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Senior Technical Professional in Collection Instrumentation Development and Deployment

Date: Jan 11, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4734 




The Collection Science and Engineering Group (CSE) of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Division (NND) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) seeks applicants for a full-time senior technical staff position that will focus on the development, testing, and deployment of material and signals collection equipment for multiple national security, proliferation detection, and nuclear forensics applications.  CSE members combine expertise in multiple aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle, collector development and deployment, radiation detection, atmospheric transport and dispersion, applied mathematics, and data analytics to provide the research and development (R&D) and associated technical and operational support that enables a conduct of nuclear nonproliferation missions for numerous US Government agencies. The successful applicant will work with these multidisciplinary teams to identify, develop, and implement solutions for national security challenges. In particular, this position will focus on development of advanced collection equipment and approaches to enhance capabilities in addressing complex and emerging mission areas of interest to the nuclear nonproliferation community.


The NND is a division operating within the National Security Sciences Directorate at ORNL. A key mission of the NND is delivery of R&D needed to improve the protection of nuclear materials and fuel cycle technology and prevent the theft, diversion, and illicit use of those materials or technologies, while at the same time allowing for their peaceful use in the global arena. The division is responsible for a range of expertise, facilities, and equipment and applies these combined assets to address R&D and operational challenges related to nonproliferation, safeguards, treaty verification, counterproliferation, and global nuclear security. The division activities also play a vital role in implementation of national policy issues that strive to ensure global nuclear security.


The mission of the Collection Science and Engineering Group is to apply scientific and engineering principles to conceptualize, design, fabricate, deploy, and validate advanced collection systems.   Collection system development will be coupled with high-confidence planning and operational knowledge to enable effective validation and deployment in real world scenarios.   The group interfaces and collaborates with facility, process, and research staff across ORNL and with elements of the chemistry and materials science missions within NND and across the broader ORNL and DOE community.  The group will collaborate strongly with analytical expertise and experimental capabilities within ORNL to ensure collection planning and execution to maximize the analytical value of the development. 


The individual selected for this position will be responsible for interacting with division staff members inside and outside CSE, working on projects in a team environment. The successful candidate is expected to participate in the development of research concepts and proposals, development of instrumentation to address complex sponsor requirements, deployment of equipment, and assessment of results culminating in technical reports, presentations, and journal publications.



Major Duties/Responsibilities


The responsibilities of this position include conceptualizing and developing advanced materials and signals collection systems and approaches as well as the analysis of these emanations to enhance the understanding of the original processes involved. Additionally, the selected candidate will be responsible for upkeeping collection equipment for quick response as requested by sponsors, maintaining laboratories for preparing equipment for deployment, and receiving equipment back from the field. 


The ideal candidate


  • Has strong background in mechanical and electrical applications/engineering
  • Has experience with field work
  • Has familiarization or can become familiar with meteorology instrumentation and systems
  • Has exceptional organizational skills in field
  • Has experience working in a laboratory environment
  • Independently solves a variety of complex technical challenges using advanced knowledge and significant experience
  • Derives solutions to equipment issues quickly during field exercises
  • Engages programmatically and technically across the division, directorate, and laboratory to help sustain and grow ORNL impact on nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear security missions.
  • Works well both independently and in a team environment and to fully document work performed in technical reports and papers. The candidate will be responsible for contributing to and expanding CSE’s capabilities and scientific impact through proposals and other program development.
  • Supports senior staff in the development and execution of projects that provide valued and timely deliverables supporting the National Security Sciences Directorate (NSSD) and nonproliferation customers.
  • Maintains a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of the institution values and ethics, and bide by all environmental, safety, health and quality requirements and implement practices per ORNL’s Standards-based Management System (SBMS).




  • B.S. in mechanical or electrical engineering or related field plus 8 years of experience in a similar area, M.S. plus 7 - 10 years of relevant experience, or Ph.D.  plus 4 - 6 years of experience in this area.
  • Recent experience in nuclear fuel cycle field work with demonstrated accomplishments in the solution of real-world field test problems
  • Experience in leading technically complex projects across a variety of mission areas
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills, a willingness to apply those skills to a variety of problems, and the ability to determine and understand the broader context of his or her research
  • Experience with field work




  • Experience in the design, fabrication and maintenance of collection systems
  • Ability to understand and adapt to the unique challenges associated with national security problems
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal, presentation, and writing skills are required to enable effective interaction and communication with technical peers, program managers, and sponsors.



Special Requirement

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a 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.


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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