[Neutron] ORNL / Neutron Sciences Job Posting: Sample Environment Technician / NB50675349
Johnson, Nicia R.
johnsonnr at ornl.gov
Wed Jun 27 21:45:41 CEST 2018
Job Posting Title
Sample Environment Technician / NB50675349
End Posting Date
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 24 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.
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 and HIFR Facility. Such equipment includes high
temperature furnaces, vacuum systems, gas flow systems, various experimental platforms or cells, and other unique sample
environments as required. Special consideration will be given to candidates with previous experience in sample environment
systems & user support. 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.
Note: It is the intent of the Sample Environment group to hire two technicians. One technician position is for the SNS/HFIR
Low-Temperature and Magnets team. The other technician position is for the SNS/HFIR High-Temperature team.
* Assembles, installs, troubleshoots, tests, maintains, repairs, and operates specialized laboratory equipment, including
vacuum systems, various experimental platforms or cells: cryogenic apparatus and magnet systems for the SNS/HFIR
Low-Temperature and Magnets team position, furnaces and gas flow systems for the SNS/HFIR High-Temperature team
* Assists in the development of new designs, operating programs of equipment, test procedures, and work plans;
* Maintaining inventory of appropriate tools, bulk hardware and spare parts.
* Provides and assists in the documentation of Sample Environment Equipment including drawings, specifications, user
manuals, operating procedures, wiring diagrams, process and instrumentation diagrams, schematics to ensure system
integrity and configuration control.
* Ensure a safe, clean and efficient work environment that is in compliance with ESH&Q procedures and programs; Ensure
lab space and work space meets and exceeds ORNL Safety Requirements (ES&H).
* Promotes compliance with environmental, safety, health, and quality program requirements throughout the laboratory and
* Provides a wide range of support to Users to facilitate their work, as necessary, with limited supervision;
* Performs equipment lifts using facility cranes;
* 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;
* Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of professional values and ethics.
* Understands and leads others in proper response to emergency alarms and may serve on the emergency squad.
* Responds to User problems and issues, including being available when designated during off-hours and weekends.
* Associates degree in Engineering or Science
* 2 or more years of experience working with laboratory equipment
* Training and/or specific, relevant work experience may also be considered instead of an Associate's degree
* Ability to perform hands-on work to troubleshoot, diagnose, and debug technical equipment and systems
* 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
* Ability to perform tasks which are moderately physically demanding, such as frequently climbing stairs, walking throughout
a large facility, and occasionally lifting items weighing up to 30 pounds
* Experience with one or more sample environment types is preferred (e.g., furnaces, vacuum, gas systems).
* Some experience in or around radiological areas is preferred.
* Ideal applicant should be a highly motivated, self-starter with the ability to work independently and interface well in a team
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