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Hot Cell Operator

Date: Jul 27, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8694 

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory has an opening for a Hot Cell Operator. In this role you will, under limited supervision, assist researchers in experiments of nuclear or radiated material utilizing a manipulator.  You will conduct nuclear operations as prescribed by facility procedures and in compliance with ORNL directives and standards.  


Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists R&D staff with R&D mission tasks within the facilities.
  • Assists BVO supervision in ensuring facilities are operated in a compliant manner and are available for research activities.
  • Assists in identifying potential problems, recognizing unexpected results, and troubleshooting some of the more complex operational problems.
  • Obtains qualification as a BVO Hot Cell Operator in accordance with DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Qualification, and Training Requirements for DOE Facilities.
  • Uses tele-manipulators and specialized hot cell processing equipment.
  • Prepares clear and accurate documentation (check sheets, data sheets, logs, forms) for any work done.
  • Keeps work areas in a safe, clear, and orderly condition.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the BVO managers/supervisors.
  • Ensures compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements.


Basic Qualifications:

  • High school diploma and a minimum of three years’ experience in nuclear operations.  Or, Associate of Science Degree in a technical field with a minimum of two years of experience in a related field. An equivalent combination of education and experience in a related technical field will be considered. 
  • Work will involve various physical requirements and certain working conditions and as such a post offer, pre-hire physical will be required.
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance from DOE. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) testing designated position.  WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an on-going random drug testing program.
  • This position requires Rad Worker II training (trained in-house after hire.)
  • The selected individual must be able to successfully complete NNFD training and examination requirements consistent with DOE Order 426.2 within 24 months. Subject areas will include fundamental topics in mathematics, electrical science, nuclear physics, chemistry, and instrumentation and control, including types of instruments and control systems, principles of operation, and consequences of malfunctions.
  • Additional training will be required relating to facility systems, components, operating parameters and limits, and criticality safety principles, controls, and specifications.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior work experience in a nuclear facility is highly desirable.



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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