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Technologist, Nuclear Chemistry & Engineering

Scientists/Scientific Support

Job Description

Job ID: 307490
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

This position resides in the Nuclear Chemistry & Engineering Group which supports the Hanford Site cleanup, river corridor protection, nuclear materials stewardship, non-proliferation missions, the nuclear fuel life cycle, national security missions, and energy production, and is engaged in expanding the beneficial use of nuclear materials. The group and team reside in the Radiochemical Processing Laboratory (RPL). The RPL is a Hazard Category II Nuclear Facility with capability for performing work on high-level radioactive and hazardous materials.

• Skillfully performs technical procedures ranging from routine to specialized, under technical supervision.
• Identifies and leads efforts to develop new procedures and methods for complex, non-routine irradiated materials research.
• Independently perform data collection and reduction, and maintain proper documentation.
• Design, set up, test and operate test equipment/instruments.
• Lead large research and engineering tasks.

The successful candidate will:
• Conduct laboratory work in support of irradiated materials research and engineering, including scanning electron microscopy (SEM) sample prep and SEM operation/data collection.
• Work with radioactive, non-radioactive and hazardous materials on the benchtop and in fume hoods and glove boxes.
• Assist in the design, building and operation of experimental systems, conduct analysis/data collection, and assist in data reduction and reporting.
• Be expected to perform physical and/or analytical measurements following strict QA/QC protocols.
• Train, guide and mentor junior technical staff.
• Be given primary responsibility for selected duties such as waste management and chemical inventories.

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

Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years of relevant work experience or advanced degree and 2-3 years of relevant work experience. Extensive relevant work experience (10+ years coupled with certifications) may be substituted for the degree requirement under some circumstances.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience working with radiological materials is desirable.
• Strong computer, communication, and writing skills are desirable.
• A fundamental knowledge of chemistry laboratory operations is desirable.

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307490
Directorate: Energy & Environment
Division: Nuclear Sciences
Group: Nuclear Chemistry & Engineering

Other Information

• There will be occasional off-shift work evenings, nights and weekends.
• Heavy lifting, up to 25 lbs., will be needed occasionally.
• The group and team reside in the Radiochemical Processing Laboratory (RPL). The RPL is a Hazard Category II Nuclear Facility with capability for performing work on high-level radioactive and hazardous materials.
• The incumbent must be able to achieve DOE Radiological Worker II qualification.
• The incumbent must be able to access the Personnel Contamination Monitors (PCMs) when exiting Radiological Buffer Areas.

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.