Core Thermal Analyst

10-05-2022 02:04 PM

Core Thermal Analyst

SMR Nuclear Project
Highly Competitive Salary


We're working with RPOne powered by the Morson Group to support their client Rolls-Royce SMR (Small Modular Reactor) in the recruitment of a Core Thermal Analyst to join their team in Derby or Warrington, with flexible working. You will be responsible for technical and programme delivery of the thermal and hydraulic analysis which will both inform and verify the SMR reactor core design. The role will involve working alongside core design and plant performance teams to understand the technical nature of the reactor core design and produce thermal hydraulic analyses which characterises system performance, informs intelligent design decisions and ultimately verifies the performance and safety of the final design.

The successful candidate will set the technical direction and strategy for core thermal analysis. They will develop the forward programme and build a small team of engineers to develop a robust and validated analysis method using industry standard codes (such as COBRA-TF), create representative models of the reactor core design, and assess both steady state and transient core performance. You will have expertise in thermal hydraulic analysis of reactor core designs and will lead the delivery of the analysis programme in accordance with requirements flowed down from the project.

The Job

As a Core Thermal Analyst, you will be responsible for:

  • Working with the reactor plant analysis and validations teams to understand the technical requirements of the reactor plant analysis methods to develop tools, systems and processes to facilitate an efficient analysis programme.
  • Work with the IT department to appropriately manage and define the cloud-based computing platform (AZURE), including the selection and management of remote machines and setting up frameworks for efficient parallel processing.
  • Support the Methods Integration Lead in delivering a suite of tools that expedites the analysis programmes, including facilitating efficient and controlled data transfers and formal coupling of code where appropriate.
  • Develop and manage the tool set required to enable an efficient analysis work stream, including development of pre and post processing tools, common databases and workflow management.
  • Engage with external communities which are leading best practise on method development and those that have expertise in coupling analysis methods typically used within the nuclear industry.
  • Understand and articulate technical and programme risks, managing them as appropriate with the Methods Integration Lead.
  • Work with due regard to Health, Safety and Environment. Comply with corporate, business and legislative requirements. Champion company values, including Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The Candidate

To be considered for this position candidates will be expected to be:

  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent in Physics, Engineering, or a related discipline.
  • Chartered with a relevant professional institute (or equivalent professional accreditation).
  • Knowledge of software development tools and process, including Git.
  • Knowledge of reactor plant analysis methods and process, including familiarity with key toolsets involved in analysing core physics, plant thermal hydraulics, stress assessments and severe accident analyses.
  • Experience in delivering and leading method integration activities and/or software development programmes.
  • Experience developing software code in Python.
  • Planning and organising skills to manage programme activities and deliverables.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with any audience, quickly establishing credibility and buy-in.

What's on offer.

  • Highly competitive salary and performance related bonus.
  • Fantastic opportunity to work in a highly regulated industry.

How to apply

To apply, please call Sam Belazka on 02392 288 207 or send a copy of your CV to

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