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Radiation Effects and Microstructural Analysis - Distinguished R&D Staff

Date: Jan 12, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4827 

We are seeking a Distinguished R&D Staff Member to develop and lead research projects to study the microstructural changes resulting from the effects of harsh operating environments of advanced nuclear energy systems in materials and to develop innovative materials that withstand such an environments. The ideal candidate will have interest and experience in one or more of the below topics:

  1. Effects of radiation and other extreme operating environments on microstructures and properties of metals, alloys, ceramics, and composite materials
  2. Synergistic effects of any combinations of radiation, stress, high temperature, corrosive environment, heat flux, and plasma exposure in materials
  3. Exploration and application of advanced microscopy, microanalysis, and other techniques to research and development of materials in operating environment of nuclear energy systems
  4. Interactive approach of experiments and computational methods in understanding radiation-induced defects and microstructural evolutions in materials


The Distinguisehd Staff Member will employ state-of-the-art material characterization techniques and research equipment to enable the next generation of nuclear fission and fusion energy systems and to ensure sustainable operation of existing nuclear reactors.  The position resides in the in the Radiation Effects and Microstructural Analysis Group (REMAG), Materials in Extremes (MiE) Section, Materials Science and Technology Division (MSTD), Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). 


As part of our research team, the incumbent will propose research to sponsors, coordinate laboratory work with the project team (assembled from ORNL research staff and technicians) and communicate research outcomes to the international research community and, ultimately, impact the next generation of nuclear power generation technologies to enable a low carbon future. 


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Conduct experiment-based scientific research with the primary focuses on the effects of operating environment on microstructures and properties of materials for nuclear energy
  • Advance scientific understanding on physical and microstructural processes responsible for environmental degradation of materials for nuclear energy
  • Act as an intellectual leader nationally and internationally in the research field of radiation effects and microstructural characterization of nuclear structural materials
  • Develop and manage research and development programs for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors as a senior program manager
  • Act as a role model for research and program focus staff scientist and mentor peer research staff in all career stages
  • Lead development and execution of large scale research programs and project
  • Coordinate and/or conduct laboratory experiments
  • Communicate and coordinate experimental results with other organizations to facilitate collaborations
  • Use range of analysis techniques to characterize the performance of specimens exposed in extreme environments
  • Present and report research results and publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner
  • Help REMAG and related Groups strengthen scientific competency through mentoring and interacting with peer staff members
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements
  • Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics



Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD in materials science, nuclear engineering (with materials focus), or a relevant related field
  • A minimum of 12 years of experience after PhD in scientific research in relevant scientific discipline
  • Demonstrated exerience in experimental nuclear materials science


Preferred Qualifications:

  • An outstanding record of productive and creative research as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Demonstrated success in proposing research
  • Demonstrated extensive knowledge regarding current nuclear materials science research and underlying principles
  • Experience studying radiation effects in materials utilizing conventional and advanced microstructural/microchemical characterization tools including, but not limited to, scanning, transmission, and analytical electron microscopy
  • Deep knowledge of lattice defect production, evolutions, and interactions in crystalline solids, and microscopy techniques to study these topics
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate in English to an international scientific audience
  • Experience writing successful proposals to government sponsors
  • Experience mentoring early to mid-career researchers and advising graduate students
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative and frequently interacting teams of researchers
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs


Special Requirements:

Three letters of reference are required and can be uploaded to your profile or emailed directly to  Please include the title of the position in the subject line.


Please provide a list of publications when applying for this position.


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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