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System Safety Analyst

Date: Jan 3, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 9635 


The Engineering Management Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) seeks to hire a full-time System Safety Analyst for continued implementation of ORNL’s System Safety Program.   DRF Note: TP04FSSE (systems engineering).


The ORNL System Safety Program incorporates well-established process safety techniques taken from other industries (chemical processing, petrochemical, aerospace, military, etc.) and adapts them to the ORNL operating and research and development (R&D) environment. The intent of this program at ORNL is to use this process as a tool to evaluate research and support systems and process that may include unique hazards that present higher risk than routinely encountered in research or operations.   The techniques used for performing these analyses can be tailored and applied in these circumstances as a supplemental form of documentation/hazard analysis noted in the Work Control Subject Area. In this program, processes are analyzed using established techniques to identify latent or unanticipated failure scenarios, risks and consequences associated with the failure scenarios; safeguards in place that mitigate the risks; and whether the safeguards are adequate to ensure that the residual risks are within established tolerance criteria.



Serve as the Program Manager and Lead System Safety Analyst for ORNL’s System Safety Program for ORNL that is based on industry and military standards and best practices which optimizes safety and supports risk management decisions.


Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Continue the implementation of the ORNL System Safety Program for ORNL that is implemented for systems, processes, hazards, materials, or facilities with one or more of the following characteristics:
    • Exceed lab scale operations
    • Involves systems or processes, hazards and materials that exceed established thresholds (operational boundaries, approved operating envelop, etc.)
    • Requires development of specific administrative or engineered controls not associated with routine hazard analysis
    • Uses hazardous materials with a high temperature/high pressure
    • Uses unsealed radioactive material >10% of HC3 thresholds
    • Located offsite, with potential public event consequences
    • May affect safety of personnel co-located with the process or system
  • Perform System Safety Analysis tasks utilizing appropriate methods and techniques to determine hazards, evaluate system operational functions, energy sources and possible failure states.  
  • Recommend safety guidelines and design safety methods that will eliminate or mitigate hazards early in the design phase/lifecycle of the process or system being conceptualized.
  • Recommend preventive measures to eliminate or mitigate the identified hazards as a safety guideline or system safety requirement.  Hazard mitigation methods should follow the preferred order of precedence established in DOE, industry, and military standards for invoking or developing safety requirements:  1) Elimination; 2) Substitution; 3) Engineering controls; 4) Administrative controls; 5) Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Develop a System Safety Assurance component to the program which can provide structure and oversight to the ORNL risk management and acceptance process which is integrated with other governance bodies such as the Operations Council.  Responsible to support ongoing communication of system safety initiatives and functions with ORNL line management and operations management.
  • Incorporate safety analysis results and potential failure modes/scenarios in the Emergency Planning function to increase the robustness of the ORNL Emergency Management function.
  • Assist with identifying trends for purposes of developing mitigation strategies to reduce the frequency and severity of system or process occurrences within an acceptable risk tolerance level.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS in Engineering with 10+ years’ relevant experience or MS in Engineering with 8+ years’ relevant experience or BS in related technical degree with 12+ years’ of applicable experience.
  • Experience in a research environment.
  • 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


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to obtain Professional Engineering (P.E.) license highly desirable
  • Ability to develop and implement programmatic procedures and associated command media considered a plus
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal and influencing skills.  Ability to effectively interface with DOE and UT-Battelle management and staff at all levels. 
  • Ability to lead or co-lead self-assessment considered a plus.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with project management discipline and management systems.
  • Self-motivated and organizational skills to enable planning, execution and implementation in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrated team leadership experience and ability to achieve results through diverse cross-functional teams.
  • Assessment and investigation experience is highly desirable.
  • Some experience in accident, incident and/or root cause analysis.
  • Some exposure to engineering principles and the ability to read engineering drawings and P&IDs.
  • The ability to quickly learn and apply new skills and techniques.
  • The ability to interact professionally in a team environment with all levels of personnel.
  • The ability to productively manage conflict and to reach mutually acceptable conflict resolution.
  • The ability to lead a team in fast-paced progress toward a mutual goal.
  • An inquisitive, analytical perspective.


Physical Requirements:

Work involves various physical requirements and working conditions. As such, a pre-hire physical will be required after offer.


Q clearance:

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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