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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – PNNL

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Richland, Washington

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Mon, 07 Dec 2020 23:59:59 GMT

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Organization and Job ID Job ID: Directorate: National Security Directorate Division: Signature Science & Technology Group: Radiochemical Analysis Job_Description Job Description : Analyzes and tests new or existing materials to identify their properties and characteristics for the development or improvement of new or existing products. Studies the relationship between chemical and physical properties. Performs qualitative and quantitative analyses of organic compounds, inorganic compounds, or biologics to determine the chemical composition and/or physical properties by verifying their identity, purity, and homogeneity. Develops and/or applies chemical techniques to study naturally occurring and manmade radionuclides and employs chemical concepts for processing irradiated materials. Applies chemical techniques involving radiotracers to investigate chemical, biochemical, or biomedical questions. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking a qualified scientist to enhance our growing capability in multicollector inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry and characterization of nuclear materials. Our current research challenges center on developing analytical approaches and instrumental methods to reduce detection limits, improve measurement accuracy and precision, and increase throughput. Both independently and through collaboration with project teams, the position will support a wide range of U.S. Government and private client work. In addition to our national security work, missions relating to applications to environmental and nuclear safeguards, nuclear forensics, and treaty monitoring, are also of interest. Incumbent will be expected to make significant technical contributions which impact the direction of research in this area, and they should be developing a strong reputation within PNNL and externally as well. The incumbent will be expected to market proposal ideas to appropriate PNNL sector management and to develop winning proposals. Additional responsibilities include; the successful execution of project work, strong technical capability and leadership, including team building as necessary. The candidate will support both production and research projects. The incumbent should have a demonstrated track record of independent contribution to research programs, a strong publication record, have begun to build a national reputation in the field, and possess the ability to interact with and lead dynamic, multi-disciplinary teams in a task lead role. Incumbent will mentor and support peers and junior staff in technical growth, lead projects, write proposals, and network with technical peer groups. Due to the multi- disciplinary nature of the work and team-based projects, effective written and oral communication, strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate are essential. Candidates should be creative and capable of productive research, both independently and as part of inter-disciplinary teams. The selected individual will experience professional growth through excellent performance on projects via networking internally and externally to PNNL. Discipline, principal job duties/expectations, and qualitative and quantitative measures of performance that exceed the Functional Descriptor: * Internationally recognized expert in actinide mass spectrometry, trace element analysis, and isotopic geochemistry. * Proven track-record of publications * Track record of leading multidisciplinary teams * This is a research position in support of various government agencies with applications to environmental and nuclear safeguards, nuclear forensics, and treaty monitoring. * Minimum_Qualifications * BS/BA with 7 years of experience, or MS/MA with 5 years of experience, or PhD with 3 years of experience in Chemistry, Geochemistry, Radiochemistry, Nuclear Engineering, or related technical field * Preferred_Qualifications * Active Q clearance * 10+ years experience as an isotope geochemist or related field * Familiarity with radioanalytical chemistry, including low level actinide separations from bulk matrices * Experience operating in clean room conditions (Class 10,000 or better) * Experience in operation and maintenance of a Neptune Plus, specifically running lanthanides on a Neptune Plus. * Low-level actinide separations from bulk organic and inorganic matrices * Experience using GUM analysis for data reduction * Particle analysis experience using SEM and associated spectroscopic methods (EDS, WDS) * Experience handling environmental level up to mid-level quantities of radioactive materials * Experience in the use of perchloric acid fume hoods * Equal Employment Opportunity Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at . Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment. Other_Information This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance. Requirements * U.S. Citizenship * Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B. * Drug Testing: All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP). * Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated. Directorate: National Security Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support Group: Radiochemical Analysis Opening Date: 2020-11-04 Closing Date: 2020-11-11 Show moreShow less