26. August 2015 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Scientific Associate
Scientific Associate
26. August 2015 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Scientific Associate
Scientific Associate
Employer
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Location

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA

Introduction

The Neutron Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) invites applications for Scientific Associates at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS). With the world’s most intense pulsed accelerator-based neutron source (SNS), and the world’s highest flux reactor-based neutron source (the High Flux Isotope Reactor), ORNL has become the world’s foremost center for neutron science. Research at these facilities will encompass the physical, chemical, materials, biological, and medical sciences and will provide opportunities for up to 2000 researchers each year from industry, research facilities, and universities all over the world. To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to: http://neutrons.ornl.gov.

Description of Institution

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. HFIR also provides unique facilities for isotope production and neutron irradiation. To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to: http://neutrons.ornl.gov.

Job description

The role of the Scientific Associate is to establish and maintain robust and reliable operations of neutron scattering instruments at a facility that operates 24/7 during periods of neutron production. Scientific Associates must be cognizant of operational parameters and equipment and provide front line operational support to the scientific programs conducted on those instruments. The Scientific Associate will coordinate with beam line staff to develop and maintain beam line operations by optimizing operations procedures, practices, and user manuals, and support a safety-minded and operations-oriented culture among instrument team members.

Major Duties/Responsibilities

  • Provide technical oversight and interaction with complex technical equipment and systems associated with neutron instruments to include neutron detectors, data acquisition and visualization systems, sample environment equipment, neutron chopper and vacuum equipment.
  • Coordination of the user experiment including: scheduling, training users in the operation of the instrument, and communicating all information and requirements necessary for a successful experiment.
  • Maintain and manage current inventory of all samples associated with experiments performed on the assigned instrument in accordance with policy. Some of the samples will be irradiated and this work may be performed in radiological areas.
  • Work with the sample environment group to schedule equipment required for individual experiments. Be fully trained on such equipment so as to provide normal operations support during the course of an experiment. Request corrective maintenance as necessary and provide feedback on equipment performance.
  • Coordinate the installation and integration of instrument upgrades needed to improve operations.
  • Maintains effective communications with all SNS customers and users, including accelerator groups and instrument scientific staff to ensure responsive and high quality instrument operations.

Requested Profile

Qualifications Required

The successful candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering, with preference given to postgraduate degrees in these fields. Candidates must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and enjoy working in a team environment, with the collaboration of all levels, disciplines, and diverse cultural backgrounds of the organization.

Qualifications Desired

A postgraduate degree in science or engineering is preferred. Experience in providing instrument support at a user facility is desired.

Contact
How to Apply

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.

Deadline
08. September 2015
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