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7920 Shift Supervisor

Date: Mar 9, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 9332 


The Isotope Processing and Manufacturing Division (IPMD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking a Hot Cell Operations Shift Supervisor to support operations and isotope production missions at building 7920.  The specific need for this position is for a 12-hour rotating shift radiochemical operations and processing supervisor.  The primary responsibility of the Technician is to ensure that all research and operations work is completed in a safe and compliant manner to meet established program goals within time and resource restrictions.  This is accomplished by assisting the REDC Hot Cell Operations Group Leader and 7920 Hot Cell Operations Specialists and ensuring that all work is performed in accordance with applicable Nonreactor Nuclear Facilities Division (NNFD) and IPMD work control, change control, procurement, fabrication, and testing requirements.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists the REDC Hot Cell Operations Group Leader and 7920 Hot Cell Operations Specialists in scheduling and prioritization of facility research projects to support mission goals by implementing the work instructions provided to their shift.
  • Obtains and maintains qualification as a REDC Building 7920 Operations Supervisor in accordance with DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Qualification, and Training Requirements for DOE Facilities.
  • Supervises multiple shift technicians and coordinates / implements the hot cell operations work provided for their shift by the REDC Hot Cell Operations Group Leader and / or Hot Cell Operations Specialists.
  • Ensures compliance with the facility Technical Safety Requirements (TSR) by monitoring the various TSR related systems throughout their shift.
  • Participitates in the performance of the various Building 7920 TSR surveillance functional tests and serve as the test lead if called upon to do so.
  • Participates in the review of work documents for hot cell operation related activities in accordance with NNFD-004, Work Control.
  • Participates in the development, review, and verification & validation of Building 7920 hot cell operations and facility procedures in support of the mission goals of the facility.
  • Assists in identifying potential problems, recognizing unexpected results, and troubleshooting some of the more complex operational problems.
  • Conducts On-the-Job training of their technicians as well as support the training officer in any other technician training aspects.
  • Uses tele-manipulators and specialized hot cell processing equipment.
  • Maintains knowledge of facility and hot cell equipment status.
  • Keeps work areas in a safe, clear, and orderly condition.
  • Ensures compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements.
  • Serves as Warden on the Local Emergency Squad.


Basic Qualifications

  • High school diploma with a minimum of 10 years of experience in a technical field or relevant trade apprenticeship program, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. At least three years of experience is required in nuclear operations.
  • Applicants should be qualified with the 7920 Operations Supervisor qualification or have equivalent non-reactor nuclear hot cell facility experience with chemical processing.
  • A demonstrated ability to work safely in accordance with ES&H standards and procedures is required.
  • Must have the ability to work as an active and contributing team member, manage time and work independently with minimum oversight, accomplish multiple tasks in a complex environment with attention to detail and thoroughness, possess an enthusiastic and positive work ethic, and possess the ability to handle potentially stressful situations.  Exceptional teamwork skills, computer skills, organizational skills, and strong personal motivation with the ability to adjust to changing priorities are required. Must possess strong oral and written communication skills, demonstrate good interpersonal skills, and work well as a team member.
  • The ability to lead and perform tasks requiring extensive manual dexterity and eye/hand coordination is required.
  • This position also requires Rad Worker II training as well as respirator qualification (trained in-house after hire).  Candidate must be medically qualified for Rad Worker and respirator.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in a technical field
  • Ability to work as an active and contributing team member
  • Ability to manage time and work independently with minimum oversight, and accomplish multiple tasks in a complex environment with attention to detail and thoroughness
  • 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
  • Excellent organizational skills


This position is a full-time staff position on a 12-hour rotating shift.


Physical Requirements:

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


Q or L clearance:

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance from the Department of Energy.  However, all qualified applicants will be considered regardless of their current clearance status. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program.


About the Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate (ISED):
Established in 2020, the Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate is strengthening Oak Ridge National Laboratory's leadership in isotope production and enrichment technology innovation. ISED is guiding the Lab's pursuit of the fundamental science and technology that broadens the application of isotopes for energy, environmental, medical, and national security purposes. These efforts are made possible through the High Flux Isotope Reactor, the Radiochemical Engineering Development Center, ORNL's other nuclear facilities, and an assemblage of world-leading scientists and engineers.  Please visit for more information about ISED.

Benefits at ORNL:
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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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