Oak Ridge National Laboratory to reduce workforce by up to 350

Oak Ridge National Laboratory to reduce workforce by up to 350

August 9th, 2017 by The Knoxville News Sentinel in Business Around the Region

Thomas Zacharia

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The Department of Energy has approved a plan proposed by UT-Battelle that will reduce Oak Ridge National Laboratory's workforce by as many as 350 positions by the end of the year, according to an email ORNL Director Thomas Zacharia sent to his staff Tuesday.

Zacharia wrote in the email the reductions will be made primarily among staff who charge to indirect accounts: support staff and researchers who primarily charge work time to overhead accounts instead of to specific research programs.

Reductions also will be made among research staff who have been affected by fiscal year 2017 budget reductions, like those made to fusion energy and National Institutes of Health programs. The Oak Ridge office for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor also will see cuts to its workforce.

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