Senior Staff Chemical Engineer

Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Aug 05, 2019
Sep 04, 2019
Field of specialization
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

The Research Accelerator Division of the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) is seeking an experienced technical staff member to provide process design and system engineering support to develop, design, implement and provide operations support for a variety of process systems supported by the SNS Mechanical Systems and Operations Group. This position reports to the Technical Component Utilities Team Leader in the Mechanical Systems and Operations Group and works closely with members of Accelerator, Instrument, Source Development Engineering and Target Operations.  
The team is responsible for performing activities supporting both new designs (e.g., Proton Power Upgrade Project) and modifications to existing Technical Component Utilities systems.  We are seeking candidates that possess a strong commitment to team environment dynamics with the ability to also effectively work with system experts at other facilities. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
•    Provide Technical competence to:
     -    Lead the design process in accordance with Neutron Sciences Operations Procedures Manual.
     -    Interface with the customer to determine requirements for design, ensure delivered systems meet requirements and troubleshoot problems.
     -    Identify hazards in process designs and ensure that they are mitigated and can be adequately controlled.
     -    Provide designs and/or applicable documentation that meet the design requirements.
     -    Lead/participate in design and safety reviews.
     -    Work with the SNS & HFIR Document Control Centers to ensure the accuracy and completeness of drawings and documents transmitted for record copy.
     -    Provide system engineering support to Technical Component Utilities systems for which the team is responsible.
•    Provide Technical oversight to:
     -    Ensure work activities are performed safely and effectively.
     -    Direct designers to produces clear, complete and accurate design packages.
     -    Liaison with suppliers and manufacturing shops.
     -    Support procurement of equipment and hardware.
     -    Support installation activities.
•    As Systems engineer, provide technical assistance in support of continued operational management and maintenance of assigned systems:
     -    Evaluate system performance, identify operational trends and support corrections to off-normal operations.
     -    Monitor status of maintenance activities on systems.
     -    Assist in development of operating procedures.
     -    Support, direct and perform system testing as required.
     -    Submit work requests for maintenance, modification, and/or upgrade activities.
•    As Systems engineer, function as the design authority for assigned systems:
     -    Maintain the process design basis documents for the system (e.g., P&IDs, PFDs, mechanical drawings, calculations, operating procedures, applicable parts of the documented hazard and accident analyses, vendor submittals).
     -    Act as the Technical Project Officer (TPO) for procurement of new, replacement or upgraded system equipment.
     -    Ensure consistency between the design bases and requirements, the system documentation and the physical configuration.
     -    Ensure configuration of design documents is being managed in compliance with the configuration management system and change control procedures and processes.
     -    Prioritize work and develop budget input for needed activities.
     -    Ensure testing and surveillance parameters are established as necessary to support the safety basis.
•    Prepare project plans and manage designs and equipment procurements within scope, schedule, and budget.
•    As appropriate, publish papers or reports, and represent SNS at conferences and/or workshops.  Some domestic and/or foreign travel may be required to support collaborations or attend conferences or workshops.
•    Ensure a safe and efficient work environment and compliance with ESH&Q procedures and programs.
•    You will be expected to be willing to learn new skills and to train others
•    The SNS facility is in operation 24 hours per day and 7 days a week year-round.  You may be occasionally required to provide support during off hours or weekends.
•    As a member of the ORNL scientific community, you will be expected to commit to ORNL's Research Code of Conduct.  Our full code of conduct, and a statement by the Lab Director's office can be found here:

Basic Qualifications:
•    Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with 8 or more years of relevant experience; an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. 
•    Demonstrated experience with the design, specification, development and implementation of process and mechanical piping systems.
•    Demonstrated experience with thermodynamics, fluids, heat transfer, materials, system controls and mechanics. 
•    Demonstrated experience with Chemstations ChemCad process modeling design software.
•    Demonstrated experience with installation, testing and troubleshooting process system hardware.
•    Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimum supervision and as part of a team.
•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with teams of scientists, engineers, technicians, crafts and managers.
Preferred Qualifications:
•    15 or more years of relevant experience
•    Experience with reactor &/or non-reactor nuclear facilities design, construction, test and checkout and operations
•    Experience with the following is also desirable:
     -  Activated, high purity water cooling systems
     -  Inert gas handling and distribution systems
     -  Off gas treatment systems

About Neutron Sciences Directorate:
The Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) operates the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), the United States' highest flux reactor-based neutron source, and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), the world's most intense pulsed accelerator-based neutron source. Together these facilities operate 30 instruments for neutron scattering research, each year carrying out in excess of 1,000 experiments in the physical, chemical, materials, biological and medical sciences. HFIR also provides unique facilities for isotope production and neutron irradiation. To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to:  

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