Share this Job

Experiment Project Engineer

Date: Apr 29, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8125 


 Research Reactors Division (RRD) is responsible for operating and maintaining the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) in support of materials irradiation, isotopes production, neutron activation analysis, and neutron beam research.  Within RRD Nuclear Safety and Experiment Analysis (NSEA), the Experiments and Research & Development Programs (ERDP) group is a high performance team charged with facilitating and ensuring safe and efficient specimen irradiations in HFIR.


The ERDP is seeking applications for an Experiment Project Engineer to join us in meeting this key part of HFIR’s neutron sciences mission. You will perform a diverse set of activities related to the coordination of in-vessel and gamma irradiations at the HFIR, as well as participate in additional experiments related to isotope production.  The outcome of these irradiations benefits the nation through advances in medical applications, newer and stronger materials, improved and safer nuclear fuels, as well as a supply of critical isotopes for industry and national security.  As part of performing these duties, you will interact and interface with the experiment design and analysis team(s) associated with proposed samples, quality assurance specialists and RRD support personnel.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 



  • Participate in a multitude of radioactive materials shipping activities, including evaluations of activity levels, isotopic content, adherence to cask limits, review of shipping authorization documents, and coordinating cask loading and unloading operations.
  • Engage with HFIR fresh and irradiated fuel shipping activities, cask maintenance, and Safety Analysis Report for Packaging (SARP) maintenance and certification.


  • Work with RRD Experiments and R&D staff, Systems Engineering, and other Nuclear Safety staff to evaluate the existing facilities’ performance and develop corrective maintenance solutions for operability issues as well as conceptualize new facilities or improvements to existing facilities that meet experimenter needs. System Engineering qualifications will be required here.
  • Participate in HFIR experiment facility System Health monitoring activities and reporting.
  • Work with HFIR Operations to prepare instructions for installing, adjusting, and removing experiments
  • Gain expertise using the EXSITE experiment planning, coordination, and resource platform.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical, nuclear, aerospace engineering or related discipline and a minimum of 5 years of experience.
  • A combination of education and experience may be considered (MS in relevant field and a minimum of 3 years of experience or a PhD in a relevant field).
  • Experience (including internships, co-op sessions) in a nuclear environment such as a nuclear power plant, research reactor or other nuclear facility.
  • Fundamental understanding of nuclear processes for isotope production.
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to apply those skills to a variety of problems.
  • Organized, detail-oriented and sensitized to a nuclear safety culture.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and enjoy working in a team environment, with collaboration at all levels, disciplines, and diverse cultural backgrounds both inside and outside the organization.
  • Must be customer-oriented, with a positive, forward-thinking attitude.


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.


This position requires access to technology that is subject to export control requirements. Successful candidates must be qualified for such access without an export control license.


This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain an HSPD-12 PIV badge.  


Preferred Qualifications:

  • M.S. degree from an accredited university in mechanical, nuclear, or aerospace or similar engineering discipline.
  • Experience with experiments at a research reactor.
  • Ability to become qualified to review thermal and/or neutronics calculations.
  • 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.


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


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.

We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

If you have trouble applying for a position, please email

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.

Nearest Major Market: Knoxville