Laboratory and Field-Work Specialist

Date: Nov 19, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 9405 


The National Security Sciences Directorate (NSSD) at Oakridge National Laboratory leads scientific and technological breakthroughs to confront some of the nation’s most difficult security challenges. We develop interdisciplinary applications needed for the security of our nation today and target our vision on how these challenges may manifest themselves in a decade or more. The Collection Science and Engineering Group (CSE) of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Division (NND) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) specializes in the development of new techniques and technologies to collect and observe samples of interest in the environment. Our mission is to apply scientific and engineering principles to conceptualize, design, fabricate, deploy, and validate advanced collection systems. The CSE group members bring expertise in areas such as: environmental collector development and deployment, the nuclear fuel cycle, radiation detection, atmospheric transport and dispersion, as well as others to help prevent the proliferation of nuclear materials. This multidisciplinary team brings experts in their respective fields together to test and deploy systems in austere environments to enable world-class scientific experimentation and enhanced national and international security. The Collection Science and Engineering Group is seeking applicants for a full-time laboratory and field-work specialist to assist with the preparation and fielding of the collection equipment and any subsequent sample tracking and analysis.


Major duties/Responsibilities:

  • Laboratory management, organization, and safety functions.
  • Planning, execution, and participation in field deployments.
  • Sample inventory and analysis tracking.
  • Mechanical and electrical assembly and troubleshooting.
  • Collaborate with scientists, technicians, and craft personnel, both at ORNL and other DOE sites.
  • Comfortable with CONUS travel up to 20% of the time.
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements.


Basic Qualifications:

  • An AAS, AS, or BS in a scientific field of study.
  • Time management and organizational skills are paramount to this position to ensure the successful development and deployment of the group’s technologies.
  • Working independently and with a team in dynamic situations.
  • Working with mechanical and electrical systems.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • BS in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemistry, physics, or related field.
  • Evidence of work in the nuclear fuel cycle and/or environmental sampling.
  • Collection system design and development.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal) to interact with co-workers, customers, design, research, development, and vendor personnel.
  • Ability to work with technical and research project teams.
  • Self-starter able to set priorities to accomplish goals and meet milestones independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs.


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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