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Process Equipment Infrastructure Engineer

Date: Sep 11, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8290 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking a Process Equipment Infrastructure Engineer for our world class radioisotope production program, with expertise in the area of design, testing, and commissioning of equipment and infrastructure for nuclear materials handling. Supporting the largest radioisotope production and research portfolio within the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science for Isotope R&D and Production, as well as extensive isotope production programs for the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration, this position will grant you the opportunity to work with rare nuclear materials, and the unique facilities at ORNL, including the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) and the Radiochemical Engineering Development Center (REDC), as you guide the strategic growth of our radioisotope handling infrastructure.


You will be working with scientists, engineers, and technicians to design equipment to support a large range of technical areas. Including, chemical processing, radiation detection, specialty scientific equipment, and mechanical fabrication with nuclear materials. You will support new and existing equipment and programs. The work is performed under exacting quality specifications and with the adherence to conduct of operations in nuclear facilities, requiring good team dynamics and efficiency to meet tight schedules. We are seeking a team member who can be a team player with excellent attention to detail.



Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform and analyze routine to moderately complex engineering functions, applying mathematical, physical science, and engineering technologies.
  • Perform hands-on support in assembling, testing, integrating, and troubleshooting process/production equipment for new and enduring remote operations with radioactive materials within hot cells, and gloveboxes at REDC and other facilities.
  • Track, trend, and analyze data from production campaigns to identify process improvements and lead development activities.
  • Propose new development activities by defining equipment system requirements, project scope, schedule, and budget required to support isotope production objectives.
  • Implement requirements through design definition activities, such as design reports, engineering drawings, and specifications.
  • Prioritize and run multiple projects simultaneously and coordinate with directorate entities to provide solutions to issues in a timely manner.
  • 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 or Mechanical Engineering from an ABET accredited institution/program.
  • Two or more years of experience in Engineering or related technical activities, such as product development, research, or manufacturing.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of safe handling of chemicals and hazardous materials
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with diverse teams of engineers, scientists, and technicians.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L clearance.


 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Manufacturing experience in an R&D and/or a production environment
  • Experience with radioactive material handling in gloveboxes and/or remote handling hot cells
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs
  • Experience working with drawings and 3D models in CAD software


Special Requirements:

L clearance


About the Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate (ISED):
Established in 2020, the Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate is strengthening Oak Ridge National Laboratory's leadership in isotope production and enrichment technology innovation. ISED is guiding the Lab's pursuit of the fundamental science and technology that broadens the application of isotopes for energy, environmental, medical, and national security purposes. These efforts are made possible through the High Flux Isotope Reactor, the Radiochemical Engineering Development Center, ORNL's other nuclear facilities, and an assemblage of world-leading scientists and engineers.  Please visit for more information about ISED.


This position resides in the Radioisotope Infrastructure Development (RID) Group in the Radioisotope Science and Technology Division (RSTD) at ORNL. RID enables the production of a variety of important medical, scientific, and industrial radioisotopes. These include several alpha/beta emitting radioisotopes either deployed or under clinical trial for treatment of cancer (e.g., Ac-225, Ac-227, Ra-224/Pb-212, and W-188); heavy actinides Bk-249, Es-254, and Fm-257 for fundamental chemistry research and new element discovery; Cf-252 for neutron emitting applications; Pu-238 for space exploration; and Ni-63 and Pm-147 for industrial applications. Work in the RSTD often takes place within remote handling equipment such as gloveboxes and hot cells.


Benefits at ORNL:
UT-Battelle offers a quality benefits package, including a matching 401(k), contributory pension plan, paid vacation, and medical/dental plan options.  Onsite amenities include a credit union, medical clinic, cafeteria, and fitness facilities.

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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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