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Electrical Engineer - Entry Level

Requisition Id 9203 
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 an entry level Electrical Engineer who will support the Electrical Power Conversion Group in the Research Accelerator Division (RAD), Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). 
As an Electrical Engineer you will support operation, maintenance, repairs, and upgrades of HVCM Systems, Magnet Power Supplies, Accelerator Beam Kickers, and High Voltage Beam Chopper systems in the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) accelerator complex. This requires project and work planning; specification and procedure writing; system design, including validation testing; and equipment troubleshooting and repair. You will report to the Electrical Power Conversion Group Leader and collaborate with the Electrical Power Conversion Group members, ORNL and SNS staff, professional peers, and collaborators from non-ORNL institutions, ORNL business services, vendors, and visitors.
Major Duties/Responsibilities: 
  • Evaluate existing magnet power supplies, kicker, and chopper systems to enhance performance, address limitations, improve availability and address obsolescence issues
  • Provide accelerator operations support for the SNS facilities operating around the clock, including occasional after hours call-in to achieve neutron production with at least 90% availability
  • Plan, manage, and execute maintenance and upgrade work 
  • Utilize work control tools to efficiently plan and conduct these activities
  • Develop design, installation, training, testing, maintenance, and procurement documentation and procedures
  • Specify, develop, and procure subsystems and components
  • Present your work at conferences, workshops, collaboration meetings and sponsor reviews
  • Ensure compliance with environmental, safety, health, and quality program requirements
  • Work with other staff members to develop proposals to perform research on innovative accelerator electrical applications
  • Learn new skills and to train others
  • 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:
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering or a related field
  • Solid understanding of analog and digital circuits and electric circuit theory
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Working knowledge of power electronics, electromagnetic fields, very high-power semiconductor devices and pulsed power systems exceeding 50 kV
  • Experience designing and maintaining high power electronics and magnetics
  • Expertise in troubleshooting electronic systems and use of standard laboratory test equipment
  • Experience creating engineering drawings, specifications, procedures, reports, statements of work, journal and conference papers, and plans
  • Experience with circuit simulation, mechanical CAD and printed circuit board design software and tools
  • Ability to quickly grasp complex technical problems
  • Experience working with electrical safety principles in a setting that includes severe electrical hazards
  • Knowledge of AC power distribution concepts to medium voltage levels
  • Working knowledge of the National Electric Code, NFPA-70E and NFPA-70B
  • Knowledge of Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) and methods to effectively implement
  • Experience with finite element electromagnetic analysis software
  • Experience programming FPGAs, PLCs and using LabView software
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs
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 for more than 3,000 visiting scientists. HFIR also provides unique facilities for isotope production and neutron irradiation. To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
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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