Nuclear Operations for Chemical Laboratory - Assistant Technician

Date: Sep 14, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 11634 



We are seeking a Nuclear Operations Chemical Laboratory Technician who will perform detailed sample preparations, radiochemical separations and measurement protocols on samples which contain radiological constituents from environmental levels to high levels of radioactivity. This position will support ORNL scientific staff conducting research and chemical operations associated with the production and purification of radioisotopes and R&D for nuclear fuels.  This position resides in the Nuclear Analytical Chemistry (NAC) Section’s Transuranium Analytical Laboratory (TAL) Group in the Chemical Sciences Division (CSD), Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).   


As part of our analytical support team you will perform proceduralized radiochemical protocols on nuclear materials in support of the TAL’s environmental stewardship support and Radiochemical Engineering Development Center’s (REDC) isotope programs and fuels cycle research and development. To accomplish this, you will …


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Performing established laboratory procedures for titrations, dissolutions, dilutions, and separations of high activity samples in preparation for analytical determinations.
  • Perform detailed analytical operations in alpha gloveboxes and shielded hot cells.
  • Perform laboratory tests as needed to assist in developing, modifying, and refining operational and/or experimental procedures.
  • Obtain and maintain all ORNL training requirements for a radiation worker performing analytical work in designated non-reactor radiological facilities (Category II or III) and radiological facilities to include being qualified as a respirator wearer.
  • Utilize Windows based personal computers instrumentation operation, data reporting, analytical calculations, and sample management.
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements.
  • Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.


Basic Qualifications:

  • An Associate of Science degree; A HS degree/GED with two years of experience in analytical progressive experience will also be considered.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working in C-zone laboratories, use of glove boxes, and shielded hot cells in a Category II, non-reactor nuclear facility.
  • Experience with modern sample preparation methods used in isotopic and elemental characterizations with emphases on nuclear and chemical materials.
  • Familiarity with gamma detectors, gross alpha/beta detectors, liquid scintillation detectors, and gas flow proportional counters.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the safety practices associated with handling radioactive materials.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and working effectively as a team member.
  • Ability to respond quickly to diverse and shifting demands with sudden deadlines on tight schedules.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate in English.
  • Motivated and safety conscious.


Special Requirements:

  • Must be available to work a variety of shift schedules on limitied notice; must be available to work weekends and holidays as needed.
  • Work involves various physical requirements and working conditions. As such, a pre-hire physical will be required after offer.
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain an HSPD-12 PIV badge.  
  • 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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