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Associate Radiochemical Laboratory Technician

Date: Nov 26, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830-8050

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 6654 


We are seeking a Associate Radiochemical Laboratory Technician who will focus on technical support of radioisotope production activities. In this role, you will work independently or as a team under the guidance of research staff to prepare reagents, perform activities related to production, i.e., target dissolution, separations, evaporations, etc., and maintain a laboratory notebook of activities performed. Through the experience gained in the development activities, you will contribute to the establishment of new procedures and management of existing procedures. This position resides in the Emerging Isotopes Research Group in the RadioIsotope Science and Technology Division, Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and reports to the Emerging Isotopes Research group lead.  


The EIR group uses the unique ORNL capabilities, including High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) and hot cell facilities, to research, produce, purify, and dispense isotopes in support of the Department of Energy (DOE) mission and for other government agencies and private organizations as requested through DOE. This work applies radiochemistry, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and nuclear engineering principles to the processing and handling of nuclear and other hazardous materials. Key activities of the EIR group include the evaluation of radioisotope production methods and the production of rare or specialty radioisotopes, including development of chemical separation and purification of materials. Standard and highly specialized laboratory equipment is operated and maintained, and work may be performed on the bench top, in fume hoods, gloveboxes, or heavily shielded hot cell facilities.



Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Under the guidance of research and technical staff, setup and maintain chemical processing equipment
  • Assist research and technical staff to develop procedures by performing experiments and report observations to the team
  • Setup and operate equipment to characterize targets and chemical separations, such as, high performance liquid chromatography, high pressure ion chromatography, UV/vis/NIR spectroscopy, pycnometers, thermal conductivity analyzers, etc.
  • Prepare chemical solutions and chromatography columns, collect data, maintain clear and complete records, assist with coordination of radioactive and hazardous waste disposal, and manage chemical inventory
  • Contribute as a team member and assist technical staff and senior technicians with day-to-day operations of chemical and radiochemical laboratories and resolve process-related issues as they arise
  • Ensure compliance with Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) and QA requirements.
  • As a member of the ORNL scientific community, you will be expected to commit to ORNL's Research Code of Conduct. Our full code of conduct, and a statement by the Lab Director's office can be found here:


Basic Qualifications

  • Associate degree or AAS in pure or applied science, or chemical, mechanical, or nuclear engineering technology.
  • Two or more years of relevant technical experience, with demonstrated knowledge of chemical hygiene and hazard mitigation
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with diverse teams of engineers, scientists, and technicians.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Hands-on experience in handling radioactive materials
  • Experience in remote operations, including glove boxes and use of manipulators
  • Experience in a production environment where QA/QC is applied

Special Requirements


Physical Requirements: Work involves various physical requirements and working conditions, including standing for long periods of time, periodic respirator use, and/or remote manipulator operation. As such, a pre-hire physical will be required after offer.


Export control, L clearance:  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.


This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance from the Department of Energy. 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:
UT-Battelle offers a quality benefits package, including a matching 401(k), contributory pension plan, paid vacation, and medical/dental plan options.  Onsite amenities include a credit union, medical clinic, cafeteria, and fitness facilities.

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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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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.