Group Lead, Melton Valley Radiochemical Processing
Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Location: Oak Ridge
Posted on: April 8, 2021
Group Lead, Melton Valley Radiochemical Processing We are
seeking a Group Leader for the Melton Valley Radiochemical
Processing in the newly formed Radioisotope Science and Technology
Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL.) The Radioisotope
Science and Technology Division is responsible for production,
handling, separations, and dispensing of a variety of nuclear
materials. We are seeking applicants with experience in the fields
of nuclear/chemical engineering, materials irradiation, and nuclear
materials handling, to lead the processing and production of
several radioisotopes and support general material handling within
category II nuclear facilities. Melton Valley Radiochemical
Processing---This group is responsible for the execution of all
radioisotope production in the Melton Valley facility, including
primarily Buildings 7920 and 7930 and is charged with continuing
improvement of operations and safety. The group works in close
coordination with operations groups from the Nonreactor Nuclear
Facilities Division to define and schedule a variety of
interconnected radiochemical processing operations for efficient
production of radioisotopes in hot cells within inventory
constraints and with minimized waste. The group also conducts
processing activities in shielded caves and glove box laboratories.
The group provides input to processing procedures, sampling plans,
and workflows to implement process improvements, and evaluates and
tracks progress to inform scheduling and update inventories. Group
members play key roles toward accomplishing infrastructure
improvements and workforce development needed for mission success
in growing large-scale programs.--Major radioisotope production
activities currently include Pu-238, Cf-252, and co-produced
radioisotopes such as Pm-147, Bk-249, and Es-254. The--Group
Leader--brings together a group of peers with the primary goal of
pursuing global scientific and technical leadership in their field,
nurtures ORNL's culture among group members, and continues to build
and scale up individual excellence and impact on isotope production
and development. The Group Leader reports to and works closely with
the Production and Operations Section Head to implement the group's
scientific vision and production goals; develops group members to
enable their career advancement; establishes capabilities that
enable programs to excel at the forefront of science and
technology; performs R&D to advance the field of knowledge
and/or technology in one's respective specialty; sets, implements,
and models standards for performance of work consistent with
Environment, Safety, Security, Health, and Quality (ESH&Q)
requirements and business rules; and ensures a diverse and
inclusive work environment where every employee feels safe, heard,
and appreciated-a workplace that sets an example for the broader
community. Major Duties/Responsibilities:-- Research
Scientists/engineers/analysts are recognized leaders in their area
of technical expertise. Initiates, leads and performs independent
R&D on an ongoing basis. Leadership
- Develop a vision and implement a cohesive group research
strategy to ensure the success of new and ongoing isotope
production and research projects to position the group for future
- Develop and implement plans to exploit new opportunities and/or
expand existing efforts.
- Assist staff in setting performance goals consistent with the
group's strategy and members' long-term career goals. Provide
feedback to address performance issues in a timely manner.
- Provide relevant input to assist the Production and Operations
Section Head with staff development while providing direct and
impactful guidance to staff on regular basis.
- Attract a quality, diverse pool of top candidates and hire
staff members who are committed to world-class R&D and isotope
production and aspire to be the best in their field.
- Lead by example by exercising the principles in ORNL's
"Research Code of Conduct" as a guide for proposing, performing,
and communicating research.
- Lead ESH&Q by example and ensure all work is carried out
safely, securely, and in compliance with ORNL policies, standards,
- Exemplify a commitment to "One ORNL"-- by modeling lab
expectations for excellence in research, operations, and community
engagement, and by working cooperatively to leverage capabilities
across the lab.
- Serve as immediate supervisor for staff members in group.
- Encourage staff to "think and dream big," take appropriate
risks in their work, and develop skills that will enable them to
pursue new ideas, scientific passions, and research programs.
- Advance the reputation of the group members and standing of the
group as a whole through establishing collaborations, Professional
Society leadership and involvement, and organization of technical
- Support group members by consistently reviewing technical
products such as proposals, publications, and artifacts to ensure
high quality and consistency with ORNL standards.
- Build strong teams across ORNL.
- Connect staff to your scientific network and professional
- Hold regular scientific/technical group meetings and be visible
in the labs and workplace.
- Assume front-line responsibility for safety in the group's
laboratory; mentor and empower the Laboratory Space Managers to
create a strong safety culture.
- Effectively communicate the importance of protecting
proprietary or sensitive information and complying with ORNL
cybersecurity policies and guidelines. Accountabilities:
- To group staff, for the quality and safety of their work
environment and opportunity for professional growth.
- To Production and Operations section head, for world-leading
science and technology directions, safe effective, and compliant
operations, ownership of assigned staff, facilities, and equipment,
and the quality of products and services.
- To customer, for the quality of products and service.
- Develop a vision and implement a strategy to pursue
world-leading isotope production and technology directions for the
- Hold staff accountable for performance.
- Act to ensure safe and effective operations.
- Certify the technical quality of the group's products and
services. Basic Qualifications:
- Requires a Ph.D. with a minimum of 6 years relevant experience,
a M.S. with a minimum of 12 years experience, or a B.S. with 15
- Qualified candidates should have demonstrated experience in
leading R&D teams. Preferred Qualifications:
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently
and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the
- Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment,
set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and
adapt to ever changing needs. 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. Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle
offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition
process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is
available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure
to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.
For more information about our benefits, working here, and living
here, visit the "About" tab at--jobs.ornl.gov. 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. We accept Word
(.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and
HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party
vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the
candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.
If you have trouble applying for a position, please email
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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