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Project Manager, HFIR Beryllium Reflector Replacement

Date: Sep 28, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 5965 

Overview:
The Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is looking for an experienced scientist or engineer to coordinate a major upgrade project at the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR). NScD operates HFIR and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS). Together these facilities operate 30 instruments for neutron scattering research, each year carrying out more than 1,000 experiments in the physical, chemical, materials, biological and medical sciences for more than 3,000 visiting scientists. HFIR also provides unique facilities for isotope production and neutron irradiation. To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to: http://neutrons.ornl.gov

 

ORNL is planning major improvements and upgrades to its neutron sources over the coming years that include the replacement of the HFIR permanent beryllium reflector as it approaches the end of its lifetime. Because the reflector replacement will require a major shutdown there is opportunity to make other improvements at the same time while minimizing the impact of the downtime on the facility users. The neutron instruments in the beam room and cold guide hall must be removed, stored, and replaced to provide access to the core vessel: So, a concurrent opportunity exists to upgrade their configuration and performance to the overall benefit of the users. This set of activities for maintenance of the reactor and improvements to neutron instruments has been grouped into the HFIR Beryllium Reflector Replacement (HBRR) project.

 

Purpose:
This position provides strategic leadership and overall management for the initiation of the HBRR Project. HBRR is roughly a 5-year activity for an $80 M update of the HFIR facilities to include the beryllium reflector replacement itself in 2024 and the complete removal and reinstallation of the neutron guides and instruments for the neutron science program.  The instruments must be removed and safely stored to provide access to the reactor vessel.  This project represents a major upgrade to the neutron science capabilities at HFIR.

 

The Project Manager (PM), Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD), will have the responsibility to exercise broad management judgment consistent with the NScD ALD direction for coordinating the project functional areas. The PM ensures that available resources are coordinated such that progress remains on track to ensure reactor refurbishment goals and neutron scattering goals for high quality beam time. The PM reports directly to the Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for Neutron Sciences and remains in close contact with the technical leads and division directors from the divisions responsible for the reactor and neutron science operations. The main consideration is that the users of HFIR isotope, irradiation and scattering capabilities have minimum negative impacts and maximum long-term benefits, provided by the upgrades to scientific capability. The PM will provide the oversight to ensure these objectives are met and will represent the project in reviews and presentations. This position requires an experienced scientist or engineer with a specialized background in management of multi-disciplinary teams in a scientific facility. After completion of the project, we expect the person fulfilling these responsibilities to remain part of the Neutron Sciences leadership team.

 

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide visible internal and external leadership and communication for the HBRR project within the neutron science community at ORNL and worldwide.
  • Coordinate the establishment of priorities for strategic investment of resources in new instruments, ancillary equipment, instrument upgrades, personnel, data management, and neutron source performance
  • Provide recommendations to the ALD and laboratory leadership on strategy and resources needed to manage the execution of the HBRR project
  • Appoint, manage, and coordinate with one or more project managers who maintain realistic resource-loaded schedules to track schedule and cost
  • Work with key stake holders in the Research Reactor Division (RRD), Neutron Scattering Division (NSD), and Neutron Technologies Division (NTD) to identify and remedy integration issues including facility availability, vendor availability and procurement timeliness, and design problems.
  • Represent ORNL before review committees, advisory committees, and visitors; and at conferences, workshops, invited talks/lectures, and technical meetings
  • Serve as a member of external review teams, editorial boards, advisory committees, and/or conference organizing committees
  • Commit to ORNL's Research Code of Conduct by holding yourself and others to the highest scientific, professional, and ethical standards.  Read more about the ORNL research code of conduct here:  https://www.ornl.gov/content/research-integrity
  • Ensure compliance with and leadership for environmental, safety, health and quality program requirements.
     

Basic Qualifications:

  • PhD. M.S., or B.S. degree in physical sciences, engineering, or a related field
  • 15 or more years of relevant experience in engineering / research 
  • 10 or more years of experience in managing and leading multi-disciplinary research groups or organizations
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated record of working well in a team environment

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in physical science, engineering, or a related field
  • 15 or more years of professional research experience in research reactor or neutron instrument operations
  • Background in development and support of neutron or x-ray scattering instruments and facilities
  • Experience managing in an international user facility

 

Work Direction and Interfaces:

Reports to NScD ALD; Interfaces with NScD Division Directors and Chief Operating Office, Deputy Director for Science, Business, Operations, Safety and Human Resource Managers.
 

About Neutron Sciences Directorate:
The Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) operates the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), the United States’ highest flux reactor-based neutron source, and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), the world’s most intense pulsed accelerator-based neutron source.  Together these facilities operate 30 instruments for neutron scattering research, each year carrying out in excess of 1,000 experiments in the physical, chemical, materials, biological and medical sciences for more than 3,000 visiting scientists.  HFIR also provides unique facilities for isotope production and neutron irradiation.  To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to http://neutrons.ornl.gov.

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, coffee stands, and fitness facilities.

Relocation:
Moving can be overwhelming and expensive.  UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process.  Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions.  If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.

For more information about our benefits, working here, and living here, visit the “About” tab at https://jobs.ornl.gov.

 

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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