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Dynamic Testing Engineer - Senior R&D Staff Member

Date: May 22, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4931 


The Centrifuge Engineering and Fabrication Section (CEFS) within the Enrichment Science and Engineering Division (ESED) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking a Senior Dynamic Testing Engineer for the Machine Dynamics Group.  The Senior Dynamic Test Engineer will perform dynamic testing and analysis of proposed gas centrifuge equipment. In addition, the Senior Dynamic Test Engineer will collaborate with the experimental facilities and will provide feedback based upon sound measurement and analysis results.


The ESED serves the nation in two critical areas: advancing enrichment technologies and exploring stable isotope production and applications. The division leverages an elite staff of scientists and engineers with the world-leading capabilities of Oak Ridge National Laboratory to deliver groundbreaking advancements with a variety of applications, from national security to life-saving medical treatments. The Machine Dynamics Group has a successful history supporting projects in the centrifuge science and isotope enrichment areas.  Opportunities in these areas are expected to grow over the next few years, requiring additional qualified staff to successfully perform these challenging and nationally important projects. The successful Senior Dynamic Testing Engineer candidate will provide research and development (R&D) leadership to the group in the characterization of gas centrifuges, centrifuge and component test stands, and test cascades for processing uranium-bearing and stable isotope compounds.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Establish and conduct research regarding characterization of mechanical system dynamics as it relates to gas centrifuge and enrichment technologies
  • Serve as a thought leader in the area of dynamic testing for the group, section, and directorate
  • Serve as a mentor for junior technical staff
  • Interact with sponsors to define, execute, and report on relevant project elements
  • Actively collaborate with domain experts from U.S. government laboratories and academia involved in similar efforts
  • Publish high quality research results in peer-reviewed open or classified journals and conferences, if authorized by the sponsoring agency
  • Publish and present non-sensitive research in journals and conferences
  • Develop proposals for cutting edge research and funding


Basic Qualifications:

Special Requirements:

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a 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




Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication (spoken and written), strategic planning, organization, and decision-making skills
  • Demonstrated prior technical leadership skills and experience


ORNL Ethics and Conduct: 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:



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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