Nonproliferation Professional I

Date: Sep 17, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 9972 


The Nuclear Nonproliferation Division (NND) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is a leader in research, development, and deployment of technology that enhances nuclear nonproliferation and safeguards, reduces threats to nuclear material at risk, and expands the national capabilities in radiation detection and nuclear forensics.  The NND Nonproliferation Safeguards and Treaty Verification Section provides direct R&D and technical support to the Department of Energy and its National Nuclear Security Administration in efforts to control and reverse the international proliferation of nuclear, chemical, biological, and missile (NCBM) technologies and programs that may support weapons research, development, and/or production.  The Section has a broad focus on technologies spanning the range of NCBM technologies.  Applications are being sought for an early to mid-career nonproliferation technical staff member. 


Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • The prevention of illicit or unintended transfers of WMD-related commodities, software, and technology to destinations and end users of concern.
  • The evaluation of emerging proliferation threats, their magnitude, implications, and the impacts on the United States’ worldwide interests.
  • The evaluation of strategic trade controls and the efficacy of international and domestic export control guidelines for nuclear and dual use equipment, with specific attention to interpretation and applicability of controls, regulations and guidelines.
  • The detailed study and implementation of sophisticated export control approaches and the role of national controls for the protection of commodities and technology subject to strategic trade control.
  • Identification and deployment of methodologies for raising awareness of export compliance responsibilities and providing strategies, tools, and resources for complying with United States export control laws and regulations.
  • Identification of high risk property, including items that are proliferation sensitive, export controlled, military/weapons related, or especially designed or prepared for the nuclear fuel cycle, as well as the development of associated control, destruction, or demilitarization plans.
  • Development of subject matter expertise in the major areas of concentration involving export controlled technologies, high risk property, and foreign interactions.
  • Design, development, and implementation of technology control or protection plans to guard against inadvertent technology transfers and the associated loss of economic or national security.
  • Represent the DOE/NNSA sponsor in technical cooperation venues involving export control discussions, border security issues, nuclear fuel cycle proliferation risks, and nuclear weapons development scenarios.
  • Provide assistance in the management of nonproliferation programs involving staff from across the DOE complex; development of proposals, program plans, budget, and scheduling activities; interfacing with the DOE/NNSA sponsors on a regular basis; and ensuring the timely completion of quality deliverables.
  • Development and implementation of detailed training curricula, lectures and compliance assistance programs.
  • This position involves interfacing with U.S. and foreign scientists, engineers, government officials, and U.S. private industry representatives.


Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree in engineering, physics, mathematics, chemistry, or related field.
  • A genuine interest in U.S. and international export control regulations, including all United States export agencies (Energy, Commerce, State, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Treasury) and international control regimes (Nuclear Suppliers Group, Australia Group, Missile Technology Control Regime, and Wassenaar Arrangement).
  • This position requires a highly organized, self-motivated individual with strong interpersonal skills, effective oral and written communication skills, training development capabilities, and adept at public speaking.
  • Domestic travel is required and foreign travel is possible. 
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Q-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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