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Beam Instrumentation Technician

Date: Sep 21, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8879 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.


We are seeking a Beam Instrumentation Technician to support the Beam Instrumentation and Experimental Techniques in the Research Accelerator Division, Neutron Science Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). You will design, manufacture, and maintain Beam Instrumentation components and systems. You will provide support to scientists and engineers to define system problems and perform system upgrades and lead junior technicians in troubleshooting efforts and system calibrations.


Major Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Schedule, perform and track corrective maintenance of Beam Instrumentation equipment installed in the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS).
  • Analyze equipment failures to identify trends.
  • Define and perform preventive maintenance procedures to reduce operational failures.
  • Work with scientists and engineers to identify design deficiencies in electronic systems.
  • Design and implement system upgrades.
  • Create system documentation to include, manufacturing details, test and acceptance procedures, maintenance procedures, and operating instructions for installed and test systems.
  • Provide documentation of test results for use as record and in publications.
  • Perform advanced signal measurements of system equipment to analyze RF phase and signal to noise.
  • Use measurements to maintain and upgrade RF signal distribution system, manufacture strip line components, and construct filters for BI equipment.
  • Work with scientists and engineers to develop, design, build, test, and implement new instrumentation devices for use at ORNL and other laboratories.
  • Calibrate and maintain inventory of Beam Instrumentation test equipment.
  • Track calibration of test equipment in DATA Stream for traceability.
  • Assist auditors with questions and documentation of test equipment calibrations and work control as required.
  • Provide leadership, expertise, and advice to junior technicians in support of Beam Instrumentation mission.
  • Perform supervisory duties to define work, provide work control documentation, and task assignments when required.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Associates degree in a scientific or technical discipline and a minimum of four years of experience.
  • A high school diploma may be considered with a minimum of six years of relevant experience.
  • Competent in usage of RF measurement equipment for RF signal testing.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Spectrum Analyzer, Time Domain Reflectometer (TDR), Network Analyzer, RF Signal Generator, Power Meter, Oscilloscopes, Sweep Generators, and Function Generators.
  • At least two years of hands-on experience with small signal electronics, including soldering techniques and surface mount component replacement.
  • Chassis building and equipment racking.
  • Experience with PC computers and/or National Instruments based systems and interfaces.
  • Basic experience in use of hand tools and shop tools like drill press, bench grinder, cut off saw, etc.
  • 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


About Neutron Sciences Directorate:
The Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) operates the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), the United States’ highest flux reactor-based neutron source, and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), the world’s most intense pulsed accelerator-based neutron source.  Together these facilities operate 30 instruments for neutron scattering research, each year carrying out in excess of 1,000 experiments in the physical, chemical, materials, biological and medical sciences for more than 3,000 visiting scientists.  HFIR also provides unique facilities for isotope production and neutron irradiation.  To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to


Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


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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