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Compliance and Assessment Technical Staff

Date: Dec 27, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 6162 


The Research Reactors Division (RRD) seeks a Compliance and Assessment staff member to provide support, oversight and interface for line management of RRD on issues management, critiques, occurrence reporting, assessments and the Safety and Security Regulatory (SSR) program.

In this role you will be responsible for assessing RRD activities to verify compliance with environmental, safety, health, and quality requirements, as well as applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures.  You will also be expected to exemplify and reinforce the UT-Battelle Safe Conduct of Research Principles.


Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform or coordinate assessments related to the risks of the division. Support assessments by external and internal independent organizations.  Create and monitor action plans in response to division and independent assessment reports.
  • Independently evaluate plant performance, processes, and human performance for events using performance-based evaluation methodologies, critiques, and cause analysis.
  • Identify from cause analyses factors that require preventive and/or corrective actions.
  • Provide extent of condition reviews, effectiveness reviews and associated reports for events in accordance with ORNL Standards Based Management System.
  • Implement the occurrence reporting standards of performance to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of event reporting for RRD.  Responsible for investigation and development of the final occurrence report coordinating with RRD line management and DOE-OSO for timely submittal and approval.
  • Implement the ORNL SSR Program for RRD. Review a wide variety of sources and information (including but not limited to occurrences, self-assessments, independent assessments, internal reports, nonconformance reports, and radiological event reports) for issues having direct or indirect SSR program applicability. Prepare SSR non-compliance reports, root cause analysis, corrective action plans, and other required documentation for RRD line management, interfacing with the ORNL SSR program office and the Legal Directorate.
  • Maintain cognizance of new or revised DOE/EPA/OSHA requirements as well as ORNL Standards Based Management System.
  • Use active listening skills to promote collaboration, trust, performance, feedback, recognition, mutual respect, and employee engagement.
  • Interpret individual’s responses leading to accurate and complete assessments, critiques, event investigations, and root cause analyses.
  • Maintain an open and supportive working environment so individuals respond with honesty, candor and integrity.Ensure compliance with Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) and QA requirements.
  • As a member of the ORNL scientific community, you will be expected to commit to ORNL's Research Code of Conduct. Our full code of conduct, and a statement by the Lab Director's office can be found here:


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical or business discipline.
  • A minimum of eight years of nuclear operations experience (preferably at a research reactor facility).


Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in preparation and conduct of assessments.
  • Experience with the DOE Occurrence Reporting and Processing System, the NRC reporting system or equivalent reporting system for events.
  • Experience with the ORNL SSR Program, the NRC Enforcement Policy or equivalent.
  • Experience as a critique facilitator and root cause analyst or the ability to obtain qualifications as an ORNL Critique Facilitator and ORNL Root Cause Analyst.
  • The ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with a diverse group of people having a wide range of technical and support capabilities.
  • Excellent oral and written communications, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills.
  • Skills of a seasoned technical leader and the ability to work with all organization levels.


Physical Requirements: Work involves various physical requirements and working conditions. As such, a pre-hire physical will be required after offer.

About Neutron Sciences Directorate:
The Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) operates the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), the United States’ highest flux reactor-based neutron source, and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), the world’s most intense pulsed accelerator-based neutron source.  Together these facilities operate 30 instruments for neutron scattering research, each year carrying out in excess of 1,000 experiments in the physical, chemical, materials, biological and medical sciences for more than 3,000 visiting scientists.  HFIR also provides unique facilities for isotope production and neutron irradiation.  To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to

Benefits at ORNL:
UT-Battelle offers a quality benefits package, including a matching 401(k), contributory pension plan, paid vacation, and medical/dental plan options.  Onsite amenities include a credit union, medical clinic, cafeteria, and fitness facilities.

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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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