Requisition Id 1206
The Nuclear Security Advanced Technologies (NSAT) Group within the Nuclear Nonproliferation Division (NND) seeks applications for a research and development position focused on processing of uranium-bearing and stable isotope compounds. NSAT specializes in the application of chemical and engineering principles supporting the characterization of nuclear fuel cycle processes and related materials and supports isotope production efforts at ORNL. The group collaborates with staff and user facilities within ORNL to ensure the full expertise in fuel cycle processes and nuclear nonproliferation are applied to meet sponsor needs.
One of the major focus areas of the NSAT group is the development of advanced approaches to operation, characterization, and analysis of fuel cycle processes. The group specializes in the application of chemical and engineering principles supporting the characterization of processes and related materials. The NSAT group collaborates and works with staff from other groups within NND and ORNL to assure the full expertise of fuel cycle processes are applied to meet sponsor needs.
Major Duties / Responsibilities
Major duties will include leading the development and execution of research tasks focused on characterizing enrichment devices and conversion processes. Characterization involves assessments for optimal processing parameters, development and analysis of approaches to mitigate chemical and physical impediments to processes and the implementation of material and design goals. This position will lead the development and execution of complex test plans involving significant data collection and interpretation, assessment of results, and incorporation of steps for continuous improvement of processes and communication of activities to senior research staff and management.
The successful candidate will be required to effectively interact with various personnel and sponsors, both within and outside of ORNL. The candidate is expected to be able to be a technical leader in a team environment. It is expected the successful candidate will work 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 proposals. Excellent communication skills, including verbal, presentation, and writing skills are required. The successful candidate will interface with principal investigators, management, engineers, fabricators, modelers and test campaign personnel. The candidate will be responsible for understanding and contributing to detailed formal design and instrumentation drawings, testing/analysis plans, and fabrication plans in coordination with stakeholder personnel.
- Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering or related field with at least 10 years of relevant experience or a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering with at least 7 years of relevant experience, or a PhD with at least 5 years of experience in a process engineering and/or engineering research and development environment.
- Demonstrated expertise in complex system design and operation.
- Demonstrated effective communication skills
- The ability to work flexible hours and travel is required
- Knowledge of the theory and application of gas and liquid phase chemical engineering principles with experience in reactive gas operations is desired
- Experience in process design including the following
- System requirements generatin,
- PFD and P&ID generatin, and
- Material balance, equipment sizing and safety basis calculatins
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 is a full-time staff position.
Technical questions should be directed to Dr. Brian Anderson, 865-576-5792
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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