Associate Technician - Powder Synthesis and Additive Manufacturing

Date: Jan 25, 2024

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 12411 


ORNL is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratory, with an extraordinary 80-year history of solving the nation’s biggest problems. We have a dedicated and creative staff of over 6,200 people! ORNL’s decadal vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) is to cultivate an environment and practices that foster diversity in ideas and in the people across the organization, as well as to ensure ORNL is recognized as a workplace of choice. These elements are critical for enabling the execution of ORNL’s broader mission to accelerate scientific discoveries and their translation into energy, environment, and security solutions for the nation.

We are seeking a Technician: powder synthesis and additive manufacturing who will focus on running and developing expertise on a lab-scale powder atomizer to fabricate new alloys for additive manufacturing (AM) and deposit these powders on different AM systems.  This position resides in the Materials for Advanced Manufacturing Group in the Materials Science and Processing Section, Materials Science and Technology Division, Physical Sciences Directorate, at
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).   


As part of our team, you will work with a multi-disciplinary team of research and technical staff at ORNL to run a lab-scale atomizer to make metal alloy powders for use on different AM platforms. You will be responsible for the day-to-day operations and upkeep of the atomizer. You will also work with different project leads to develop process parameters for these newly designed alloys for use in different AM systems like laser powder bed fusion or blown powder deposition. 


Major Duties/Responsibilities:  

  • Day-to-day operation of a lab-scale powder atomizer

  • Ensuring that the atomizer is operating with minimum downtime and coordinate with appropriate staff to address if any challenges arise

  • Running laser powder bed system

  • Ability to clean up the powder bed system to facilitate material changeover with minimum cross-contamination

  • Safe operations of the systems in line with ORNL’s safety culture

  • Deliver ORNL’s mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace – in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.


Basic Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or GED with at least four years of relevant experience; an AS degree and at least two years of experience, or a higher degree in lieu of relevant experience will also be considered

  • Familiarity with MS Word and Excel to prepare job reports

  • Strong background in CAD/CAM


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • 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.

Special Requirements:

  • 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.

  • Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. 


Benefits at ORNL:  
ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain talented people. The laboratory offers many employee benefits, including medical and retirement plans and flexible work hours, to help you and your family live happy and healthy. Employee amenities such as on-site fitness, banking, and cafeteria facilities are also provided for convenience.


Other benefits include: Prescription Drug Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Contributory Pension Plan, Life Insurance, Pet Insurance, Disability Benefits, Generous Vacation and Holidays, Parental Leave, Legal Insurance with Identity Theft Protection, Employee Assistance Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Wellness Programs, Educational Assistance, and Employee Discounts.



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.

We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

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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