Requisition Id 2912
Description of job:
The Safeguards and Security Technology (SST) Group, within the Nuclear Nonproliferation Division (NND), Oak Ridge National Laboratory, seeks to staff a research position focused on developing data driven approaches for helping to safeguard and secure nuclear materials both domestically and internationally.
The NND at ORNL is involved with improving the protection of nuclear materials and fuel cycle technology from theft, diversion, and illicit use, while at the same time allowing for the peaceful use of these materials and technologies. NND contributes world class research; technology development and deployment that plays a vital role in the implementation of global nuclear security and nonproliferation agreements. We have a range of expertise, facilities, and programs that focus on nuclear security challenges, and it is the combination of these activities that assist in meeting the overall mission needs in this area.
The mission of SST Group is to perform research that leads to development of novel techniques, tools, and methodologies that ensures the capability to confidently detect, measure, characterize, account, control and track nuclear materials as they are processed, stored, and transported. The research of the group specifically supports the advancement and application of technologies for nondestructive assay (NDA) systems, algorithms for measurement uncertainty reduction, measurements and measurement control software, tamper detection systems, data analytics for nonproliferation, and other international and domestic safeguards technology applications. In addition, the ability to provide assessments and consulting in these application spaces allows the staff to provide technology solutions that are directly applicable to the specific and unique facility needs are the diverse spaces they are deployed. Many of the group’s R&D efforts involve the advancement of state-of-the-art safeguards and security systems, the development of new technologies and systems that improve the timeliness of diversion detection, and assessments of verification technologies for vulnerabilities. Partnering with a variety of subject matter experts at the laboratory, our researchers apply innovative solutions to address complex nuclear material measurement problems both domestically and abroad in support of nuclear material safeguards, security, and safety.
Main job responsibilities for the position include:
Collaborate with project managers, subject matter experts, and other researchers (mentors) to develop and apply new data driven approaches for nuclear material detection, nuclear material characterization, and fuel cycle evaluation.
Assist in the implementation of global projects related to international security and nonproliferation.
Provide research and programmatic support to nonproliferation and security initiatives that address national security challenges.
Serve as technical expert on projects as assigned, working with customers to meet deliverables and address and resolve technology or system issues.
Document and publish technical work in high impact papers, journals, conference papers and technical reports.
Collaborate in a team environment to develop and present research proposals to generate new funding.
Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, and to work effectively as a member of an agile development team.
Performance of work activities in nuclear and/or radiological facilities/environments.
Ability to engage in domestic and international travel as required.
M.S or PhD in computer science or a related technical field.
Experience with developing data analytics and machine learning models using Python, C++, or another relevant language.
Extensive experience with data visualization using matplotlib or equivalent tools.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and strong organization skills are expected.
Demonstrated understanding of developing machine learning and data analytics models and applying them to relevant problems in nuclear nonproliferation.
Expertise with creating visualizations that are appropriate for consumption by sponsors and/or subject matter experts using results from data driven models.
Experience with analyzing time series data from sensors used in safeguards and nonproliferation.
Experience with natural language processing.
Working knowledge of privacy preserving machine learning techniques.
Working knowledge of domestic safeguards and security programs and/or international safeguards and security programs.
Familiarity with domestic and international methods used for monitoring fuel cycle activities (associated with mining, milling, conversion, enrichment, fuel fabrication, weapons and waste) for safeguards and security applications.
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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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.