The Nuclear Nonproliferation Division (NND) performs a wide range of scientific, technical, and programmatic activities in all facets of the nuclear enterprise from nonproliferation to research and development (R&D) pertaining to nuclear materials processing. The Transportation Security Group within the NND at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) seeks applications for a Nuclear Nonproliferation Project Specialist TP03. The candidate will be responsible for managing and executing a variety of international and domestic projects that require experience with production, transport, storage, and/or disposition of nuclear and radiological material. The activities are primarily sponsored by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Office of Global Material Security, but the candidate may be engaged with other sponsors or government agencies as needed.
- Responsible for assessment and improvement of site or regional transportation security capabilities. This includes work with regulators, carriers, response personnel, facility officials, and other stakeholders having stewardship of high-consequence assets, including nuclear and radiological material.
- Apply knowledge of nuclear/radiological material supply chain to actively identify potential security gaps, design or propose measures to correct those gaps, and interface with government and industry to improve security of materials in transport.
- Interact regularly with senior government officials domestically and internationally related to transport security, project status, discuss and propose strategies for implementation.
- Critical asset protection will be performed at various sites, but also includes transportation security, both inter and intra-site.
- Work to implement these systems or train personnel in operating environments to comply with domestic regulations, international recommendations of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other applicable international regulations governing transportation of dangerous goods considering all modes of transport.
- Responsible for applying his or her operational knowledge of specific physical protection systems such as access control, intrusion detection, assessment, and communication, material/shipment tracking/monitoring, international recommendations, international norms, and any other applicable response protocols and procedures.
- Participate in vulnerability and risk assessment activities.
- Maintain extensive international and domestic travel schedule and all of the supporting logistics associated with the location.
- Schedule, budget, and control costs for project activities.
- Collaborate with ORNL personnel, scientists, technical, and craft personnel for production and research projects internally and externally to ORNL.
- Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements.
- Maintain a strong commitment to ORNL core values.
- B.S. degree in a technical field or a M.S., B.S., or M.A. degree in a discipline readying the candidate for the Transportation Security Groups Domestic/International work, also a combination of education and experience will be considered. Minimum of 20 years’ experience in conducting and leading transportation of Class 7 and/or 9 goods, law enforcement, asset protection, implementation of training programs and drills and exercises execution, nuclear/radiological material supply chain security logistics.
- Leadership qualities commensurate with experience. The candidate will be expected to lead teams (domestically and internationally) and will often work independently of direct supervision.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal) to direct technicians and craftsmen (machinists, sheet metal, welders, dimensional inspection, and maintenance personnel) and to interact with co-worker, customer, design, research, development, and vendor personnel.
- Ability and commitment to writing reports on weekly, monthly, and project summary bases as well as collaborating on journal publications and conference presentations.
- Computer skills and competence with Microsoft Office Suite to include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint products.
- Self-starter able to set priorities to accomplish goals and meet milestones independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
- Working knowledge of IAEA Recommendations; NSS9, NSS13, NSS14.
- Senior level experience in direct transportation operations
- Working knowledge of the mission of DOE/NNSA Office of International Nuclear Security and the Office of Radiological Security
- Current experience with stakeholders; state governmental agencies, law enforcement organizations, radioactive source industry (including producers, carriers and forwarders), and relevant professional associations.