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Radioisotope Program Manager

Date: May 2, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 7522 


An exciting opportunity is now available to manage the largest radioisotope production and research portfolio within the Department of Energy national Isotope Program which includes radiochemistry and reactor-based irradiation at the world's unique High Flux Isotope Reactor and the Radiochemical Engineering Development Center (REDC) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  This challenging and rewarding technical program manager position resides within the Radioisotope Science and Technology Division (RSTD) in the Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate (ISED).  ORNL is seeking highly qualified and experienced applicants to manage the scope, schedule, budget, and stakeholder interactions of a broad, dynamic, portfolio of radioisotope production and research activities.


Highly accomplished staff supported with extraordinary infrastructure currently produce a variety of important medical, academic and industrial radioisotopes, including several alpha emitting radioisotopes either deployed or under clinical trial for the treatment of cancer (eg. Ac-225, Ac-227), Bk-249, Es-257 for fundamental actinide R&D and new element discovery, and  californium-252 for neutron emitting applications such as nuclear reactor startup.  Research activities are centered on fundamental and applied nuclear physics/engineering, targetry, and radiochemical investigation of improved isotope production methods with the aim to enable new radioisotope availability or higher efficiency / more cost-effective production of radioisotopes.


The sponsor of work for this position within the DOE Office of Science for Radioisotope R&D and Production. In this position, you will manage the portfolio of radioisotope work at ORNL for the DOE Office of Science for Radioisotope R&D and Production.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:


You will work closely with the line management of the RSTD to manage the milestones of the research, development, and production projects within the Radioisotopes portfolio. You will manage the scope, schedule, and cost of the various projects within the constraints of the available resources and the operational environment. You will have a direct interface with the project/program sponsor and department oversight personnel, responding to requests for information, reporting on progress, leading review meetings, and generating regular sponsor reports. You will champion new initiatives and lead strategic planning activities to enhance and grow the radioisotope portfolio. Additional interfaces will be with principal investigators, project controls, and financial management. This position’s responsibility will include:


  • Provide scientific and technical oversight, in collaboration with division and directorate leadership, to strategically advance the radioisotope portfolio at ORNL
  • Establish and communicate milestones and goals to technical leadership, and participate in planning to ensure that the executed work aligns with the scope, schedule, and budget
  • Interface with the directorate operations staff to plan and optimize utilization of resources
  • Provide leadership and mentoring to principal investigators, to support their growth as project managers
  • Build strong teams across ORNL and identify opportunities for collaboration between program sponsors
  • Communicate and collaborate with other partner sites supporting the DOE Isotope Program
  • Participate as a subject matter expert on blue-ribbon panels and workshops commissioned by DOE and other federal agencies
  • Identify and help develop new projects and initiatives that leverage ORNL facilities and resources
  • Develop and monitor project risk register and develop proactive steps to mitigate risk
  • Support and contribute to the negotiation and preparation of contracts by the National Isotope Development Center by considering the financial conditions, resources, and contractual requirements required for R&D and production of particular radioisotopes
  • Exemplify a commitment to “One ORNL” by modeling lab expectations for excellence in research, operations, and community engagement, and by working cooperatively to leverage capabilities across the lab
  • Serve in professional societies and standards development committees
  • As a member of the ORNL scientific community, you will be expected to commit to ORNL's Research Code of Conduct. Our full code of conduct and a statement by the Lab Director's office can be found here:


Basic Qualifications:

  • This position requires a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, or related field with a minimum of 8 years relevant experience, or an M.S. in with a minimum of 10-year experience, or a B.S. with 12-years of experience in experimental research and development, and/or manufacturing and operations, within a large, multiprogram environment.
  • Demonstrated experience leading multi-functional teams
  • Familiarity with project management tools such as Primavera or Microsoft Project
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with proven ability to successfully interact with internal and external project stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever-changing needs.
  • A strong understanding of and application experience with the principles of project management


 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification
  • Detailed knowledge of and experience with nuclear materials processing
  • Experience translating projects from research and development to the operations environment
  • Experience in preparing and participating in DOE critical decision reviews


About the Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate (ISED):
Established in 2020, the Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate is strengthening Oak Ridge National Laboratory's leadership in isotope production and enrichment technology innovation. ISED is guiding the Lab's pursuit of the fundamental science and technology that broadens the application of isotopes for energy, environmental, medical, and national security purposes. These efforts are made possible through the High Flux Isotope Reactor, the Radiochemical Engineering Development Center, ORNL's other nuclear facilities, and an assemblage of world-leading scientists and engineers.  Please visit for more information about ISED.

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