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Lab Technician (Temporary)

Date: Mar 17, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 9967 


The Biodiversity and Sustainable Systems section within the Environmental Sciences Division (ESD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking a technician to conduct laboratory work on ecotoxicology and bioaccumulation tasks associated with the Aquatic Ecology Lab as part of the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health Group. You will support ongoing projects in the Toxicology Lab and various mercury-related projects by helping maintain cultures, conducting toxicity tests, and aiding general lab maintenance.


Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and conduct toxicity tests using zooplankton and fish following EPA protocols on schedule
  • Maintain and monitor laboratory cultures (phytoplankton, zooplankton, fish, bivalves).
  • Acid wash glassware, prepare culture media, and other tasks related to general lab maintenance.
  • Counting algae and zooplankton and taking general biometric measurements (length, weight, etc.)
  • Data entry, QA, and analysis
  • Maintain detailed lab notes
  • Assist with report preparation to meet required deadlines
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements.
  • Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Associates Degree in a science related field
  • Experience working in a laboratory
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of an interdisciplinary research team.
  • Attention to detail
  • Toxicity testing will occasionally require work on weekends.  Flexibility to work on weekends is needed.
  • Work will involve various physical requirements and certain working conditions and as such a post offer, pre-hire physical exam is required.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • BA or BS in ecology, environmental sciences, biology, chemistry, or a related field is desired


Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to stand for long periods of time; bend, kneel and lift cumbersome and heavy objects
  • Ability to wear protective gear safety glasses, gloves, and other PPE


*This is a temporary 12-month position. The appointment length will be up to 12 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and the availability of funding.*


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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