MCFR Software Quality Process Lead

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TITLE:MCFR Software Quality Process Lead


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.

MCFR Software Quality Process Lead

The Molten Chloride Reactor Experiment (MCRE) is slated to be the first liquid fueled fast spectrum reactor operated. MCRE is going to be authorized by the DOE to be built and operated at the Idaho National Laboratory. As part of the design process for this nuclear facility, there are requirements for design and analysis tools meet applicable NQA-1 sections for software. This is a unique opportunity to work on transitioning from Research and Development (R&D) work to a production environment to see the near term deployment of an advanced reactor. The impact of this work will have long lasting effects on the overall Molten Chloride Fast Reactor (MCFR) project. This role is envisioned to assist engineers in getting software Quality Process work completed for novel use cases. Part of this role will be to provide a bridge between MCRE project engineering, central software program management, Quality Assurance, Information Technology, and external partners to see the successful maturation of the software being used to design and analyze a first of a kind system, as well as software used to operate the reactor.


  • Support implementation of software quality processes and procedures on Design, Analysis, and reactor operation software used across the MCRE project.
  • Provide an interface between MCRE project design engineers, central software program management, Quality Assurance (QA), Information Technology (IT), and external stakeholders on the project.
  • Support Engineering with the development and implementation of Commercial Grade Dedication (CGD) plans related to design and analysis software.
  • Provide Nuclear Quality technical experience and direction.

Key Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in nuclear QA/QC, Engineering or relevant scientific or technical field with equivalent work experience considered.
  • Knowledge of quality assurance regulatory, contractual, and technical documents (e.g. DOE O 414.1D, 10 CFR Part 830 Subpart A, and NQA-1-2008+)
  • Specific knowledge of NQA-1 quality assurance including Part II, Subpart 2.7, Subpart 2.14, and how this interfaces with requirements in DOE O 414.1D.
  • Experience with nuclear design and analysis tools a plus.
  • Experience with digital controls (e.g., PLCs, SCADA, FPGAs) a plus.
  • Experience with software development tools (software languages, Version Control, Development Environments, issue capture and resolution, and change tracking) a plus.
  • Previous experience working with engineers and scientists in a laboratory and/or nuclear plant facility.
  • Experience with non-LWRs considered a plus.
  • Ability to work and partner effectively in cross-functional team initiatives and company goals.
  • Provides innovative solutions to complex and ill-defined problems.
  • Actual position starting level and title will be determined based on assessment of qualifications.
  • On-site arrangement is preferred, but remote work will be considered based on candidate assessment.

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.

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Job details

Job Type: Full-time

Salary Range L11: $120,672 - $201,119

Salary Range L12: $163,702 - $226,119

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

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