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Senior Chemical Engineer

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States (on-site)
8 days ago



We are hiring Senior Chemical Engineers focusing on the leadership and support of a variety of research projects encompassing front and back end of the nuclear fuel cycle along with critical material recovery and purification! Experience with chemical process R&D ranging from laboratory to engineering scales is highly desired. You will also mentor junior staff in the development of novel chemical separations processes and provide guidance for established processes at ORNL. This position resides in the Fuel Cycle Chemical Technology Group in the Nuclear Energy and Fuel Cycle Division, Fusion and Fission Energy and Science Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

Major Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Perform work in chemical material separations systems with an emphasis on separations techniques and mass transfer processes associated with vapor-solid, vapor-liquid and liquid-liquid systems.
  • Work with uranium and thorium nuclear fuel cycles.
  • Efforts will focus on nuclear fuel cycle chemical processing, particularly chemical conversion and separations processes pertaining to the production of engineered forms of actinide compounds used throughout the uranium fuel cycle.
  • Activities will include mentoring of early- and mid-career staff, particularly in equipment design and operation. Efforts may also include training of personnel from other DOE and US government agencies.
  • Effectively interact with various personnel and sponsors, both within and outside of ORNL.
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements.
  • Conceptualize and design engineering test capabilities essential to ensuring the maintenance and expansion of domestic nuclear fuel cycle capabilities to address current and future needs in securing the nonproliferation of nuclear materials.
  • Deliver ORNL's mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace - in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.

Basic Qualifications:
  • A degree in Chemical Engineering is required for consideration:
    • A PhD in Chemical Engineering with 6+ years of experience in actinide chemistry, radiochemistry, or chemical processing related research including pilot-scale R&D, OR
    • A Master's in Chemical Engineering with 7+ years of experience in actinide chemistry, radiochemistry, or chemical processing related research including pilot-scale R&D, OR
    • A Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering with 8+ years of experience in actinide chemistry, radiochemistry, or chemical processing related research including pilot-scale R&D
  • A strong grasp of the fundamentals of chemical process unit operations with emphasis on separations and chemical reaction science.
  • An understanding of fundamental chemical thermodynamics and kinetics as they apply to chemical separations.
  • The ability to work in chemical laboratory and processing environments with a high level of attention to detail and adherence to safe work practices that such activities demand.
  • Operational familiarity with uranium processing equipment at pilot or production scales.
  • The ability to conceive chemical process flowsheets and identify knowledge gaps within for fuel cycles for the current fleet of reactors as well as advanced reactor technologies.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, and writing skills to enable effective interaction and communication with technical peers, program managers, and sponsors.
  • Experience with coproduced isotope production.
  • Organized, detail-oriented and sensitized to a nuclear safety culture.
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory.
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs.
  • Track record in successful proposal writing for sponsors, leading and working with sponsor on delivering on projects from inception, through proposal development to delivery of the results.

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.

Benefits at ORNL:

ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain hard-working people. The laboratory offers many employee benefits, including medical and retirement plans and flexible work hours, to help you and your family live happy and healthy. Employee amenities such as on-site fitness, banking, and cafeteria facilities are also provided for convenience.

Other benefits include the following: Prescription Drug Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Contributory Pension Plan, Life Insurance, Disability Benefits, Generous Vacation and Holidays, Parental Leave, Legal Insurance with Identity Theft Protection, Employee Assistance Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Wellness Programs, Educational Assistance, Relocation Assistance, and Employee Discounts.

Moving is stressful and expensive, and UT Battelle offers a wide range of relocation benefits for individuals and families to make it easier to come and work here. If you are invited to interview, please ask your Recruiter about relocating with ORNL.

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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Having difficulty using the online application system or need an accommodation to apply due to a disability? Please email: or call 1.866.963.9545.

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.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 70800991
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States
  • Position Title: Senior Chemical Engineer
  • Company Name For Job: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Job Function: Engineering

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