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Distinguished R&D Staff National Security Sciences – Plutonium Production Systems

Oak Ridge National Laboratory seeks world-class scientific leaders for the National Security Sciences Directorate

  • Closing date: 13 Mar 2021
  • United States | Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Date posted: 12 Feb 2021
  • Job type: Research facilities
  • Disciplines: Accelerators, neutron & light sources  | Nuclear, fusion & energy 

Overview

We are currently seeking world-class scientific leaders for the National Security Sciences Directorate with Oak Ridge National Lab. The Distinguished R&D Staff position affords the unique opportunity to work with a group of talented R&D professionals and establish ORNL as a premier R&D organization by enabling true impact on critical national security missions through a team-based approach and commitment to excellence.

Purpose

Provide scientific leadership within the directorate to strategically advance Research and Development (R&D) in national security domains such as Cyber, Geospatial Science, or Nuclear Nonproliferation. We are hiring for scientific leaders within all three disciplines. Our Distinguished R&D Staff are scientific leaders in and beyond the ORNL community and help lead the scientific direction in their respective areas of expertise.

The Distinguished R&D Staff brings together a group of peers with the primary goals of pursuing global scientific leadership in their field, developing a strategy to develop a world class capability, nurturing and mentoring group members, and continuing to build and scale up individual excellence and impact in R&D. This position works closely with the R&D line leadership to implement the scientific vision; establish capabilities that enable programs to excel at the forefront of science and technology; perform R&D to advance the field of knowledge and/or technology in one’s respective specialty; set, implement, and model standards for performance of work consistent with Environment, Safety, Security, Health, and Quality (ESH&Q) requirements and business rules; and ensure a diverse and inclusive work environment where every employee feels safe, heard, and appreciated – a workplace that sets an example for the broader community. This position has the opportunity to grow a new research team or group, as well as the possibility to receive lab directed funding for research initiatives.

The National Security Sciences Directorate conducts research and development to confront some of the nation’s most difficult security challenges and adversaries. Our directorate houses S&T leadership in cybersecurity and cyber-physical resiliency, data analytics, geospatial science and technology, nuclear nonproliferation, and high-performance computing for sensitive national security missions. We draw on the Laboratory’s exceptional facilities and work closely with leading researchers in other areas at the lab such as nuclear and chemical sciences and engineering, applied materials, advanced manufacturing, biosecurity, transportation, and computing. Our multi-disciplinary research teams are passionate about discovery and innovation as we create science-based solutions to complex security threats that put public safety, national defense, energy infrastructure, and the economy at risk.

Our commitment to diversity: As we strive to become the world’s premier research institution in the sciences and technologies that underpin critical national security missions, we are committed to creating an inclusive environment that highly values a diverse workforce. We recognize that a breadth of perspectives, insights, and experiences are necessary to drive the level of innovation and discovery that is mission critical to national security sciences.  Our commitment extends beyond our workforce to the next generation of researchers with STEM education outreach that seeks to engage a diverse range of students.

Major duties and responsibilities

  • Initiate, lead and perform independent and impactful R&D on an ongoing basis as evidenced by, for example, innovative S&T delivered to sponsors, successful proposals, S&T presentations, professional community engagement, inventions/patents/copyrights, publications as appropriate, etc.
  • Lead program development activities through sponsor engagements, preparation of proposals and white papers, participation in workshops, as well as other program development activities.
  • Develop a vision and implement a cohesive research strategy to ensure the success of new and ongoing research projects to position the group for future success.
  • Develop and implement plans to exploit new opportunities and/or expand existing efforts.
  • Lead by example by exercising scientific integrity in proposing, performing, and communicating research.
  • Lead by example to ensure all work is carried out safely, securely, and in compliance with ORNL policies, standards, and procedures.
  • Exemplify a commitment to excellence in research, operations, and community engagement, and work cooperatively to leverage scientific capabilities across ORNL.
  • Advance the reputation of the group and standing of the group as a whole through establishing collaborations, professional society leadership and involvement, and organization of technical events.

Basic requirements

  • Requires a PhD with a minimum of 12 years relevant experience or a MS with a minimum of 16 years relevant experience in nuclear engineering or related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to write winning proposals to government agencies in the area of national security.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead national security projects as principal investigator.
  • Demonstrated ability to make significant technical contributions to projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to present scientific results to sponsors and technical communities, we well as at professional society conferences and workshops.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a demonstrated leadership ability and a strong commitment to a team environment. 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. 

Preferred qualifications

  • Demonstrated track record of research and development leadership in national and/or international engagements that seek to sustain and strengthen the national security community.
  • Experience working for or collaborating with DOE National Laboratories (or similar R&D organizations). 

Special requirement

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 will remain open for a minimum of five 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.

If you have trouble applying for a position, please e-mail ORNLRecruiting@ornl.gov.

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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