NRC Seeks Advisory Committee Nominations

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is seeking qualified candidates for appointment to its Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS).

ACRS is an advisory group--statutorily mandated by the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended--that provides independent technical review of, and advice on, matters related to the safety of existing and proposed nuclear facilities and on the adequacy of proposed reactor safety standards.

ACRS' primary focus is on safety issues associated with the operation of 104 commercial nuclear power plants in the United States and regulatory initiatives including risk-informed and performance-based regulations, license renewal, power uprates, and the use of mixed oxide and high burnup fuels.

In addition, ACRS may be requested to provide advice on radiation protection, radioactive waste management and earth sciences in the agency's licensing reviews for fuel fabrication, enrichment, and waste disposal facilities, as well as facilities related to the Department of Energy's Global Nuclear Energy Partnership.

The commission is seeking individuals with technical expertise in the area of nuclear materials and radiation protection. The current 13-member ACRS includes individuals who possess specific technical expertise along with a broad perspective in addressing nuclear safety concerns.

Committee members are selected from a variety of engineering and scientific disciplines, such as risk assessment, digital instrumentation and controls, chemistry, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, nuclear engineering, materials sciences, health physics, and earth sciences. For this part-time position, a candidate must have at least 10 years of experience in the areas of nuclear material and radiation protection or digital instrumentation and control.

Candidates with pertinent graduate level education will be given additional consideration. Committee members serve a four-year term with the possibility of two reappointments for a total service of 12 years. Criteria used to evaluate candidates include:

  • education and experience,
  • demonstrated skills in nuclear material and radiation protection,
  • the ability to solve complex technical problems, and
  • the ability to work collegially on a board, panel, or committee.

Candidates will undergo a thorough security background check to obtain the security clearance that is mandatory for all ACRS members. Interested individuals should submit résumés describing their educational and professional background including any special accomplishments, publications, and professional references. Résumés will be accepted until April 30, 2008, and should be sent to Janet Riner, ACRS/ACNWM, Mail Stop T2E-26, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001 or e-mailed to JML1@nrc.gov.

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