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SIMS Scientist

Scientists/Scientific Support

Job Description

Job ID: 307235
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking a qualified scientist to enhance our growing capability in secondary ion 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 environmental monitoring and restoration, as well as industrial technology development, are also of interest.

- Incumbent will be expected to make significant technical contributions which impact the direction of research in these areas, developing a strong reputation within PNNL and externally. The incumbent will market proposal ideas to appropriate PNNL sector management and to develop winning proposals. Additional responsibilities include the successful execution of project work for both research and production, and strong technical capability and leadership. The incumbent should have a demonstrated track record of independent contribution to research programs, have begun to build a national reputation in the field, and possess the ability to interact with dynamic, multi-disciplinary teams in a task lead role. Incumbent will mentor and support peers and junior staff in technical growth, lead projects, and network with technical peer groups.

- The successful candidate will have a fundamental understanding of the physics of particle beams (ions, electrons, and photons) as they are used in analytical instrumentation, a broad understanding of chemistry and physics, and the ability to exhibit excellent laboratory practices. The candidate must have expertise with the operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of with dynamic SIMS instrumentation (f-series, CAMECA IMS-1280, or equivalent). Experience with elemental and isotopic analytical methods, sample preparation techniques, low-level radiological materials in clean environments, and an understanding of data processing and statistical analysis that supports robust QA/QC protocols is preferred. 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.

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

- Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Geochemistry, Radiochemistry, Nuclear Engineering, or related technical field and 5 years of experience; or Master's degree in Analytical Chemistry, Geochemistry, Radiochemistry, Nuclear Engineering, or related technical field with 3+ years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

- Doctoral degree in Analytical Chemistry, Geochemistry, Radiochemistry, Nuclear Engineering, or related technical field and 1-2 years of experience.

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307235
Directorate: National Security
Division: Signatures Science & Technology
Group: Radiochemical Analysis

Other Information

This 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.