US ITER Systems Engineer

Date: Feb 12, 2024

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 12498 


US ITER is a $6.5 Billion, Department of Energy multi-laboratory project that executes the United States (US) contributions to the ITER Project in France lead by the ITER International Organization (IO). The US is a non-host partner in the world’s largest and unprecedented scientific partnership as part of a seven-member international collaboration which includes the partner Domestic Agencies (DA’s) China, European Union, India, Japan, Korea, and Russia to design and construct a fusion nuclear reactor aimed at establishing the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion energy and create a pathway toward a zero-carbon society. The US ITER project is hosted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee. Partner labs are Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL). Learn more about this exciting project at and .


The US ITER Systems Engineer is responsible for the application of Systems Engineering supporting the design, fabrication, testing/acceptance and delivery of systems, structures and components produced by US ITER for the ITER project. The position involves working with other engineers and managers in an engineering and manufacturing environment.


Major Duties / Responsibilities:

  • Work with design teams in integrating strong system engineering practices in the design evolution of:
    • Requirements development and management.
    • Configuration management/change control.
    • Interface and configuration model management.
    • Deliverables planning and management.
  • Review of engineering and manufacturing deliverables (documents, drawings, etc.), procedures, etc.
  • Support development and documentation of ITER engineering plans, procedures, deliverables, processes and workflows.
  • Coordinate preparations for readiness/design reviews.
  • Working in accordance with IO Agreement (Procurement Arrangement).
  • Working as US ITER team member with the ITER organization and international partners.
  • 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 Bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related field of study and 5 to 7+ years of relevant experience.  
  • Solid understanding of systems engineering including requirements management, configuration management, interface control, specification development, and procedure development.
  • Experience on large scale, integrated engineering projects throughout the design and manufacturing lifecycle.
  • Ability to work fluently with Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Power Point).


Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Masters degree in Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related technical field with 4 to 6+ years of experience in design, construction and operation of hardware and/or systems
  • INCOSE certification as a Professional Systems Engineer or willingness to pursue SE Certification is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of US ITER and IO procedures is highly desirable.
  • Familiarity or experience with fusion energy technology, large electromechanical devices and/or software development
  • Detail-oriented self-starter, able to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Work well with diverse spectrum of personnel (people/soft skillset).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to communicate with members of the organization at all levels and with suppliers.
  • Effective problem solving, time management, and organizational skills.


Benefits at ORNL:  

ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain talented 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 the following: Prescription Drug Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Contributory Pension Plan, Life 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.


Moving is stressful and expensive, and UT Battelle offers a wide range of relocation benefits for individuals and families to make it easier to come and work here. If you are invited to interview, please ask your Recruiter about relocating with ORNL.




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.

We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

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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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