The Medical, Industrial, and Research Isotope Group (MIRIG) within the Nuclear Security and Isotope Technology Division (NSITD), Nuclear Science and Engineering Directorate (NSED), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), is seeking applications for one or more Radiochemical Laboratory Technician positions. The MIRIG uses the unique ORNL capabilities, including High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) and Radiochemical Engineering Development Center (REDC), to produce, research, and supply isotopes in support of the Department of Energy (DOE) mission and for other government agencies and private organizations as requested through DOE. This work applies radiochemistry, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering principles to the processing and handling of nuclear and other hazardous materials. Key characteristics of the MIRIG include the unique application of hands on radiochemical processing research and development (R&D), remote operation, and computational modeling needed to support production. The work conducted by the group involves the use of materials ranging from non-radioactive chemicals and equipment to highly radioactive materials, use of standard or highly specialized laboratory equipment, and work performance either on the bench top, in fume hoods, gloveboxes, or heavily shielded hot cell facilities.
Under direct or general supervision, the successful candidate will be expected to perform laboratory tests, experiments, process operations, and analyses per written procedures and work control documents to support nuclear research and development (R&D) as well as mechanical and radiochemical processing operations.The person will need to contribute as a team member and will assist technical staff and senior technicians with the day-to-day operations of chemical and radiochemical laboratories, and assisting with glovebox and hot-cell operations and remote processing. Responsibilities will include preparing chemical solutions, making observations, collecting data, and maintaining clear and complete records. Additional tasks include assisting with the coordination of the radioactive and hazardous waste disposal, managing the chemical inventory within the facility, and interacting with other team members to resolve process-related problems. All work is to be conducted in a safe and effective manner and in compliance with all rules, regulations and requirements for work within a hazard category nuclear facility.
Qualifications Required:This position requires an associates degree or equivalent in chemical or engineering sciences or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The candidate should have a demonstrated ability and hands-on experience with safe handling of radioactive material, and should have experience with glove box and/or remote hot cell operations. Self-motivation, ability to work in a team, and demonstrated safe work ethic are essential. It is desirable that candidates have 2 years of relevant technical experience.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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