03. August 2014 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Sample Environment Team Leader
Sample Environment Team Leader
03. August 2014 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Sample Environment Team Leader
Sample Environment Team Leader
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA


The role of the Sample Environment Team Leader is to schedule and manage day-to-day operations for a team of technicians in support of scientific user operations. The sample environment team is responsible for deploying and supporting a pool of specialized equipment including high-field magnets, helium dilution refrigerators, furnaces, mechanical load frames, pressure cells, cryostats and closed cycle refrigerators. The Team Leader leads from the front while training / mentoring technicians and is comfortable working in a collaborative multidisciplinary research environment with scientists and engineers.

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 27 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: http://neutrons.ornl.gov.

Job description

Major Duties/Responsibilities

  • Recruits, trains, and leads a technical team.
  • Manages a small group of employees to include time approval and employee performance evaluations.
  • Develops world-leading capabilities for neutron environments at ORNL, including high magnetic fields, high pressure, controlled gas atmospheres, and temperature environments ranging from 0.03 K to 1800 K.
  • Demonstrates expert hands-on skills for developing, testing, operating, and repairing sample environments for neutron scattering.
  • Ensures safe operation.
  • Interacts, including public speaking and workshop participation and organization, with the scientific user community to identify and meet needs.
  • Collaborates with scientists and engineers worldwide to push the frontiers of sample environment.
  • Physical requirements for this job include the use of hand and eye protection gear, kneeling, sitting for extended periods of time, occasional climbing, and possible exposure to ionization radiation normally associated with operation of neutron scattering instruments for scientific research.

Employment is contingent upon the results of a pre-employment physical exam and drug screen which must be administered and cleared before employment can begin.

Requested Profile

Qualifications Required

  • Must have a BS degree, preferably in science or engineering, with a minimum of five years of experience in sample environment or a closely-related scientific or technical field.
  • An equivalent combination of training / certification and experience may be considered in place of a BS degree.
  • Experience managing a highly technical team in a research environment is required.
  • Experience with vacuum.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to work with a broad spectrum of people in a research environment.
  • 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
Preference will be given to candidates with prior sample environment experience.

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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Notice: If the position requires a Security Clearance, reviews and tests for the absence of any illegal drug as defined in 10 CFR 707.4 will be conducted by the employer and a background investigation by the Federal government may be required to obtain an access authorization prior to employment and subsequent reinvestigations may be required.

If the position is covered by the Counterintelligence Evaluation Program regulations at 10 CFR 709, a counterintelligence evaluation may include a counterintelligence-scope polygraph examination.

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.

07. August 2014
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