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NMC&A Specialist

Date: Jan 24, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 9917 


The Laboratory Protection Division (LPD) is seeking a Nuclear Material Control and Accountability (NMC&A) specialist in support of the Laboratory Protecting Division who will focus on supporting the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) NMC&A Plan.  ORNL NMC&A is responsible for providing programmatic and technical support and expertise to the ORNL NMC&A functions.  This position resides in the Safeguards and Security Group in the Laboratory Protection Division within the Facilities & Operations Directorate at ORNL. The position will report to the NMC&A Team Lead within the Safeguards and Security Group.


As part of our team, you will assist the NMC&A team in supporting the management and oversight of the ORNL NMC&A Program and oversight of ORNL Material Balance Areas (MBA) and NMC&A activites which potentially cover all areas of NMC&A (Program Management, Material Control, Material Accounting, Physical Inventory, Nuclear Material Management, and Measurements). In addition this position will be responsible for ensuring compliance with DOE Order 474.2, Nuclear Material Control and Accountabilty and 410.2, Management of Nuclear Materials.


ORNL is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.  Our diverse capabilities span a broad spectrum of scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling the Laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace. 


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Oversees assigned Material Balance Areas.
  • Enters Nuclear Material Records data in a web-based application.
  • Develops and maintains MBA Supplemental Procedures, NMC&A Procedures and MBA Protection Agreements.
  • Performs Physical Inventories and Reconciliation of MBA inventories.
  • Conducts MBA assessments and performance testing.
  • Supports nuclear material waste management.
  • Ensures that customer needs are satisfied by managing and coordinating specific deliverables.
  • Oversees the measurement methodologies to support the nuclear material types ORNL manages.
  • Supports interface with DOE ORNL Site Office and the DOE Oak Ridge Office, as well as other ORNL Divisions, licensees throughout the United States, and foreign facilities on matters related to nuclear materials.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Position requires a Bachelor’s degree in business, mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering or other relevant fields. 
  • A minimum of five years of NMC&A-related experience.  .


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Be a highly motivated, self-starter.
  • Must be able to work as a team as well as on their own.
  • Place strong emphasis in meeting customer and end-users needs.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Possess customer-facing skills, strong analytical thinking, and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrate proven abilities to take initiative as well as be innovative.
  • Excellent analytical and interpretative ability for applying current DOE Orders and Contract Requirements to support NMC&A and the research of the Laboratory.
  • Demonstrated understanding of measurement practices (nondestructive assay), both theoretical and applied.
  • Working knowledge of nuclear material management.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, remains professional under difficult circumstances, and thinks clearly under pressure.
  • Excellent record management skills.
  • Possess basic computer skills (Microsoft suite).


Q clearance:

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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