Neutrino Scientist - R&D Associate

Date: Nov 25, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 11763 



We are seeking a Research and Development Associate Staff Member who will support our Neutrino Research Group in the Physics Division, Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).


As part of our team, you will play an active role in the R&D of instrumentation for the Neutrino Research Group experiments to search for neutrinoless double beta decay in Ge-76 and study the fundamental properties of the neutrino in scattering experiments at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR). While this is a position within the Physics Division, physics instrumentation is a multidisciplinary science which requires a broader knowledge set and we’re looking for a researcher with working knowledge of organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and/or material science. The position also requires management of the Division’s chemistry laboratory.


Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate operations of the Physics Division’s Scintillator Laboratory

  • Contribute to R&D on advanced instrumentation and the design of the next generation LEGEND-1000 experiment.

  • Deliver ORNL’s mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by encouraging a respectful workplace – in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A Doctoral degree in nuclear physics, particle physics, or a related field.

  • Experience in experimental nuclear and particle physics.

  • Background in radiation detection and/or physics instrumentation.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of day-to-day operations and safety of a chemistry laboratory.

  • Working knowledge of organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and/or material science.

  • Proven experience with low-background detectors, cryogenic liquid scintillators, and/or Ge detector technology.

  • Experience working in underground laboratories and cleanrooms.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • 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 on time, and adapt to evolving needs.


Special Requirements:

Three letters of reference are required and can be uploaded to your profile or emailed directly to Please include the title of the position and the requisition number in the subject line.


Benefits at ORNL:

ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain hardworking people. The laboratory offers many employee benefits, including medical and retirement plans and flexible work hours, to help you and your family live happy and healthy. Employee amenities such as on-site fitness, banking, and cafeteria facilities are also provided for convenience.


Other benefits include: Prescription Drug Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Contributory Pension Plan, Life Insurance, Pet Insurance, Disability Benefits, Generous Vacation and Holidays, Parental Leave, Legal Insurance with Identity Theft Protection, Employee Assistance Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Wellness Programs, Educational Assistance, Relocation Assistance, and Employee Discounts.




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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