Technical Associate Staff Member - Chemical Separations

Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Jun 28, 2019
Jul 28, 2019
Requisition Id 1438
Field of specialization
General / Technical
Work Function
Job Type
Full time


We are seeking a Technical Associate Staff Member to work with R&D staff to perform research in chemical separations and be responsible for operating and managing chemical separations research laboratories. The laboratories include nonradiological synthesis laboratories, an instrument laboratory, as well as several low-level radiological laboratories where radioisotope separations experiments are conducted. As a Technical Associate, you will assist research staff and guest researchers to ensure the safe operation of the laboratories and compliance with regulations. Approximately half of your time will be devoted to carrying out experiments using the instruments and facilities of the laboratories in collaboration with research staff. This position resides in the Chemical Separations Group in the Chemical Sciences Division (CSD), Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Carry out separations experiments using instrumental, analytical, and synthesis techniques as needed.
  • Performing tracer studies with radioactive isotopes and characterization by counting methods.
  • Assist in synthesis and characterization of new materials for separations.
  • Perform the duties of Lab Space Manager for nonradiological and radiological laboratories.
  • Assist staff and guests to ensure safe and secure laboratory operations.
  • Custodian and caretaker of laboratory instrumentation including an ICP-OES spectrometer, gas chromatograph, potentiometric titrator, gamma spectrometers, and a liquid scintillation counter, among others.
  • Train instrument users and coordinate the use of instruments and facilities.
  • Assist researchers with disposing of wastes.
  • Participate in planning efficient workflow for the laboratories, including establishing priorities within and between projects and determining the most efficient methods and procedures.
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements.
  • Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A Master’s Degree in Chemistry or a closely related discipline and 1 year of research experience


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in chemical separation techniques including crystallization and extraction
  • Experience in analytical characterization including ICP-OES, potentiometric titrations, and NMR spectroscopy
  • Demonstrated experience working with radioactive materials and performing radioanalytical experiments
  • Experience and knowledge of chemical safety and hygiene
  • Demonstrated service orientation in the operation of chemical and radiological laboratories, maintenance of instruments, training of users, ordering supplies, and disposal of wastes
  • Ability to take directions and work independently to accomplish goals
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as a team member.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate in English.
  • Ability to plan and prioritize work activities


Special Requirements:

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain all ORNL training requirements for a radiation worker performing analytical work in designated non-reactor radiological facilities.


Work will involve various physical requirements and working conditions. As such, a pre-hire physical will be required after offer.

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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