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Senior Enrichment Systems Engineer

Date: Sep 9, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 6366 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking an outstanding and innovative System’s Engineer to support the Enrichment Science and Engineering Division (ESED) – Stable Isotope Research Development and Production Section (SIRDP) to further advance and support electromagnetic isotope separation and the plasma separation process. This engineer will support the development, build, and deployment of multiple plasma-based enrichment devices and help troubleshoot numerous complex systems in research and production environments.

As part of our research team, you will work closely with a focused group of scientists, technicians, and other engineers on challenging, fast pace technical projects in support of the DOE Isotope Program. 


The Enrichment Science and Engineering Division serves the nation in two critical areas: advancing enrichment technologies and exploring stable isotope production and applications. The division leverages an elite staff of scientists and engineers with the world-leading capabilities of Oak Ridge National Laboratory to deliver groundbreaking advancements with a variety of applications, from national security to life-saving medical treatments.

ESED is the national steward for the research, development, and demonstration of enrichment technologies.  ORNL is a recognized leader in centrifuge and electromagnetic enrichment technology.  We are the stewards and dispensary of the nation’s stable isotope inventory and have a legacy dating to the late 1940s.  This division integrates the full enrichment process from chemical synthesis of feed materials through fabrication of the custom physical forms needed to support the user communities.  The successful candidate will provide system engineering support during the design, procurement, installation, troubleshooting, and operation stage of stable isotope production.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Assembly and troubleshooting of complex systems used for the enrichment of stable isotopes that includes electromagnets, high vacuum systems, distributed control systems, pneumatic valve controls, water cooling systems, and dc low and high voltage systems
  • Preparation and tracking of procurement packages for new assembly fabrication and production support
  • Document/record management and revision control
  • Preparing parts lists and Bills of Materials
  • Initiating and following procurements
  • Collaboration with engineers, scientists, designers and technicians
  • Coordinating hands-on assembly, functional testing, and troubleshooting of complex systems
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements
  • Provide subject matter expertise through troubleshooting and support for plasma-based enrichment production operations
  • Work closely with colleagues and safety professional to ensure safe execution of all aspects of work.  We can perform nearly all manners of hazard work as long as it is well planned and properly controlled.    

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Systems, Mechanical, Electrical Engineering or a related discipline with a minimum of 7 years or relevant experience; or a Master’s Degree with a minimum of 6 years of experience
  • Experience installing and troubleshooting complex mechanical and electrical systems
  • The ability to work flexible hours and travel when required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • 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

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs
  • Systems Engineering experience in research and/or production environments
  • Experience leading a team of technicians in the installation, commissioning, and troubleshooting of highly integrated equipment with remote controlled systems
  • Proficiency with 3D SolidWorks computer-aided design software is a plus
  • Experience building, troubleshooting and maintaining high vacuum systems
  • Experience with high voltage and high-current DC systems
  • Experience with electromagnets
  • Experience with LabView

Special Job Requirements: This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program.

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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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