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PSD Infrastructure Lead

Date: Oct 16, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830-8050

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 6581 

Level: TP03


Overview: The Infrastructure Lead position in the Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) is responsible for coordinating space and facilities within the directorate and providing leadership and oversight on all major facility and equipment projects conducted.  The position acts in support of the PSD research mission and directorate leadership to efficiently manage resources on behalf of the directorate personnel so as to allow greater focus on the mission.


The position will work as a part of an integrated team that has responsibility for environmental, health, safety and quality oversight activities and facility management tasks associated with work control and facility operations in support of science and engineering activities. Additionally, this position will provide operational support to directorate staff to maintain compliance with all applicable Federal and State laws, DOE Orders, and ORNL policies and procedures regarding safety, quality, and environmental protection.


ORNL 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. Our diverse capabilities span a broad spectrum of scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling the Laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace. 


Major Duties/Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the PSD Space strategy and implementation plan to address both short- and long- term needs for the directorate.  Work with the Facilities and Operations directorate and PSD management to ensure that PSD needs are reflected in institutional space planning activities.
  • Monitor and manage utilization of spaces assigned to the PSD and recommend changes to directorate leadership as appropriate.
  • Serve as the direct point of contact to the ORNL Space Manager for communicating directorate space needs and issues.
  • Interface with space managers from other ORNL organizations to ensure best use of space and collaborate on shared needs.
  • Coordinate laboratory and office space requests and transfers for the directorate, looking for ways to place research staff in offices as near as possible to their laboratories and/or workspaces
  • Provide support to PSD personnel to identify and develop infrastructure and asset needs in emerging strategic areas.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for the directorate on all major infrastructure projects managed by the Facilities and Operations directorate that will benefit researchers in PSD
  • Work with Facility Engineers to coordinate facility construction, modernization, and decommissioning projects across the directorate.  Provide project cost updates to appropriate division and directorate contacts.
  • Maintain awareness of all infrastructure and asset management processes in the directorate and utilize project management tools to effectively communicate project status to directorate management and other stakeholders.
  • Ensure timely and effective communication of performance successes and challenges to PSD management.
  • Build and sustain an environment that supports cooperation and cohesiveness between research personnel and operations and maintenance staff.
  • Influence health, safety, and quality in the oversight of activities; set performance standards and expectations; cultivate organization input to anticipate and plan needs for program support
  • Perform periodic surveillances and assessments to verify compliance, program effectiveness, and cost expenditures.
  • Maintain awareness of regulatory requirements affecting infrastructure and assure management activities and evaluate work practices on active projects for compliance with requirements and best practices.
  • Participate in incident investigations, incident critiques, inspections, and audits involving infrastructure and asset management activities
  • Abide by the principles of Safe Conduct of Research including being personally responsible for ensuring safe operations by raising safety concerns, using a questioning attitude, considering hazards for every task, and never stop learning.
  • Serve as a Facilities Operations Manager for select facilities to ensure the facility is maintained within FUA guidelines, facility work orders/statements of work are submitted to support research objectives, operated in accordance with approved lease agreements for leased facilities, space is efficiently and effectively used, access control is maintained, and emergency preparedness requirements are met.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a science, engineering or operational discipline (e.g. health and safety, industrial hygiene, etc.), or a related discipline
  • Ten or more years’ experience in occupational safety, engineering discipline, ES&H, or industrial hygiene activities within a research and development environment 


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in a multi-discipline, multi-task and integrated/functional organizational environment.
  • Experience in research and development environment.
  • Advanced radiological worker qualification.
  • Demonstrated excellence in leadership, interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. 
  • Experience with work control processes in a research and development environment and/or industrial environment.
  • Project Management certification or experience.
  • Previous facility or research operations management experience at a controlled DOE operation.
  • DOE or other work experience with facilities and processes involving radiological and chemical hazards.
  • Familiarity or the ability to learn project management software


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.