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Community and culture

Here at Oak Ridge National Lab we have over 4,000 employees representing more than 80 different countries. Our employees make a difference in the world by leading projects to help solve some of the nation’s greatest energy challenges. Home to some of the world’s premier scientific facilities, ORNL is a great place to chart your own research course, work with eminent colleagues, and build an extraordinary career.

How else do ORNL employees make an impact? By giving back to the surrounding community! In 2012, ORNL raised more than $914,000 during its United Way campaign, making the laboratory one of the largest contributors in East Tennessee. Aside from United Way, our employees are frequently volunteering in the community through Team UT-Battelle. Lab employees who serve worthy causes can attract attention, get support, and earn recognition through Team UT-Battelle for both the projects and the volunteers who participate in them. Team UT-B is run by volunteers and is an employee-driven and coordinated volunteer community service organization that comprises Lab staff, family members, friends, and retirees, all working to assist the communities where we live and work.

But it’s not all work. East Tennessee offers plenty of diversions – mountains, rivers, lakes, a full menu of outdoor adventures, championship college teams and minor-league baseball, and the cultural offerings of Knoxville, a city recognized as one of the country’s best places to live! ORNL is within a day’s drive of 75% of the nation’s population and all of the East Coast’s major cities.

Our benefits

Excellence in performance of the Laboratory requires excellence in the performance of our employees. ORNL recognizes this by offering competitive pay and benefits programs designed to attract and retain people who share our commitment to excellence. The Lab offers a multitude of employee benefits, including flexible work hours and wellness programs to help you and your family achieve a happy, healthy lifestyle.

  • 401 (k) Savings Plan
  • Contributory Pension Plan
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Domestic partner benefits
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Life insurance
  • Paid holidays, vacation, and leave
  • Educational assistance
  • Flexible working hours
  • Employee wellness programs and onsite fitness centers
  • Relocation assistance
  • Much more