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Nuclear Fuel Cycle Analyst - R&D Staff

Date: Jan 18, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 9703 


The Fuel Cycle Analysis (FCA) Group seeks applicants to perform analysis and research to support tasks within the nuclear non-proliferation/nuclear security arena. The applicant will be responsible for analyzing information, producing written products, and briefing material to peers, management, and sponsors. The FCA Group operates under the Field Intelligence Operations Division within the National Security Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


Major Job Duties and Responsibilities:

The applicant will be responsible for providing technical expertise with the following major duties and responsibilities:

  • Responsible for producing peer-reviewed papers and briefings of analytical assessments on nuclear programs and issues.
  • Generate analytical assessments on nuclear processing technologies to include process operations, engineering, and technical developments.
  • Present briefings and classroom instruction related to the nuclear fuel cycle.
  • Interact and collaborate with agencies and members of the national security community.
  • Abide by all environmental, safety, health and quality requirements and implement practices per ORNL’s Standards-based Management System (SBMS).
  • Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation of the Directorate’s values and ethics.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with 10+ years of experience, or Master’s degree with 8+ years of experience, or a PhD with 5+ years of experience.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to acquire new knowledge and learn new skills is essential.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills are essential.
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate with team members.
  • Ability to interact with sponsors and officials from other government agencies.
  • Occasional domestic travel.
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Top-Secret Q clearance with Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access from the Department of Energy.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in the nuclear fuel cycle is desirable such as uranium mining/milling, uranium refining, UF6 production, uranium enrichment, reactor fuel fabrication, zirconium/hafnium separation, reactor operation, spent fuel reprocessing, highly enriched uranium or plutonium processing.
  • Experience providing and writing technical analysis for government agencies and senior level policy makers.
  • Experience working with the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DoD) or other government agencies is highly desirable.
  • Active Q and/or TS clearance is a plus.


Special Requirement:
This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program. Additionally, the position will also be subject to random polygraph testing.


Work Direction and Interfaces:  

This position reports to the Fuel Cycle Analysis Group Leader, Field Intelligence Operations Division, National Security Sciences Directorate.


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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