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Group Leader - Radioisotope Infrastructure Development

Date: Jan 24, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 9914 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking a senior engineer and technical leader for our world class radioisotope program, with expertise in the area of design, testing, and commissioning of equipment and infrastructure for nuclear materials handling. Supporting the largest radioisotope production and research portfolio within the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science for Isotope R&D and Production, as well as extensive isotope production programs for the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration, this position will grant you the opportunity to work with rare nuclear materials, and the unique facilities at ORNL, including the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) and the Radiochemical Engineering Development Center (REDC), as you guide the strategic growth of our radioisotope handling infrastructure.


This position as the leader of the Radioisotope Infrastructure Development (RID) Group resides within the Radioisotope Production Engineering and Analysis (RPEA) Section in the Radioisotope Science and Technology Division (RSTD) of the Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate (ISED). The highly accomplished staff within the ISED produce a variety of important medical, scientific, and industrial radioisotopes. These include several alpha/beta emitting radioisotopes either deployed or under clinical trial for treatment of cancer (e.g., Ac-225, Ac-227,Ra-224/Pb-212, and W-188); heavy actinides Bk-249, Es-254, and Fm-257 for fundamental chemistry research and new element discovery; Cf-252 for neutron emitting applications; Pu-238 for space exploration; and Ni-63 and Pm-147 for industrial applications. Work often takes place within remote handling facilities such as glove boxes and hot cells and involves specialized equipment custom-engineered for these difficult environments.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead a design and engineering portfolio with the aim to enable more effective handling and processing of nuclear materials.
  • Provide leadership and technical vision for continuous improvement in nuclear material handling and processing.
  • Provide mentoring and career guidance to a staff of approximately 10 engineers and technicians to facilitate knowledge transfer and strategic development.
  • Develop on-the-job training programs to support the development of RID staff.
  • Provide creative, thoughtful and robust engineering solutions to streamline materials handling and increase the efficiency of target production.
  • Implement continuous improvement and ensure work is completed safely, securely, and at the appropriate quality standards.
  • Serve in professional societies and standards development committees.
  • 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:

  • A Bachelor of Science in Mechanical or Nuclear Engineering, Materials Science, or similar field, and a minimum of eight years of related experience is required
  • Demonstrated hands on experience in the handling of nuclear materials
  • Experience operation of complex electro-mechanical systems within process environments
  • Strong leadership and communication skills


 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in an R&D or production, testing and schedule-driven environments
  • Manufacturing or fabrication environment quality experience, i.e., NQA-1
  • Experience in maintaining high levels of process documentation and quality control and assurance
  • Line management experience with direct supervisory responsibility for a team

Special Requirements:

  • Q clearance


About the Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate (ISED):
Established in 2020, the Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate is strengthening Oak Ridge National Laboratory's leadership in isotope production and enrichment technology innovation. ISED is guiding the Lab's pursuit of the fundamental science and technology that broadens the application of isotopes for energy, environmental, medical, and national security purposes. These efforts are made possible through the High Flux Isotope Reactor, the Radiochemical Engineering Development Center, ORNL's other nuclear facilities, and an assemblage of world-leading scientists and engineers.  Please visit for more information about ISED.

Benefits at ORNL:
UT-Battelle offers a quality benefits package, including a matching 401(k), contributory pension plan, paid vacation, and medical/dental plan options.  Onsite amenities include a credit union, medical clinic, cafeteria, and fitness facilities.

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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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