Technical Advisor

Date: Sep 14, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 11401 


This position will serve as the technical advisor to the Bethel Valley Hot Cell facilities within the Nonreactor Nuclear Facilities Division (NNFD). This position has multiple roles including Safety Basis Implementation, Inventory Tracking and Evaluation, and serving as the facility Material Balance Area Representative (MBAR). The Safety Basis documents are Department of Energy (DOE) approved documents that govern the operation of our nuclear facilities and failure to follow the requirements can result in reportable occurrences and fines for the organization. Many of these activities impact all the NNFD facilities. In addition to these duties, this position will serve as the Facility Manager and Operation Manager lead for conducting assessments and developing corrective actions.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Review changes to the Documented Safety Analysis, investigate issues that arise within the facility, propose recommended implementing/corrective actions to the facility management team, and supervise the actions to completion via an approved implementation process.
  • Develop the safety software and software QA requirements for the inventory control systems including transportation activities, radioactive material inventory, fissionable material inventory, and accountable nuclear material inventory.
  • Continuously improve accounting strategies and inventory tracking programs to ensure facility inventory is accurately maintained.
  • Screen inventory transfers, forecast future inventory changes, make recommendations on acceptance of materials, and provide Process Knowledge to assign inventory data values to outgoing radioactive materials.
  • Maintain records and control ledgers in accordance with stringent nuclear material accounting principles to accurately reflect the inventory on hand by number of discrete pieces, material type, material form, radioisotope, container information, and location.
  • Serve as the facility MBAR and work with Nuclear Material Control and Accountability (NMC&A) staff to supervise the MBA.
  • Perform Physical Inventory, Inventory Reconciliation, and other NMC&A assessments.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Requires a B.S. degree in Engineering with a minimum of 2 years of relevant nuclear related experience, or an Associate degree in a technical field with a minimum of 4 years of relevant nuclear related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and applicable experience.
  • Experience in scheduling and prioritization of research tasks and strong customer service skills.
  • Exceptional teamwork skills, computer skills (Microsoft Excel, Access, and Word), organizational skills, and strong personal motivation with the ability to adjust to changing priorities.
  • Proven track record to work and communicate optimally with diverse teams of operations staff, research professionals, and technicians.
  • Ability to hold and maintain a DOE Q security clearance is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A B.S. in Nuclear Engineering
  • Strong familiarity with radioisotope symbology, chart of the nuclides, and relative isotopic hazards.
  • Ability to work as an active and contributing team member, manage time, and work independently with minimum oversight.
  • Active DOE Q Security Clearance
  • Ability to accomplish multiple tasks in a sophisticated environment with attention to detail and thoroughness.
  • Familiarity with Nuclear Safety Basis documentation and associated controls (specifically nuclear inventory control).
  • Ability to handle potentially stressful situations.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.


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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