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Research Technician

Company: Battelle Energy Alliance
Location: Idaho Falls
Posted on: March 28, 2020

Job Description:


Job Title: Research Technician
Grade: 170/190
Org: Mechanical System Design & Control
Work Location: Idaho Falls, ID (Town)


Changing the World's Energy Future by Breaking Ground on New Technology

MISSION: Discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.

VISION: INL will change the world's energy future and secure our critical infrastructure.


Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.


The INL Radiological, Mechanical, and Subsurface Systems Department has a need for a research and development technician to perform multiple tasks in a sophisticated research and development work environment. You will fabricate, assemble, calibrate, adjust, and test prototype or one-of-a-kind electronic, electro/mechanical, mechanical and/or optical devices, instruments, systems or processes. You will set up and operate test equipment to evaluate the performance of prototypical devices, including robotic or remote handling systems, analyze test data, and recommend changes or modifications to improve performance. You will install, troubleshoot, and maintain new equipment. You will compile and complete documentation of development and/or test processes and may participate in equipment and/or test design. You will function as mechanical design, electronics, remote robotic systems, remote handling systems, and process development support within INL's Radiological, Mechanical, and Subsurface Systems Department. You will apply mechanical and electronics principles along with knowledge gained through education and training, to perform work responsibilities. You will work with and support research scientists and engineers working in multiple program and in multiple facilities. You may specifically support INLs Bioenergy Program, Radiological Source Recovery Program, and Advanced Manufacturing program. You will participate in and individually promote effective multidisciplinary teams across technical disciplines and support functions as appropriate to enable the successful delivery of research products and technology within specific research scope, schedules, and budgets. Specific tasks may include, but are not limited to, materials handling and testing, electronics, mechanical systems design, cable management, equipment installation and maintenance, and duties associated with operating research facilities and equipment that scale from bench to full production.

This position will require outdoor work and extended working hours in all seasons and weather conditions and possibly in locations around the United States. It will involve physical labor as well as operation of heavy equipment and machinery including forklifts. The work involves hazards that require mitigation including protective clothing, gloves, eye wear, hearing protection, and possibly respirators. This position requires exceptional interpersonal and organizational communication skills with an understanding of how to interface with managers and colleagues. You must maintain good team relationships and moral. Work is performed at a level that actions may have visibility at the Department and research program level. This position may require some travel and a security clearance.


High School Diploma and a minimum of 2-4 years relevant experience or equivalent training is required

Special Requirements and/or Training:
Have or have the ability to obtain a DOE security clearance.
Demonstrated skills in advanced electro/mechanical design, welding technology, remote systems, team organization and scheduling, and laboratory off-site work operations.
Six years of mechanical design, mechanical hands-on, and welding experience applicable to applied R&D and operations.
Skills in oral and written communication and applying team building concepts.
Excellent communication skills, personable, detailed oriented, and experience in interfacing with management and technical personnel at all levels.


To be eligible for employment at INL males between ages 18 and 25 must register (or must have registered) with the Selective Service System (SSS). This includes U.S. born and naturalized citizens, parolees, undocumented immigrants, legal permanent residents, asylum seekers, refugees, and all males with visas of any kind which expired more than 30 days ago. The few individuals who are exempt from this requirement are those on current non-immigrant visas. For more information see



Employee Job Functions are physical actions and/or working conditions associated with the position. These functions may also constitute essential functions for the job position which the employee must be able to fulfill, with or without accommodation. Information provided below is to help describe the job so that the applicant has a reasonable understanding of the job duties/expectations. An applicant's ability to perform and/or tolerate these actions and conditions will be discussed and workplace accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis following an individualized assessment of the applicant and other considerations, including but not limited to any governing safety standards.

Walking - prolonged, Standing-prolonged, Bending/stooping, Squatting, Twisting, Applying torque (arms), Pushing/pulling, Overhead work, Grasping/gripping, Fine motor control (hands), Lifting ability - 35 lbs max, Exertion - moderate, Repetitive work - intermittent.

Special Senses: Audio alarms.

Work Conditions: Heights, Stairs, Heat stress, Cold stress, UV (sun) exposure, Radiation work, Ladders 6 feet, Machine/electrical hazards, Power tools, Vibrating equipment, Protective clothing, Heavy equipment, Motor vehicle use, Typing/keyboard, Rotating shift work, 8 Hrs/day, Overtime/irregular hours.

Certification Exams: Crane mobile.


PLEASE APPLY BEFORE: March 26, 2020 (Midnight)



Must be familiar with, and comply with all relevant health and safety requirements. Must be knowledgeable of emergency action policies and procedures, methods for reporting/resolving work practices or conditions to available cognizant professionals.


When applying to positions please provide a resume and answer all questions on the following screens. Applicants, who fail to provide a resume or answer the questions, may be deemed ineligible for consideration.


INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With more than 4,300 scientists, researchers and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and develop technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security and environmental missions.


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