Research and Development Associate Safeguards and Security Systems Engineer Scientist 5/6/2020
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN
JOB DESCRIPTIONAPPLY Requisition Id 2488
The Safeguards & Security Technology (SST) Group within the Nuclear Nonproliferation Division (NND) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) seeks applications for an applied Research and Development (R&D) staff position to support R&D missions associated with safeguarding and securing nuclear fuel cycle materials.
The NND at ORNL conducts research and development on the protection of nuclear materials and related 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 play 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 the development of new tools and methodologies that improve the global capability to detect, measure, characterize, and track fuel cycle materials as they are processed, stored, and transported. The group supports the verification needs for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the US arms control community, and domestic nuclear facilities in the US and around the world. 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.
SST sponsors include the Department of Energy, the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense and other government and private organizations. The group has state-of-the-art experimental facilities that utilize one-of-a-kind equipment for performing nondestructive assay (NDA) measurements of nuclear materials, monitoring fuel cycle processes, and for detecting and securing nuclear and radiological materials. The successful candidate will work with experienced safeguards and security professionals to develop new technologies for global nuclear security missions.
Major Duties / Responsibilities
The ideal candidate will be expected to contribute to current and emerging R&D efforts in support of safeguards and security missions. Specifically there will be a variety of software and hardware development efforts associated with applications requiring tamper indicating technologies, authentication of hardware and software, and unattended monitoring systems. Further, knowledge of embedded systems, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, firmware, and other cyber/physical interfaces is essential. Knowledge of the interface between physical and cyber components leading to a cyber/physical security capability is necessary to assist in robust, secure-by-design security technologies. Candidates will be expected to work closely with cyber security experts to identify next-generation security protocols and technologies against the digitally savvy, adaptive adversary. Candidates will be expected to contribute papers, and presentations of work to both national and international audiences, regularly respond to proposal calls, and be willing to work in nuclear and radiological facilities/areas.
This research position requires a Masters or PhD in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or related. This person should also have familiarity with FPGAs and microcontrollers and have taken analog, digital, and operational amplifiers courses. It is desirable for the candidate to have experience with data, cyber, and device security approaches as well as with performing data analysis in Python.
Excellent human relation, oral and written communication skills are requisite for this position to interact with both ORNL staff and a broad range of domestic and international collaborators.
Domestic and international travel is expected with this position.
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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