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R&D Staff Member - Advanced Nuclear Reactor Analyst

Date: Jan 8, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4712 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), is seeking candidates for a staff or senior staff position in nuclear reactor physics to expand research and development (R&D) in advanced, research, and test reactor design and development.

The position will reside within the Nuclear Energy and Fuel Cycle Division, in the Fusion and Fission Energy Science Directorate at ORNL, and will work with state-of-the-art modeling and simulation capabilities for lattice physics, reactor core, spent fuel, and fuel cycle applications through leadership in the development of SCALE and the Virtual Environment for Reactor Applications (VERA) and in collaboration with industry, national laboratories, and university researchers. ORNL has world-leading nuclear, radiological, and scientific facilities, including the High Flux Isotope Reactor and world class super-computing capabilities, e.g., Summit and Frontier.

The successful candidate will be expected to partner with internal and external collaborators to deliver technical leadership in established and new research areas in reactor physics and design. They will work with integrated multidisciplinary teams to provide relevant technical feedback in a fast-paced environment.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Provide scientific leadership in the design, optimization, and performance analysis of advanced reactor concepts, such as molten salt reactors (MSRs) or the ORNL transformational challenge reactor (TCR) design
  • Develop new reactor physics research proposals and conduct world-class research that is published in peer-reviewed journals
  • Interact effectively across organization structures with staff scientists and engineers at all levels and be an effective representative of ORNL and their research to sponsors and the professional community
  • Serve as a role model for integrity and safety in the conduct of research, mentoring of early career staff, and engagement with scientific and professional societies

Basic Qualifications:

  • The position requires a PhD in the scientific and engineering disciplines with at least 2 years of combined experience in areas such as reactor physics and reactor design
  • Knowledge of nuclear reactor analysis R&D is required, as demonstrated through research and associated publications
  • Excellent interpersonal skills are required, including verbal, presentation, and writing skills.
  • This position requires access to technology that is subject to export control requirements. Successful candidates must be qualified for such access without an export control license.
  • Familiarity with standard design software (e.g., SCALE, VERA, MCNP, Serpent) and reactor systems and concepts.  


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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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