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Software Developer

Date: Sep 19, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 7625 

Description of job: The Nuclear Nonproliferation Division (NND) is a division operating within the National Security Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The NND performs research and development to detect, characterize, and monitor nuclear fuel cycle activities and nuclear explosions; develops concepts, approaches, and technologies to strengthen global security for nuclear and radiological material; and engages with federal agencies to enhance international nonproliferation regimes.


Within the NND, the Detonation Forensics and Response (DFR) group focuses on nuclear detonation fallout prediction for support of improved capabilities in detonation characterization and forensics and provides enhanced tools to support incident response and consequence management. The DFR group seeks applications for a software engineer who will: Develop, maintain, and release software in support of DFR mission needs, utilize a continuous integration / continuous deployment (CI/CD) environment on Windows, Mac, and Linux machines, and work in a multidisciplinary team environment with both software development and research staff.


Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participate in software development, quality assurance, and life cycle management in areas related to nuclear nonproliferation and post-nuclear detonation forensics and consequence management.
  • Advise R&D staff (e.g., nuclear engineers, physicists, chemists) with issues pertaining to code development, maintenance, and deployment, as well as computational analysis.
  • Collaborate with researchers inside and outside ORNL to advance the technical and scientific missions of the group, laboratory, and sponsor.
  • Interact regularly with senior scientists, program managers, group members, and prepare and present periodic reports documenting research and development activities.
  • Publish papers with R&D staff in peer-reviewed journals, consistent with programmatic and legal restrictions regarding operational security and export control.
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements.
  • Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.


Qualifications Required:

  • A Ph.D. in a computer science, software engineering, or related field, an M.S. in a computer science, software engineering, or related field with a minimum of 2 years experience, or a B.S. in a computer science, software engineering, or related field with a minimum of 4 years relevant experience.
  • Experience with software development life cycle.
  • Experience writing and maintaining code, preferably with experience in C++, C, Python, Fortran, Java, and Qt.
  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams across all phases of the software development life cycle.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a strong commitment to a team environment.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with Science and Technology issues associated with nuclear nonproliferation and counterproliferation.
  • Experience in work related to relevant offices within DOE and NNSA.


Special Requirement:

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance from the Department of Energy.


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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