Power Electronics Engineer

Date: Mar 21, 2024

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 12585 


We are seeking a Power Electronics Engineer for the Electrical Power Conversion Group in the Accelerator Systems Section of the Research Accelerator Division (RAD) within the Neutron Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Selection will be based on qualifications, proven experience, skills, and education.


The Electrical Power Conversion Group is leading efforts for maintenance, operational support, system engineering, improvement, and upgrade of HVCM, high speed H- beam choppers, pulse power systems for beam injection and extraction in the ring, and dc power supplies for magnets which provide beam shaping and positioning; R&Ds for HVCM and pulsed power systems.  The Group’s mission is to safely and reliably operate SNS accelerator power conversion equipment, to advance those systems through targeted development, to advance power conversion technologies in the international accelerator community, and to achieve world-class operational excellence.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Evaluate existing HVCM, magnet power supplies, kicker, and chopper systems to enhance performance, address limitations, improve availability and address obsolescence issues.
  • Specify, develop, and procure subsystems and components.
  • Provide accelerator operations support for the SNS facilities operating 365/24/7, including occasional after hours call-in to achieve neutron production with >90% availability.
  • Plan, manage, and implement maintenance and upgrade work. Apply work control tools to efficiently plan and conduct these activities.
  • Develop design, installation, training, testing, maintenance, and procurement documentation and procedures. Provide training to junior staff members on these procedures.
  • Present your work at conferences, workshops, collaboration meetings and sponsor reviews. Some travel may be required.
  • Ensure compliance with environmental, safety, health, and quality program requirements.
  • Be willing to learn new skills and to train others.
  • Work with other staff members, develop proposals to perform research on innovative accelerator electrical applications.
  • Commit to ORNL's Research Code of Conduct found here with a statement by the Lab Director's office: https://www.ornl.gov/content/research-integrity
  • 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 encouraging a respectful workplace – in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or related field with 5 or more years of proven experience or a master’s degree in a related field with 3 plus years of proven experience.
  • Solid understanding of analog and digital circuits and basic electric circuit theory.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • In-depth expertise in power electronics, semiconductor devices, and pulsed power systems exceeding 50 kV.
  • Proficient in troubleshooting electronic systems using standard laboratory test equipment.
  • Extensive experience ensuring electrical safety in environments with severe electrical hazards.
  • Skilled in creating engineering drawings, specifications, and various documentation for projects.
  • Expertise in circuit simulation, CAD, and PCB design software, with a focus on high-power electronics.
  • Knowledgeable in AC power distribution concepts and compliance with relevant electrical codes.
  • Comprehensive understanding of high-power magnet power supplies, pulsed power systems, and experience with FMEA implementation.


Benefits at ORNL:  

ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain hardworking 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, and Employee Discounts. Relocation Assistance is available for certain positions.


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.




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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