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Electronics Design Technician

Date: Jun 2, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8364 


Join a dynamic and dedicated team of engineers working to build the next generation data processing electronics and software.  Your talent and inspiration will help our group take advantage of the latest advances in re-configurable computing to build out the future of scientific instrumentation.


We are seeking an adaptable technician to assemble, troubleshoot and construct electronic systems. This position resides in the Data Acquisition Development Group of the Neutron Technologies Division within the Neutron Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  The Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and the High-Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) are world-leading facilities producing neutrons for science.  We are a diverse, international, and inclusive community of engineers, laborers, scientists, trade workers and administrators, all working together to discover what remains unknown about how our world and the universe we live in works.


As part of our research team, you will procure, construct, diagnose and repair electronic systems composed of multiple circuit boards, wiring harnesses, and chassis. You will work closely with other group members and interface with members of the Detector Development and Data Acquisition Integration groups.  You will have the opportunity to collaborate with the design engineers in the Data Acquisition Development group, as we envision and implement the next generation of data acquisition electronics hardware.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Assemble high speed multi-gigabit and terabit data acquisition electronic systems composed of programmable logic, embedded and server-class multi-core computers and copper and optical network interfaces.
  • Test, troubleshoot and maintain electronics hardware using diagnostic equipment such as meters, oscilloscopes, and logic analyzers.
  • Design and procure enclosures for electronic systems that meet electrical, thermal and safety requirements.
  • Collaborate with group members and scientific staff in the successful operation of currently installed and newly developed systems.
  • Maintain design files, software codes in a central repository using a version control system. Develop and use quality assurance procedures.
  • Manage laboratory spaces to ensure well working of the equipment, cleanliness, and availability of stock items.
  • 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:

  • An Associate’s degree in a technical field and 2 years of experience.
  • Experience with diagnostic equipment and their use in troubleshooting problems of electronic systems.
  • Competency with document creation, spreadsheets and software that generates reports.
  • Demonstrated success in working with a multi-disciplinary team in a dynamic environment.
  • Experience with collaborative development tools (version control, issue tracking, task-based workflow, and documentation).


Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in electrical or computer engineering.
  • Experience with product development of embedded electronic systems.
  • Experience with computer aided modeling and manufacturing tools.
  • Experience maintaining laboratory spaces, organizing components and ordering parts.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills along with the ability to work and communicate effectively with teams of scientists, engineers, and technicians.
  • 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



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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