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Low Activation Materials Development & Analysis - Technical Associate Staff Member

Date: May 4, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8173 


We are seeking a Technical Associate Staff Member who will focus on the characterization and examination of irradiated materials.  This position resides in 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).  


REMAG 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 called the Low Activation Materials Development & Analysis (LAMDA) Laboratory. This facility houses a suite of characterization equipment used to perform post-irradiation examination of irradiated materials under different conditions.  The Laboratory Technical Professional 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 and train others to perform numerous characterization methods, including optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, materialographic specimen polishing and inspection, mechanical testing, and thermal properties testing
  • Complete special projects including research equipment design and specimen design and fabrication from irradiated material through machining processes
  • Apply computational skills and characterization experience to upgrade existing materials characterization methods and develop new methods for characterization
  • Maintain and produce written procedures for quality-controlled measurements
  • 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


 Basic Qualifications:

  • A BS in materials science, engineering, or a closely related discipline
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in a laboratory or combination of laboratory and engineering environment


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
  • 3+ year experience working in a radiological/nuclear facility
  • 1+ year experience with microscopy and material properties measurement
  • Experience in metallography
  • 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


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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