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Technician - Nuclear Operations Advanced Technology

Date: Sep 22, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 6431 


We are seeking a Nuclear Operations Advanced Technology Technician who will focus on production, handling, separations, and packaging of a variety of nuclear materials, additionally performing equipment acceptance testing, determining failure modes/repair strategies and determining novel deployment within remote operations environments. This position resides in the Target Production and Infrastructure Development (TPID) group in the Radioisotope Science and Technology Division, Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).   TPID uses unique facilities at ORNL including the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) and the Radiochemical Engineering Development Center (REDC), to enable the production of a variety of important radioisotopes, including plutonium-238 for deep-space exploration, californium-252 for industrial uses, and superheavy elements for scientific research and discovery.

As a TPID technician, you will be involved in the fabrication and assembly of long-form targets and short-form capsules for irradiation in HFIR, and the
assembling, testing, integrating, and operating process/production equuipment for new and enduring remote operations 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 prototype remote electro-mechanical and chemical processing equipment.  Document activities and findings.
  • Following documented procedures, operate electro-mechanical and chemical processing equipment and handle nuclear materials within shielded hot cell facilities using remote mechanical manipulators and by hand within glove boxes.
  • Assembling, testing, integrating, and operating process/production equipment for new and enduring remote operations with radioactive materials within hot cells, shielded caves, and glove boxes at REDC and other facilities.
  • Fabrication and assembly of long-form targets and short-form capsules for irradiation in HFIR
  • Ensure compliance with Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) and QA 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 chemical, mechanical, nuclear, industrial engineering technology.
  • 5 or more years of relevant technical experience, with demonstrated knowledge of safe handling of chemicals and hands-on experience with remote handling of nuclear materials
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with diverse teams of engineers, scientists, and technicians.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Manufacturing experience in an R&D and/or a production environment
  • Electro-mechanical fabrication experience
  • Experience with work control, conduct of operations in an R&D or production environment
  • Experience operating with master-slave manipulators, or within glove boxes is preferred.
  • Experience following NQA-1 protocols is preferred.


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


Clearance required (access to nuclear materials at:  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.


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.



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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