Nuclear Fuel Cycle Engineer - R&D Staff

Date: Mar 25, 2024

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 12746 

Overview:  

As a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has an extraordinary 80-year history of solving the nation’s biggest problems. We have a dedicated and creative staff of over 6,000 people! Our vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) is to cultivate an environment and practices that foster diversity in ideas and in the people across the organization, as well as to ensure ORNL is recognized as a workplace of choice. These elements are critical for enabling the execution of ORNL’s broader mission to accelerate scientific discoveries and their translation into energy, environment, and security solutions for the nation. The Applied Technical Analysis Group seeks early to mid-career applicants to perform engineering analytical work in support of projects within the nuclear non-proliferation/nuclear security arena. The applicant will be responsible for analyzing information, providing technical and management support R&D projects, producing written products, and briefing material to peers, management, and sponsors.

 

Purpose:

This position supports state-of-the art Research and Development (R&D) for a group that strategically advances science and technology consistent with ORNL’s aspiration to be the world’s premier R&D institution and ORNL’s science culture. The R&D Staff member supports a group of peers and senior staff members with the primary goals of pursuing global scientific leadership in their field, developing a strategy to develop a world class capability, nurturing ORNL’s culture among group members, and continuing to build and scale up individual excellence and impact. R&D Staff report to the Group Leader who implements the scientific vision; establishes capabilities that enable programs to excel at the forefront of science and technology; performs R&D to advance the field of knowledge and/or technology in one’s respective specialty; sets, implements, and models standards for performance of work consistent with Environment, Safety, Security, Health, and Quality (ESH&Q) requirements and business rules; and ensures a diverse and inclusive work environment where every employee feels safe, heard, and appreciated—a workplace that sets an example for the broader community.

 

The National Security Sciences Directorate conducts research and development to confront some of the nation’s most difficult security challenges and adversaries. Our directorate houses S&T leadership in cybersecurity and cyber-physical resiliency, data analytics, geospatial science and technology, nuclear nonproliferation, and high-performance computing for sensitive national security missions. We draw on the Laboratory’s exceptional facilities and work closely with leading researchers in other areas at the lab such as nuclear and chemical sciences and engineering, applied materials, advanced manufacturing, biosecurity, transportation, and computing. Our multi-disciplinary research teams are passionate about discovery and innovation as we create science-based solutions to complex security threats that put public safety, national defense, energy infrastructure, and the economy at risk.

 

Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Develop and grow  technical expertise within the nuclear fuel cycle field.
  • Provide technical and management support to programs, projects, and tasks related to nuclear fuel cycle technologies.
  • Produce peer-reviewed papers and briefings of engineering assessments related to nuclear fuel cycle technologies.
  • Deliver 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

 

All team members deliver ORNL’s mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace – in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.

 

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS in engineering or other relevant technical field and four (4) years of relevant experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Occasional domestic travel required.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 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
  • Experience in the nuclear fuel cycle is desirable such as uranium mining/milling, uranium refining, UF6 production, uranium enrichment, reactor fuel production, zirconium/hafnium separation, reactor operation, spent fuel reprocessing, highly enriched uranium or plutonium processing.
  • Experience working with the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DoD) or other government agencies is highly desirable.

 

Special Requirements:

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

 

Q Clearance with SCI: 

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Secret Compartmented Information (SCI) 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.  In addition, due the SCI, you may also be subject to random polygraph testing.  

 

Benefits at ORNL:  

ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain talented people. The laboratory offers many employee benefits, including medical and retirement plans and flexible work hours, to help you and your family live happy and healthy. Employee amenities such as on-site fitness, banking, and cafeteria facilities are also provided for convenience.

Other benefits include the following: Prescription Drug Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Contributory Pension Plan, Life Insurance, Disability Benefits, Generous Vacation and Holidays, Parental Leave, Legal Insurance with Identity Theft Protection, Employee Assistance Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Wellness Programs, Educational Assistance, Relocation Assistance, and Employee Discounts.

If you have difficulty using the online application system or need an accommodation to apply due to a disability, please email: ORNLRecruiting@ornl.gov or call 1.866.963.9545.

 

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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.

We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.


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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