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Developmental Engineering Manager

University of Missouri - Columbia
Columbia, Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jun 12, 2024

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MU Research Reactor

The University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR), the most powerful university research reactor in the United States, standing as a beacon of nuclear research excellence, and driving innovation and discovery across a myriad of scientific fields. A global leader in nuclear science and radioisotope production, MURR is dedicated to advancing knowledge and fostering collaborative initiatives that transcend traditional academic boundaries.

Established as a cornerstone of scientific exploration, MURR boasts cutting-edge infrastructure and a storied history of contributing to groundbreaking research. The research reactor serves as a nucleus for interdisciplinary studies, where researchers from diverse fields converge to explore the possibilities of nuclear science and its applications.

MURR's commitment to excellence is prominently displayed in its safety culture, consistent and reliable operation, and comprehensive approach to nuclear research, covering areas such as archaeometry, radiochemistry, materials science, and the transformative field of nuclear medicine. Our reactor plays a pivotal role in advancing medical science, enabling breakthroughs in diagnostics and treatment modalities that directly impact and improve patient lives.

At MURR, we prioritize safety, collaboration, and the relentless pursuit of knowledge. Our dynamic research community thrives on the synergy of diverse talents, creating an environment where innovation flourishes. A career at MURR offers the chance to be part of a dynamic team shaping the landscape of nuclear research and contributing to transformative advancements in healthcare. Discover your potential with us at the University of Missouri Research Reactor.

Be a part of MURR.

Job Description

The University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR) is a leading research facility dedicated to advancing scientific knowledge through nuclear research. As a prominent institution in the field, MURR is seeking a highly skilled and motivated Manager of Developmental Engineering to join our Innovative Development & Translation (ID&T) division. The successful candidate will play a crucial role in developing cutting-edge radioisotope production methods and supporting various research initiatives.

The Innovative Development & Translation (ID&T) division at MURR focuses on advancing radioisotope production methodologies with a key emphasis on their translatability into current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) standards. The division pursues three main goals: firstly, the development of novel radioisotope production techniques and supporting facilities that can be aligned with cGMP requirements as needed; secondly, addressing and resolving challenges within existing isotope production lines at MURR; and thirdly, providing essential support to various research groups within MURR as needed. Through these objectives, the ID&T division aims to contribute to cutting-edge advancements in radioisotope production, ensuring both innovation and adherence to regulatory standards within the research reactor environment.

The Manager of Developmental Engineering within ID&T will play a pivotal role in advancing MURR’s capabilities in radioisotope research and production. This individual will lead a team of talented engineers, fostering innovation and collaboration, to support the development and improvement of our isotope production and research facilities. This role offers a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of cutting-edge research and innovation in the field of radioisotope production.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Manage and prioritize the projects of the Developmental Engineering group within MURR's Innovative Development & Translation division.
  • Provide leadership and supervision to a team of nuclear, mechanical/materials, and process engineers within the Developmental Engineering group of MURR's Innovative Development & Translation division.
  • Collaborate with MURR's Facilities Engineering and Work Control groups to ensure alignment with the overall facility needs.
  • Collaborate with MURR’s Facilities Engineering and other cross-functional teams to design and optimize production facilities for new radioisotope production methodologies.
  • Collaborate with MURR's Health & Safety Manager to ensure new facilities, hot cells, equipment, and apparatus perform in accordance with MURR's nuclear safety culture.
  • Oversee the design and fabrication of unique and specialized equipment and apparatus capable of meeting the demands of radiochemical production (e.g., resistance to strong acids/bases, tolerant of high radiation fields, etc.).
  • Oversee the enhancement of existing production processes through innovative engineering solutions.
  • Oversee and approve the design, development and fabrication of equipment, apparatus, or instrumentation required to resolve emergent issues within existing radioisotope production lines at MURR.
  • Collaborate with the leaders of other groups (i.e., Developmental Radiochemistry, Change Control & Translation) within the Innovative Development & Translation division to ensure that new isotope production methodologies are being developed in a manner which is seamlessly translated and integrated into cGMP production processes.
  • Provide guidance on the implementation of specific types of radioactivity monitoring equipment (e.g., ionization chambers, spectrometers, radioactivity detectors) to be utilized in isotope production and separation processes.
  • Assist other research groups at MURR, as needed and when called upon, to find solutions to research problems related to facilities, instrumentation, equipment, etc.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to understand the specific needs of various research projects at MURR and customize isotope production accordingly.
  • Ensure compliance with all safety protocols and regulations related to radioisotope handling and production.
  • Stay updated on industry trends, emerging technologies, and best practices in nuclear engineering and radiopharmaceutical production.
  • Manage resources and budget effectively for the Developmental Engineering group.
  • Foster a culture of innovation, continuous improvement, professional development, and collaboration at MURR.

Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Minimum Qualifications
  • A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 5 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary
  • Licensure or certification may be required
Preferred Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering, Materials Science Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field.
  • Familiarity with regulatory requirements and safety standards applicable to nuclear research reactors.
  • Strong project management skills for effective planning and execution of projects related to radioisotope production or research and development activities in a nuclear environment.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills including the ability to analyze complex technical issues, troubleshoot problems, and make informed decisions.
  • Proficiency in relevant software tools for nuclear reaction simulations, heat transfer simulations, and data analysis (e.g., MCNP, MCNPX, COMSOL Multiphysics, SCALE, ANSYS, ANSYS FLUENT, etc.)
  • Strong understanding of nuclear reactions and radiation safety.
  • Experience working with research reactors is highly desirable.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary research environment.
  • Excellent and effective communication skills, both written and verbal, for collaboration with other MURR staff and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated commitment to safety and proficiency in radiation safety protocols, health physics, and safety procedures within a nuclear environment.
  • Commitment to staying updated on industry developments and pursuing professional development.
Anticipated Hiring Range

Salary Range: $76,279 - $156,865 per year

Grade: GGS-013

University Title: Managing Engineer

Internal applicants can determine their University title by accessing the Talent Profile tile in myHR.

Application Materials

Cover Letter and CV/Resume

Community Information

Columbia offers small-town friendliness with big city features and a high quality of life for people of all ages and interests. Founded on education and known as an ideal college town, its location also makes it an attractive spot for businesses and travelers. Located on Interstate 70 and U.S. Highway 63, Columbia is right in the middle of the state and the nation. Just a couple hours’ drive from St. Louis and Kansas City, Columbia is Boone County’s largest population center offering big-city culture, activities, and resources with a low cost of living. Columbia is home to a variety of restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen cultural festivals each year. If you want to grow your career, continue your education, raise a family, and retire, Columbia is a good place to be!

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, short- and long-term disability, paid parental leave, paid caregiver leave, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at .

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-882-2146.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility and ADA at 573-884-7278.




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