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BWX Technologies, Inc. Research Engineer in Lynchburg, Virginia

At BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BWXT), we are People Strong, Innovation Driven. Headquartered in Lynchburg, Va., BWXT provides safe and effective nuclear solutions for national security, clean energy, environmental remediation, nuclear medicine and space exploration. With approximately 6,400 employees, BWXT has 12 major operating sites in the U.S. and Canada. We are the sole manufacturer of naval nuclear reactors for U.S. submarines and aircraft carriers. Our company supplies precision manufactured components, services and fuel for the commercial nuclear power industry across four continents. Our joint ventures provide environmental remediation and nuclear operations management at more than a dozen U.S. Department of Energy and NASA facilities. BWXT’s technology is driving advances in medical radioisotope production in North America and microreactors for various defense and space applications. Follow us on Twitter at @BWXTech and learn more at www.bwxt.com .

BWXT is currently seeking a Research Engineer for its location in Lynchburg, VA!

If you are looking for a career where your experience is valued, innovative thinking is fostered, and barrier-free teamwork is embraced every day, then this opportunity is for you.

Job duties include fulfilling the lead engineer role on a variety of projects including: material characterizations, design of specialized test equipment/experiments, planning and implementing laboratory upgrades, managing laboratory projects including cost and schedule.

This position requires a mix of formal engineering activities along with hands-on laboratory work, including working directly with radioactive materials.

The position will be located in Lynchburg, VA and is eligible for relocation benefits.

Job Description / Duties:

  • Assist in selecting, installing, and commissioning specialized laboratory equipment including high temp. furnaces and analytical instruments.

  • Plan and implement laboratory upgrades including selection and procurement of equipment, process planning, and support of formal safety/licensing evaluations.

  • Lead routine and customized analyses to resolve production issues for on-site manufacturing facility, typically through qualitative elemental analysis utilizing SEM/EDS and quantitative analysis utilizing electron microprobe.

  • Design new analysis methods including selection of instruments and authoring of technical procedures.

  • Work closely with instrument operators to ensure analysis methods are appropriate.

  • Author/maintain area operating procedures and technical procedures.

  • Interpret test data and author technical reports.

  • Work directly with radioactive materials in a safe manner.

  • Participate in fuel development efforts including process development and characterizations.

Job Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry or related technical field.

  • Self-motivated and directed with keen attention to detail.

  • Strong commitment to safety culture and willingness to ensure compliance to all codes and standards.

  • Minimum two (2) years engineering experience in a laboratory or manufacturing environment is required. Education experience in a laboratory environment will be considered in lieu of employment experience.

  • Must be a U.S. citizen with no dual citizenship.

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance.

Desired Skills / Knowledge:

  • It is desired that the applicant is at a minimum familiar with some of the following, and interested in learning the theory and practice of new analytical techniques and processing equipment:

  • Operation of laboratory equipment including furnaces, gloveboxes, physical vapor deposition (PVD) coaters, hot consolidation methods (HIP, direct current sintering)

  • Scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectroscopy (SEM/EDS).

  • X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD).

  • Wavelength dispersive spectroscopy for quantitative microanalysis.

  • Metallographic sample preparation techniques.

  • Weld attribute evaluation using standard microscopy techniques.

  • Heat treatment processes and operation of high temperature furnaces.

  • General laboratory practices including working with hazardous chemicals.

  • Quality assurance best practices including documentation and handling of data/records. Experience with dimensional inspection techniques and/or familiarity with interpretation of dimensional data –optical comparator and/or CNC machines – is a plus.


  • 12 paid holidays which include a winter holiday shutdown.

  • Tuition Assistance.

  • This position will work a 9/80 schedule.

  • Free access to our 24/7 gym onsite in Lynchburg, Virginia.

  • 24/7 Employee Assistance Program (EAP) available to you, your spouse, parents, and parents-in-law, even if they are not covered under your BWXT plan.

  • BWXT employees have access to exclusive perks and discounts on everything from cars and electronics to banking services and a host of popular brands / products through Perks@Work.

  • Medical, dental, vision, short term disability, service-based retirement contributions with additional 401k match and more!

As a federal government contractor, BWX Technologies, Inc. and any subsidiaries, affiliates and related entities (“BWXT” or the “Company”) complies with all federal, state, and local laws and customer requirements regarding COVID-19 and other health and safety protocols. As such, all BWXT new hires will be required to adhere to applicable Company COVID-19 requirements within the workplace as a condition of employment.

Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. Position requires U.S. citizenship with (no dual citizenship) ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance which involves an extensive criminal and financial background investigation, drug test and previous employment reference verifications.

BWXT supports diversity and is committed to the concept of Equal Employment Opportunity. We have established procedures to ensure that all personnel actions such as recruitment, compensation, career development, benefits, company-sponsored training and social recreational programs are administered without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or veteran status.