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Senior Reactor Operator

Job Description

SENIOR REACTOR OPERATOR, Nuclear Reactor Laboratory, to maintain a senior reactor operator license to operate the MITR-II research reactor and perform the duties of shift supervisor.  Will perform reactor startups and shutdowns; provide control room coverage; perform diagnostic tests, calibrations, refueling operations, and decontamination procedures; prepare samples for irradiation; package and ship radioactive samples; and perform safety reviews and analyses of reactor system modifications and experiments.  Will also oversee the duties listed above and other routine reactor operations; assist with various special reactor and experimental projects; follow industrial safety practices and embrace a safety culture; adhere to radiation protection measures and exercise sound radiological control judgment while working in areas containing radioactive materials; participate in the annual requalification program for licensed personnel; conduct visitor tours and make lab activities understandable to school-aged children and laypersons; report any concerns and abnormal system behavior to shift supervisor and superintendent immediately; log shift activities in the logbook clearly and concisely with detail; and perform other duties as needed.  

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  high school diploma or GED; two years’ technical college or Navy nuclear education; four years of experience with nuclear reactors; a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission license or ablity to obtain one within one year of hire; ability to lift weights of up to 40 lbs., ascend ladders, and wear and maintain training in use of a SCBA unit; English language fluency; discretion and good judgment; punctuality; and ability to work both independently and as part of a team.  Seek someone who is interested in advancing to a senior-level position if necessary.  Job #24014-8

Must be eighteen years or older.
During the training period (approximately first six-months), the work schedule will be Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M. Once fully qualifieWill occasionally cover extra day, evening, night, and weekend shifts and be on call as needed.
This position will start as a term appointment, with the opportunity to be made permanent upon successful completion of the NRC Senior Reactor Operator licensing exam.
The exam must be taken at the first appropriate available date, normally within about one year from hire.
Must have U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status.

We accept applications every fall for local college freshmen or sophomores looking to work as a student reactor operator. Our Operator Training section has more information about the opportunity to be gainfully employed until graduation with one of the highest paying jobs on MIT's campus. Student applications are accepted at the start of the Fall semester with a new cohort hired each academic year.