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Sr. Lab Technician

  • Job reference: AE-000164
  • Sector: Energy, Nuclear
  • Location: Aiken
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Transforming the potential of existing and new infrastructure and technology to improve lives through safer, cleaner and smarter energy.

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Power, Nuclear, Renewables and Future Energy expertise

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Our talented teams design complex new schemes, assure the longevity and integrity of existing infrastructure and deliver trusted, innovative advice critical to the success of the global energy market.

Power and electrical
Expertise in thermal generation and power networks is helping our clients address the need for secure, affordable and renewable energy sources. There's a world of opportunities here for people who want to start or develop their career in this exciting sector.

Our mission is to improve lives through nuclear energy, providing clients with nuclear new build, fuel enrichment, nuclear design, generation, decommissioning, waste management and defense.

We've got experts who offer all kinds of solutions in all aspects of offshore renewable energy technology. And we're passionate about spearheading the move towards a low carbon economy - we'll do it by making clean energy sources safe, reliable and cost effective. There’s plenty of potential to apply your skills in this fast moving market.
Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. We build long-term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas.

We work together across an international network of offices. This means that wherever in the world a project is being delivered, our clients benefit from industry-leading expertise, as well as a dedicated local contact. We understand the importance of having deep roots in the community; knowing and understanding local requirements, practices and culture. This allows us to be true collaborative partners with our clients, so that together, we can tackle complex projects and enhance communities throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Making a positive impact on the built and natural environment takes more than just skill - it takes heart. If you put your heart into everything you do, come join our team.
On joining the Atkins’ Nuclear business, you’ll be an integral part of a team specializing in taking on the most challenging engineering projects and opportunities from technical leadership to project management. Existing relationships with major clients offer us a stimulating variety of work within a team which is rapidly developing to meet the challenge of sustainable growth and innovation in the energy industry.

Atkins Nuclear Solutions US is currently seeking a Sr. Lab Technician to join the nuclear team in Aiken, SC.

Job Description

Is responsible for laboratory-based tasks, which include sampling, chemical analysis, and data recording. Provides the technical support required for a laboratory to function safely and effectively while adhering to applicable procedures and health and safety guidelines. Supports radiological, inorganic, organic, and wet chemistry analyses of samples collected in support of the Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF).

Performs a variety of laboratory-based tasks to support SWPF’s production and environmental requirements.

Performs analytical procedures in accordance with SWPF’s work control and regulatory established permit and licensing requirements.

Accepts samples for routine, non-routine and SWPF’s operations process sampling.

Logs samples into the laboratory and logs sample data into a computer system.

Prepares samples for on- and off-site analysis and assists other personnel with sample preparations.

Prepares appropriate sample containers and documentation.

Tracks sample/container movement.

Is responsible for the correct disposal of all samples and laboratory waste.

Prepares samples for various types of analyses.

Maintains inventories of radiological materials.

Supports sample collection activities as required to meet project schedules.

Operates, maintains and calibrates laboratory instrumentation, which includes various radiochemistry, inorganic, organic and wet chemistry instrumentation.

Performs daily instrumentation preoperational checks.

Performs preventive maintenance checks and monthly inspections and calibrations.

Performs safety inspections.

Ensures the laboratory has adequate supplies.

Files and archives laboratory records, including samples collected, for future reference.

Provides supervision and guidance to Lab Technician 1 and Lab Technician 2 staff.

Works under the supervision and guidance of Chemists and/or supervisor.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

Attention to detail and adherence to strict good laboratory practices and procedures

General knowledge of basic chemistry

Ability to handle data entry tasks for sample analysis and reporting

Ability to lift up to 50 pounds

Ability to wear personal protective equipment including a respirator

Ability to climb and descend multiple flights of stairs

Ability to work various shifts to support 24/7 operation

Ability to stand for extended periods

Normal vision (with or without correction).

Strong listening skills

Ability to pass WorkKeys® examinations for Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information

Ability to comprehend and follow procedure and work package instructions as applicable

Ability to complete the Salt Waste Processing Facility Laboratory Technician training program

Detailed knowledge of laboratory equipment, processes, quality control and sample management

Strong verbal and written communication skills

Intermediate familiarity with the use of Microsoft Office products

Ability to use more complex analytical equipment and to make decisions regarding the use of appropriate analytical methods and sample quality results

Detailed knowledge of sample management, laboratory equipment, instrumentation, processes, quality control, and data management

Ability to prepare samples, standards and reagents for various analysis

Ability to use equipment and procedures for various analysis


High School Diploma or equivalent experience
Fundamental mathematics education (arithmetic, algebra, geometry and statistics). Some high school chemistry preferred

An associate’s degree in chemistry preferred

Required Experience

A minimum of 5 years’ experience as a lab technician

Experience in using several analytical instruments from the following: pH meter, Titrator, Total Organic Carbon, Mercury Analyzer, Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP-ES and/or MS), Gas Chromatography (GC-FID and/or GC-MS), High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC and/or HPLC MS), Ion Chromatography, and Cold Vapor Mercury Analyzer

Preferred Experience

Experience using gamma spectroscopy, low background alpha/beta and liquid scintillation instrumentation

Due to current law, and in conjunction with the advertised position’s scope of work, candidates that are Non-US citizens are required to be submitted for further approval to the NNSA before being considered for hiring purposes. In addition, any candidates with dual citizenship in the US and another country must undergo further review for approval by the NNSA. Proof of citizenship will be requested upon receipt of application/resume.

Atkins offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, disability, legal, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; generous time-off programs; flexible work schedules; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities through our corporate university, as well as a highly-regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do. Atkins is an EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability employer committed to diversity in the workplace. Atkins is a drug free workplace.

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