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Arms Control Verification - R&D Associate

Date: Apr 21, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 7873 


We are seeking an individual who will focus on research and development in theWeapons Verification Program and Nuclear Verification Program in support of a broad user base. This position resides in the Advanced Radiation Detection, Imaging, Data Science, and Applications (ARDIDSA) Group in the Nuclear Structure & Astroparticle Physics Section, Physics Division, Physical Sciences Directorate, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).


ARDIDSA focuses on the development and evaluation of novel and advanced radiation detector and non-destructive evaluation concepts for basic science, nonproliferation, national security, and intelligence organizations. The ARDIDSA group performs the research and technology development to evolve these advanced concepts from conception to demonstration or deployment with particular emphasis on sensitivity and specificity in actual field operations, including use of radiation transport codes to model these systems and analysis codes to isolate signals of interest.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

The candidate would develop and exercise verification processes with existing verification technologies for future arms control initiatives.  For instances where existing technologies are insufficient or inapplicable, the candidate would conceptualize, develop, and demonstrate novel verification technologies.  The candidate would also amalgamate disparate verification activities to construct verification regimes that build confidence in chain-of-custody for information-poor environments. 


Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD degree in Nuclear Physics, Nuclear Engineering, or a related discipline
  • Experience in radiation detection research


Preferred Qualifications:

  • A fundamental understanding of nuclear weapons attributes
  • Familiarity with the policies underlying prior arms control agreements/treaties
  • Familiarity with the nuclear fuel cycle
  • Knowledge and familiarity with non-destructive assay techniques and technologies
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory 
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs


Special Requirements:

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain an Secret Compartmented Information (SCI) clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program.  In addition, due the SCI, you may be also be subject to random polygraph testing.  




This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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