Nuclear Reactor Manager

Jun 26, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Description:

The Nuclear Reactor Facility Manager is directly responsible for the operation of the 1250 kW Kansas State University TRIGA Mark II research reactor and associated laboratories. Duties of the Nuclear Reactor Facility Manager include teaching reactor operations training classes, planning for facility upgrades, training personnel, document control, maintaining radioactive material licenses, and interfacing with existing and potential customers.  A vital responsibility of the Reactor Manager is to manage the facility license and serve as the primary point of contact for the NRC.  The Manager may hold academic and research responsibilities beyond those associated with the Reactor Facility. The Nuclear Reactor Facility Manager is authorized to delegate responsibility for operation and use of the reactor to the Reactor Supervisor. The Manager is responsible for ensuring that reactor operation and use of radioisotopes conform with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations. This position reports to the Head of the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering. 

The department has 29 faculty members with annual research expenditures of approximately $5M per year and over 1000 undergraduate and graduate students. More information may be found at The College of Engineering is located on the main Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, Kansas. Manhattan is a vibrant, family-oriented city in the scenic Flint Hills. It is the cultural and business hub of a tri-county area community of over 200,000 residents (see The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is building the $1.25B National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, adjacent to the campus, which is expected to be fully operational by 2022-23 ( 

Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to The Principles of Community which can be found at

Required Minimum Qualifications:

MS in Nuclear Science and Engineering or a closely-related field (or work equivalent), with five to ten years of relevant work experience. 

Ability to successfully obtain USNRC Senior Reactor Operator license for KSU TRIGA Mark II Nuclear Reactor within one year of employment start date. Accordingly, applicants must meet the requirements listed in ANSI/ANS 15.4, American National Standard for the Selection, Training and Qualification of Personnel for Research Reactors, and successfully obtain medical certification per 10 CFR 55 Subpart C, in addition to successfully passing the written examination and operating tasks per 10 CFR 55 Subpart E. 

Ability to obtain unescorted access for KSU TRIGA Mark II Nuclear Reactor (training, exam, and background check) within six months of start date. 

Preferred Qualifications:

PhD in Nuclear Science and Engineering or a closely-related field and five years of relevant experience. 

Has previously held unescorted access and a USNRC Senior Reactor Operator license at a research or power reactor. 

Previous management experience and a basic knowledge of radiation protection. 

Physical Activities and Environmental Conditions :

Occasional use of pendant-controlled, overhead crane.

Routine access to facility areas via metal stairs.

Occasional ladder use.

Occasional heavy lifting.

Occupational exposure to ionizing radiation.

Exposure to materials routinely used in radiation shielding, such as lead and cadmium. 

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Submit a single pdf file including: cover letter and resume with names and contact information for three professional references.

Screening of Applications Begin:

Immediately and continues until position is filled.

Salary Range / Pay Rate:

Commensurate with education and experience level.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. 

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.  Kansas State University complies with the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. 

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