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Control Room Accelerator Specialist

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Date: Nov 10, 2020

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4248 

As a member of the Research Accelerator Division Accelerator Operations Group, the Control Room Accelerator Specialist is responsible for the safe operation of all Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) accelerator systems and adheres to the SNS Operations Procedures Manual.  

In this role, you will report to the Accelerator Operations Group Leader, and you will interface with operations personnel, technicians, physicists and engineers.

Major Duties and Responsibilities: 
•    Safely uses computer controls to operate the SNS 1 GeV superconducting linear proton accelerator and associated subsystems to enable the NScD neutron scattering science program
•    Participates in accelerator operations support activities, including troubleshooting, performing installation, maintenance and upgrades to accelerator subsystems, and supporting beam development activities
•    Creates, modifies, and maintains Operations software used to run the accelerator
•    Understands, adheres to, and communicates to others relevant portions of the SNS Operational Procedures Manual
•    Communicates, complies with, and maintains an understanding of, environment, safety, health, and quality (ESH&Q) requirements
•    Provides work direction to technicians, as needed, during troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair cycles
•    Maintains a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics
•    During extended maintenance outages, communicates the machine status to the Plan of the Day meeting audience and serves as the on-site safety coordinator during off-hour operations
•    Works 12-hour shifts on a year-round, rotating schedule (includes day and night shifts)
•    Responds to emergencies in a timely manner 
•    Must successfully complete the SNS Control Room Accelerator Specialist Training Program within a year and remain certified thereafter

Physical requirements include the following: 
•    Occasional – Walking, standing, reaching both high and low levels, and hearing – conversation and auditory alarms
•    Frequent – Speaking clearly, seeing near and far, and color vision 
•    Constant – Sitting and finger movement 
•    Occasionally personnel protective equipment (PPE) will be required when making tours of the facility or when operating electrical breakers and disconnect switches. The PPE can be any or all of the following – Eye and hearing protection, covering for the head, arms, hands, fingers, full body and skin protection.  

Basic Qualifications:
•    Bachelor’s degree in physics, computer science, electrical, nuclear, or mechanical engineering or similar technical field
An equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be considered instead of a BS degree.  (Example: an AS degree and at least two years of experience in the operation of a particle accelerator or completion of the Naval Nuclear Power program and at least two years of experience in the relevant operations of the Navy)
•    Effective verbal communication skills
•    Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to work with a team of engineers, physicists, technicians, operators, and crafts.  

Preferred Qualifications:
•    Operations experience in a complex facility such as a particle accelerator, power plant, computer-controlled process facility, or equivalent. Current experience as an accelerator operator is preferred.
•    Programming skills in Java, Python, JRuby, shell scripts, or EPICS
•    Experience with the Linux Operating System
•    Experience in developing procedures
•    Effective written communication skills and the ability to make detailed recording of activities, observations, and actions

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. HFIR also provides unique facilities for isotope production and neutron irradiation. To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to: 

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.  

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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.

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