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University of Utah Reactor Supervisor in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 04/02/2021

Requisition Number PRN25801B

Job Title Reactor Supervisor

Working Title Reactor Supervisor

Job Grade F

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Standard hours is 9:00- 5:00 pm but occasional evening and weekend hours will be needed.

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00060 - Center for Nuclear Eng Prog

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 55,000 to 90,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Nuclear Engineering Program, within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering ( CVEEN ), invites applications for a Senior Reactor Operator ( SRO ) who will serve as the Utah TRIGA Reactor Supervisor.

The chosen candidate will be required to obtain an SRO license for the Utah TRIGA reactor within 12 months of hire. Currently, the Utah Nuclear Engineering Program offers an undergraduate minor, non-thesis M.S., and Ph.D. degree in Nuclear Engineering. It is one of only thirteen Universities with an operating TRIGA reactor in the United States. The 100 kW Modified Mark I TRIGA Reactor is instrumental for student training, research, and isotope production. The Reactor Supervisor will play an essential role in maintaining the reactor facility for student training and research.

The University of Utah is located in Salt Lake City, site of the 2002 Winter Olympics, at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains. Adjacent to the campus is a Research Park, home to more than 50 businesses with close research and operational ties to the University. It consistently ranks among the top academic institutions for creating startup companies based on university technology. Salt Lake City is the state capital and home to many businesses and nonprofit organizations. It is known as a hotbed for technology-oriented business startups that provide great opportunities for student learning and research. The metropolitan area has a population of approximately 1.1 million residents and is a major urban center in the intermountain west. Salt Lake City has extensive arts and cultural activities and a major airport close to downtown. It is at the foot of the Rocky Mountains and has four distinct seasons, including mild winters and warm summers, and offers excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation, including easy access to the mountains, the red rock country of the Colorado Plateau, and eight national parks. The state of Utah has been recognized numerous times as a top state for business and careers.

Initial screening of applicants will begin on May 3, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. The successful applicant is expected to begin in July 2021. Electronic application materials should include a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for three professional references. Questions may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Luther McDonald (

This position is considered Category I: Mandatory and required on campus or health care facilities to support on-site operations. Employees hired into this category will be required to be physically located at the Center for Nuclear Engineering (University of Utah) if they are healthy and without COVID -19 symptoms.


Key accountabilities for the position include:

•operation of the TRIGA reactor;

•communication and collaboration with faculty to facilitate research experiments;

•direction of junior Reactor Operators including scheduling work, giving working direction and managing workflow;

•initiation of repairs including ordering and maintaining necessary instruments, gauges, and mechanical or electric equipment;

•management of training programs to educate new reactor operators;

•participation in NRC and management audits;

•maintenance of regulatory requirements for the NRC including records of plant operations;

•other duties as required to support the nuclear engineering program.

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or science field AND completion of an approved training program in nuclear reactor maintenance AND minimum two years of nuclear reactor operation and maintenance experience;

OR, Completion of an approved training program in nuclear reactor maintenance AND seven years of nuclear reactor operation and maintenance experience.

Must obtain a Senior Reactor Operator license from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for assigned facility within six months from date of employment.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


•B.S. in a science or engineering discipline; and

•3 or more years of experience as an active reactor operator at a university reactor, BWR / PWR facility or in a military equivalent position such as Engineering Officers of the Watch and Nuclear Navy plant operations.

•Ability to obtain U.S. Nuclear Power Plant Unescorted Access.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.