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Director of Lab Operations

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Job Description

TITLE: Director of Lab Operations

LOCATION: Bellevue, WA

TerraPower is a nuclear technology company based in Bellevue, Washington. At its core, the company is working to raise living standards globally through a more affordable, secure and environmentally friendly form of nuclear energy along with innovations in medical isotopes to improve human health. In 2006, TerraPower originated with Bill Gates and a group of like-minded visionaries who evaluated the fundamental challenges to raising living standards around the world. They recognized energy access was crucial to the health and economic well-being of communities and decided that the private sector needed to take action and create energy sources that would advance global energy deployment. TerraPower’s mission is to be a world leader in new nuclear technologies, while developing innovators and future leaders in the nuclear field. As a result, the company’s activities in the fields of nuclear energy and related sciences are yielding significant innovations in the safety and economics of nuclear power, hybrid energy and medical applications – all for significant human health benefits.

TerraPower is seeking to hire highly motivated and forward-thinking professionals who are interested in focusing on advanced nuclear reactor research and development and influencing change within the nuclear power landscape and bringing forward the critical production of medical isotopes. TerraPower is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, as a federal contractor, TerraPower has instituted an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) in an effort to proactively recruit, hire, and promote women, minorities, disabled persons and veterans.

Director of Lab Operations

The Director of Lab Operations will assume responsibility for coordinating all operations at our Laboratory Facilities and will oversee the lab facility managers who are responsible for maintaining all the lab facilities for TerraPower. This individual will ensure operations are conducted safely and efficiently. They will interact heavily with individual projects who are working in the lab, including Natrium, MCFR and TerraPower Isotopes, and will identify and resolve resource conflicts. This individual will be in charge of integrating the overall operating expense and capital funding needs for the facility and will be responsible for managing the facility management cost center.


• ‘Hands on’ leadership of operations of laboratories including coordination with variety of activities in radiological lab, experimental work, equipment erection as well as shipping/ receiving, equipment purchase, maintenance, building systems and configuration and compliance with contractual or lease requirements for lab facilities.

• Manage diverse professionals with responsibility for laboratory facility functions.

• Oversight of preventive maintenance plans for all lab facility equipment. Establish and maintain configuration management plan for the facility and installed equipment.

• Work with tenant projects, and Finance to optimize and manage facility CAPEX and operating expense budgets.

• Ensure a 24/7 operating conscience for this high consequence facility.

• Lead technical and investor tours of labs, ensuring project representation.

• Coordinate closely with EHS team.

• Coordinate and interact with the leaders of functional units and testing activities at the laboratory sites to ensure tasks are planned for, on track for successful completion, and decommissioned as required.

• Implementation of Lab Management Plan.

• Lead Emergency Response planning and programs for the laboratories.

• Implement TerraPower physical security requirements.

• Responsible, through coordination with Environmental Health and Safety and Corporate Facilities for safety, including ensuring employees have appropriate PPE, ensuring related procedures and notices are in place, ensuring safety equipment is checked and safety-related systems and items are well maintained.

• Oversight of service vendors when onsite at a lab facility. (shared)

• Responsibility for inventory tracking of lab tools, materials and chemicals.

• Oversight of hazardous and radioactive waste storage and disposal, including shipping as needed.

• Review costs, allocations and any relevant recoveries pertaining to the laboratories to assure that program and projects are performing to expectations and to budget. Provide support to project managers for their budgets.

• Keep executive leadership team informed of facility and operations performance.

• Resolve complex issues and problems utilizing a comprehensive understanding of operations practices.

• Manage the development and execution of laboratory schedules, including coordination of power needs and uses.

• Review and execute procedures as necessary to operate such as start up reviews, pre job or post job briefs, etc. and ensure operations conform to company policies, procedures, values and to federal, state, and local guidelines.

• Ensure the facilities are managed as a strategic asset for TerraPower, ensuring alignment with TerraPower business plan.

• Collaborate with stakeholders to improve business processes where needed.

Key Qualifications and Skills

• BS in science or engineering required with 12+ years’ in an operations leadership role; or MS in science or engineering with 10+ years’ experience in an operations leadership role.

• Prior experience with nuclear related facilities and radiological work.

• Demonstrated experience successfully running laboratory operations or relevant facilities.

• First-hand knowledge of, and a passion for working with a wide variety of electrical, mechanical, and chemical systems and components.

• Experience developing budgets, schedules, and plans.

• Knowledge of glove box and hot cell operations is preferred.

• Analytical / problem solving skills to understand data and make operational decisions.

• Must be able to work flexible hours when necessary.

• Knowledge and understanding of isotope production.

• Effective written and verbal English communication skills required.

• Demonstrated experience leading, managing, hiring a successful team.

• Ability to evaluate operating conditions and exercise sound judgment.

• Military experience is a plus

• The successful candidate will possess a high degree of trust and integrity, communicate openly and display respect and a desire to foster teamwork.

Job Functions

Job Functions are physical actions and/or working conditions associated with the position. These functions may also constitute essential functions for the job which the employee must be able to fulfill, with or without accommodation. Information provided below is to help describe the job so that the applicant has a reasonable understanding of the job duties/expectations. An applicant's ability to perform and/or tolerate these actions and conditions will be discussed and workplace accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis following an individualized assessment of the applicant and other considerations, including but not limited to any governing safety standards.

• Motor Abilities: Sitting and/or standing for extended periods, bending/stooping, grasping/gripping, fine motor control (hands)

• Physical exertion and/or requirements: Minimal, with ability to safely lift up to 30+ pounds

• Repetitive work: Prolonged

• Special Senses: Visual and audio focused work

• Work Conditions: Stairs, typing/keyboard, standard and/or sitting working environment of >8 hrs./day. Ability top work in laboratory environment with varying temperatures.

• Travel required 5-10%

TerraPower’s technology is controlled for export by various agencies of the U.S. Government. TerraPower must evaluate applicants who are foreign nationals (other than asylees, refugees, or lawful permanent residents) in accordance with U.S. Government export control requirements. To facilitate TerraPower’s export control reviews, you will be asked as part of the application process to identify whether you are a U.S. Citizen or national, asylee, refugee, or lawful permanent resident of the United States. Government export authorization approval times vary. Based on the business needs for a particular position, TerraPower may not consider a foreign national from a country if it is impracticable to obtain timely Government export approval.

Please visit www.terrapower.com to apply

Job details

Job Type: Full-time

Salary Range L13: $187,088 – 268,39

*Typically, our employee salaries are within .90 – 1.0 of the mid-point of the posted salary band. Any salary offered within the posted salary band is based on market data and commensurate with the selected individual’s qualifications and experience. This range is specific to Washington State.


• Competitive Compensation

• Salary, eligible to participate in discretionary short-term incentive payments

• Comprehensive Medical and Wellness Benefits Medical

· Vision

· Dental

· Life

· Life and Disability

· Gender Affirmation Benefits

· Parental Leave

• 401k Plan

• Generous Paid Time Off (PTO)

· 21 days of annually accrued PTO

• Generous Holiday Schedule

· 10 paid holidays

• Relocation Assistance

• Professional and Educational Support Opportunities

• Flexible Work Schedule

TerraPower Career and Benefits information: https://www.terrapower.com/contact-us/careers/

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