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Post Masters Research Associate - Radiochemical Science

Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Job Description

Job ID: 307580
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Job Description

This position involves planning and performing experiments with radioactive and non-radioactive materials and the subsequent interpretation and reporting of the data from these experiments. This work will require a broad range of analytical techniques and include handling radiological materials, collecting and interpreting experimental data and adapting experiments to meet project objectives.

The candidate will work under the guidance of senior scientists and engineers and will focus their initial efforts design, development, assembling, and testing of automated radiochemical systems for separations, with a focus on developing chemistries and associated fluidic systems to deliver medically relevant isotopes of high purity.

The candidate will be responsible for:
• Providing solutions to an assortment of problems using conventional methods where causal relationships are progressively difficult to establish.
• Independently completing assigned tasks, exercising limited judgement on work details and making preliminary selections and adaptations of technical alternatives. This may include use of standard analytical equipment and/or creating custom analytical equipment (e.g., installed within glovebox/hot cell or to automate data collection).
• Building a professional reputation for technical expertise by fully applying and interpreting standard theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies within specialty.


Equal Employment Opportunity

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Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a Master’s degree within the past 24 months or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university. Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 required.

Preferred Qualifications

• Masters in chemistry or radiochemistry with 0-2 years of experience with inorganic chemical separation.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, a demonstrated ability to work individually and as a team member.
• The preferred candidate will have experience handling radioactive materials and specifically have experience performing radiochemical separations.
• The candidate must have knowledge of the solution chemistry of an array of elements such as Sr, Y, Zr, Pb, Bi, At, Th, and U.
• The candidate must have experience with utilizing Microsoft Office, including Excel software for data analysis and interpretation. Experience with other data handling software such as MATLAB, Mathematica, SigmaPlot is a plus.
• The preferred candidate will have experience programming and/or operating milli- and micro-fluidic systems and milli- and micro-scale chemical separation techniques. Experience with in-line and on-line monitoring of fluidic processes using an assortment of detectors and sensors is a plus.
• The preferred candidate will have experience with alpha and gamma spectroscopy, liquid scintillation analysis, ICP-MS, ICP-OES, Raman, and UV-vis-NIR.

Masters in chemistry or radiochemistry with 0-2 years of experience with inorganic chemical separation.

3.5 GPA or higher is preferred

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307580
Directorate: Energy and Environment
Division: Nuclear Sciences
Group: Nuclear Chemistry & Engineering