Requisition Id 2650
The Collection Science and Engineering Group (CSE) within the Nuclear Nonproliferation Division (NND), National Security Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), seeks a recognized geophysicist staff member to conduct research and support current and emerging opportunities in national security and nuclear nonproliferation. CSEG supports a range of activities related to nuclear security, spanning research and development activities through technology deployment and technical assessments. The successful applicant will work with multidisciplinary teams to identify, develop, and implement solutions for nuclear security challenges. In particular, this position will focus on application of seismo-acoustic phenomenology for both domestic and international security applications.
The NND is a division operating within the National Security Sciences Directorate at ORNL. A key mission of the NND is delivery of R&D needed to improve the protection of nuclear materials and fuel cycle technology and prevent the theft, diversion, and illicit use of those materials or technologies, while at the same time allowing for their peaceful use in the global arena. The division is responsible for a range of expertise, facilities, and equipment and applies these combined assets to address challenges related to nonproliferation, safeguards, treaty verification, counterproliferation, and global nuclear security. NND staff contributes world class research, technology development, risk assessment, and systems analysis related to nonproliferation and counterproliferation. The division activities play a vital role in implementation of national policy issues that strive to ensure global nuclear security. The division is also responsible for the Nonproliferation Program Office that strives to engage across all organizations at ORNL to align the strategic competencies needed to support the nonproliferation and counterproliferation mission needs of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and other government agencies.
The mission of the Collection Science and Engineering Group is to apply scientific and engineering principles to conceptualize, design, fabricate, deploy, and validate advanced collection systems. Collection system development will be coupled with high-confidence planning and operational knowledge to enable effective validation and deployment in real world scenarios. The group interfaces and collaborates with facility, process, and research staff across ORNL and with elements of the chemistry and materials science missions within NND and across the broader ORNL and DOE community. The group will collaborate strongly with analytical expertise and experimental capabilities within ORNL to ensure collection planning and execution maximize the analytical value of the development.
The R&D geophysicist staff member will participate in the development/improvement of novel/traditional seismo-acoustic techniques and methodology for improved detection and characterization of nuclear processes in particular and national security and threat reduction in general.
The individual selected for this position will be responsible for interacting with division staff members inside and outside the CSEG, working on projects in a team environment, working independently, and leading R&D activities. The successful candidate is expected to be able to interface effectively with project sponsors, participate in the development of research proposals, and publish results of their work.
The selected candidate will be responsible for providing technical expertise with the following major duties and responsibilities:
Conduct Research and development in
seismo-acoustic monitoring of industrial facilities
state-of-the-art detection and location techniques for microseismicity
new sensor development and experiment design
advancement and application of the infrasonic wavefield for characterization of nuclear processes
Broad application of data science methodologies to vast seismo-acoustic datasets.
Engage programmatically and technically across the division, directorate, and laboratory to help sustain and grow ORNL impact on nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear security missions.
Support and/or lead the development and execution of projects that provide valued and timely deliverables supporting the National Security Sciences Directorate (NSSD) and nonproliferation customers.
Mentor and develop new staff members through direct interface and other occupational or training and education opportunities,
Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of the institution values and ethics
Abide by all environmental, safety, health and quality requirements and implement practices per Standards-based Management System (SBMS)
Interface with customers and collaborators to positively represent the capabilities of the Collection Science and Engineering Group as well as the capabilities of the broader division, directorate, and laboratory organizations
Ph.D. in Geophysics or a related field with a minimum of seven years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience
Experience on seismo-acoustic monitoring of industrial facilities
Demonstrated problem-solving skills, a willingness to apply those skills to a variety of problems, and the ability to determine and understand the broader context of his or her research.
Strong written and oral communication skills and a commitment to a teaming environment.
Successful publication record.
Ability to travel domestically and internationally.
Knowledge of the nuclear fuel cycle and its effects on seismo-acoustic signals and interpretation
Extensive experience in C, C++, Fortran, Python, Matlab, Julia, and other generic programming and scripting languages
Advanced knowledge of infrasonic signals
Previous experience on seismo-acoustic signal processing
Experience on application of machine learning algorithms to seismic data
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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