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Nuclear Materials Accountability Engineer

Date: Nov 15, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 7062 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.


We are seeking a Nuclear Materials Accountability Engineer who will support the Melton Valley Radiochemical Processing Group in the Radioisotope Science and Technology Division (RSTD), Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate (ISED) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) who will focus on implementation of the nuclear materials control and accountability (NMC&A) program, as well as evaluation of material storage and flow for identification of process and efficiency improvements. 


RSTD uses unique facilities at ORNL including the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) and the Radiochemical Engineering Development Center (REDC), to produce, purify, and dispense a variety of important radioisotopes, including plutonium-238 for deep-space exploration, californium-252 for industrial uses, and superheavy elements for scientific research and discovery.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Serve as a material balance area representative to:
    • Ensure completeness of material characterization and quantification
    • Plan and oversee material transfers and inventory changes
    • Address atypical circumstances or materials
    • Oversee the tamper indicating device program implementation
    • Ensure compliance with physical security and material protection practices
    • Review and update relevant training documents and procedures
    • Maintain calibration of relevant equipment
    • Perform NMC&A surveilances, assessments, and audits
  • Lead and perform engineering calculations, prepare specifications, perform analyses and testing of equipment, perform readiness assessments, issue reports and maintain related data.
  • Provide imaginative, thorough engineering solutions to a wide range of complex, ambiguous, and/or difficult problems.
  • Serve in professional societies and standards development committees
  • As a member of the ORNL scientific community, you will be expected to commit to ORNL's Research Code of Conduct. Our full code of conduct, and a statement by the Lab Director's office can be found here:


Basic Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Materials Science, or a related field
  • A minimum of 2 years of related experience
  • Work towards a relevant advanced degree may be applied towards up to 2 year of experience.
  • Proven communication skills, including technical writing
  • Experience in maintaining high levels of process documentation for safety, security, and/or quality 


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. 


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in an R&D or production, testing and schedule-driven environment
  • Experience interpreting radiation signatures for materials characterization
  • Experience working with or around nuclear materials
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • 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


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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.

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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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