Nuclear Operations Technician

Requisition Id 4305 


The Testing Science and Cascade Engineering Section within the Enrichment Science and Engineering Division (ESED) is seeking a Nuclear Operation Technician for the R&D Operation Group.  This group is focused on the execution of operations supporting testing: A team of expert operators and support staff available to lead and support testing operations for prototype enrichment devices.


The Enrichment Science and Engineering Division serves the nation in two critical areas: advancing enrichment technologies and exploring stable isotope production and applications. The division leverages an elite staff of scientists and engineers with the world-leading capabilities of Oak Ridge National Laboratory to deliver groundbreaking advancements with a variety of applications, from national security to life-saving medical treatments.

ESED is the national steward for the research, development, and demonstration of centrifuge technology. The successful candidate will provide research and development (R&D) leadership to the group that strategically advances science and technology focused on gas testing of prototype enrichment devices for processing uranium-bearing and stable isotope compounds. 

Major Duties / Responsibilities 

Major duties will include 24/7 shift operations and R&D testing of isotope enrichment devices. A focus of the position will be the execution of complex test plans involving the collection of significant data, maintaining the test systems for proper operations, rebuilding of the test systems, and providing input for continuous improvement of processes. 

The successful candidate will be required to effectively interact with various technical and research staff personnel, both within and outside of ORNL. The candidate is expected to be able to work in a team environment with co-workers and management as well as independently, to follow procedures and fully document work performed in the form of laboratory and testing research logs, as well as test specific paperwork.  Excellent communication skills, including verbal and writing skills are required.  The successful candidate will interact with principal investigators, management, engineers, fabricators, and computer modelers.


 Required Qualifications:

  • An Associate of Science degree in a science or engineering discipline, and a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience. A comparable combination of education and experience will be considered
  • The ability to pay careful attention to detail
  • Manual dexterity and patience
  • Must be willing to learn new skills and work well individually as well as on a team
  • Must be professional and have a strong work ethic
  • The ability and willingness to work flexible hours and shift work
  • The ability to safely perform assigned duties
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a  DOE Q clearence 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. 


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven experience with interpreting and executing written instructions, electrical/mechanical drawings, and procedures
  • Good computer skills (Ability to use Microsoft Word and Excel proficiently)
  • Experience related to programs or research involving isotope enrichment technologies
  • Experience with operations and maintenance of vacuum systems
  • Experience in reactive gas operations
  • Experience in the operations of pilot scale research processes
  • Experience operating Human Machine Interface (HMI) computer controls for test systems
  • Active DOE Q clearance


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.

Salary Range
$43,000.00 - 80,000.00
per Year
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Oak Ridge, TN 37830, US