Accelerator Systems Electrical Engineer

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

United States

Accelerator Systems Electrical Engineer

Date: Apr 30, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 9636 


The Second Target Station (STS) Accelerator Systems group is seeking an Electrical Engineer who will focus on the design and integration of electrical systems for the STS accelerator systems. This position interfaces with engineers and designers across the project to develop beamline assembly and component design packages as assigned. This position resides in the Accelerator Systems group in the STS DIRECTORATE at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  

The STS is a >$1Billion, Department of Energy project to be constructed at the ORNL Spallation Neutron Source (SNS).  The STS will provide wholly new capabilities for the study of a broad range of materials with neutron scattering and support thousands of users from the physical, materials, and applied sciences and industry. The science capabilities provided by the instrument suite at the STS will complement those of the two existing DOE Office of Science neutron scattering user facilities at ORNL, the First Accelerator Station (FTS) of the SNS and the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR). The STS will deliver the highest peak brightness of cold neutrons in the world, which together with advances in neutron optics, instrumentation, and detectors, will ensure US leadership in neutron scattering for decades to come.

The STS Accelerator Systems group is responsible for the design, fabrication, installation, and testing of all hardware necessary to transport the 700 kW, 15 Hz proton beam from the existing accelerator facility to a rotating tungsten target, to create 22 beams of moderated neutrons.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the primary interface and Control Account Manager (CAM) for the assigned scope within Accelerator Systems
  • Design and integration of the electrical systems associated with magnets, power supplies, beam diagnostics, vacuum controllers and control interfaces within the Accelerator Systems scope.
  • Ensure that designs conform to requirements
  • Adhere to budgeted cost and schedule while providing designs, procurement support, installation support, and testing support for the assigned portion of the Accelerator Systems scope.
  • Draft, track, review, and manage the following project document types:Develop strong working relationships across the project with CAMs, line managers, vendors, sponsors, and project support organizations including ES&H, QA, procurement, business, project controls, and human resources
    • Interface control documents describing the interfaces between the Accelerator Systems scope and technical scope in conventional facilities, instrument systems and control systems
    • Requirements definition documents
    • Design and Analysis Calculations (DACs)
    • Hardware drawings
    • Technical Specifications
    • Statements of Work
    • Installation Plans
    • Test Plans
  • Represent the STS Project by participating in and presenting project information at reviews, conferences and workshops

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS in Electrical Engineering or related field with 5 or more years of relevant work experience or MS degree with 3 or more years of relevant work experience
  • Ability to quickly grasp complex technical problems
  • Experience designing and maintaining high power electronics and magnetics
  • Experience with the design of systems to measure low voltage signals in the presence of high power ac systems
  • Expertise in troubleshooting electrical systems and use of standard laboratory test equipment
  • Ability to guide the work of a team of designers and technicians in a project environment
  • Knowledge of NFPA 70 National Electric Code
  • A strong background in applying electrical safety principles in a setting that includes severe electrical hazards
  • Must be highly motivated, self-directed and able to work in a team environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Experience creating engineering drawings, specifications, procedures, reports and plans.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • BS in Electrical Engineering or related field with 10 or more years of relevant work experience
  • Knowledge of AC power distribution concepts to medium voltage levels
  • Knowledge of design for EMC 
  • Experience with circuit simulation, mechanical CAD and printed circuit board design software and tools
  • Experience with industrial controls
  • Experience with vendor management
  • Knowledge of Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) and methods to effectively implement
  • Knowledge of high-power magnet power supplies and pulsed power systems

UT-Battelle offers competitive salaries, excellent health care insurance, generous retirement plans (401k / pension), and other benefits including family leave, educational assistance and wellness programs.

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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