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Electronic Design Technician, Data Acquisition (DAQ) Integration

Date: Jan 17, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 6846 


The Data Acquisition Integration Group within the Neutron Technologies Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is looking for a skilled Electrical Design Technician.  The Neutron Technologies Division’s mission is to develop and deploy critical technologies for neutron scattering instruments and target systems, to support their operation, and to execute projects in support of neutron sciences. 


The DAQ Integration Group develops and supports hardware and software solutions for controlling and monitoring beamline equipment including motion control, sample environment and detector interfaces.  The group also provides and maintains the corresponding computing, networking and data storage resources. The group develops, supports and improves the control system environments for the neutron scattering instruments, at both the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) production experimental facilities, in three broad areas: designing, building and maintaining beamline motion control systems; developing, testing and supporting software for beamline motion control, and sample environments such as cryogenically cooled superconducting magnets, high pressure cells, high and low temperature environments, electrostatic and RF fields etc.; supporting the networking and computing infrastructure for beamlines, long term data storage and the analysis cluster.  We are looking for a skilled electronic design technician interested in gaining experience in motion control, complex sample environments and a wide variety of control interfaces.


This position reports to the Data Acquisition Integration Group Leader.  You will work closely with other group members and interface with external scientific users, instrument scientists, and scientific associates at HFIR and SNS.  You will also work with other technical groups including sample environment, information systems, instrument operations, and the detector group. 


Major Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Prepare drawings and assembly/test instructions including chassis design, mounting hardware, and wiring diagrams for electrical and electronic systems and light mechanical fabrications.
  • Provide technical guidance to bargaining unit staff who are fabricating assemblies for instrument control systems including motion, digital and analog IO panels, and ensure accuracy and conformance to specification.
  • Procure and track spare inventory levels of assemblies, components, and cables.
  • Perform basic troubleshooting using electronic test equipment.
  • Assemble prototype platforms and test stands as necessary.
  • Support routine maintenance procedures as well as new instrument installations.
  • Follow HFIR and SNS work control procedures for installations and preventative maintenance routines.
  • Provide operational support for the Instrument Data Acquisition and Controls system.
  • This position operates during typical daytime office hours, but some off-hours and weekend support is required to support the 24/7 operational needs of the HFIR and SNS.
  • Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of laboratory values and ethics.
  • Ensure and monitor compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements.  Promptly identify ESH and QA issues and communicate them to project and division management, ESH and QA contacts, and/or subcontractor contacts as appropriate.
  • As a member of the ORNL scientific community, you will be expected to commit to ORNL's Research Code of Conduct.  Our full code of conduct, and a statement by the Lab Director's office can be found here:



Basic Qualifications:

  • Associates Degree in electronics or related field.
  • 5 or more years of applicable experience.  Note:  Applicants with additional experience may be considered for a more senior position.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered instead of a degree.
  • Ability to prepare layouts, schematics, and connection diagrams.
  • Capable of interpreting manufacturer data sheets and technical documents.
  • Ability to create, interpret, and follow test procedures.
  • A working knowledge of various types of test equipment such as multi-meters, oscilloscopes, arbitrary function generators, as well as experience with basic hand and power tools.
  • Experience with CAD software such as AutoCAD, Creo, or SolidWorks.
  • Experience with Windows Operating System and Microsoft Office tools.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Familiarity with motion control, PID control, ladder logic.
  • Familiarity with LabVIEW and the Linux Operating Systems.
  • Familiarity with Allen-Bradley PLCs, Galil and Parker controllers.
  • Basic soldering skills.
  • Experience working at a National Laboratory or a scientific research facility is beneficial.
  • Willingness to complete ongoing skill development is encouraged in this position.


Other Job Requirements: 

  • Must be able to receive and maintain various certifications required to perform duties, such as radiation worker and electrical worker qualifications.
  • Be capable of lifting and carrying up to 30 pounds, climbing stairs, and climbing ladders.
  • The individual must have the manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination necessary for basic soldering and assembly of electronics components.




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


Benefits at ORNL:


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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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