Technical Specialist 3

Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Oak Ridge, TN, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 


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APPOINTMENT TYPE: Part-Time Regular (Ability to Work Remotely)

PURPOSE: To serve as a Subject Matter Expert or Principal Investigator and Project Manager in the area of peer reviews and evaluations to assist our customers in facilitating expert panel review.


  • Acts as a principal investigator or technical expert on very complex projects or assignments, requiring wide-ranging scientific credentials and experience in peer review, education, or assessment and evaluation.
  • Develops, organizes, and manages scientific and technical peer reviews by expert panel(s).
  • Engages with independent technical experts to interpret validity of conclusions in scientific reports and planning documents based on current, broad, and in-depth knowledge of multiple natural and social scientific disciplines/fields.
  • Drafts and disseminates preliminary and final reports. Ensures correctness and clarity of ORAU scientific panel reports.
  • Acts as internal or external technical consultant in designing complex solutions.
  • Provides technical and management content for marketing and proposals.
  • Prepares task order statements of work and budgets. Prepares subcontractor statements of work; manages and tracks subcontracts; manages, tracks and closes out task orders.
  • Maintains customer relationship; customer engagement.


Ph.D. in Science such as Natural Resources or Biogeochemistry and more than 10 years’ of job related experience required. An equivalent combination of education and experience performing duties as described may be substituted for the minimum requirements. Must be able to travel at least four times a year for a week at a time.

Ability to lead an interdisciplinary review team to deliberate, write, review and revise a review report or presentation for a lay audience required. Experience working with, advising, and /or reviewing for Federal resource agencies required. Experience with structured decision making processes and adaptive management of natural resources in complex systems with high uncertainties required. Experience with habitat or ecosystem restoration required. Must have experience with stakeholder engagement, and inclusion of human considerations in environmental decision making. Experience with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) assessment and/or review, experience with the Endangered Species Act implementation, assessment, and/or review required.

Advanced expertise in evaluative methodologies, leadership of technical analysis, education, operations of subject matter expert-based reviews and evaluations required.