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Analytical Chemist


Job Description

Job ID: 307234
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

This position is for an analytical chemist to participate in a wide variety of research and development efforts involving analytical chemistry for characterization, and quantitative and forensic analysis of nuclear material in environmental matrices. The incumbent should have a growing record of independent contributions to research programs and possess the ability to interact with dynamic, multi-disciplinary teams. This position will include both experimental and theoretical studies, with applications including national and homeland security, nuclear nonproliferation, and nuclear material detection and characterization. Both independently and in collaboration with project teams the position will support a range of US government and private clients. The research group seeking to fill this position supports a number of critical national security missions along with missions relating to environmental monitoring, medical isotope production, next generation nuclear fuel cycles, and international nuclear safeguards and treaty monitoring. Projects within the research group range from highly applied projects in support of the U.S. Government to fundamental projects in the areas of nuclear science and novel technology exploration.
Experience working with chemicals in a laboratory setting is required. Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to work both with minimal supervision and within teams are required. Incumbent must have excellent attention to detail and demonstrated ability for meticulous, reproducible work and documentation. Experience working in clean rooms, with radioactive materials, trace or micro chemistry techniques, chemical separations, and mass spectrometry are desired. Experience with quantitative and instrumental analysis, isotope ratio or geochronometric techniques are also desired.

Responsibilities & Accountabilities:
- The incumbent will be responsible to make significant technical contributions. These contributions should affect the direction of research teams in a given technical area and building a recognizable signature for the incumbent at PNNL. The incumbent will be responsible to project managers for the execution of work scope and for producing technical deliverables; and to line management for helping build S&T capability.
- The incumbent should be building networks across the RA group and beginning to interact at the SST division level.
- The incumbent should be able to execute research tasks independently and recommend technical approaches within multi-disciplinary teams to produce cutting-edge research. The incumbent should also be aware of research going on at the national and international level that affects their project scope, and possess the ability to maintain skills consistent with state-of-the-art.

Equal Employment Opportunity

PNNL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse, talented workforce. EOE Disability/Vet/M/F/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Staff at PNNL must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.

Minimum Qualifications

- Minimum Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree in Analytical Chemistry, Geochemistry, Radiochemistry, Nuclear Engineering, or related technical field and 2 years of experience; or Master’s degree in Analytical Chemistry, Geochemistry, Radiochemistry, Nuclear Engineering, or related technical field.
- Technical Expertise: Receives guidance on new assignments, making preliminary selections on technical alternatives; independently completes recurring assignments.
- Level of Responsibility: Defines and leads project work at a small task/project level, reporting results on time and on budget.

Preferred Qualifications

- Doctoral degree
- Member of external professional community.
- Presenter at national or international forums.
- Leads elements or sections of technical products.

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307234
Directorate: National Security
Division: Signatures Science & Technology
Group: Radiochemical Analysis

Other Information

s position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.
* 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.

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment:
This position will require work with radioactive materials, potentially in Contamination Area Fume Hoods; therefore, strong radiological worker skills are required. Hazards would be those expected in a traditional wet chemistry lab.