International Safeguards Technical Professional

Date: May 18, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 10770 


We are currently seeking qualified applicants for an international safeguards expert in the Safeguards and Treaty Verification Section within the Nuclear Nonproliferation Division. The Safeguards and Treaty Verification Section focuses on enhancing scientific concepts, strategies, and technologies that will strengthen the capabilities of USG and international regimes (e.g., the IAEA and partner countries) to safeguard and secure nuclear material, commodities, and technologies from proliferation, enhance nuclear safety systems, and enhance treaty verification. The Safeguards Concepts and Implementation Measures Group focuses on research, development, and implementation of international safeguards measures that support the non-proliferation regime. Provide Research and Development (R&D) support to the group that strategically advances science and technology consistent with ORNL’s aspiration to be the world’s premier R&D institution and ORNL’s science culture. The R&D Staff members bring together a group of peers with the primary goals of pursuing global scientific leadership in their field, developing a strategy to develop a world class capability, nurturing ORNL’s culture among group members, and continuing to build and scale up individual excellence and impact in R&D. This position reports to the Group Leader and works closely with the Safeguards and Treaty Verification  Section Head to implement the scientific vision; establishes capabilities that enable programs to excel at the forefront of science and technology; performs R&D to advance the field of knowledge and/or technology in one’s respective specialty; sets, implements, and models standards for performance of work consistent with Environment, Safety, Security, Health, and Quality (ESH&Q) requirements and business rules; and ensures a diverse and inclusive work environment where every employee feels safe, heard, and appreciated—a workplace that sets an example for the broader community.


The National Security Sciences Directorate conducts research and development to confront some of the nation’s most difficult security challenges and adversaries.  In addition to nuclear nonproliferation, our directorate also houses S&T leadership in cybersecurity and cyber-physical resiliency, data analytics, geospatial science and technology, and high-performance computing for sensitive national security missions. We draw on the Laboratory’s exceptional facilities and work closely with leading researchers in other areas at the lab such as nuclear and chemical sciences and engineering, applied materials, advanced manufacturing, biosecurity, transportation, and computing.  Our multi-disciplinary research teams are passionate about discovery and innovation as we create science-based solutions to complex security threats that put public safety, national defense, energy infrastructure, and the economy at risk.


Our commitment to diversity:  

As we strive to become the world’s premier research institution in the sciences and technologies that underpin critical national security missions, we are committed to creating an inclusive environment that highly values a diverse workforce.  We recognize that a breadth of perspectives, insights, and experiences are necessary to drive the level of innovation and discovery that is mission critical to national security sciences.  Our commitment extends beyond our workforce to the next generation of researchers with STEM education outreach that seeks to engage a diverse range of students.


Major Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Develop and execute projects that provide valued and timely deliverable supporting nuclear nonproliferation and safeguards missions.
  • Initiate and perform independent and impactful R&D; for example, innovative S&T delivered to sponsors, successful proposals, S&T presentations, professional community engagement, inventions/patents/copyrights, publications as appropriate.
  • Execute program development activities through sponsor engagements, preparation of proposals and white papers, participation in workshops, as well as other program development activities.
  • Develop and implement plans to leverage new opportunities and/or expand existing efforts.
  • Exercise scientific integrity in proposing, performing, and communicating research.
  • Ensure all work is carried out safely, securely, and in compliance with ORNL policies, standards, and procedures.
  • Exemplify a commitment to excellence in research, operations, and community engagement, and work cooperatively to leverage scientific capabilities across ORNL.
  • Advance the reputation and standing of the group through collaborations, professional society leadership and involvement.
  • 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 Requirements:

  • Requires a M.S. in nuclear engineering, political science or international relations, with a minimum of 10 years relevant experience, or a B.S. in engineering, political science or international relations with a minimum of 15 years relevant experience.
  • Qualified candidates should have a focus on nuclear nonproliferation and international safeguards.
  • Extensive knowledge of S&T issues associated with safeguards challenges in the nuclear fuel cycle.
  • An R&D track record in areas relevant to the Safeguards Concepts and Implementation Measures Group
  • Extensive knowledge of S&T issues associated with nonproliferation.
  • Demonstrated experience in program development, preferably with relevant offices within DOE and NNSA and the IAEA
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability and a strong commitment to a teaming environment. 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Extensive knowledge of the nuclear fuel cycle and associated technologies and operations.
  • Experience working for or collaborating with DOE National Laboratories (or similar R&D organizations).


Special Requirement:

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 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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