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Staff Technician - Stable Isotope Enrichment Operator

Date: Jan 7, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4687 


The Stable Isotope’s Production Operations Group is seeking an Operator / Staff Technician who will focus on operations and development associated with the enrichment of stable isotopes.  This position is part of the Enrichment Science and Engineering Division and serves the nation by advancing enrichment technologies and providing enriched stable isotopes products.  We lead the science and production process development for delivering stable isotopes for medical, industrial, and DOE mission critical applications. As part of our production team, you will work closely with a focused group of scientists, engineers, and technicians on challenging, fast-paced technical projects and operations in support of the DOE Isotope Program, and specifically associated with the rapidly growing field of stable isotope enrichment.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Operation of complex systems used for the enrichment of stable isotopes
  • Participation in research and development activities associated with advanced technologies including electromagnetic isotope separation and gas centrifuge isotope separation
  • Assembly, disassembly, and troubleshooting of research equipment
  • Research equipment maintenance
  • Maintaining operations logs and managing spare parts inventories
  • Shift work will be required to support 24/7 operations
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements
  • Maintain strong dedication to the perpetuation of values and ethics


 Basic Qualifications:

  • An Associates degree in Chemical, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering Technology or a related technical discipline with a minimum of 5 years of technical experience in a research environment. A comparable combination of education and experience will be considered.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Mechanical and electrical aptitude and experience
  • Basic knowledge of working with chemicals
  • Experience with vacuum systems, ion sources, plasma system, and control systems a plus
  • 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


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 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.


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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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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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