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Radiochemical Processing Technician

Date: Mar 3, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 10272 


The Building 4501 Operations Group within the Isotope Processing and Manufacturing Division (IPMD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking applicants for a Radiochemical Processing Technician to support radioisotope production operations.



The 4501 Operations group within the IPMD at ORNL have an immediate opening for a Radiochemical Processing Technician.  We are seeking highly motivated, organized, and talented candidates to join our growing team to work on our expanding radioisotope production demands.  Utilizing the unique capabilities at ORNL, including the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) and related radiochemical and nuclear processing facilities, the groups support a variety of projects supplying difficult-to-produce radioisotopes essential for medical, research, and industrial applications. Production of these radioisotopes supports the mission of the Department of Energy (DOE) and other government agencies, as well as the needs of private organizations and institutions.  Our current focus is on production and processing research and development to stand up new production capabilities for medical and industrial radioisotopes, including Sr-89, Ba-133, Lu-177, W-188, Ac-225, Ra-226, Ac-227, Th-228, and Th-229.


Located about 40 miles northwest of Knoxville, Tennessee, ORNL is one of the pre-eminent multidisciplinary research facilities in the nation.  ORNL is a U.S. DOE laboratory and is managed by UT Battelle, LLC.  ORNL is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity in our workforce.


Primary Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Process isotopes via documented procedures in hot cell and glovebox facilities
  • Assist technical staff and other technicians with operations in chemical and radiochemical laboratories
  • Engage with scientists, engineers, and technicians to establish solutions to complex problems
  • Ensure compliance with environmental, safety, health, and quality program requirements
  • Coordinate radioactive and hazardous waste disposal
  • Maintain logbooks and batch record documentation


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful candidates must have the minimum of an associate degree or equivalent in physical or engineering sciences, plus 2 years of relevant experience, or the equivalent combination.
  • Candidates should have a demonstrated ability and hands-on experience with safe handling of highly radioactive samples, and experience with glove box and/or remote hot cell operations.
  • Excellent communication skills are essential to ensure effective interaction with peers, technical and non-technical staff.
  • Must be self-motivated, able to work as a team, and a committed to safe work practices.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in wet-chemistry operations and nuclear detection methods, including gamma-ray spectroscopy  
  • Experience in quality assurance documentation, good laboratory practice (GLP), and or current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) experience
  • Experience in isotope production activities and chemical purification techniques
  • Experience using glove boxes and/or hot cell manipulators for isotope production


Special Requirements:

  • Physical Requirements: Work involves various physical requirements and working conditions. As such, a pre-hire physical will be required after offer.




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.

Nearest Major Market: Knoxville