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HFIR Low-Enriched Uranium Conversion Project Engineer

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Date: Nov 19, 2020

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 3951 

The Nuclear Safety and Experiment Analysis (NSEA) Group within the Research Reactors Division (RRD), Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), seeks highly motivated applicants for an applied Research and Development Project Engineer.  This person will principally support the United States High Performance Research Reactor (USHPRR) conversion project that is studying the feasibility of converting USHPRRs from high-enriched uranium fuel to a low-enriched uranium fuel product.  The successful candidate will manage a technically diverse team of ORNL analysts and engineers evalulating the conversion of HFIR.  Additionally, this person will be trained and available to assist with other HFIR projects and activities, as necessary.

In this role you will report to the NSEA Group Lead and you will interact with personnel at all levels within ORNL.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and other national laboratory personnel responsible for the the Material Management and Minimization, Convert program operated through the NNSA’s Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation. 
  • Advise sponsors on the measures necessary for program and project improvement.
  • Collaborate with the HFIR conversion team to manage work scope and schedule.
  • Manage the conversion budget based on proposed and revised work scope.
  • Manage the technical output of internal ORNL teams in order to ensure project needs are met.  Share output with external project personel responsible for fuel fabrication and fuel qualification research and development.   
  • Communicate project issues and successes to ORNL management and DOE Office of Science personnel.  
  • Serve as a HFIR/ORNL representative at relevant national and international conferences/meetings.   
  • Review and provide input to project deliverables, such as technical reports and conferences papers.
  • Support safe and reliable HFIR operations, as necessary.

Basic Qualifications:

  • B.S. degree from an accredited university in an engineering discipline
  • 10 years of experience in an engineering environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience managing projects in a matrix organization.
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a DOE “L” clearance.
  • Experience at a nuclear reactor or other nuclear facility.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • M.S. or Ph.D. Degree in an engineering discipline, preferrably nuclear engineering.
  • Previous experience in LEU conversion, nuclear fuels manufacturing, and/or nuclear fuels performance. 
  • Experience performing nuclear engineering analyses, such as reactor physics or thermal-hydraulics.
  • Knowledge of nuclear engineering disciplines and capability to interpret such results.
  • Project management certification and/or experience with ORACLE Primavera P6 Professional Project Management software. 
  • Organized and able to understand the big-picture, while also being detail-oriented and curious enough to collaborate and interact technically with world-class researchers at all levels, disciplines, and cultural backgrounds both inside and outside the organization.
  • Customer-oriented, with a positive, forward-thinking attitude

Other Job Requirements:
This position is a Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) testing designated 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 and undergoing testing without advance notification. The occupant of this position will also be subject to an ongoing requirement to report any drug related arrest or conviction or receipt of a positive drug test result to the Company

This position also requires Radiation Worker II training.

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.. The HFIR supplies neutrons to 15 instruments for neutron scattering research, each year carrying out experiments in the physical, chemical, materials, biological and medical sciences. HFIR also provides isotopes for undustry, medicine and research as well as neutrons and gamma irradiations for materials research and nuclear forensics. To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to: 

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, coffee stands, 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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