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Group Leaders Within Safeguards and Treaty Verification Section

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge , Tennessee
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Job Title: Group Leaders Within Safeguards and Treaty Verification Section


Overview: We are currently seeking qualified applicants for multiple R&D Group Leads in the Safeguards and Treaty Verification Section within the Nuclear Nonproliferation Division.  The Safeguards and Treaty Verification Section focuses on enhancing concepts, strategies, and technologies that will strengthen the capabilities of USG and international regimes (e.g., the IAEA and partner countries) to safeguard material, commodities, and technologies from proliferation and enhance treaty verification.


We are seeking applicants for each of the following groups:

  1. Strategic Commodities and Technologies — Focuses on review and analysis of nuclear fuel cycle technologies and commodities subject to export control or high-risk property designation; provides technical input for USG policy development and law enforcement; and supports USG efforts to enhance partner country programs for export control and high-risk property.
  2. Implementation Technologies — Focuses on development and improvement of concepts and approaches that enhance safeguards implementation, including strategies and technologies that improve inspection objectives. Assists the NNSA Office of Nonproliferation and Arms Control in international engagements to strengthen implementation of safeguards and treaty verification.
  3. Non-Destructive Analysis R&D — Focuses on research, development, and application of non-destructive detection and analysis technologies that support material control and accounting, operational safety for material processing, and nuclear material security protocols.
  4. Verification Technologies — Focused on research, development, and application of technologies that can support verification, monitoring, detection, assessment, or response to unauthorized access or misuse of nuclear material and/or security of nuclear/radiological facilities.




Provide Research and Development (R&D) leadership to the group that strategically advances science and technology consistent with ORNL’s aspiration to be the world’s premier R&D institution and ORNL’s science culture.


The R&D Group Leader brings together a group of peers with the primary goal of pursuing global scientific leadership in their field, nurtures ORNL’s culture among group members, and continues to build and scale up individual excellence and impact in R&D. The R&D Group Leader reports to and works closely with the R&D Section Head to implement the group’s scientific vision; develops group members to enable their career advancement; establishes capabilities that enable programs to excel at the forefront of science and technology; performs R&D to advance the field of knowledge and/or technology in one’s respective specialty; sets, implements, and models standards for performance of work consistent with Environment, Safety, Security, Health, and Quality (ESH&Q) requirements and business rules; and ensures a diverse and inclusive work environment where every employee feels safe, heard, and appreciated—a workplace that sets an example for the broader community.


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: 

  • Develop a vision and implement a cohesive group 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.
  • Develop, manage and execute projects that provide valued and timely deliverables supporting nuclear nonproliferation and safeguards missions.
  • Assist staff in setting performance goals consistent with the group’s strategy and members’ long-term career goals. Provide feedback to address performance issues in a timely manner.
  • Provide relevant input to assist the R&D Section Head with staff development while providing direct and impactful guidance to staff on regular basis.
  • Encourage staff to “think and dream big,” take appropriate risks in their work, and develop skills that will enable them to pursue new ideas, scientific passions, and research programs.
  • Advance the reputation of the group members and standing of the group as a whole through establishing collaborations, Professional Society leadership and involvement, and organization of technical events.
  • Support group members by consistently reviewing technical products such as proposals, publications, and artifacts to ensure high quality and consistency with ORNL standards.
  • Attract a quality, diverse pool of top candidates and hire staff members who are committed to world-class R&D and aspire to be the best in their field.
  • Lead by example by exercising the principles in ORNL’s “Research Code of Conduct” as a guide for proposing, performing, and communicating research.
  • Coach and mentor staff regarding ORNL's "Safe Conduct of Research" principles. 
  • Lead ESH&Q by example and ensure all work is carried out safely, securely, and in compliance with ORNL policies, standards, and procedures.
  • Exemplify a commitment to "One ORNL" by modeling lab expectations for excellence in research, operations, and community engagement, and by working cooperatively to leverage capabilities across the lab.
  • Hold regular scientific/technical group meetings and be visible in the labs and workplace.
  • Assume front-line responsibility for safety in the group’s laboratory; mentor and empower the Laboratory Space Managers to create a strong safety culture.



Basic Requirements:

  • Requires a Ph.D. in an engineering or scientific discipline with a minimum of 6 years relevant experience, a M.S. in an engineering or scientific discipline with a minimum of 12 years experiences, or a B.S. in an engineering or scientific discipline with a minimum of 15 years relevant experience.
  • Qualified candidates should have demonstrated experience in leading R&D teams with a focus on nuclear nonproliferation and safeguards. 
  • An R&D track record in areas relevant to the specific R&D Group of interest
  • Extensive knowledge of S&T issues associated with nonproliferation and counterproliferation.
  • Demonstrated experience in program development, preferably with relevant offices within DOE and NNSA. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a demonstrated leadership ability and a strong commitment to a teaming environment. 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally.



Preferred Qualifications:

  • Extensive knowledge of the nuclear fuel cycle and associated technologies and operations.
  • 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.

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.



Posted: 2020-07-13 Expires: 2020-08-12

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