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Radiological Source Recovery Project & Group Lead

Idaho National Laboratory

Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: 5+ years
Date Posted: February 13, 2023
Reference Code: 19159
Does a career focused on changing the world's energy future intrigue you? If so, we might have just the opportunity you're looking for!
Idaho National Laboratory's (INL) Radioactive Material Disposition and Security group is seeking forward-thinking professionals interested in exploring a career as a Radiological Source Recovery Project & Group Lead! This team works a hybrid 9x80 schedule located at our Idaho Falls facility with every other Friday off. This position will require travel.
This is a dual-role position in INL's Energy and Environment Science and Technology (EEST) Directorate, including a technical, project-lead role in the Sealed Radioactive Source Recovery and Disposition Program and a line management, Group Lead role in the Radiological Security & Mechanical Engineering Department.
Responsibilities Include:
Lead Source Recovery, Source Storage, and Source Disposal projects and provide recognized INL expertise in radioactive materials recovery and disposition.
Lead and perform high-quality research and development (R&D) and operations for projects related to recovering disused sealed radioactive sources from partner sites throughout the United States.
Contribute thought leadership with new ideas for the growth and innovation in the expansion of the R&D portfolio.
  • Lead multi-disciplinary team in source recovery, storage, and disposal achievements and performance metrics.
  • Coordinate with managers and domain experts in packaging and transportation, radiological controls, and quality control to plan and implement project tasks and to ensure the appropriately trained individuals are available to support all project activities.
  • Be knowledgeable of the rules and regulations related to sealed source transportation and packaging and engage related SMEs.
  • Collaborate with colleagues and National Lab partners for successful completion of project scope and development of new projects and ideas.
  • Timely communication of project status, needs, and performance to Lab partners, industry partners, INL management and program sponsors.
  • Lead and contribute to publications and prepare and deliver presentations at national and international meetings.
  • Manage scope, schedule, and budget for assigned projects.
  • Contribute to scientific and technical products such as papers, patents, software, and products.
  • Apply and interpret standard theories, principles, methods, concepts, tools, and technologies associated with programs.
  • Develop new relationships with experts across the DOE complex to grow business and ensure good collaborations are maintained and expanded.
  • Serve as the Group Lead for the Radiological Material Disposition & Security group within the department and provide technical, strategic, and human capital leadership for this group within the Radiological and Mechanical department.
  • Guide the development and maintenance of a group technical strategy and implement the strategy to assure alignment.
  • Lead all aspects of the research, development, and deployment (RD&D) and the design and control of these systems across the directorate and lab as needed.
  • Maintain the basic knowledge and skills in the areas of radioactive material security.
  • Develop and implement approaches to assure technical quality of required products, deliverables, publications, and presentations.
  • Assist with professional and career development guidance and complete staff performance appraisals.
  • Act as an agent of the lab to uphold lab policies, procedures, expectations, and values.
  • Develop leadership, program development, and program management skills within the staff.
  • Act for the Department Manager, including attending and conducting meetings, providing department information, etc.
  • Assist the Department Manager by leading all aspects of talent development, including recruiting key new staff and retaining existing staff, and identifying professional growth opportunities for group members.
  • Provide staff direction, assign tasks, review, and approve timesheets.
  • Create, update, and implement a strategic plan for the group.
  • Perform quarterly staff performance evaluations including appropriate critical feedback, personal goal setting, and career development.
  • Ensure work within the group is driven safely and efficiently, within budget parameters and appropriate scope.
  • Develop and maintain the group's existing technical capability base; identify and build new group capabilities and R&D opportunities associated with the mission area; and acquire and implement technical programs.
  • Demonstrate technical leadership within the group's area of study.
  • Provide guidance to weekly department updates for assigned group projects including development of presentation material to be used to highlight group capabilities and accomplishments to internal and external customers.
  • Assist technical staff with technical development.
  • Provide direction and staff assignments, provide recommendations to staff performance.


Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree and 12 years or master's and 10 years or Doctorate and 8 years of relevant experience.
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy "Q" clearance, which requires US Citizenship.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be personable, detail oriented, experience in working with all levels of management and technical personnel and be able to work in a multi-discipline team.
  • Must have demonstrated abilities in setting expectations, managing people, and providing career guidance.
Preferred Requirements:
  • Experience in radiological packaging, transportation, and quality control as well as project management skills.
  • Personnel management experience.
Job Information
  • Salary Grade 220 ($107,520 - $177,336)
  • Chosen applicants are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.
  • TDP: This is a testing designated position; you will be required to submit to a pre-employment drug screen and periodic drug testing throughout the term of your employment.
INL Overview:
INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With more than 5,000 scientists, researchers, and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities, and industry partners to discover new science and development technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security, and environmental missions.
INL Mission:
Our mission is to discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.
INL Vision:
Our vision is to change the world's energy future and secure our nation's critical infrastructure.
Selective Service Requirements:
To be eligible for employment at INL men born after December 31, 1959, must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). For more information see www.sss.gov.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
INL is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide EEO to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Reasonable Accommodation:
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
Other Information:
When applying to positions please provide your resume and answer all questions on the following screens. Applicants, who fail to provide a resume or answer the questions, may be deemed ineligible for consideration.
INL does not accept resumes from third party vendors unsolicited.
Benefits & Salary:
We have an extremely competitive salary structure, robust relocation package, and a phenomenal benefits package. For more information, please visit: https://www.inl.gov/careers/benefits-overview
About this Employer

Part of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s complex of national laboratories, INL performs work in each of the strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science & environment. INL is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research & development.