Design Engineer

Date: Jan 24, 2024

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 12398 


The Fusion Energy Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory seeks applications for a Design Engineer. The selected candidate will work on and lead various projects in the development of technologies and components for major international fusion experimental facilities. 


Job Duties and Responsibilities: The successful candidate will lead the design, analysis, and/or assembly of a variety of components and systems in fusion environments. The selected candidate will have responsibility to manage the design, analysis, fabrication, assembly, and testing of components which integrate multiple systems, such as vacuum, water cooling, and magnetic fields. Responsibilities may include collaboration with other laboratories and projects, both domestic and international, including the Material Plasma Exposure eXperiment (MPEX) facility currently under construction at ORNL and the Diagnostic Residual Gas Analyzer (DRGA) for the ITER project which is a key ORNL contribution to the international fusion energy facility under construction at Cadarache, France. 


Basic Qualifications: This position requires a BS degree in mechanical or nuclear engineering, or a related field, with a minimum of five years of professional experience in design and fabrication of high-performance components and systems. The candidate should demonstrate a diverse background and understanding of the following topics:

  • Mechanical Design including at least a basic understanding of mechanics and thermal response of materials
  • Able to read, understand, and apply engineering standards
  • Experience in hands-on troubleshooting of mechanical systems
  • Testing: designing, executing, and documenting tests that answer specific questions
  • Basic understanding of computer simulation packages (such as FEA and/or CFD) as they apply to engineering design, ability to perform basic analyses, validate, and report
  • Basic Engineering Drawing creation, checking, and component procurement
  • Candidate must be a self-starter and able to work independently with diverse teams.
  • Excellent verbal, presentation, and writing skills are required to enable effective interaction and communication with technical peers, program managers, collaborators, and sponsors.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS degree in mechanical or nuclear engineering, or a related field
  • Experience in nuclear fusion or fission technology or a closely related field is a plus. 
  • Experience working in assembly of complex devices is highly desirable. 
  • The candidate may be required to lead design and analysis teams.
  • The candidate should demonstrate a diverse background and understanding of some of the following topics:
    • Vacuum systems
    • Mechanical Design including at least a basic understanding of mechanics, fluids, controls, dynamics, and thermal response of materials
    • Programming, Mechatronics / Data Acquisition and Logging
    • Basic understanding of computer networks, wireless communication, PWM signals, digital coms, basic encryption protocols


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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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