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R&D Mechanical Engineer

Date: Jun 1, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8353 


The Fusion Energy Division (FED) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) invites applicants for a Mechanical Engineer in the Remote Systems Group. Remote Systems specializes in the development of advanced remote processes, handling systems, and robotics for inaccessible environments in nuclear fission, fusion energy and particle accelerator applications. We seek individuals with advanced technical and analytical skills who are comfortable working across disciplines to contribute and lead in fast paced, team-oriented environment. Successful candidates will have a clear record of achievement in R&D, analytical skills, and a commitment to fostering growth in team members.


Job Duties and Responsibilities: The successful candidate will perform research in the area of robotics and mechanical systems for remote and hazardous environment.  Research focuses on innovative designs that utilizes Finite Element Analysis (CFD, Thermal, and Stress)  and Design analysis.


  • Familiarity with developing control algorithms for actuating and controlling mechanical systems.
  • Analyze variety of engineering problems using traditional analytical methods and finite element analysis packages such as Mechanica, CosmosWorks Advance Professional, COMSOL, and ANSYS
  • Publish technical papers in conferences
  • Accurately and reliably communicate technical status and performance to ORNL management and project sponsors, both internal and external.
  • Prepare cost and schedule estimates.
  • Create engineering solid models using SolidWorks and Creo.
  • Accountable for compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality.


Ideal candidate qualifications:

  • Ability to manage a project/program
  • Ability to manage personnel (technicians /craft) to execute a project
  • Ability to effectively create and communicate project or design reviews for program managers
  • Experience in the design of remotely operated equipment for hazardous environments is a plus.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A MS in Mechanical Engineering or other related engineering disciplines or a BS with 2-3 years of experience, but exceptional new college cadidates will also be considered.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the development and application of engineering methods to solve real-world problems.
  • Must have a sound understanding of mechanics, design, and controls, with a working knowledge of fluid simulation softwares. 
  • Familiarity with computer programming languages like C, Python, and C++.
  • Experience in hardware system integration (LabView, Matlab, PLC programming, etc.) to control a mechanical system
  • Analyzing a variety of complex engineering problems using both traditional analytical methods and finite element analysis programs such as COMSOL, ANSYS, or CosmosWorks is a plus.
  • Excellent communication skills including verbal, presentation, and writing skills are required to enable effective interaction with technical peers and program managers.
  • The ability to work individually or as part of a team and lead from knowledge and experience are essential.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience working in the nuclear field, particularly in the design and development of systems for inaccessible remote environments. Experience in design, analysis, and optimization, of mechanical components are desired.

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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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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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