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.

Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America’s energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune’s annual World’s Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings.

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

This position is responsible for performing engineering evaluations in support of Southern Nuclear Operating Company nuclear generating plants. This engineer will be part of the Risk Modeling groups in the Risk Informed Engineering (RIE) department. The RIE department is focused on being the industry leader in risk-informed decisions making by developing, maintaining, and applying state-of-the-art tools and models.  The Probabilistic Risk Analysis (PRA) Engineer work includes, but is not limited to, compiling, analyzing, and interpreting technical inputs, demonstrating regulatory compliance, and performing and managing tasks and projects as part of a team of PRA Engineers.  This position requires an individual to be a self-starter, organized, able to prioritize multiple tasks, and to have strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.  The person needs to be flexible, demonstrate initiative, and work well in a high-pressure, fast-paced, and deadline-oriented environment.

Reports To:      Risk Modeling Manager, Risk Informed Engineering (RIE) department

Location:           Southern Nuclear Company Corporate Office, Birmingham, Alabama


Duties of the PRA Engineer include but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for performing risk-related engineering evaluations used for Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) model development and maintenance in support of the electric generating plants operated by Southern Nuclear Company (SNC).  These include SNC’s existing Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) and Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) nuclear plants as well as its new plants based on an advanced reactor design, currently under construction
  • Serve as a PRA Engineer in the Risk Modeling group within the Risk Informed Engineering (RIE) Department
  • Performing PRA model updates and providing risk informed programs support.
  • Interpreting and ensuring compliance with risk informed regulatory requirements, policies and standards, including but not limited to RG 1.200, RG 1.174, RG 1.177.
  • Perform assigned engineering task by applying PRA engineering principles.
  • Writing and reviewing technical reports.
  • Making presentations.
  • Performing special studies.
  • Assisting with audits and inspections including support of significance determination program and emergency request.
  • Providing inputs to and implementing policies and procedures.
  • Travel to plant sites and industry events in support of SNC objectives

Essential skills

  • High degree of analytical skills is preferred.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Organizational and time management skills are highly preferred.
  • High degree of computer skills (Word, Excel, Access, and other database software) required.
  • Proficiency in database software such as Access or SQL is a plus.
  • Demonstrated team player and self-starter.
  • Be able to adapt to the changing priorities.


  • Prior experience with nuclear power plant design, systems, and/or operation is required.
  • Nuclear power plant experience is preferred.
  • Prior direct PRA work experience related to Internal Events, Internal Flooding, Fire, and/or Seismic PRA is an advantage.
  • Experience with standard PRA tools like EPRI PRA software (such as CAFTA, FRANX) and Phoenix is a plus.
  • Experience performing electrical circuit analysis (such as for Fire PRA, Fire Safe Shutdown, or Multiple Spurious Operation) is preferred.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering (civil, mechanical, electrical, or nuclear) from an accredited college or university, or Professional Engineer license, is required
  • Master of Science degree in Engineering (civil, mechanical, electrical, or nuclear) or foreign equivalent is required.
  • Ph.D. in Engineering (civil, mechanical, electrical, or nuclear) is preferred.

Desired skills

  • Must exhibit the Our Values – Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance, Total Commitment
    • Safety First:  Work safety every day, every job.
    • Unquestionable Trust: Honesty, respect, fairness and integrity drive behaviors. Keeps promises and has ethical behavior as a standard
    • Superior Performance: Dedicated to superior performance and sets high expectations. Priorities are safety first, teamwork and diversity and continuous improvement through leadership
    • Total Commitment: Committed to success of employees, customers, and shareholders and to citizenship and stewardship
  • Must exhibit strong ownership skills, proactive traits, and good interpersonal skills.
  • The candidate must be highly motivated, able to work with the group and with minimal supervisor.
  • The ability to develop good relationship with plant personnel is a must.
  • The successful candidate must hold himself/herself accountable for personal safety and must model safe behaviors.


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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