HBRR Lead Engineer

Date: Sep 14, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 11624 


ORNL is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratory, with an extraordinary 80-year history of solving the nation’s biggest problems. We have a dedicated and creative staff of over 6,200 people! ORNL’s decadal vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) is to cultivate an environment and practices that foster diversity in ideas and in the people across the organization, as well as to ensure ORNL is recognized as a workplace of choice. These elements are critical for enabling the execution of ORNL’s broader mission to accelerate scientific discoveries and their translation into energy, environment, and security solutions for the nation. Come join us and help solve the world's most challenging energy problems!


Would you like to have a lasting and significant impact on a key user facility in the nation’s scientific infrastructure and strengthen U.S. scientific competitiveness? The Neutron Upgrades Project Office (NUPO) at ORNL is seeking a talented and enthusiastic leader to spearhead the planning and execution of major enhancements to the suite of neutron scattering instruments at the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), a premier source of neutrons for the U.S. scientific community. 


ORNL is preparing to replace a major reactor component, the permanent beryllium reflector, in the HFIR Beryllium Reflector Replacement (HBRR) activity and is using this opportunity to make key enhancements to its suite of 12 neutron scattering instruments and neutron beam delivery system. This is an approximately 8 year and >$150M undertaking that will include the planning and execution of removal and reinstallation of the instrument suite along with design and execution of targeted instrument improvements and some civil construction. Careful coordination with diverse stakeholders across multiple ORNL divisions is required. Thus, ORNL is seeking highly qualified candidates with demonstrated experience building and leading cross-disciplinary teams working in a complex environment to lead this important enhancement for the scientific community.



The HBRR Lead Engineer is responsible for leading the enhancements to the suite of neutron scattering instruments at HFIR. The Lead Engineer will report to the Director of the HFIR Upgrades Project Office and work closely with the instrument engineering staff in the Neutron Technologies Division and scientists in the Neutron Scattering Division of the ORNL Neutron Sciences Directorate.


The HBRR Lead Engineer will lead the research facility scope of HBRR which includes:

  • the disassembly and removal of the beam room instruments in advance of the planned outage in 2028/2029,
  • installation of the new cold neutron guide system in the cold neutron guide hall,
  • re-installation, upgrade, and testing upon re-installation of the beam room instruments, and the relocation, upgrade, and testing upon re-installation of the cold neutron instruments after the planned HBRR outage.


Major duties and responsibilities:

  • Serves as the primary interface with the HFIR upgrades project leadership for the cold neutron guide network, instrument systems and associated infrastructure.
  • Provides oversight – and serves in a coordinating role with other divisions in Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) – for the research facility aspects of HBRR.
  • Serves as the key interface for HBRR instruments with NScD personnel, especially those in the Neutron Scattering Division and Neutron Technologies Division responsible for the detailed design, assembly, and installation work.
  • Manages the budget associated with the HBRR instruments.
  • Promotes a team approach to instrument development where individual expertise is recognized and employed.
  • Fulfills the ORNL mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with ORNL core values of impact, integrity, teamwork, safety, and service.
  • Exemplifies a strong commitment to the safe conduct of work by careful planning, coordination, and engagement.
  • Develops strong working relationships across the maintenance project with cost account managers, line managers, sponsors, and project support organizations.
  • When required, prepares presentations for, and responses to recommendations from, technical reviews and/or advisory committees.
  • Represents the HBRR maintenance project by participating in and presenting project information at reviews, conferences, and workshops.
  • 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 BS degree in Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Civil Engineering, Engineering Science, or closely related discipline with 8 or more years of experience in relevant engineering design work. A master’s degree with 5 years of relevant experience will also be considered.
  • Three or more years of experience in leading large engineering projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to grasp, prioritize and analyze complex technical problems.
  • Experience working within or leading multi-disciplinary technical teams.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience as a lead engineer working on instrument development or for a large-scale project in industry or national laboratory.
  • 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 and to set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines.
  • Familiarity with multiple manufacturing processes and their associated design considerations.


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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