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Senior Chemical Engineer

Date: May 7, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 7823 


We are seeking senior Chemical Engineers who will focus on the leadership and support of a variety of research projects encompassing front and back end of the nuclear fuel cycle.  Experience with chemical and chemical processing R&D equipment ranging in size from laboratory to engineering scales is highly desired. The candidate will be expected to mentor junior staff in the development of process flowsheets and processing equipment designs. This position resides in the Fuel Cycle Chemical Technology Group in the Nuclear Energy and Fuel Cycle Division, Fusion and Fission Energy and Science Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • The successful candidate(s) will be expected to have a strong and experienced background in chemical process engineering, particularly material separations systems with an emphasis on chemical engineering separations techniques and mass transfer models associated with vapor-solid, vapor-liquid and liquid-liquid systems.
  • The successful candidate(s) will be expected to knowledge of unit operations and design experience with process flow diagrams and P&ID’s.
  • The successful candidate(s) may be responsible for conceptualizing and designing engineering test capabilities essential to ensuring the maintenance and expansion of domestic nuclear fuel cycle capabilities sufficiently to address current and future nonproliferation knowledge needs.
  • Efforts will focus on nuclear fuel cycle chemical processing, particularly chemical conversion and separations processes pertaining to the production of engineered forms of actinide compounds used across the uranium fuel cycle. 
  • Activities will include mentoring of early- and mid-career staff, particularly in equipment design and operation.  Efforts may also include training of personnel from other DOE and US government agencies. 
  • As part of design tasking, the successful candidate will be responsible for preparation of design documents (equipment drawings and specifications) for tracking execution schedules and costs, and for estimation of component procurement, installation, and operation costs. 
  • Tasks will include selection and configuration of appropriate equipment, preparation of experiment and operating procedures, and preparation of training modules.
  • The successful candidate will be required to effectively interact with various personnel and sponsors, both within and outside of ORNL .


Basic Qualifications:

  • PhD in Chemical Engineering and 4+ years of experience in uranium chemical processing or chemical research including pilot-scale R&D, or BS/MS degree with 8+ years of similar experience.
  • A strong grasp of the fundamentals of chemical process unit operations with emphasis on separations and chemical reaction science.
  • An understanding of fundamental chemical engineering thermodynamics.
  • The ability to work in chemical laboratory and processing environments with a high level of attention to detail and adherence to safe work practices that such activities demand. 
  • Operational familiarity with uranium processing equipment at pilot or production scales.
  • The ability to conceive chemical process flowsheets and identify knowledge gaps within the fuel cycle as a whole.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, and writing skills to enable effective interaction and communicationwith technical peers, program managers, and sponsors.
  • Organized, detail-oriented and sensitized to a nuclear safety culture.
  • The successful candidate will ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality programrequirements
  • 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, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs
  • Track record in successful proposal writing for sponsors, leading and working with sponsor on delivering on projects from inception, through proposal to delivery.


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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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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