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Southern Company Research & Development Engineer in Birmingham, Alabama

Research & Development Engineer


Southern Company Services R&D Engineer

Reporting to the Director of Advanced Energy Systems R&D, the R&D Engineer will coordinate projects related to the development, demonstration, and deployment of Generation IV nuclear reactor technologies, including technologies which implement molten salt as a working fluid. The R&D Engineer will support the execution of programmatic activities and drive projects to completion. This work will include collaboration with Reactor Designers, National Labs, Universities, DOE, and Industry. The R&D Engineer must be able to create and manage work scope definition across multiple organizations. In this role the R&D Engineer may also be responsible for influencing policy makers and early engagement with regulators. The ideal candidate should have demonstrated experience in conceptual design of engineering systems, performing technical project management, systems engineering, and execution of experimental or first-of-a-kind facilities. Additionally, background in chemistry, heat transfer, materials, sensors, manufacturing, power systems, robotics, neutronics, or construction will be beneficial. The candidate must possess outstanding communication skills and be able to take initiative in executing project responsibilities.


  • BS degree in an engineering or science related discipline plus >4 years of experience in the execution of research and development / first-of-a-kind projects; or a MS/PhD in an engineering or science related discipline plus >2 years of experience in the execution of research and development / first-of-a-kind projects

  • Creative problem-solving mindset with vision for intersection between business case and technology

  • Collaborate and work with cross-functional team

  • Technology development engineering and implementation

  • Strong investigative skills

  • Produce well-written technical reports and analysis

  • Clearly communicate and present technical information to clients, supervisor, and peers

  • Work in a culturally diverse environment

  • Authorization to work in the United States now and in the future (US Citizen OR Permanent Resident only)


  • Permanent Staff

  • 40 hours per week, Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Birmingham, AL with < 40% travel including some international

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America’s premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million electric and gas utility customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric utilities in four states, natural gas distribution utilities in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a national recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America’s energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top utilities in Fortune’s annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at .

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.


Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 50 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

APC Corporate Headquarters - 600 North 18th Street (600BIRMINGHAM)

600 North 18th Street

Birmingham, 35203

Req ID: SCS2009992