Fuel Cycle and Fabrication Licensing Manager



Santa Clara, CA, USA
Posted on Monday, August 28, 2023
Thanks for your interest in Oklo! We are searching for a Fuel Cycle and Fabrication Licensing Manager to join our engineering team.

Position Description:

The Fuel Cycle and Fabrication Licensing Manager at Oklo is expected to apply nuclear regulatory knowledge and experience to support the development of technical licensing documents to support deployment of a commercial facility. The Licensing Manager will work closely with design engineers, with responsibility for understanding, interpreting, and informing our design basis as needed to comply with U.S. nuclear regulations in Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR). The Fuel Cycle and Fabrication Licensing Manager will both (1) develop licensing documentation and (2) interface with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to support licensing-related activities.

Specific responsibilities may include:

Responsibilities will differ depending on your background:

  • Prepare, review, and maintain licensing document content, programs, and supporting licensing related products and activities for Oklo's fuel cycle and fabrication technologies.
  • Plan, organize, and perform complex assignments in a team environment.
  • Support project management of licensing activities and deliverables, including the submittal of licensing documents and associated schedules, milestones, etc.
  • Support development of engineering and licensing requirements and documentation for nuclear systems and components in an interactive manner with other engineering functional areas.
  • Coordinate and interface with design engineers, including the review of technical materials, to ensure new designs and design changes meet regulatory requirements.
  • Coordinate and interface with the nuclear regulator, both from a regulatory and planning perspective.
  • Prepare and defend Oklo's licensing positions for areas where the existing regulatory framework either does not apply, or for which there is need for the development of new or revised regulatory requirements or guidance.
  • Prepare and deliver licensing presentations to internal and external organizations.
  • Lead resolution of key strategic licensing issues.


We are looking for a Licensing Manager that is:

  • Passionate about clean energy, the environment, and making advanced fission a reality
  • Willing and able to learn quickly and to think differently in a highly regulated industry
  • Knowledge of 10 CFR Part 70, along with NRC Regulatory Guides and other regulatory guidance
  • Knowledge of the agile project management framework
  • Ability to manage and coordinate complex projects with a variety of stakeholders
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to communicate highly technical content verbally
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced, highly iterative startup environment
  • Eager to work on a dynamic team, receive constructive feedback, and grow with us
  • Flexible and open to new ideas; ability to work with a highly collaborative team
  • Ability to translate strategic regulatory decisions into licensing deliverables
  • Ability to handle projects that include many competing objectives and design constraints, with ability to resolve conflicts between objectives

Minimum Qualifications:

We also think the following are good indicators of qualifications to do this job:

  • BS in engineering from an accredited college or university, experience may qualify
  • Demonstrated coordination skills; ability to earn the trust of team members and management
  • Proven team player with excellent verbal, written communication/presentation, and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Proficiency in Confluence
  • Proficiency in Jira Software

Bonus Qualifications:

  • 5 or more years of direct experience in preparing NRC licensing submittals related to advanced reactor fuels
  • Prior government work experience
  • Experience in fast reactor technology
  • Experience in fuel recycling technology
  • Experience in fuel fabrication technology
  • Experience in Python

Who you are:

A startup person: You aren't driven by titles or hierarchy, and prefer efficiency to excess process. You don't need or expect to have a lot of guidance but you enjoy working in a fast-paced team. If you prefer the culture and feel of a large organization, that is great, but you likely won't enjoy working with us! There is plenty of important work and plenty of good opportunities with organizations like that.

Motivated: You are self-motivated. You bring an enthusiasm to the team, and imbue a sense of passion that goes beyond clocking in and clocking out. This isn't about a fake or arbitrary "pieces of flair" mentality or lack of work-life balance! It is about being a part of the vision and feeling a part of reaching team goals.

A team-player: Oklo genuinely is a team. We aren't about taking credit for ourselves, and we aren't about pushing blame to others. We do incredible things because we work as a team.

An excellent communicator: We need a person who is not only technically competent but also a clear and upbeat communicator.

Creative: Being creative means that when things fall outside clear scopes or processes or problems arise without clear solutions, you are able to identify it as well as invent ways to solve a problem or fill a need without micromanagement. The successful person in this job will not only be creative, but also enjoy being creative and solving open-ended problems which may change day-by-day.

Detail-oriented: This focus is a big part of excellence, consistency, and quality. Even excellent grammar and spelling matter for both good communication as well as the image of the company that we put forward.

About Oklo compensation:

Salary: $100,000-$145,000. Salary may fall outside of the range provided. Actual salary will be dependent on applicant experience.

Oklo offers flexible time off, equity, competitive pay, 401k, health insurance, FSA, flexible work hours, and other benefits.

We are looking to fill this position immediately!

About Oklo Inc.: Oklo is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Oklo is a California-based company developing clean energy plants to provide emission-free, reliable, and affordable energy using advanced fission. Oklo is a fast-growing startup with a history of reliable funding and milestones. Oklo's first product is a microgrid scale powerhouse. The powerhouse can produce clean energy for decades without needing to refuel, and also has the capability to turn nuclear waste into clean energy.

For more information and updated news see our website! https://oklo.com/