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Radioisotope Production Research Professional

The Bethel Valley Radiochemical Processing (BVRP) Group within the Radioisotope Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking applicants for a Research and Development Staff Member to support radioisotope production development and operations.  

We are seeking a highly motivated, highly organized, and talented candidate to join our growing team to work on our expanding radioisotope production portfolio. Utilizing the unique capabilities at ORNL, including the High Flux Isotope Reactor and related radiochemical and nuclear processing facilities, the BVRP supports a variety of projects supplying difficult to produce radioisotopes essential for medical, research, and industrial applications.  Production of these radioisotopes supports the missions of the Department of Energy and other government agencies, as well as the needs of private organizations and institutions. Our current focus is on production and processing research and development to stand up new production capabilities for medical and industrial radioisotopes, including Sr-89, Ba-133, Lu-177, W-188, Ac-225, Ac-227, and Th-229.

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Actinide Chemistry

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will support the Isotope Applications Research Group in the Radioisotope Science and Technology Division (RSTD), Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the area of actinide science. In this position, you will synthesize new actinides complexes and utilize advanced characterization techniques. The Isotope Applications Research Group is involved in advancing radioisotope technologies, for medical, industrial, research, and national security applications.

RSTD is a global leader in actinide science, delivering innovations in isotope production technology, enabling ORNL to produce and rapidly deliver radioisotopes for science, medicine, industry, and security.

Associate Radiochemical Laboratory Technician

We are seeking an Associate Radiochemical Laboratory Technician who will focus on technical support of radioisotope production activities. In this role, you will work independently or as a team under the guidance of research staff to prepare reagents, perform activities related to production, i.e., target dissolution, separations, evaporations, etc., and maintain a laboratory notebook of activities performed. Through the experience gained in the development activities, you will contribute to the establishment of new procedures and management of existing procedures. This position resides in the Emerging Isotopes Research Group in the RadioIsotope Science and Technology Division, Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and reports to the Emerging Isotopes Research group lead.

Nuclear Materials Accountability Engineer

We are seeking a Nuclear Materials Accountability Engineer who will support the Melton Valley Radiochemical Processing Group in the Radioisotope Science and Technology Division (RSTD), Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) who will focus on the implementation of the nuclear materials control and accountability (NMC&A) program, as well as evaluation of material storage and flow for identification of process and efficiency improvements. 

RSTD uses unique facilities at ORNL including the High Flux Isotope Reactor and the Radiochemical Engineering Development Center, to produce, purify, and dispense a variety of important radioisotopes, including plutonium-238 for deep-space exploration, californium-252 for industrial uses, and superheavy elements for scientific research and discovery.

Distinguished R&D Staff Member - Medical Radioisotopes

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), is seeking candidates for a strategic position that will provide scientific leadership and innovation to expand research and development (R&D) on the production and application of radioisotopes for medicine and associated applications in biology, industry, and discovery science. 

This senior scientific leader will work in close collaboration with researchers, sponsors, programs, and line managers across ORNL to build visionary, far-reaching research programs.  This innovative leader will have demonstrated expertise and national/international impact in fields such as radiochemistry, biochemistry, and biological or industrial applications of radioisotopes.

The position will reside within the Radioisotope Science and Technology Division (RSTD), which is a part of the Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate at ORNL. RSTD is a world leader in isotope production, and provides leadership in actinide science, delivers new innovations in isotope production technology, and advances the field of radiochemical processing methods to provide radioisotopes for science, medicine, industry, and security.

Radioisotope Production Technical Professional

The Bethel Valley Radiochemical Processing (BVRP) Group within the Radioisotope Science and Technology Division (RSTD), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking applicants for a Radioisotope Production Technical Professional to support isotope production operations.  

We are seeking a highly motivated, highly organized, and talented candidate to join our growing team to work on our expanding isotope production portfolio. Utilizing the unique capabilities at ORNL, including the High Flux Isotope Reactor and related radiochemical and nuclear processing facilities, the BVRP supports a variety of projects supplying difficult to produce radioisotopes essential for medical, research, and industrial applications.  Production of these radioisotopes supports the missions of the Department of Energy (DOE) and other government agencies, as well as the needs of private organizations and institutions. Our current focus is on production and processing research and development to stand up new production capabilities for medical and industrial radioisotopes, including Sr-89, Ba-133, Lu-177, W-188, Ac-225, Ac-227, and Th-229.

Division Director, Nonreactor Nuclear Facilities Division

The Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate (ISED) of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) seeks applicants for the Division Director of the Nonreactor Nuclear Facilities Division (NNFD). This position reports to the ISED Associate Laboratory Director. The incumbent will ensure the safe and compliant operations of the NNFD facilities, as well as facilitate research and development (R&D) in the facilities. NNFD facilities include hot cells, glove box laboratories, as well as interfaces with waste management infrastructure. This position is one of the critical positions in the laboratory from an overall risk and complexity perspective. A significant portion of ORNL’s R&D programs depend directly or indirectly on the nuclear capabilities made possible by the facilities under the control of the incumbent. Multiple R&D programs representing a wide variety of customers depend on the successful operation of these facilities. While maintaining extremely high standards of reliability and discipline required by the high hazard work, the incumbent must also create an environment that allows creativity and flexibility essential to R&D. The nature of the R&D work changes frequently. Visiting scientists and users from other institutions that may not have the same cultural norms regarding operational discipline all combine to make this an extremely dynamic and challenging environment.

Division Director, Radioisotope Science and Technology Division

The Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate (ISED) of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) seeks applicants for the Division Director of the Radioisotope Science and Technology Division (RSTD). This position reports to the ISED Associate Laboratory Director (ALD). The incumbent will be responsible for leading and managing the science and technology capabilities within the Division consistent with existing programmatic missions and emerging opportunities, and for establishing and implementing strategies for future directions. The RSTD performs radioisotope research and development (R&D) and production. ORNL produces two-thirds of radioisotopes in the DOE portfolio, for use in national security, medicine, industry, research, and deep space exploration.  

Research Technician

We are looking for a Research Technician to be part of the team supporting operations and program maintenance activities in the Hot Cell (HC) Facility as part of the IP. The IP Hot Cell Facility is a laboratory designed to handle high dose rate radiological materials. It has hot cells equipped with telemanipulators to remotely handle high dose rate materials along with general laboratory space with specialized equipment to support isotope processing activities.

The Mechanical Research Technician is responsible for the upkeep and programmatic maintenance of the hot cells and associated facility equipment. The work includes mechanical and electrical work for the maintenance of the analytical and programmatic equipment within the general hot cell facility, maintenance of the hot cell train and telemanipulators, and interface with the facility personnel for building-wide systems. The successful candidate will develop and update technical and safety procedures, and support technical work for isotope production operations. The successful candidate must be able to work with radioactive materials and in radiologically contaminated areas, become respirator fit, and perform work with remote manipulators as part of a high-performing team to meet deliverables for the IP.

R&D Associate in Radiotherapeutics

The Isotope Applications Group at ORNL is seeking a highly motivated research scientist with experience in the areas of targeted radiotherapy, nanomedicine, or radiobiology. The Isotope Applications Research Group is involved in advancing radioisotope technologies, for medical, industrial, research, and national security applications.

This position will focus on using nanotechnology to encapsulate radioisotopes for conjugation to targeting vectors and evaluating their effectiveness using in vitro cell models. The successful candidate should have a strong background in radiochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, nanotechnology, or radiobiology.