Lead Electrical Systems Engineer

  Alkmaar    Fulltime

Who is PALLAS?

PALLAS’s mission is to provide unique solutions for nuclear medicine and research.

Our vision is to build a safe, state-of-the-art facility to become the world’s leading producer of radioisotopes for nuclear medicines and enable nuclear technology research – the first in industry to be privately financed, owned and operated. We are building the research reactor in Petten, Noord-Holland, the site of the existing High Flux Reactor.

PALLAS aspires to become a high-reliability organisation with the skills and capability to deliver its mission and vision through its core values, whilst ensuring that its safety, security and quality objectives are always achieved.


The main role of PALLAS is being the Intelligent Customer and this entails overseeing the use of specialized contractors and subcontractors responsible for the design, construction and operation of the PALLAS-reactor.

As PALLAS lead electrical engineer, oversight means monitoring of the delegated Design Authority and ensuring the right design delivered by the contractors enabling the PALLAS-reactor’s mission. The right design includes a design that is constructible, commissionable, operable, maintainable and decommission-able as per the PALLAS drivers.

Oversight includes providing inputs to the design, assessing the design against the PALLAS technical requirements and inputs, guiding the designer to implement requirements in an integrated balanced way, coordinating external interfaces, interfacing with licensing on conventional permits as well as supporting Safety Demonstration, Licensing, Project Management Office, Quality, Procurement, and Licensing under the supervision of the lead reactor systems engineer.


As a Lead Electrical Systems Engineer, your tasks will include:

  1. Owner of requirements (Electrical Systems) by defining and/or understanding the systems requirements.
  2. Owner of design (Electrical Systems) providing design inputs to the contractor, ensuring the contractor uses the correct inputs, and ensuring the design complies to the requirements , using engineering judgement to assess the methodology/design criteria/design approach, ensuring the preliminary safety analysis report (PSAR) is aligned with the design, overseeing external interfaces, ensuring the design is construct-able, commissionable, operable, maintainable and decommission-able.
  3. Owner Intelligent Customer Services (Electrical systems) by knowing why the design is what it is and supporting in discussion with the Dutch Regulator (ANVS).
  4. Intelligent Customer Service (Electrical Systems) by reviewing and accepting the design baseline for reactor systems.
  5. Owner External interface by understanding why the reactor is what it is, supporting in presenting the design to the Authority for Nuclear Safety & Radiation Protection (ANVS) and other authorities and act as Work Package Owner for Contractor led work packages.
  6. Subject Matter Lead (Electrical Systems) by applying expert knowledge in review of the design, application of Codes and Standards (C&S) and identifying technical risks.

In your role you will have responsibilities in the area described below.

  • Right Design review: Perform right design reviews on detailed design deliverable:
    • Procurement packages
    • Manufacturing packages
    • Construction packages
    • Test & inspection plans
    • Manuals
    • Selected design information
  • Monitoring performance of delegated design authority: Monitor the performance of the delegated design authority by conducting audits and checks on systems to identify risks associated or corrective actions with the system.
  • Correct Design: Use engineering judgement to perform correct designs reviews on a high level considering the following:
    • Correctness of design input used.
    • Correctness approach/methodology used.
    • Correctness of Verification & Validation (V&V) approach and outcome of the V&V process.
    • Correctness of design output.
    • Interfacing with PALLAS appointed third party reviewers.
  • Support work: Support the following streams:
    • Project Management Office (PMO)
    • Business Case
    • Safety Demonstration
    • Licensing (discussions with Authority for Nuclear Safety & Radiation Protection – ANVS – and permitting)
    • Procurement
    • Commissioning and Operational Readiness

Your profile

We are looking for Subject Matter Experts, who is:

  • Knowledgeable in the requested field taking responsibility of your assigned tasks and systems.
  • Proactive and solution orientated
  • Able to work in a team, work with stakeholders and do efficient reporting to her/his manager.
  • Worked with contractors before.

You have a degree in Electrical Engineering and at least 8-10 years of professional experience, including experience with electrical systems engineering.

You have relevant experience (12 months or more) in one or more of the following projects:

  • Nuclear Research reactor in Argentina (RA-10), Brazil (RMB), Australia (OPAL), Germany (FRM) or Belgium (BR II).
  • NPP Reactor (preferably pressurized water reactor – PWR – type): design, manufacturing, construction, commissioning, operations
    You have experience working with nuclear regulatory framework (preferably the Dutch nuclear regulatory framework, or if you are Dutch speaking experience with conventional Dutch regulatory framework).

Have technical knowledge of the following:

  • HV connection
  • HV distribution
  • HV specification
  • Diesels generator specifications
  • UPS specificationso Earthing
  • Lighting
  • Lightning
  • Cable routing
  • LV distribution, sizing and specification
  • Assessment of methodologies in calculations
  • Protections
  • Seismic requirements
  • Load list review
  • Layout

Languages: English (spoken and written)

You have previous working experience for an “Intelligent customer” and are able to understand the position as an Owner or as a client.

Desired skills

For this position proficiency in Dutch language is considered as an advantage.

What we offer

PALLAS offers a very competitive salary ranging from € 3.900 – 6.000 gross per month plus holidays allowance (8%), to be discussed depending on your education and experience.

If you are moving from abroad, PALLAS offers a full relocation package.

Additional information

If you have questions about the position, please contact our HR department. You can send an e-mail to Marloes Borchert via hrm@pallasreactor.com or call +31 (0)88 20 24 024.


If you wish to apply, please contact Thomas Thor directly at their website. Thomas Thor Associates is a consulting and recruitment organisation providing services to the global nuclear sector.

The vacancy is available through this link.


If you wish to apply, please contact Thomas Thor directly at their website. Thomas Thor Associates is a consulting and recruitment organisation providing services to the global nuclear sector.

The vacancy is available through this link.