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Low Activation Materials Development & Analysis - Associate Technician

Date: Jun 2, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8363 

Overview:  

We are seeking an Associate Technician who will focus on the advanced characterization and examination of irradiated materials.  This position resides in the Low Activation Materials Development and Analysis (LAMDA) Laboratory within the Radiation Effects and Microstructural Analysis Group (REMAG) in the Materials Science and Technology Division (MSTD), Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  

 

The LAMDA Laboratory is looking for a self-starting and highly motivated individual to join their research team working on advanced characterization and examination of irradiated materials. This individual will perform tasks assigned by the technical laboratory manager, multiple staff scientists and project leaders that will primarily involve laboratory-based activities required for the characterization of irradiated materials and nuclear fuel. Much of this work will occur in an existing ORNL radiological facility – the LAMDA Laboratory. This facility houses a suite of thermophysical and microstructural characterization equipment used to perform post-irradiation examination of irradiated materials under different conditions.  The Associate Technician will interface with ORNL scientists, engineers, and other research support staff to perform various process steps and characterization methods. The individual will also be responsible for many aspects of the daily operation of a radiological area dedicated to work with radioactive material.

 

Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Direct and personally conduct hands-on work in a radiological materials laboratory
  • Independently perform numerous characterization methods, including dimensional inspection, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, specimen polishing and inspection, mechanical testing, and thermal properties testing
  • Acquire, process, and summarize complex data.
  • Contribute to the preparation of papers and presentations describing research results for technical manuscripts, peer-reviewed journals, conferences, program reviews, and technical committees.
  • Perform work according to specific rules and requirements for quality assurance, nuclear material control, radiological work, and general laboratory safety
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements
  • Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements
  • Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics

 

Basic Qualifications:

  • AS in materials science, engineering, or a closely related discipline plus a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of advanced characterization techniques including electron microscopy, mechanical testing, and thermophysical properties testing
  • Experience with CAD/Modeling software including SolidWorks and AutoCAD
  • Demonstrated ability and aptitude for careful and meticulous manual work requiring above average dexterity
  • Experience working in a radiological/nuclear facility
  • Experience in material measurement
  • Experience using laboratory microscopes
  • Experience in material measurements equipment: calipers, micrometers, and other measurement instruments
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to support regular interactions with fellow research staff, peer reviewers, and others, and to help prepare internal reports, proposals, and external publications
  • Strong interpersonal skills to support team building, partnering inside and outside ORNL
  • 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
  • Experience in material measurements equipment: calipers, micrometers, and other measurement instruments

 

Special Requirement:

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program.

 

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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