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Sr. R&D Staff Nuclear Fuel Cycle Analyst

Date: Feb 14, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4560 



The Fuel Cycle Analysis Group seeks applicants with nuclear fuel cycle experience to perform engineering analytical work to support tasks within the nuclear non-proliferation/nuclear security arena. The applicant will be responsible for analyzing information, producing written products, and briefing material to peers, management, and sponsors.




This position will lead state of the art Research and Development (R&D) for the group that strategically advances science and technology consistent with ORNL’s aspiration to be the world’s premier R&D institution and ORNL’s science culture. 


The Sr. R&D Staff member brings together a group of peers with the primary goals of pursuing global scientific leadership in their field, developing a strategy to develop a world class capability, nurturing ORNL’s culture among group members, and continuing to build and scale up individual excellence and impact in R&D. The Sr. R&D Staff reports to the Group Leader and works closely with the R&D Section Head to implement the scientific vision; establishes capabilities that enable programs to excel at the forefront of science and technology; performs R&D to advance the field of knowledge and/or technology in one’s respective specialty; sets, implements, and models standards for performance of work consistent with Environment, Safety, Security, Health, and Quality (ESH&Q) requirements and business rules; and ensures a diverse and inclusive work environment where every employee feels safe, heard, and appreciated—a workplace that sets an example for the broader community.


The National Security Sciences Directorate conducts research and development to confront some of the nation’s most difficult security challenges and adversaries.  Our directorate houses S&T leadership in cybersecurity and cyber-physical resiliency, data analytics, geospatial science and technology, nuclear nonproliferation, and high-performance computing for sensitive national security missions. We draw on the Laboratory’s exceptional facilities and work closely with leading researchers in other areas at the lab such as nuclear and chemical sciences and engineering, applied materials, advanced manufacturing, biosecurity, transportation, and computing.  Our multi-disciplinary research teams are passionate about discovery and innovation as we create science-based solutions to complex security threats that put public safety, national defense, energy infrastructure, and the economy at risk.



Our commitment to diversity:  As we strive to become the world’s premier research institution in the sciences and technologies that underpin critical national security missions, we are committed to creating an inclusive environment that highly values a diverse workforce.  We recognize that a breadth of perspectives, insights, and experiences are necessary to drive the level of innovation and discovery that is mission critical to national security sciences.  Our commitment extends beyond our workforce to the next generation of researchers with STEM education outreach that seeks to engage a diverse range of students.



Major Job Duties and Responsibilities

The applicant will be responsible for providing technical expertise with the following major duties and responsibilities:

  • Perform engineering analytical work necessary to support programs, projects, and tasks related to nuclear fuel cycle technologies
  • Responsible for producing peer-reviewed papers and briefings of analytical assessments on nuclear programs and issues
  • Generate analytical assessments on nuclear processing technologies to include process operations, engineering, and technical developments
  • Present briefings and classroom instruction related to the nuclear fuel cycle
  • Interact and collaborate with agencies and members of the national security community
  • Abide by all environmental, safety, health and quality requirements and implement practices per ORNL’s Standards-based Management System (SBMS).
  • Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation of the Directorate’s values and ethics



Required Qualifications

  • B.S. in Engineering or other relevant technical discipline with 15+ years of experience, or M.S. in Engineering or other relevant technical discipline with 12+ years of experience, or a PhD in Engineering or other relevant technical discipline with 8+ years of experience
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to acquire new knowledge and learn new skills is essential 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills are essential
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate with team members
  • Ability to interact with sponsors and officials from other government agencies
  • Occasional domestic travel



 Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in the nuclear fuel cycle is desirable such as uranium mining/milling, uranium refining, UF6 production, uranium enrichment, reactor fuel production, zirconium/hafnium separation, reactor operation, spent fuel reprocessing, highly enriched uranium or plutonium processing.
  • Experience working with the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DoD) or other government agencies is highly desirable.



Special Requirement:
This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) 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.  In addition, due the SCI, you may be also be subject to random polygraph testing.


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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