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ORNL - Non-Destructive Assay (NDA) Systems Engineer

Date: Jan 9, 2019

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 208 

Description of job

The Safeguards and Security Technology (SST) Group, within the Nuclear Nonproliferation Division (NND), Oak Ridge National Laboratory, seeks to hire a Non-Destructive Assay (NDA) Systems Engineer to support research and development missions associated with safeguarding and securing nuclear fuel cycle materials.  

The NND at ORNL is involved with improving the protection of nuclear materials and fuel cycle 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 plays 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 technologies, techniques and methods that improve the global capability to detect, measure, characterize, and track fuel cycle materials as they are processed, stored, and transported.  The group specifically supports the advancement of technologies in NDA systems, measurements and controls software, tamper detection, and data analytics for arms control, international safeguards, and domestic safeguards and nuclear criticality safety.  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.  

Partnering with subject matter experts at the laboratory, our researchers develop advanced technology and applications needed to solve complex nuclear material measurement problems, both domestically and abroad, in support of nuclear material safeguards and security, as well as safety.  Software and hardware solutions include the development of advanced radiation detectors, next-generation electronics and data collection systems, and innovative analytical tools and platforms.  Main job responsibilities for the position include: 

  • Collaborating with project managers, principal investigators, subject matter experts, and other researchers (mentors) to develop new nuclear material detection and measurement capabilities to support global nuclear security missions, including technology, techniques and methods.
  • Support development of advanced data analysis routines and specialized algorithms to identify, locate characterize and quantify nuclear materials.
  • Provide focused technical support on neutron NDA for safeguards applications.
  • Developing, testing, documenting, and managing analysis routines for new and existing software algorithms and software upgrades.
  • Support safeguards and security-related professional development courses held at ORNL.
  • Support technical projects as assigned, working with customers to meet agreed deliverables and address and resolve technology or system issues.
  • Contribute to technical publications and presentations within the global technical safeguards and non-proliferation community.
  • Regularly co-author responses to proposal calls and assist in the review of proposals.
  • Perform work activities in nuclear and/or radiological facilities/environments.
  • Some domestic and international travel may be required.

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LANL - Nondestructive Assay Postdoctoral Research Associate

Location Los Alamos, NM, US
     
Organization Name NEN-1/Safeguards Science And Techno
     
   

What You Will Do

 

The Safeguards Science and Technology group, NEN-1, is seeking postdoctoral researchers with interests in one of the areas listed below for a two-year appointment, with a possible third year extension. Each selected candidate will partner with staff to conduct research in an area that is closely aligned with his/her academic interests and the programmatic mission of the group. The Postdoc may gain experience in:

·         Developing safeguards concepts, instruments, techniques, and technologies to monitor, measure, and detect the proliferation or diversion of nuclear materials;

·         Developing algorithms to effectively analyze large and/or diverse data sets with new mathematical/statistical methods;

·         Developing new protocols, analysis techniques, and signatures for the next generation of nuclear arms control instruments;

·         Developing new protocols, detector instruments, analysis techniques, and procedures for advanced nuclear security systems and applications.

There are opportunities for technically advanced work performed here to be published in peer-reviewed journals or conference proceedings.

     
   

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

·         Strong publication record in one or more of the following areas: nuclear engineering, physics, mechanical engineering, electrical/electronics engineering, or other closely related technical field of study.

·         Excellent writing and communication skills, as evidenced by publications and the cover letter.

·         Ability to work effectively in a team.

Desired Skills

·         Demonstrated ability to teach technical concepts and methods to audiences of varied backgrounds.

·         Demonstrated ability to work successfully across various cultures and countries.

·         Expertise in a core instrument or methodology used in international safeguards, security, arms control, or nonproliferation verification.

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IAEA - Senior System Security Specialist(P4)

  • Organization: SGIS-Application Maintenance Team
  • Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters
  • Job Posting: 2019-01-08, 6:43:06 PM
  • Closing Date: 2019-02-12, 11:59:00 PM
  • Duration in Months: 36
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term - Regular
  • Probation Period: 1 Year

Organizational Setting

The Department of Safeguards (SG) is the organizational hub for the implementation of IAEA safeguards. The IAEA implements nuclear verification activities for some 180 States in accordance with their safeguards agreements. The safeguards activities are undertaken within a dynamic and technically challenging environment including advanced nuclear fuel cycle facilities and complemented by the political diversity of the countries.

The Department of Safeguards consists of six Divisions: three Operations Divisions: A, B and C, for the implementation of verification activities around the world; three Technical Divisions: Division of Concepts and Planning, Division of Information Management, and Division of Technical and Scientific Services; as well as three Offices: the Office for Verification in Iran, the Office of Safeguards Analytical Services and the Office of Information and Communication Services.

The main objective of the Department is to maintain and further develop an effective and efficient verification system in order to draw independent, impartial and timely safeguards conclusions, thus providing credible assurances to the international community that States are in compliance with their safeguards obligations. The departmental operating environment is interactive, participative and dynamic with continuous inputs received from the Board of Governors, the General Conference, policy- and decision-makers, as well as counterparts in Member States and in the international development community.

The Development Section provides ICT services to the Department of Safeguards and Member States, working cooperatively with staff in the Operations Divisions and the Technical Divisions to plan, establish and maintain information systems. The Section specializes in providing system analysis, software design, and implementation and maintenance services. The Section follows and implements best practices in the areas of software engineering, project management and quality management and continuously monitors the Department's information related needs so that they can be met through requests for new or enhanced ICT solutions.

Main Purpose

Under the general supervision of the Head of the Development Section, and reporting to the Team Leader for the Application Maintenance Team, the Senior System Security Specialist provides specialized leadership and guidance to Member States and the Department of Safeguards to reduce security vulnerabilities by designing and applying effective security controls in Safeguards products. In particular, the Senior System Security Specialist lead a team responsible for security controls, such as the Safeguards identity and authorization systems, which are used directly or indirectly to protect classified or higher information

Role

The Senior System Security Specialist is: (1) an innovator, developing new strategies and policies to secure our IT products; (2) a leader, leading a team to coordinate with Member States and the Department of Safeguards to establish and unify security controls across all software, systems and networks; (3) an expert for IT identity and access management systems; (4) a senior software and infrastructure engineer, specifying, designing and ensuring correct implementation

Functions / Key Results Expected

• Lead a team responsible for the design and development of innovative solutions which ensure that security risks are reduced across all software products and services
• Provide specialized advice in information security to mitigate breaches and develop new policies, strategies, and solutions to reduce security vulnerabilities
• Advocate and champion our security policies, procedures, and tools through clear communication initiatives and strategies
• Develops risk measurement criteria consistent with the Department’s mission, which will enable the organization to determine where to effectively apply security controls
• Evaluate new IT technical architectures based on that risk measurement criteria
• Provide advice and expertise in all aspects of application security to ensure standards compliance
• Build partnerships with Member States and various development teams to obtain consensus and to find appropriate solutions on information security initiatives.
• Perform all other related duties as assigned.

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IAEA - Senior Safeguards Technology Expert(P5)

  • Organization: SG-Section OVI2
  • Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters
  • Job Posting: 2018-12-10, 5:29:53 PM
  • Closing Date: 2019-01-21, 11:59:00 PM
  • Duration in Months: 24
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term - Extrabudgetary
  • Probation Period: 1 Year

Organizational Setting

The Department of Safeguards (SG) is the organizational hub for the implementation of IAEA safeguards. The IAEA implements nuclear verification activities for some 180 States in accordance with their safeguards agreements. The safeguards activities are undertaken within a dynamic and technically challenging environment including advanced nuclear fuel cycle facilities and complemented by the political diversity of the countries.

The Department of Safeguards consists of six Divisions: three Operations Divisions: A, B and C, for the implementation of verification activities around the world; three Technical Divisions: Division of Concepts and Planning, Division of Information Management, and Division of Technical and Scientific Services; as well as three Offices: the Office for Verification in Iran, the Office of Safeguards Analytical Services and the Office of Information and Communication Services.

The primary focus of the Office for Verification in Iran is to perform and document safeguards verification activities and to conduct analysis and evaluations aimed at providing assurances that a State is complying with their nuclear safeguards commitments. The Office implements a broad range of measures, including information analysis and in-field verification, to draw soundly based safeguards conclusions. In addition, the Office is responsible for implementing verification and monitoring activities of the Iran nuclear related commitment set out in the Joint Comprehensive Plans of Action.

Main Purpose

The Senior Safeguards Technology Expert leverages his/her understanding of the various aspects of sensitive science and technology related to their area of expertise to deepen the IAEA's understanding of nuclear proliferation concerns related to both indigenous R&D and technology transfer and trading. He/she provides expertise in their field, evaluates related information and advises on verification of nuclear proliferation issues related to his/her expertise.

Role

Reporting to the Section Head, the Senior Safeguards Technology Expert is (1) a technical expert in their specialized field in the area of nuclear sciences and technology; (2) a key contributor in the preparation and review of State evaluation reports as a senior technical expert; (3) an adviser to senior levels for consultations and investigations arising from ad hoc requests generated from headquarters and in-field; and (4) a liaison, as appropriate, with representatives of other safeguards divisions, IAEA departments and Member States on issues of his/her expertise.

Functions / Key Results Expected

The Senior Safeguards Technology Expert:
- Provides technical evaluation of State evaluation documents and in departmental working groups, preparing technical reports and advising on technology issues, as required.
- Further develops evaluation methodologies related to the early detection of the possible misuse of nuclear material or technology through undeclared nuclear activities or related trade and activities of sensitive nuclear technology.
- Guides, reviews and evaluates the work with technical consultants on specific analytical and development projects.
- Plans, implements and reports on verification activities at headquarters and in the field, when appropriate, providing technical evaluations of State-level safeguards approaches and measures in terms of their effectiveness.
- Provides authoritative technical expertise and advice concerning nuclear proliferation issues and investigations on sensitive sciences and technology related to nuclear weapons research and development.
- Oversees the work of more junior colleagues, acting as a mentor and supporting their development, developing mechanisms to support collaborative working within the team.

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Nuclear Security Specialist

A major energy organisation are leading the development of a key nuclear development programme in the South. They are currently seeking a Nuclear Security Specialist.

This permanent position entails an excellent package.

Role description

The Security Specialist will support security aspects (cyber/physical/corporate etc) of the programme development.

Responsibilities

The Security Specialist will be independently responsible for the following work:

  • Performing daily work in the fields of Physical Protection, Cyber Security & Information Assurance, Workforce Trustworthiness, etc.
  • Contacting external stakeholders who are in charge of security areas;
  • Acting as the primary interface with relevant Competent Authorities.
  • Managing the interactions and interface in security areas:
  • Regular reporting the progress in security areas.

Essential skills

  • Bachelor degree or above, understand basic knowledge of nuclear safety, cyber security & information assurance, physical security protection (work experience about the fields of security in UK nuclear industry is preferred).
  • Experience as a consultant, design, engineering or operation affairs of nuclear facilities, including experience in the nuclear/energy security area.
  • Knowledge of UK nuclear or energy context and regulatory and licensing requirements.
  • Knowledge or experience should cover one or more specific topic areas as follows
    • Security Competence Management
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Reliability, Resilience and Sustainability of nuclear security regime
    • Physical Protection Systems
    • Cyber Security & Information Assurance
    • Workforce Trustworthiness
    • Policing and Guarding
    • Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Be able to demonstrate the capability of project schedule developing and monitoring, with excellent project management skill set.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Skilfully use Office software.
  • Fluency in English both oral and writing.
  • UK security clearance or fulfilling the criteria to achieve UK security clearance.

Rate/Salary

Excellent package

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