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Electro-mechanical Technical Professional

Date: Mar 17, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 10138 


We are seeking a Technical Professional who will focus on experimental support for neutron scattering in way of support of high temperature sample environment. This position resides in the High Temperature Group in the Sample Environment Section, Neutron Scattering Division, Neutron Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Assembles, installs, troubleshoots, tests, maintains, repairs, and operates specialized laboratory equipment, including cryogenic systems, vacuum systems, magnet systems, high temperature furnaces, vacuum systems, gas flow systems, various experimental platforms or cells, and other unique sample environments as required.
  • Perform preventative maintenance and repairs on equipment as well as fabrication activities. 
  • Provides a wide range of support to users to facilitate their work in a 24-hour user facility, with limited supervision.
  • Timely response to emergent troubleshooting situation (often after normal business hours or on weekends).
  • Assist or lead the development of new designs, operating programs of equipment, test procedures, and work plans.
  • Performs equipment lifts using overhead facility cranes and rigging activities.
  • Provides and assists in the documentation of Sample Environment Equipment including drawings, specifications, user manuals, operating procedures, wiring diagrams, process and instrumentation diagrams, schematics to ensure system integrity and configuration control.


Basic Qualifications:

  • BS degree and 2 or more years of relevant experience.
  • Must be capable of responding to emergencies in a timely manner and utilize sound judgment in their reconciliation. 
  • Good interpersonal skills and a professional demeanor. 
  • Candidates must be able to perform tasks which are moderately physically demanding, such as frequently climbing stairs, walking throughout a large facility, and occasionally lifting items weighing up to 30 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience and proficiency with CAD programs such as SolidWorks or CREO.
  • History of patentable inventions, technical publications.
  • Experience with electrical circuits, electrical troubleshooting.
  • Robotics.
  • 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.


About Neutron Sciences Directorate:
The Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) operates the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), the United States’ highest flux reactor-based neutron source, and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), the world’s most intense pulsed accelerator-based neutron source.  Together these facilities operate 30 instruments for neutron scattering research, each year carrying out in excess of 1,000 experiments in the physical, chemical, materials, biological and medical sciences for more than 3,000 visiting scientists.  HFIR also provides unique facilities for isotope production and neutron irradiation.  To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to


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.

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