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Instructional Design/Learning Sciences Specialist

Date: May 13, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 7841 


The Nuclear Nonproliferation Division (NND) performs a wide range of scientific, technical, and programmatic activities in all facets of the nuclear enterprise from nonproliferation to research and development (R&D) pertaining to nuclear materials processing. The Learning Sciences Group within the NND at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) seeks applications for a Learning Sciences Specialist. The candidate will be responsible for managing and executing a variety of international and domestic projects that require experience with instructional design, analysis, assessment, knowledge transfer, etc. The activities are primarily sponsored by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Office of Global Material Security, but the candidate may be engaged with other sponsors or government agencies as needed.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Design solutions for learning programs and incorporate learning sciences research into activities of nonproliferation programs.
  • Lead projects that incorporate program evaluation strategies and instructional design methods domestically and internationally.
  • Develop and conduct competency analyses and needs assessments that results in design solutions for sponsor programs and international partners.
  • Mentor and lead team members to design, develop, and implement innovative learning solutions for delivery in a classroom, on a web-based platform or mobile device, in a blended learning environment, or for a combination of delivery platforms.
  • In-depth knowledge of functionality of learning management systems (LMS) and learning management content management systems (LCMS).
  • Provide project management oversight to ensure milestones are monitored and met.
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements.
  • Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.


Qualifications Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in instructional design, instructional technology, or completion of an equivalent curriculum that focuses on learning and development or master’s degree in instructional design, instructional technology.
  • Advanced knowledge of learning science research and methodologies and their applications.
  • Seven years or more of relevant experience leading learning teams and working with sponsor programs.  
  • Experience with web-based, classroom, virtual, and/or blended learning strategies or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Advanced knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite and Microsoft Project.
  • Must be reliable, self-motivated, and focused on high-quality delivery of work products and possess superb organizational and time management skills.
  • Self-starter able to set priorities to accomplish goals and meet milestones independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
  • This position requires domestic and international travel.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal).


  Qualifications Desired:

  • Extensive work with a learning management system is a plus.
  • Excellent computer skills with demonstrated working knowledge of Adobe products.
  • Demonstrate the ability lead others in the implementation of instructional design research and methodologies.
  • Interface effectively with all management levels within the project team and organization.



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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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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