PWR Fuels Engineer - Birmingham Hybrid Role

Birmingham, AL

PWR Fuel Engineering – Senior Engineer / Physicist (Corporate)

Southern Nuclear Operating Company's corporate Nuclear Fuel and Analysis Department, PWR Fuel Engineering, provides support and performance in the fuel and reactor engineering functional area for the PWR Southern Nuclear Fleet. We are seeking an individual capable of driving and executing strategic initiatives in nuclear core physics, advanced fuel mechanical design, and innovation in the fuel and reactor engineering functional area. The position is located at the SNC Corporate Office in Birmingham, AL, and will require up to approximately 25% travel.

This position will be responsible for performing activities related to nuclear fuel and core design, core management, operational support, reload safety analysis, reload licensing, and technical evaluations regarding nuclear fuel vendor fabrication and design capabilities for current and advanced fuel products. This position is also responsible for spent fuel characterization and certification for long term dry storage. Work performed in this position supports four operating PWR units and two under construction. This position may be required to support the fleet Emergency Response Organization. This requires personnel to live within one hour of the SNC ERO facility for emergency response availability.


Education Requirements:

  • 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.

  • A degree(s) in Nuclear Engineering is preferred.

  • Professional Engineer license/certification or advanced degree is highly preferred.

Experience Requirements:

  • Knowledge of nuclear fuel and nuclear fuel thermal-hydraulic engineering analyses.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of complex nuclear fuel design and core design analysis codes.

  • Knowledge of nuclear fuel related FSAR and Technical Specifications and site procedures to perform fuel related operation support.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with Westinghouse codes and methods, such as NEXUS/ANC9, VIPRE-W, BOA, BEACON, etc.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with Studsvik codes is desired.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with loading pattern development is desired.

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

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities expected:

  • Knowledge of PWR reactor physics and of fuel and core design analysis.

  • Knowledge of PWR transient or safety analysis is desired.

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.

  • Ability to comprehend complex reactor physics/design problems and provide solutions.

  • Ability to use good judgment to make sound engineering and business decisions.

  • Ability to exhibit an exceptional degree of technical expertise, creativity, and resourcefulness.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in autonomous use of engineering judgement and decision making. Self-starter capable of performing tasks with little supervision or oversight.

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

  • Conduct independent analysis to support performance of PWR fuel or core design activities with minimal direction.

  • Provide oversight of nuclear fuel supplier fuel and core design analysis and licensing support.

  • Provide technical support for operational and commercial decisions for PWR units.

  • Provide technical mentoring for fellow PWR fuel engineering team members.

Southern Nuclear is a leader among the nation’s nuclear energy operators, running six – soon to be eight – units for Alabama Power and Georgia Power. For more than 40 years, the company has operated nuclear energy facilities at the highest levels of safety and reliability, creating carbon-free electricity for millions of homes and businesses.

SNC prioritizes the health and safety of the public and its employees above all else, operating its facilities safely, reliably and affordably for customers and communities while using innovative technologies and practices that enhance performance. This work is enabled by the continuous development, leadership and skills of a high-performing workforce.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy provider serving 9 million residential and commercial customers across the Southeast and beyond through its family of companies. Providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy with excellent service is our mission. The company has electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company with national capabilities, a fiber optics network, and telecommunications services. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, resilience, and sustainability, we are taking action to meet our customers’ and communities’ needs while advancing our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and are the key to our sustained success. We are transforming energy into economic, environmental and social progress for tomorrow. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have earned the company national awards and recognition from numerous organizations, including Forbes, Military Times, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, J.D. Power, Fortune, Human Rights Campaign and more. To learn more, visit

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Identification: 4506

Job Category: Engineering

Job Schedule: Full time

Company: Southern Nuclear