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Systems Engineer

Date: Jul 28, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8536 


The Testing Science and Cascade Engineering Section within the Enrichment Science and Engineering Division (ESED) is seeking a Technical Professional - Systems Engineer for the Electrical, Instrumentation, and Controls Engineering Group. In this group, we are focused on the development of testbeds and enrichment systems by human machine interface research and system logic development and this position will have with an emphasis in the areas of instrumentation hardware and software to make a significant contribution to projects involving isotope enrichment, nuclear nonproliferation, and instrumentation of mission-critical systems. We develop and implement advanced control system architectures for enrichment technology test beds.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The Systems Engineer is responsible for documenting and testing design and deployment of measurement and instrumentation systems for a wide variety of projects
  • Reports to and works closely with the Electrical, Instrumentation, and Controls Engineering Group Leader to implement the group’s 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; shepherds, implements, and models standards for performance of work consistent with Environment, Safety, Security, Health, and Quality (ESH&Q) requirements and business rules
  • Effectively interacts with various personnel and sponsors, both within and outside of ORNL. Functions as a technical contributor in a team environment
  • Works collaboratively with co-workers and management as well as independently, to fully document work performed in the forms of technical reports and presentations, and to participate in the development of research proposal
  • Interfaces with principal investigators, management, engineers, fabricators, modelers and test campaign personnel
  • Ensures compliance with Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) and QA requirements
  • As a member of the ORNL scientific community, you will be expected to commit to ORNL's Research Code of Conduct. Our full code of conduct, and a statement by the Lab Director's office can be found here:


Basic Qualifications:

  • Requires a M.S. with a minimum of 4 years experience, or a B.S. with 5 years experience in Electrical Engineering or related field of study.
  • Ability to develop, document, and communicate measurement and control system designs
  • Experience documenting work from QA/SQA perspective –system design description documents, user manuals, etc.
  • Ability to learn new software (with web-based training if necessary)
  • The ability to clearly communicate, both verbally and in writing, to sponsoring agencies, other engineers and researchers, technicians, and craftsmen
  • The successful candidate must also have the ability to work with minimal supervision and will be expected to provide input and influence project direction through interaction with project team leadership.
  • Ability to hold and maintain a DOE Q security clearance is required
  • The ability to work flexible hours and travel when required.
  • 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:

  • Active DOE Q clearance
  • Electrical Instrumentation Cabinet, Sensor, Wiring, and hardware layout in CAD (e.g. AutoCAD and AutoCAD Electrical)
  • Programmable logic controllers (PLCs): PLC vendors (e.g. Allen-Bradley) and PLC HMI tools (e.g. FactoryTalk View Site Edition)
  • Data analysis methods
  • Experience with an industry standard SCADA


Special Requirements:

  • The ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance from the Department of Energy.
  • 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.


About the Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate (ISED):
Established in 2020, the Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate is strengthening Oak Ridge National Laboratory's leadership in isotope production and enrichment technology innovation. ISED is guiding the Lab's pursuit of the fundamental science and technology that broadens the application of isotopes for energy, environmental, medical, and national security purposes. These efforts are made possible through the High Flux Isotope Reactor, the Radiochemical Engineering Development Center, ORNL's other nuclear facilities, and an assemblage of world-leading scientists and engineers.  Please visit for more information about ISED.


About ESED:

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 centrifuge technology. The successful candidate will provide research and development (R&D) leadership within the group that strategically advances science and technology focused on gas testing of prototype enrichment devices for processing uraniumbearing and stable isotope compounds.



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