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Nuclear Assurance Specialist

Requisition Id 8565 

This position is located on-site at our facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.


The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) seeks to hire a Nuclear Assurance Specialist. This position is within the Contractor Assurance Office and reports to the CAS Lead. This position is independent of the nuclear and radiological organizations and provides oversight of the implementation of applicable policies, processes, procedures, and applications, contributing to an effective nuclear assurance program.

The Nuclear Assurance Specialist will facilitate independent assessments and monitor performance of the nuclear operations at ORNL. This includes developing key metrics for identifying trends and potential impacts to ORNL nuclear operations and ensuring that the nuclear assurance program meets applicable requirements. This position is part of the CAS office which resides in the Office of Integrated Performance Management that supports the Laboratory Director’s Office in contractor assurance and performance management systems at ORNL.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Identify and facilitate required independent reviews as required for compliance in Nuclear and Radiological facilities and operations.
  • Support line management and Management System Owners through conducting periodic reviews, assessments, common cause analyses, USQD program implementation reviews, and others, as required.
  • Generate performance analysis reports which provide trending and analysis data to evaluate the health of the laboratory’s nuclear operations, identify opportunities for continuous improvement, and support management with implementation.
  • Proactively identify and evaluate areas of concern in nuclear operations; and collaborate with other ORNL management system owners and organizations to develop and implement effective strategies, priority, and plans.
  • Identify and maintain stewardship of institutional nuclear performance indicators and analysis
  • Provide input and relay key messages for nuclear assurance elements such as institutional performance monitoring, issues management, cause analysis, management assessments, event reporting, and lessons learned to support business operations and management system performance improvement.
  • Develop measurable and meaningful performance metrics in collaboration with ORNL management system owners and organizations to effectively monitor the health of the laboratory systems/activities/processes in areas of nuclear operations
  • Interface with other Battelle and DOE National Laboratories to benchmark nuclear assurance performance and share lessons learned.

Qualifications Required:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in science, engineering, or related field with 8 years of quality experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered. Equivalent education and experience will be considered.
  • Minimum 5 years in nuclear facility operations experience.
  • Advanced level of knowledge developing, analyzing, and reporting Contractor Assurance Metrics.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to frequently interact with senior engineers, senior scientists, and senior technical management regarding addressing complex technical issues and problems.
  • A working knowledge of DOE nuclear safety and criticality safety requirements, standards and guides is preferred
  • 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 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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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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