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CFTF Technical Professional

Date: Jun 11, 2021

Location: Knoxville, TN, US, 37932

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 6002 


We are seeking a Technical Professional Staff Member who will focus on the development, processing and characterization of carbon fibers and other carbon products derived from various precursors.  This position resides in the Advanced Fibers Manufacturing Group in the Manufacturing Science Technology Division in the  Energy Science Technology Directorate Sciences Directorate (ETSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).


The Advanced Fibers Manufacturing Technology Group advances the science and technology base for manufacturing of advanced materials and composites by conducting innovative research and development for a broad spectrum of programs and applications. 

Specifically, the group is looking for dynamic mid-career technical professional with a proven record in developing and executing carbon fibers and composite materials research projects in critical energy and/or national security mission areas such as: Transportation Materials Technologies, Wind Energy, Energy Storage, Off-Shore Oil and Gas, Industrial Processes, Aerospace and Defense, and Infrastructure.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

We have an opening for a Carbon Fiber Lab Technical Professional. This position is located at the Carbon Fiber Technology Facility. In this position you will be responsible for independently solving a variety of complex technical problems for engineering or technical projects and functions supported. Work is governed by standard procedures, policies, or discipline techniques. You will work with a diverse group of engineers, scientists, and technicians and support senior technical staff on technical projects primarily in one or more department or functional areas independently performing a range of technical services. In this position you will report to the Group Lead for the Advanced Fibers Manufacturing Group. The candidate will be responsible for independently solving a variety of complex technical problems for engineering or technical projects and functions supported. 


You will also:

  • Develop lot specification for carbon fiber deployed to ORNL partners
  • Support operations activities
  • Conduct quality control test on research and development samples
  •  Responsible Analyze data and prepare reports for management team
  • Assist with testing and calibrating lab equipment. Assist the Laboratory Supervisor in developing and maintaining an operation calibration system
  • Assist with research and development efforts and projects.
  • Support commercialization efforts with CRADAs partners.
  • Support senior research and technical staff in one or more departments or projects providing a full range of technical services.
  • Develop procedures (including job safety analysis) and training videos for operating the laboratory equipment(s), and testing & analysis of carbon fiber material. Train the trainees.
  • Work on multiple tasks in a limited amount of time in a fast-paced environment
  • Set priorities appropriately to accomplish multiple tasks to meet deadlines
  • Maintain consistent work schedule during core hours to meet needs of staff
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements
  • Maintain strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics



Basic Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s or higher Degree in STEM related Discipline.
  • A minimum of 5 - 7 years of carbon fiber processing, characterization and analysis lab experience.
  • Carbon Fiber lab research and development experience with industry,  a research



  • Extensive hands-on experience in conducting and directing research activities and a proven record with both R&D success as well as conceiving ideas and successfully attracting and developing R&D projects.
  • The ability to effectively collaborate with both internal and external researchers to the organization
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate to an international, scientific audience
  • A record of productive and creative research demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals and/or presentations at scientific conferences
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to the production of research proposals.
  • Motivated and safety conscious
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory 
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs


Other Information:

This position requires access to technology that is subject to export control requirements. Successful candidates must be qualified for such access without an export control license. 

Work involves various physical requirements and working conditions. As such, a pre-hire physical will be required after offer.

Please provide a list of publications when applying for this position.  Three letters of reference are required and can be uploaded to your profile or emailed directly to  Please include the title of the position in the subject line.



Position reports to the Group Leader, Advanced Fibers Group, in the Energy and Transportation Science Division and interfaces with administrative staff, managers and visitors to ORNL.



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.

Nearest Major Market: Knoxville