Thermal-Hydraulics (Computational Fluid Dynamics - CFD) Engineer II - IV

Richland, Washington
23 Jun 2017
02 Jul 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

As a world leader in nuclear power, AREVA in North America (AREVA Inc.) combines U.S. and Canadian leadership to provide utilities with proven expertise and uncompromising dedication to safety in every stage of the nuclear fuel cycle, reactor design and construction, and operating services.

AREVA also invests in renewable energies to develop, via partnerships, high technology solutions. Through the complementary nature of nuclear and renewables, AREVA's 4,300 U.S. and Canadian employees contribute to building tomorrow's energy model: Supplying the greatest number of people with energy that is safer and with less CO2.

The AREVA Front End Business Group:

The Front End Business Group combines activities associated with the conversion and enrichment of uranium and with the design and fuel production for nuclear reactors.

The Richland Thermal Hydraulics Department:

The Richland Thermal Hydraulics department is responsible for supporting the licensing and operation of AREVA fuels in commercial reactors. Within this scope, the department develops steady-state, transient and accident methodologies and computer codes and applies them to the licensing of BWR fuel. The department also supports the design and development of advanced fuel designs and supports developing solutions for emerging industry issues. To achieve this charter, the department is composed of multiple customer focused reload teams as well as a codes and methods team. The Richland Thermal Hydraulics department commonly interacts with peer departments in other regions of the world (Virginia, France and Germany).

Job Description:

AREVA is seeking an experienced Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Engineer for it's Thermal Hydraulics group in the Richland, WA office. This qualified individual will utilize the STAR-CCM+ CFD software package to assess and design complex thermal-hydraulic features in light water reactors while in a supporting role for a CFD technical lead. Tasks will be in support of AREVA NP fuel for boiling water reactors (BWRs). Tasks may expand to include other aspects of both BWRs and pressurized water reactors (PWRs).

The ideal candidate will have strong background in CFD methodology and applications and will enjoy the challenge of developing new technics to solve industrial complicated thermal-hydraulic problems.

Responsibilities and duties include:
  • Thermal-hydraulic analyses utilizing STAR-CCM+ software, including documentation of the analyses that meets AREVA NP quality assurance requirements.
    • CFD methodology qualification, and documentation
    • CFD analysis conceptualization and proposal preparation.
  • Working with a team of engineers on common thermal-hydraulic problems (both locally and globally)
  • Participation and support in thermal-hydraulic tests.
    • Provide guidance for thermal hydraulic testing to be used for CFD validation.
    • Use CFD analyses to help guide testing configurations.
  • Regulatory and customer interactions on projects.
  • Technical consulting for thermal-hydraulic phenomena (both locally and globally).
  • Mentoring of less experienced engineers.
  • Understanding single-phase and two-phase flows, boiling heat transfer simulation for both low and high quality flows.
  • Understanding of turbulence modeling (RANS, both steady state and unsteady).


All candidates must meet the following minimum requirements in order to be considered for this opportunity. Candidates who exceed minimum qualifications may be considered for a higher level position.
  • Engineer II: BS in Engineering PLUS 2-3 years of relevant engineering experience.
  • Engineer III: BS in Engineering PLUS 3-5 years of relevant engineering experience.
  • Engineer IV: BS in Engineering PLUS 5-7 years of relevant engineering experience
    • An advanced degree may be substituted for related experience (MS 1-2 yrs. or PhD 1-3 yrs.).
    • BS, MS, or PhD in Nuclear Engineering, Chemical, Mechanical Engineering or other scientific degree with applicable industry experience.

The following requirements are desired and will be used to differentiate all candidates who apply for this position.
  • Strong background in CFD theory and different modeling techniques (RANS, LES, Euler-euler, and Lagrangian techniques)
  • High proficiency in utilizing STAR CCM+ CFD software, including massively parallel architecture
  • Ability to manage and help maintain a dedicated HPC CFD platform with Linux,
  • Skilled with computer languages: C, Java, FORTRAN, scripting
  • Experience with single-phase and two-phase simulations
  • Experience using thermal-hydraulic testing for CFD validation purposes
  • Past experience related to Boiling Water Reactors
  • Related experience in the development and application of reactor core and system analysis codes (such as RELAP, TRAC, TRACE, RETRAN)

AREVA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status .