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Position: Acceptable Knowledge Expert

Location: Idaho Falls, ID

Job No.: AK-20200226

Acceptable Knowledge Expert

Open Date: 6/24/2020

Closing Date: 7/9/2020

Salary Range
Depends on Experience

Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, or related technical degree

Currently seeking a full-time/part-time Waste Management Acceptable Knowledge Expert to support the Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) at the Idaho National Laboratory.  This position may be performed remotely with minimal travel required to visit the onsite location.

Performs actions and duties associated with the position of Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Acceptable Knowledge Expert (AKE).  This position is primarily responsible for evaluation of historical information from various transuranic radioactive waste generators across the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and those off-site generators who sent waste to the INL; to determine waste acceptability for processing/treatment and subsequent transport and disposal.  These activities include but are not limited to:

  • Generation and/or review of Waste Stream Profile Forms (WSPFs), Acceptable Knowledge Summary Reports (AKSRs), and Acceptable Knowledge Assessments (AKA) as defined in the WIPP WAC and WAP.
  • Assisting Operations with characterization, processing, treatment, and disposition activities with available acceptable knowledge information.
  • Generation and maintenance of AK documents as required.
  • Review of operating procedures, generation and maintenance of documents supporting waste certification.
  • Other AK related activities as identified by AK lead, peers and management.
  • Functioning as an internal advisor, plans, develops, coordinates, reviews, assesses and directs the design of projects, including basic organization of design team, concepts, format of calculations, selection of equipment standards, system design, and preparation of plans and specifications.
  • Prepares and authors technical documents to support TRU waste characterization in accordance with WIPP hazardous waste permit requirements.
  • Prepares and reviews chemical compatibility evaluation documents (CCEM) on hazardous waste, and describe the CCEM process.
  • Prepares and authors waste stream profiles in accordance with WIPP/WAP requirements.
  • Understand and be able to perform the preparation and main components of a Waste Stream Profile Form and the associated Characterization Information Summary Report.
  • Know and understand how potentially incompatible IDC changes are managed.
  • Know and understand the Enhanced AK requirements.
  • Provides/directs technical assessments, conducts trade-off studies, and provides direction on the basis of costs, schedule and performance.
  • Establishes, monitors, and adjusts schedules to assure adequate resource availability on projects.
  • Support business development activities including proposal preparation.
  • Participates in internal reviews.
  • Trains and mentors more junior staff.
  • May develop and lead large projects.
Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, or related technical degree and at least 5 years of experience in transuranic waste disposition or 10-years relevant experience in radioactive or hazardous waste disposition.

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