US ITER Plasma Diagnostics and Fueling Technical Director

Date: Jun 10, 2024

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 12292 


The US ITER Plasma Diagnostics and Fueling Technical Director is accountable to the US ITER Project Director to provide leadership to project and staff management functions of the US ITER Project (with a total project cost of $6.5B ), ensuring that the project’s technical scope, budget and schedule performance objectives are achieved in a safe and environmentally compliant manner. This role has direct responsibility for the design, procurement, and delivery of US ITER hardware contributions to the international ITER facility in France. This person will closely work with the US ITER Engineering Technical Director to ensure the design and delivery of hardware components and systems is achieved while maintaining project objectives related to cost and schedule. This person has the responsibility to exercise broad management judgment consistent with the US ITER Project Director’s direction and in coordination with various project areas including quality, procurement, safety, and project controls.


The United States is a partner nation in ITER, an unprecedented international collaboration of scientists and engineers working to design, construct, and assemble a burning plasma experiment demonstrating the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion energy! A self-heated (burning) plasma is a crucial step in fusion energy development. US ITER is a DOE Office of Science project managed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee. Partner labs are Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL). ITER's other partners are the People's Republic of China, the European Union, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the Russian Federation. US hardware deliveries to the project will continue for at least the next ten years. Find out more about this exciting project at and!


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Direct and supervise the US ITER Team Leaders of the following systems: All US ITER Diagnostics, Port Integration, Pellet Injection and Disruption Mitigation. Activities span design, procurement, and delivery and acceptance of US ITER hardware. In addition, this individual will establish and champion collaborative relationships, primarily with the Engineering Technical Director but also with SMEs across Oak Ridge National Laboratory, partner labs, and the International ITER Organization to assure US ITER scope can be successfully delivered. Responsible for the delivery of approximately 50% of the hardware provided by US to IO (~$1B total), in compliance with DOE Order 413.3B.


  • Ensures that project technical requirements are met for responsible groups and supervises procurement of assigned hardware, with timely delivery to the ITER site.
  • Completes assigned scope within cost and schedule.
  • Pro-actively identifies risks and leads effective risk mitigation plans for critical technical issues and risks, as advised by technical teams, which could impact project performance.
  • Partners closely with the International Organization (IO) to ensure appropriate coordination, and advocates for realistic and consistent requirements for US hardware.
  • Leads and manages a team of approximately 30 staff
  • Hires, trains and maintains a diverse and experienced staff to complete the work.
  • Maintains a strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of ORNL values and ethics. Ensures compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements.
  • Approves requisitions and procurement awards per authorized limits of authority.
  • Partners with the Project Manager and Assistant Project Manager for recommendations of determination of PCR vs. variance for deviations.
  • Serves as a domain expert for US ITER systems, as appropriate.
  • Works closely with and directs Team Leads to ensures that corrective actions are implemented to resolve non-conforming conditions, ensures that preventative actions are implemented to prevent reoccurrence of non-conforming conditions, and works with the ES&H and Quality Assurance Manager to review quality trends and develops training and process improvements to improve design, manufacturing, and delivery activities.
  • Coordinates/advises senior staff from US ITER on the management of vendors and their work for the US ITER project.
  • Compiles and assesses crucial information and issues from monthly internal project status review meetings and present at senior management bi-monthly meeting.
  • Contributes to ORNL's Research Code of Conduct by holding yourself and others to the highest scientific, professional, and ethical standards in a manner that fosters mutual respect and improves the reputation of the individual researcher, their colleagues, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in its mission to address the Department of Energy's and the nation's scientific and technical challenges.

  • Deliver ORNL's mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace - in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in science, engineering, or other related field (an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered)
  • At least 15 years of relevant experience
  • At least 10 years of engineering management and/or technical project management experience
  • At least 5-8 years of demonstrated experience supervising highly skilled scientists, engineers, and project management professionals.
  • Experience with implementing Earned Value Management (EVM) methodology.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven, successful management of engineering teams within large, complex scientific/technical projects.
  • Experience with international projects and teams
  • Technical experience in the design, construction, and integration of plasma fueling and diagnostics and/or scientific instruments.
  • Experience in large-scale science facility hardware and systems such as: vacuum technology, superconducting magnets, plasma fueling, diagnostics, materials and heating and cooling systems.
  • Experience with DOE O 413.3B projects


Benefits at ORNL:

ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain hard-working people. The laboratory offers many employee benefits, including medical and retirement plans and flexible work hours, to help you and your family live happy and healthy. Employee amenities such as on-site fitness, banking, and cafeteria facilities are also provided for convenience.


Other benefits include: Prescription Drug Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Contributory Pension Plan, Life Insurance, Pet Insurance, Disability Benefits, Generous Vacation and Holidays, Parental Leave, Legal Insurance with Identity Theft Protection, Employee Assistance Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Wellness Programs, Educational Assistance, Relocation Assistance, and Employee Discounts.


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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