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Cryogenics Technician

Date: May 9, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8216 


We are seeking a Cryogenics Technician with a broad skill set which encompasses but is not limited to electro-mechanical ability, operation of electronic equipment, strong troubleshooting ability and computer literacy.  The Cryogenics Technician will assemble, install, troubleshoot, test, maintain, repair, and operate specialized low-temperature and magnet laboratory equipment used to conduct scientific experiments at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source Facility and High Flux Isotope Reactor Facility. Such equipment includes cryogenic apparatus, vacuum systems, magnet systems, various experimental platforms or cells, and other unique sample environments as required.  Special consideration will be given to candidates with previous experience in cryogenic sample environment systems, user support, programming & electronics. The successful candidate will possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and be comfortable interacting with a wide variety of coworkers, scientific staff and external scientific experimental Users.  This position resides in the HFIR Low-Temperature and Magnets Group in the Sample Environment and User Labs Section, Neutron Scattering Division, Neutron Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Assembles, installs, troubleshoots, tests, maintains, repairs, and operates specialized laboratory equipment, including cryogenic apparatus, vacuum systems, magnet systems, various experimental platforms or cells, and other unique sample environments as required.
  • Assists in the development of new designs, operating programs of equipment, test procedures, and work plans.
  • Maintains inventory of appropriate tools, bulk hardware, and spare parts.
  • Provides and assists in the documentation of low-temperature and magnet equipment including drawings, specifications, user manuals, operating procedures, wiring diagrams, process and instrumentation diagrams, schematics to ensure system integrity and configuration control.
  • Ensure a safe, clean and efficient work environment that is in compliance with ESH&Q procedures and programs; Ensure lab space and workspace meets and exceeds ORNL Safety Requirements (ES&H).
  • Promotes compliance with environmental, safety, health, and quality program requirements throughout the laboratory and industry.
  • Provides a wide range of support to Users to facilitate their work, as necessary, with limited supervision.
  • Performs equipment lifts using facility cranes.
  • Documentation of work performed.
  • Conducts facility walkthroughs while observing equipment operation, work practices, and work environments to help identify issues, problems, or improvements.
  • Reports potential non-compliances and takes positive actions to promote adherence to requirements.
  • Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of professional values and ethics.
  • Understands and leads others in proper response to emergency alarms and may serve on the emergency squad.
  • Responds to User problems and issues, including being available when designated during off-hours and weekends.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Associates degree in Engineering or Science and a minimum of 2 years of experience.
  • A high school diploma may be considered with a minimum of 4 years of relevant experience.
  • Must be able to perform hands-on work to troubleshoot, diagnose, and debug technical equipment and systems.
  • Candidates must be able to perform tasks which are moderately physically demanding, such as frequently climbing stairs, walking throughout a large facility, and occasionally lifting items weighing up to 30 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Good interpersonal skills and a professional demeanor.
  • 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


Letters of Recommendation:

Final candidates may be asked to submit 2 letters of reference.


Physical Requirements:

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.




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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