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Associate Technician - Nuclear Operations Chemical Laboratory

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Date: Dec 6, 2018

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 369 

We are seeking an Associate Technician who will focus on the performance of a full range of radiological methods, especially measurement of isotopes by Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICPMS), and analyses on samples which contain radiological constituents from environmental levels to high levels of radioactivity.  This position will support ORNL environmental stewardship programs and scientific staff conducting research and chemical operations associated with the production and purification of radioisotopes and R&D for nuclear fuels.  This position resides in the Nuclear Analytical Chemistry Isotopics Laboratories (NACIL) Group in the Chemical Sciences Division (CSD), Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).   
As part of our research team, you will perform proceduralized radiochemical and ICPMS measurement protocols on nuclear materials in support of the Radiochemical Engineering Development Center (REDC) isotope programs and fuels cycle research and development.  
Major Duties/Responsibilities:  
• Perform established methods for elemental ICPMS quadrupole maintenance, setup, and operations. Conduct analytical procedures for fully-quantitative, semi-quantitative, and isotope ratio measurements for quantification of radiological isotopes in highly radioactive sample streams.
• Maintain the ICPMS by performing day -to-day, preventative, and corrective maintenance.
• Perform laboratory tests as needed to assist in developing, modifying, and refining operational and/or experimental procedures.
• Maintain a working inventory of parts and consumables dedicated to ICP-MS.
• Proceduralized operations of radiochemistry analytical instrumentation, including NMC and Protean gas flow proportional counters, Canberra 4000/4200 gas flow proportional counters, Perkin Elmer 5110R liquid scintillation counter, BF3 neutron detector, and Windows based alpha and gamma ray spectrometry system (Canberra Genie-2K) utilizing HPGe and Silicon Surface Barrier detectors.
• Participate in planning workflow for the laboratory, including establishing priorities within and between projects, and determining the best direction of the laboratory efforts for various experiments, tests, and analysis.
• Utilize Windows based personal computers instrumentation operation, data reporting, analytical calculations, and sample management.
• Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements.
• Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.
Basic Qualifications:
• An Associate’s Degree in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, or closely related discipline.
• A minimum of 2 years of experience in performing nuclear analytical measurements on radioactive materials.
• The ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L or Q clearance from the Department of Energy.
Preferred Qualifications:
• Demonstrated knowledge and experience working in C-zone laboratories, use of glove boxes, and shielded hot cells in a Category II, non-reactor nuclear facility.
• Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the safety practices associated with handling radioactive materials.
• Ability to respond quickly to diverse and shifting demands with sudden deadlines on tight schedules.
• Familiarity with gamma detectors, gross alpha/beta detectors, liquid scintillation detectors, and gas flow proportional counters.
• Familiarity in measurements using Ion Chromatography.
• Familiarity in the chemistry and separations of lanthanide and actinides, as well as safety consideration.
• Experience with modern sample preparation methods used in isotopic and elemental characterizations with emphases on nuclear and chemical materials. 
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as a team member. 
• Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate in English.
• Motivated and safety conscious.
Special Requirements:
This position requires that you have the ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L or Q 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.
Candidate must be available to work a variety of shift schedules on short notice and be available to work weekends and holidays as needed.
This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain all ORNL training requirements for a radiation worker performing analytical work in designated non-reactor radiological facilities. 
Work will involve various physical requirements and working conditions. As such, a pre-hire physical will be required after offer.


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, coffee stands, and fitness facilities.   
Relocation:  Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.
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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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