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Laboratory Technician

Date: Sep 21, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 9093 

Level: TN02


The Neutron Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) invites applications for a Labs and Soft Matter Sample Environment Technician at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR). With the world's most intense pulsed accelerator-based neutron source (SNS), and the world’s highest flux reactor-based neutron source (HFIR), ORNL has become the world's foremost center for neutron science. Research at these facilities will encompass the physical, chemical, materials, biological, and medical sciences and will provide opportunities for up to 2000 researchers each year from industry, research facilities, and universities all over the world. To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to:


Major Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Under general supervision provide technical support for the Neutron Scattering Division (NSD) User Laboratories and sample management.
  • Performs basic laboratory housekeeping, ordering and organization.
  • Interacts constantly with internal and external users of the laboratories. Provides training, service and assistance to users with diverse backgrounds.
  • Works within ORNL and NScD databases/systems to ensure compliance and tracking of laboratory activities.
  • Works as an integral part of the flow of chemicals and samples into and out of the division. This includes ordering, receiving, storing, inventory, tracking, shipping, and waste/recyclables collection and categorization.
  • Acts as custodian for laboratory instrumentation ensuring calibration, maintenance, and condition.
  • Maintains strong commitment to customer service.
  • Writes and implements Hazard Analyses.
  • Reads and understands Safety Data Sheets.
  • Identifies and appropriately works with a variety of chemical and equipment hazards.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Associates degree in a scientific or technical discipline and a minimum of two years of experience.
  • An equivalent combination of education, training and experience can be considered instead of a degree.
  • Competent user of various types of software such as office automation, databases, and web applications.
  • Familiarity with basic chemistry.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills required.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).
  • Previous experience working with radiological samples and controls.
  • History of working within a QMS, ISO, or GMP environment.
  • Experience calibrating and maintaining laboratory equipment.
  • Experience supporting technical staff, including scientists.
  • Experience handling, tracking, and shipping samples.
  • Experience working with Department of Transportation regulations.
  • 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.


Other Job Requirements:

  • This position requires some physical activity, such as carrying lightweight items, etc.
  • This position requires Rad Worker II training.


Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


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

Benefits at ORNL:
UT-Battelle offers a quality benefits package, including a matching 401(k), contributory pension plan, paid vacation, and medical/dental plan options.  Onsite amenities include a credit union, medical clinic, cafeteria, and fitness facilities.

For more information about our benefits, working here, and living here, visit the “About” tab at


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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