Design Authority Deputy - Safety Analysis

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TITLE: Design Authority Deputy – Safety Analysis


TerraPower is a nuclear technology company based in Bellevue, Washington. At its core, the company is working to raise living standards globally through a more affordable, secure and environmentally friendly form of nuclear energy along with innovations in medical isotopes to improve human health. In 2006, TerraPower originated with Bill Gates and a group of like-minded visionaries who evaluated the fundamental challenges to raising living standards around the world. They recognized energy access was crucial to the health and economic well-being of communities and decided that the private sector needed to take action and create energy sources that would advance global energy deployment. TerraPower’s mission is to be a world leader in new nuclear technologies, while developing innovators and future leaders in the nuclear field. As a result, the company’s activities in the fields of nuclear energy and related sciences are yielding significant innovations in the safety and economics of nuclear power, hybrid energy and medical applications – all for significant human health benefits.

TerraPower is seeking to hire highly motivated and forward-thinking professionals who are interested in focusing on advanced nuclear reactor research and development and influencing change within the nuclear power landscape and bringing forward the critical production of medical isotopes. TerraPower is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, as a federal contractor, TerraPower has instituted an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) in an effort to proactively recruit, hire, and promote women, minorities, disabled persons and veterans.

Design Authority Deputy – Safety Analysis

The Design Authority Deputy – Safety Analysis reports directly to the Senior Vice President, Design Authority and is a position focused on technical oversight of the Natrium design with a focus on the area of Safety Analysis. The Design Authority Deputy represents the Design Authority across all areas of the Natrium project. In this role you will provide leadership, guidance, mentorship, creative and technical oversight to multiple teams to ensure a high level of strategic integration. The Design Authority Deputy will provide overall strategic direction for the department and for the Natrium project, including partner design organizations.


  • Provide technical oversight to the Natrium design teams with a focus on the areas of Safety Analysis, Probabilistic Risk Assessment, Methods Development, and Plant Integrated Analysis,
  • Work in collaboration with the project organization on technical issues and risks that important to the success of Natrium.
  • Proactively set technical strategies in partnership with the project organization management and TerraPower leadership.
  • Provide technical expertise to aid in resolution of technical differences of opinion.
  • Represent the Design Authority in the technical decision-making and design change control processes.
  • Approve highly cross-functional deliverables.
  • Provide oversight of key design programs associated with Safety Analysis and work in collaboration with the design programs team and the project organization to ensure their successful implementation.
  • Establish and maintain network of subject matter experts to support the Design Authority mission.
  • Provide overall strategic direction and goals for the department.
  • Interface with other Design Authority senior leaders on resource utilization, administrative and technical matters.
  • Ensure compliance with engineering procedures and training.
  • Support licensing activities associated with the department.
  • Coordinate and lead planning efforts and maintain schedule.
  • Support business development activities.
  • Develop department specific operating procedures/processes.

Key Qualifications and Skills

  • B.S. or higher in relevant engineering discipline from an accredited university and 20+ years direct experience in the commercial nuclear power industry.
  • Experience in Safety Analysis for new plant design efforts, especially implementation of the Licensing Modernization Project (LMP, NEI 18-04) framework.
  • Experience in Methods Development for Safety Analysis, especially topical report preparation.
  • Experience leading analysis teams that integrate Safety Analysis and design to successfully resolve issues.
  • Experience with developing Phenomena Identification and Ranking Tables (PIRTs).
  • Advanced knowledge and experience in nuclear quality programs, design control, and configuration management principles, practices, and tools.
  • Experience working to ASME NQA-1 and 10 CFR 50 Appendix B programs.
  • The successful candidate will possess a high degree of trust and integrity, able to communicate openly, and display respect and a desire to foster teamwork.

Job Functions

Job Functions are physical actions and/or working conditions associated with the position. These functions may also constitute essential functions for the job which the employee must be able to fulfill, with or without accommodation. Information provided below is to help describe the job so that the applicant has a reasonable understanding of the job duties/expectations. An applicant's ability to perform and/or tolerate these actions and conditions will be discussed and workplace accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis following an individualized assessment of the applicant and other considerations, including but not limited to any governing safety standards.

  • Motor Abilities: Sitting and/or standing for extended periods, bending/stooping, grasping/gripping, fine motor control (hands)
  • Physical exertion and/or requirements: Minimal, with ability to safely lift up to 25 pounds
  • Repetitive work: Prolonged
  • Special Senses: Visual and audio focused work
  • Work Conditions: Stairs, typing/keyboard, standard and/or sitting working environment of >8 hrs./day
  • Travel required: 0-5%

TerraPower’s technology is controlled for export by various agencies of the U.S. Government. TerraPower must evaluate applicants who are foreign nationals (other than asylees, refugees, or lawful permanent residents) in accordance with U.S. Government export control requirements. To facilitate TerraPower’s export control reviews, you will be asked as part of the application process to identify whether you are a U.S. Citizen or national, asylee, refugee, or lawful permanent resident of the United States. Government export authorization approval times vary. Based on the business needs for a particular position, TerraPower may not consider a foreign national from a country if it is impracticable to obtain timely Government export approval.

Job details

Salary Range Level 14: $213,397 - $289,401

  • Typically, our employee salaries are within .90 – 1.0 of the mid-point of the posted salary bands. Any salary offered within the posted salary band is based on market data and commensurate with the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience. This range is specific to Washington State.


  • Competitive Compensation
    Salary, eligible to participate in discretionary short-term incentive payments
  • Comprehensive Medical and Wellness Benefits Medical
    • Vision
    • Dental
    • Life
    • Life and Disability
    • Gender Affirmation Benefits
    • Parental Leave
  • 401k Plan
  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO)
    • 21 days of annually accrued PTO
  • Generous Holiday Schedule
    • 10 paid holidays
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Professional and Educational Support Opportunities
  • Flexible Work Schedule

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