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Chemist, Junior Level


Job Description

Job ID: 308303
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

The Chemistry of Nuclear Materials Group within PNNL is looking for a junior level chemist, material scientist or materials engineer with an interest in working in nuclear material processing and characterization.
- The position provides hands-on processing support, characterization and analysis for a number of nuclear fuels and materials related projects supporting various Offices within the Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and commercial entities. Analyses will support projects in terms of defining process-structure-property-performance relationships to optimize processing steps and provide valuable information on processing and product behavior.
- The successful candidate must possess a strong technical background and have a desire to learn more about nuclear material processing and analysis and explore other areas of relevance to work conducted within the Fuels and Material Processing Team. The position will involve work with materials of relevance to the nuclear industry, e.g., uranium, plutonium, zirconium, stainless steel, etc. Previous experience with nuclear industry relevant materials is highly desired, although experience with other metals and alloy systems can be substituted. A willingness to work with radioactive materials (e.g., uranium, plutonium) is essential.
- It is essential that he/she have demonstrated ability to organize, write and execute test plans in support of overall project goals and analytical skills, including experience and demonstrated proficiency in presenting, writing capabilities, and interacting with technicians.
- Also responsible to independently complete recurring assignments in a safe and secure fashion, exercise limited judgement on work details, and make preliminary selections and adaptations of technical alternatives.

Discipline, principal job duties/expectations, and qualitative and quantitative measures of performance that exceed the Functional Descriptor:
- The incumbent will be responsible for contributing to projects and building a professional reputation for nuclear material processing and characterization while completing recurring assignments.
- The incumbent will have the primary responsibility for ensuring their experience is what they need to develop as an independent research professional and participating in professional development activities.
- The incumbent will be required to build a network within the Technical Team and begin extending this network into the Chemistry of Nuclear Materials group.
- The incumbent is expected to contribute to the development of new capabilities and proposals within the Signature Science and Technology Division.

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 with 2 years of experience, Master's degree with 0 years of experience or PhD with 0 years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated ability to work with limited information and execute tests that allow for drawing technically defensible conclusions that would support objectives of individual projects.

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308303
Directorate: National Security
Division: Signatures Science & Technology
Group: Analytical Chemistry of Nuclear Materials

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.

Additional information:
- Project work will involve the use of nuclear materials. As such, the applicant must be able to complete and maintain training necessary to execute assigned work.