience with CASMO/SIMULATE methods


  • A minimum of a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree in Engineering or Physics from an ABET accredited institution is required.
  • An advanced degree in Engineering, Physics, or related field with specialties in nuclear fuel analysis is desired.
  • Degree(s) in Nuclear Engineering is preferred, but not required.


The successful candidate will be offered an attractive salary and excellent benefits including relocation assistance.

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Beth Park Director, Global Executive Search

Beth brings 13 years of experience in Executive Recruiting consulting, partnering with clients to identify and deliver top-tier talent. Prior to that, Beth had sixteen years of corporate experience with Dow Chemical Company and United Technologies Corporation serving in various leadership positions.

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