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Power Electronics Engineer

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

As a Power Electronics Engineer, you will support operation, maintenance, repairs and upgrades of Pulsed Power and Power Converter Systems, Magnet Power Supplies, Accelerator Beam Kickers, and High Voltage Beam Chopper systems in the SNS accelerator complex.  As a matrixed employee, the position is also responsible for technical electrical equipment associated with the Proton Power Upgrade (PPU) project that will double the proton beam power capability of the facility. This requires assistance with project planning, specification writing, and design validation testing of accelerator electrical systems.  The role reports to a Team Leader who takes direction from the Electrical and Operations Systems Group Leader.  Interfaces include Electrical and Operations Systems Group members, ORNL and SNS staff, professional peers from non-ORNL institutions, ORNL business services, vendors, and visitors.  You will represent ORNL at workshops, conferences, and collaborations by presenting results of applied research in accelerator technologies.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide accelerator operations support for the SNS and HFIR facilities operating 365/24/7, including occasional after hours call-in to achieve neutron production with >90% availability.
  • Contribute to the development and execution of the Proton Power Upgrade project.
  • Evaluate and upgrade existing pulsed power, power converter, magnet, power supply, kicker, and chopper systems to enhance performance, improve availability and address obsolescence issues.
  • Operate and upgrade multiple test stands to support continuous improvement development and testing activities.
  • Specify, develop, and procure subsystems and components.
  • Plan, manage, and execute maintenance and upgrade work.
  • Develop design, installation, training, testing, maintenance, and procurement documentation and procedures.
  • Ensure compliance with environmental, safety, health and quality program requirements.
  • You will be expected to be willing to learn new skills and to train others.
  • As a member of the ORNL scientific community, you will be expected to commit to ORNL's Research Code of Conduct.  Our full code of conduct, and a statement by the Lab Director's office can be found here:  https://www.ornl.gov/content/research-integrity


Basic Qualifications:

  • BS in Electrical Engineering or related field with 5 or more years of relevant work experience or MS in Electrical Engineering or related field with 4 or more years of relevant work experience
  • Comprehensive understanding of power electronics, electromagnetic fields, very high-power semiconductor devices and pulsed power systems exceeding 50 kV
  • Ability to quickly grasp complex technical problems
  • Experience designing and maintaining high power electronics and magnetics
  • Expertise in troubleshooting and use of standard laboratory test equipment
  • Ability to guide work of a team of engineers and technicians in a project environment
  • A strong background in applying electrical safety principles in a setting that includes severe electrical hazards
  • Must be highly motivated, self-directed and able to work in a team environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Experience creating engineering drawings, specifications, procedures, reports, journal and conference papers, and plans.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of AC power distribution concepts to medium voltage levels
  • Knowledge of high-power magnet power supplies and pulsed power systems used in accelerators
  • Knowledge of Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) and methods to effectively implement
  • Experience with circuit simulation, finite element electromagnetic analysis, mechanical CAD and printed circuit board design software and tools
  • Experience programming PLCs and using LabView software.

About Neutron Sciences Directorate:
The Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) operates the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), the United States' highest flux reactor based neutron source, and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), the world's most intense pulsed accelerator based neutron source. Together these facilities operate 30 instruments for neutron scattering research, each year carrying out in excess of 1,000 experiments in the physical, chemical, materials, biological and medical sciences. HFIR also provides unique facilities for isotope production and neutron irradiation. To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to: http://neutrons.ornl.gov. 

Benefits at ORNL:  UT-Battelle offers a quality benefits package, including a matching 401(k), contributory pension plan, paid vacation, and medical/dental plan options. Onsite amenities include a credit union, medical clinic, cafeteria, coffee stands, and fitness facilities.  

Relocation:  Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.

For more information about our benefits, working here, and living here, visit the “About” tab at jobs.ornl.gov.


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.

If you have trouble applying for a position, please email 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.


Posted: 2020-03-05 Expires: 2020-04-04

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