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Optical Micropscopy Technician, Level 3

RICHLAND, WA
Scientists/Scientific Support


Job Description

Job ID: 307606
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is searching for an Optical Microscopist to support an ongoing analytical chemistry and material characterization production project. Both independently and in collaboration with project teams, the position will support a range of US Government and private clients. The Radiochemical Analysis Group supports a number of critical national security and homeland security missions along with missions in environmental monitoring.
This position will report to a project manager as well as to the line manager of the technical group. The expected outcome of the staff member's effort will be the timely delivery of microscopy data that constitutes a significant component of the project team’s deliverables.

- The primary function of this position is to examine microscopically sample materials and to perform sample isolation and manipulation procedures under an optical microscope.
- Perform a wide variety of general laboratory support functions including radiochemical sample preparation, data entry, radioactive and non-radioactive waste disposal, cleaning laboratory equipment and supplies, and other laboratory support functions.
- Ability to work with little to no direct supervision once trained to a base proficiency, and must have the ability to work in collaboration with a team of scientists and technicians. Effective interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills are required.
Microscopist
- Perform microscope-based analysis of samples
- Demonstrate advanced understanding of microscope principles
- Demonstrate advanced microscopy skills
- Demonstrate the ability to micro-manipulate samples, routinely, under a prescribed procedure

Analyst
- Facile development and demonstration of analytical judgment under prescribed sample classification schemes
- Able to communicate effectively among team members, in project meetings, and with project manager
- Experienced in data reduction, review, and reporting

Independent
- Ability to perform routine tasks independently with little or no direct supervision
- Capable of non-routine task requiring independent judgment
- Ability to adapt or prepare procedures, exploring new methods to address new challenges

Discipline, principal job duties/expectations, and qualitative and quantitative measures of performance that exceed the Functional Descriptor:
- This requires fine motor skills and the ability to manipulate small samples using optical microscopy techniques for long periods of time. At times, working with chemicals will also be required under highly prescribed procedures.
- Experience working with optical microscopy in chemical, biological, environmental or forensic laboratories is preferred. This position requires the ability to follow detailed procedures. As experience is gained, exploring alternate courses of action or methods to develop new procedures under the direction of a scientist or task leader is likely.
- The ability to cross train with other staff and work effectively as a team are required. The ability to work flexible hours is sometimes required, occasionally including nights and weekends.


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 jobs.pnnl.gov.


Minimum Qualifications

High School Diploma plus 2 plus years relevant experience in an optical microscopy laboratory, a relevant AA degree or technical institute graduate (TIG), with 1 year plus work experience.


Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307606
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.

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.

Conducts research and development activities including standard technical procedures that range from routine to specialized, under technical supervision. Operates in laboratory workspaces equipped with fume hoods, glove boxes and with specialized instrumentation in order to conduct research.