Experiment Planner & Post-Irradiation Examination Engineer

Date: Sep 14, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 11637 


The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Nuclear Fuel Element Performance (NFEP) Group is hiring an Experiment Planner & Post -Irradiation Examination Engineer!


The NFEP Group resides within the Nuclear Fuel Development (NFD) Section of the Nuclear Energy and Fuel Cycle Division. This highly technical position supports irradiated materials testing and post-irradiation examination (PIE) activities. NFEP is a cross-disciplinary team of nuclear engineers and materials scientists. We are committed to leveraging neutron irradiations for exploring new fuels and materials. Through ground breaking research and experimentation, the group supports the development of emerging nuclear power technologies for current and advanced reactors.


In this role, you will be responsible for technical project management, data compilation and analysis, and preparation of technical documents and reports ensuring the successful execution of material irradiations and post irradiation examinations (PIE). Periodic reporting, project tracking, and cross coordination of experiments across many organizations are other duties in this role. Additional activities include organizing reactor build test matrix, QA documentation, user proposal reviews, and oversight of hot cell disassembly and PIE.


This role supports many programs including the Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy Advanced Fuels Campaign and Nuclear Science User Facility Program on irradiation and post irradiation activities at ORNL. The diverse testing programs explore impacts of irradiation on material properties including mechanical, microstructural, and thermophysical. The selected individual will be encouraged to engage with research staff within the NFEP Group, NFD section, and supporting ORNL organizations to foster a vibrant research atmosphere focused on successful mission execution and continued growth of capabilities and expertise for pioneering nuclear fuels research.


Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Technical Project Management: Effectively manage and lead all aspects of material irradiations and PIE projects, ensuring successful execution and timely completion.
  • Data Compilation and Analysis: Gather, organize, and analyze data acquired from pre- and post-irradiation material examinations.
  • Cross-Organization Coordination: Collaborate with multiple organizations, facilitating smooth coordination of experiments and strengthening working relationships.
  • Hot Cell Disassembly and PIE Oversight: Supervise and manage the disassembly process in the hot cell, ensuring safe and efficient post irradiation examinations.
  • Project Documentation, Reporting, and Tracking: Prepare technical documents and periodic comprehensive reports on experiment planning, progress, and final results including maintaining diligent project tracking to meet established goals.
  • QA Documentation: Ensure compliance with quality assurance (QA) documentation standards to uphold high-quality standards in testing procedures.
  • User Proposal Reviews: Participate in user proposal reviews, evaluating proposed projects and ensuring feasibility of the technical plan.
  • Deliver ORNL's mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace - in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, or a related field of study is required.
  • Experience with material testing: mechanical, microstructural, or thermophysical property measurements.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven track record of effectively maintaining order and structure in work processes.
  • Proven ability to minimize errors and ensure accuracy in reporting.
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communications.
  • Experience with nuclear materials and hot cell operations.
  • Experience with CAD design and engineering drawings.
  • Evidence of success in independently driven outcomes and through contributions to collaborative teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within allowable timeframes, and adapt to constantly evolving needs.


Benefits at ORNL:

ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain hard-working people. The laboratory offers many employee benefits, including medical and retirement plans and flexible work hours, to help you and your family live happy and healthy! Employee amenities such as on-site fitness, banking, and cafeteria facilities are also provided for convenience.


Other benefits include the following: Prescription Drug Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Contributory Pension Plan, Life Insurance, Disability Benefits, Generous Vacation and Holidays, Parental Leave, Legal Insurance with Identity Theft Protection, Employee Assistance Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Wellness Programs, Educational Assistance, Relocation Assistance, and Employee Discounts.



Moving is stressful and expensive, and UT Battelle offers a wide range of relocation benefits for individuals and families to make it easier to come and work here. If you are invited to interview, please ask your Recruiter about relocating with ORNL.


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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Having difficulty using the online application system or need an accommodation to apply due to a disability? Please email: ORNLRecruiting@ornl.gov or call 1.866.963.9545.

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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