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Radiochemical Laboratory Technician

Date: Jun 18, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8065 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking a part-time Radiochemical Laboratory Technician who will focus on handling and processing chemical manipulations of radiological materials. Supporting the largest radioisotope production and research portfolio within the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science for Isotope R&D and Production, as well as extensive isotope production programs for the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy and National Nuclear Safety Administration, this position will grant you the opportunity to work with rare nuclear materials, and the unique facilities at ORNL, including the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) and the Radiochemical Engineering Development Center (REDC).


This position resides in the Radioisotope Science and Technology Division (RSTD) at ORNL. The esteemed staff of the RSTD produce a variety of important medical, scientific, and industrial radioisotopes. These include several alpha/beta emitting radioisotopes either deployed or under clinical trial for treatment of cancer (eg. Ac-225, Ac-227,Ra-224/Pb-212, and W-188); heavy actinides Bk-249, Es-254, and Fm-257 for fundamental chemistry research and new element discovery; Cf-252 for neutron emitting applications; Pu-238 for space exploration; and Ni-63 and Pm-147 for industrial applications.


As an RSTD radiochemical laboratory technician you will be involved in the processing of nuclear materials for the purposes of supplying radioisotope products and developing new radioisotope products for the international scientific community. This includes activities such as reagent preparation, material dissolutions, chemical separations, evaporations, etc. These operations are performed with radioactive materials within hot cells, shielded caves, and glove boxes at REDC and other facilities. The work is performed under exacting quality specifications and with adherence to conduct of operations in nuclear facilities, requiring good team dynamics and efficiency to meet tight schedules. We are seeking a team member who can be a team player with excellent attention to detail.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Under the guidance of research and technical staff, setup, test, and maintain chemical processing
  • Assist research and technical staff to develop procedures by performing experiments, logging and summarizing observations
  • Prepare chemical solutions and chromatography columns, collect data, maintain clear and complete records, and assist with coordination of radioactive and hazardous waste disposal
  • Contribute as a team member and assist technical staff and senior technicians with day-to-day operations of chemical and radiochemical laboratories and resolve process-related issues as they arise
  • Ensure compliance with Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) and cGMP requirements.
  • As a member of the ORNL scientific community, you will be expected to commit to ORNL's Research Code of Conduct. Our full code of conduct, and a statement by the Lab Director's office can be found here:


Basic Qualifications:

  • A.S. or A.A.S. degree in Pure Science, Applied Science, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, or a related field
  • Five or more years of relevant technical experience, with demonstrated knowledge of chemical hygiene and hazard mitigation
  • Experience with wet chemistry, physical testing of materials
  • A combination of education and experience may also be considered
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with diverse teams of engineers, scientists, and technicians.


 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a Science related field
  • Hands-on experience in handling radioactive materials and instrumentation for gamma spectroscopy
  • Experience in remote operations, including glove boxes and use of manipulators
  • Experience working in a  certified Good Manufacturing Process (cGMP) eniviroment and international Organization for Standardization (ISO) Regulations
  • Experience using United States Pharmacopea (USP) guidelines
  • Familiarity with Six Sigma production efficiency methods
  • 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 within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs

Special Requirements

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About the Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate (ISED):
Established in 2020, the Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate is strengthening Oak Ridge National Laboratory's leadership in isotope production and enrichment technology innovation. ISED is guiding the Lab's pursuit of the fundamental science and technology that broadens the application of isotopes for energy, environmental, medical, and national security purposes. These efforts are made possible through the High Flux Isotope Reactor, the Radiochemical Engineering Development Center, ORNL's other nuclear facilities, and an assemblage of world-leading scientists and engineers.  Please visit for more information about ISED.

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.

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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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