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Aerosol Science and Technology Research Staff Member

Date: Jan 9, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4503 



We are seeking a Research Assistant in Aerosol Science and Technology who will focus on the performance of a full range of experimental operations for airborne particulate materials.  This position resides in the Aerosol Research Laboratory in the Environmental Sciences Division (ESD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).


As part of our research team, you will have an opportunity to work with scientists across different disciplinaries on a range of aerosol-centric subjects from fundamental research such as formation and transformation of aerosol to applications such as particle collection and transmission. You will be required to formulate plan to solve research problem assigned to you, design and execute detailed experimental protocols, and assist the team on projects.


Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Principal Investigator (PI) and team members to develop research plan for a specific problem.
  • Work independently and in consultation with the PI in design and develop measurement protocols, devices, and bench-top experimental apparatuses.
  • Work independently in performing established laboratory experiments, and protocols for sampling, collection, and analysis of airborne particulate materials.
  • Collaborate in the development of new analytical methodologies.
  • Participate in planning workflow for the laboratory or field work, including establishing priorities within and between projects, and determining the best direction of the efforts for various experiments, tests, and analyses.
  • Document laboratory activities in appropriate notebooks, electronic spreadsheets, and/or word processing files.
  • Maintain QA/QC control charts; prepare standards to assess QC performance. 
  • Aid in developing and presenting laboratory results for program reviews.
  • Obtain and maintain all ORNL training requirements for a radiation worker performing analytical work in designated radiological facilities.
  • Utilize computers in instrumentation operation, data reporting, analytical calculations, sample management, and advanced Multiphysics simulation.
  • Prepare and present research results in peer-reviewed journals, technical reports, professional conferences.
  • Ensure compliance with environmental, safety, health and quality program requirements.
  • Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A M.S. degree and at least 2 year of experience; or a PhD in the same areas.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in sampling, collection, and analysis of airborne particulate matter.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the operation and maintenance of advanced aerosol instruments.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skill in computer model simulation and numerical analysis associated with fluid flow, heat and mass transfer of aerosol.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as a team member.
  • Ability to respond quickly to diverse and shifting demands with sudden deadlines on tight schedules.
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory Excellent written and oral communication skills.


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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