Postdoctoral Research Associate - Signals Collections and Analysis

Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Oak Ridge, TN
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Closing date
Dec 9, 2021

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.


We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will support the Signals Collections and Analysis Group in the Nuclear Nonproliferation Division (NND), National Security Sciences Directorate (NSSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  


NSSD leads transformative research to address critical threats to national security. Leveraging a diverse array of capabilities in nuclear nonproliferation, data analytics, cybersecurity, cyber-physical resiliency, geospatial science, and high-performance computing, our organization seeks to produce world-class S&T products for sensitive national security missions.


The selected candidate will support a broad array of research efforts for nuclear nonproliferation applications, including custom sensor development, multidisciplinary experimental planning, and signal analysis. The selected candidate will be a highly motivated and creative problem solver, comfortable executing both basic and applied science to produce customized solutions for challenging nonproliferation problems.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Design and assembly of custom sensors for signal collection needs
  • Collect and analyze multimodal signals for nonproliferation efforts using both custom and commercial-of-the-shelf sensors
  • Perform signal discovery and analysis on time- and frequency-domain data
  • Work with a cross-disciplinary team of engineers, scientists, and technicians to plan, execute, and interpret results from experimental campaigns
  • Compile and submit reporting on experimental results for technical and nontechnical personnel
  • Conceive, write, and submit proposals to expand a research program investigating signal collection and analysis for nuclear nonproliferation objectives


Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, or a related field completed within the last 5 years
  • An interest in working in the national security mission space which often limits external peer-reviewed publication opportunities
  • Interest in developing a working knowledge of the nuclear fuel cycle


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.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in instrument and/or sensor design, assembly, and operation
  • A background in productive and creative research efforts, exemplified by peer-reviewed journal publications
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • 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


Please submit three letters of reference when applying to this position. You can upload these directly to your application or have them sent to with the position title and number referenced in the subject line.


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Applicants cannot have received their Ph.D. more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. The appointment length will be for up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and the availability of funding.


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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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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.

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