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Nuclear Energy Controls Engineer

Date: Aug 13, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8638 

Overview: 

We are seeking an Nuclear Energy Controls Engineer who will focus on developing and applying modern control technologies for nuclear energy applications. This position resides in the Modern Nuclear I&C group in the Nuclear Energy and Fuel Cycle Division, FFES Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).   As part of our research team, you will perform R&D to advance the field of knowledge and technology in machine learning and data science applied to advancing nuclear energy; perform work consistent with Environment, Safety, Security, Health, and Quality (ESH&Q) requirements and business rules; and support a diverse and inclusive work environment where every employee feels safe, heard, and appreciated—a workplace that sets an example for the broader community.

 

Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Develop, implement, and demonstrate modern control approaches to nuclear energy systems to meet emerging operational contexts
  • Apply and integrate data science techniques and digital twins with control architectures to support reasonable level of autonomy in the operation of nuclear energy systems under emerging contexts
  • Work with R&D line management and other research staff to Identify opportunities for research program development, and lead proposals
  • Be an active member of professional organizations and contribute to the advancement of the advanced controls professional communities, and
  • Lead the development of journal and conference articles and technical reports that document research results.

 

Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD in mechanical, electrical, nuclear, computer, or chemical engineering, engineering physics, or a related field
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in advanced control systems
  • Strong scholarly record demonstrated by a record of publications and presentations

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with nuclear energy control needs and applications
  • Experience with machine learning techniques and tools such as Tensorflow and Pytorch
  • Experience with modeling and simulation software such as Modelica, ANSYS
  • Experience with common software tools for modeling in nuclear energy (e.g., CTF, VERA, SCALE, MOOSE, etc.)
  • Experience in proposal writing
  • 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
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

 

Special Requirements:

Letters of Recommendation: Not required.

 

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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If you have trouble applying for a position, please email ORNLRecruiting@ornl.gov.


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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