Nuclear Reactor Supervisor (Laboratory Administrator)

General Description of Position: The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Kansas State University is seeking highly-qualified applicants for a TRIGA Mark II Nuclear Reactor Supervisor. Information about the Department: 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 embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to the Principles of Community.  Job Description: The Reactor Supervisor assists the Nuclear Reactor Facility Manager in all matters related to the enforcement of established rules and procedures.  The Supervisor is expected to take responsibility for reactor scheduling, operator training, reactor operation, and facility maintenance. The Supervisor is responsible for maintaining facility documentation, including experimental and operating procedures, operational references, fuel handling procedures, and other appropriate information as determined by the Reactor Supervisor and Nuclear Reactor Facility Manager. The Reactor Supervisor is responsible for determining that the reactor is operated in strict accordance with the facility license, ensuring adequate information exchange during shift changes, and reporting all malfunctions, accidents, and other potentially hazardous occurrences to the Nuclear Reactor Facility Manager. This position reports to the Nuclear Reactor Facility Manager. Required Minimum Qualifications:
  • Two years of technical training beyond high school and 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:
  • BS in Nuclear Science and Engineering or a closely-related field and five years of relevant work experience.
  • Has previously held unescorted access and a USNRC Senior Reactor Operator license at a research or power reactor.
  • Significant reactor operating experience, experience in supervision, and 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:


  • Cover letter
  • Resume with names and contact information for three professional references
Screening of Applications Begins: Immediately and continues until position is filled. Salary Range / Pay Rate: $34,071 - $57,921 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 will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.