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Reactor Operator Trainee II


Job Description

  • Attains knowledge level sufficient to pass the Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensure examination for Reactor Operator

  • Focuses on completing work effectively, efficiently, and in a timely fashion

  • Understands how own assigned duties relate to others in the team and how the team integrates with others

  • Performs duties of a Reactor Operator that do not require licensure, including assisting experimenters in setting up and operating their experiments

  • Uses existing procedures to solve routine problems and perform a range/variety of tasks/activities

  • Recognizes and solves typical problems that can occur in own work area with supervisory approval as needed

  • Provides recommendations to supervisor as needed and/or requested

  • Impacts the quality of own work

  • Communicates basic technical information with team members

  • Provides information to and exchanges information with appropriate and/or various parties


Salary Range: $21.00 – $25.00/hour

Penn State

Associate Director for Irradiation Services and Research

The Penn State Breazeale Reactor (PSBR), Radiation Science and Engineering Center (RSEC) invite applications for the position of Associate Director for Irradiation Services and Research (ADISER). The ADISER will write research proposals and help coordinate experimental and research activities at the RSEC. They will insure that these activities are performed safely and in accordance with the reactor operating license and technical specifications, as issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The ADISER interacts with the faculty of the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering and other programs and departments throughout the University and among the other universities in the US and worldwide. The ADISER will also solicit joint projects with representatives of public agencies, private industrial establishments and government contractors under the direction of the Director of the RSEC. The successful candidate will have technical expertise in the nuclear engineering field, particularly in the area of research reactor utilization and experimental design. The RSEC is a research center in the College of Engineering of the Pennsylvania State University that provides education, research and irradiation services, technical advice to the Pennsylvania State University, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the USA and worldwide. The RSEC recently installed new core moderator assembly and new beam ports. RSEC has received approximately $14 million of funds from Penn State and federal agencies for infrastructure improvements since 2008.

The position requires a Ph.D. degree in nuclear engineering and/or a related field plus at least ten years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. When the individual’s credentials and interest warrant, consideration will be given to a research academic title within the RSEC and an affiliate appointment with the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering. Nominations and applications will be considered until the position is filled. Applicants should summit a statement of professional interest, curriculum vitae, and names and addresses of four references in one pdf file electronically at

Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups.

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