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Experiments and R&D Programs Lead

Date: May 11, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 6114 


We are seeking candidates that can lead a team of professionals in facilitating a wide variety of research and isotope production experiments at HFIR. This team organizes, analyzes, facilitates, and participates in research, collaborating at all levels, with many disciplines, and diverse cultural backgrounds both inside and outside the organization. The successful candidate requires strong intrapersonal skills, experience managing projects, and experience with a variety of engineering disciplines.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership to the team of technically diverse experiment safety and project engineers/analysts who support HFIR experiment analysis and research activities through experiment safety approvals, technical evaluations, and project management.
  • Manage and mentor experiment coordination staff, including distribution of workload, annual performance expectations and developmental and career growth goals.
  • Interface with many programs and organizations both inside and outside ORNL to guide researchers through the rigorous requirements and process for gaining experiment approval at the HFIR.
  • Manage the experiment safety program for in-core experiments at HFIR, ensuring compliance with the Documented Safety Analysis and Technical Safety Requirements.
  • Continuously improve experiment-related processes and tools used for the experiment management process.
  • Review calculations related to experiments. This requires basic understanding of neutronics, thermal-hydraulics, mechanics, and materials science.
  • Participate in system engineering activities for experiment-related reactor systems; preparing and reporting system-health bi-annually.
  • Collaborate with Systems Engineering, Operations, Maintenance, and Nuclear Safety on modifications and upgrades to experiment facilities.
  • Represent HFIR and its experimental capabilities with various research programs both inside ORNL, as well as domestically and internationally.
  • Participate in special projects, including improvements to reactor or experiment systems, as well as projects in the areas of isotope production, materials science, fuels research, nuclear forensics, neutrino research and neutron scattering.
  • Ensure adherence to the rules and regulations that govern the operation of a DOE nuclear facility and ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements.
  • Maintain a strong commitment to nuclear safety, human performance improvement initiatives, and the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics
  • Expand and diversify research programs at HFIR in alignment with ORNL and Neutron Sciences Directorate missions.
  • Publish technical reports and non-neutron scattering research papers in support of the ORNL and Neutron Sciences missions.
  • 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:

  • Masters degree in an engineering discipline, engineering physics, or a related technical field
  • 10 or more years of relevant experience
  • Experience managing, motivating and leading professionals
  • Excellent communication skills including verbal, presentation, and writing skills
  • The ability to plan, organize, and execute initiatives relying on both direct and matrixed staff
  • Experience leading projects and an understanding of project management fundamentals


Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in an engineering discipline
  • Familiarity with one or more modeling and simulation tools in the areas of neutronics, thermal-hydraulics, mechanics, structures, computational fluid dynamics
  • Familiarity and experience with research reactors, hot cell facilities, radiological material shipping, configuration management, and safety basis requirements for research reactors

Other Job Requirements:

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a DOE “L” clearance.


This position is a Workplace Substance Abuse program (WSAP) testing designed position which requires passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program in which employees are subject to being randomly selected for testing. The occupant of this position will also be subject to an ongoing requirement to report to ORNL any drug-related arrest or conviction or receipt of a positive drug test result.


About Our 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

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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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