R&D Associate - Experimental RF Scientist/Engineer

Date: Nov 13, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 12039 


We are seeking an R&D Associate (Experimental RF Scientist/Engineer)! The role resides in the Fusion Technology Group, Fusion Energy Division, of the Fusion and Fission Energy & Science Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (https://www.ornl.gov/) (ORNL).


The position supports the advancement of plasma heating and current drive and integrated radio frequency (RF) technology development as part of programs supported by the U.S. DOE Office of Science Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) Program and other related public and private partnerships.


Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Engage and lead complex research and engineering projects involving high power sources, RF hardware and components, and plasma heating in fusion and related regimes.
  • Analysis of complex RF systems involving RF sources, plasmas, and their interactions in extreme environments, including vacuum, magnetic field, and temperature.
  • Determine research needs across fusion technology with an emphasis on RF environments and prepare work proposals, cost and schedule estimates, and risk assessment as required to deliver custom solutions.
  • Communicate results of analyses and experiments through presentations, reports, conference papers, and peer-reviewed journals.
  • Work with industrial, university, and/or laboratory partners on multi-disciplinary projects and teams.
  • 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 fostering a respectful workplace – in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree in Physics, Electrical Engineering, or a related field of study.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in RF technology and/or plasma system processing and operations.
  • Familiarity with RF environments with respect to plasma physics, sources and components, and plasma material interactions.
  • Experience with scientific analysis software such as Python, MATLAB, or comparable equivalent.
  • Experience with multi-physics simulation (e.g., COMSOL Multiphysics).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Doctoral degree in Physics, Electrical Engineering, or a related field of study completed within the past five years.
  • Experience in experimental plasma physics or diagnostics preferred.
  • Experience with plasma and/or neutral transport models and modeling codes.
  • Experience designing, building, and operating RF plasmas with integrated diagnostics and measurement systems for fusion plasma devices or comparable frequency regimes.
  • Proven ability to work individually and/or as part of a team, including participation at remote facilities, and contribute based on knowledge and experience.


Letters of Recommendation: If you are selected for interview, you may be required to submit two letters of recommendation.


Physical Requirements: Work involves various physical requirements and working conditions. As such, a pre-hire physical will be required after offer.


Benefits at ORNL:

ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain hard-working 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, Relocation Assistance, and Employee Discounts.



Moving is stressful and expensive, and UT Battelle offers a wide range of relocation benefits for individuals and families to make it easier to come and work here. If you are invited to interview, please ask your Recruiter about relocating with ORNL.


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.

We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.


Having 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.

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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