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Living and Working Here

Oak Ridge is located in East Tennessee and is part of the Knoxville metropolitan area, offering a small-city feel that boasts the University of Tennessee flagship campus; a historic downtown known for its dining, shopping, and festivals; and a vibrant arts scene featuring homegrown talent while also drawing major theater and musical performances to the area.

A place where rivers and creeks intermingle and mountains dominate the landscape, the area is ideal for outdoor activities ranging from river sports to camping and hiking. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just an hour away. State and parks also dot the region, with many parks and greenways located right in town. Sports fans will enjoy Knoxville’s hockey team and university football and basketball.

In addition, East Tennessee is affordable, with a cost of living roughly 8% lower than the national average, according to Economic Research Institute, and there’s no state income tax, which provides our employees with more take home pay.

See more about what our region has to offer.

Total Rewards and Amenities

Combined with competitive salaries, ORNL offers postdocs and their families a comprehensive and valuable benefits program. ORNL also has numerous on-site amenities that make life more convenient.

  • Relocation Assistance
  • Medical Plan (Dental, Vision, and Health Savings Accounts)
  • Flexible Working Hours
  • Generous Vacation and Holidays
  • Parental Leave
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Programs
  • Employee Discounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Benefits
  • Legal Insurance with Identity Theft Protection
  • Bank
  • Coffee Shop
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Exercise Classes
  • On-site General Medical Clinic
  • Walking Trails