Sensor Development Engineer

Date: Nov 9, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 11838 

ORNL is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratory, with an extraordinary 80-year history of solving the nation’s biggest problems. We have a dedicated and creative staff of over 6,200 people! ORNL’s decadal vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) is to cultivate an environment and practices that foster diversity in ideas and in the people across the organization, as well as to ensure ORNL is recognized as a workplace of choice. These elements are critical for enabling the execution of ORNL’s broader mission to accelerate scientific discoveries and their translation into energy, environment, and security solutions for the nation. Come join us and help solve the world's most challenging energy problems!



We invite applications for the position of Sensor Development Engineer to support the Sensors and Electronics Group in the Electrification and Energy Infrastructures Division (EEID).  This position will support existing and future programs in areas involving thin-film sensors, printed electronics, and embedded electronics for a diverse range of applications including desalination system monitoring, advanced manufacturing, nuclear energy, and nuclear safeguards. The primary duties for this position involve the research, fabrication, characterization, and deployment of novel electronic devices.


Major Duties/Responsibilities

  • Research of emerging devices and materials, including printed electronic devices and materials, to meet application requirements.
  • Research of emerging fabrication processes, including 3D printed electronics.
  • Fabrication, test, and analysis of sensor device performance.
  • Material deposition, characterization, and property analysis.
  • Operation and maintenance of complex scientific equipment.
  • Maintain chemical and materials inventories.
  • Assist with the management of laboratory spaces.
  • Work with technical staff from a variety of technical backgrounds to achieve successful outcomes according to project requirements.
  • Openness to preparing white papers, proposals, and statements of work to attract new or maintain continuation of existing funding.
  • Contribute to academic journal and conference publications and presentations.
  • Basic data analysis skills.
  • 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 fostering a respectful workplace - in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.


Basic Qualifications:

  • B.S. or M.S. degree in electrical / electronics engineering, chemistry/chemical engineering, materials science, physics, a related discipline, or relevant experience.
  • Basic knowledge of microfabrication, printed electronics, or thin-film devices.
  • Basic understanding of analog and digital electronic circuits.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity with solid-state device physics.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Electronic device fabrication process experience.
  • Experience with inkjet, aerosol-jet, screen-printing, or similar methods for electronics fabrication.
  • Basic programming skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to unforeseen challenges.
  • Demonstrated ability to devise innovative solutions to unforeseen challenges.
  • Strong commitment to scientific integrity.
  • Openness to learning new technical concepts and skills.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship and enrollment in a workplace substance abuse testing designated position (WSAP) program, which requires passing of a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program.


Special Requirements:

  • Practice appropriate use of personal protective equipment including eye protection and gloves.
  • Ability to work in a laboratory and clean-room environment which may require standing for extended periods and working for extended periods while wearing personal protective equipment.


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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