[Neutron] Sample Environment Technician Position at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Schwengels, Caty schwengelsce at ornl.gov
Wed Nov 21 14:52:27 CET 2012

The Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory 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 24 instruments for neutron scattering research, each year carrying out 1000 experiments in the physical, chemical, materials, biological and medical sciences for 2000 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<http://neutrons.ornl.gov/>.

PURPOSE: Technicians having a broad skill-set which encompasses but is not limited to mechanical ability, operation of electronic equipment, strong troubleshooting ability, and basic computer literacy are needed in the Sample Environment group to assemble, install, troubleshoot, test, maintain, repair, and operate specialized laboratory equipment used to conduct scientific experiments at Oak Ridge National Lab Spallation Neutron Source Facility. Such equipment includes  cryogenic apparatus, vacuum systems, furnaces, magnet systems, various experimental platforms or cells, and other unique sample environments as required.  The successful candidate will possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and be comfortable interacting with a wide variety of coworkers, scientific staff and external scientific experimental Users.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

*          Promotes compliance with environmental, safety, health, and quality program requirements throughout the laboratory;
*          Provides a wide range of support to Users to facilitate their work, as necessary, with limited supervision;
*          Responds to User problems and issues, including being available when designated as on-call during off-hours and weekends;
*          Assembles, installs, troubleshoots, tests, maintains, repairs, and operates specialized laboratory equipment, including cryogenic apparatus, vacuum systems, furnaces, magnet systems, various experimental platforms or cells, and other unique sample environments as required;
*          Performs equipment lifts using facility cranes;
*          Assists in the development of new designs, operating programs of equipment, test procedures, and work plans;
*          Documentation of work performed.
*          Conducts facility walkthroughs while observing equipment operation, work practices, and work environments to help identify issues, problems, or improvements;
*          Reports potential non-compliances and takes positive actions to promote adherence to requirements;
*          Understands and leads others in proper response to emergency alarms and may serve on the emergency squad.

Qualifications Required: Associates degree in Engineering or Science, with a minimum of two years of experience working with laboratory equipment or three to four years of relevant experience. Ability to perform hands-on work to troubleshoot, diagnose, debug technical equipment and systems.  Ideal applicant must be able to work independently and interface in a team environment.  Job candidate should be capable of responding to emergencies in a timely manner and utilize sound judgment in their reconciliation.  Good interpersonal skills and a professional demeanor are essential. Some experience in or around radiological areas is preferred.  Experience with one or more sample environment types is preferred (e.g., cryogenic, vacuum, magnetic, high pressure, gas systems).  Must be able to perform tasks which are moderately physically demanding, such as frequently climbing stairs, walking throughout a large facility, and occasionally lifting devices weighing up to 30 pounds.

Caty Schwengels
HR Administrative Assistant
Neutron Sciences Directorate
(865) 241-4299

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