Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Mass Spectrometrist/Analytical Chemist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 306079

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signatures Science & Technology

Group: Analytical Chemistry of Nuclear Materials

Job Description

We are seeking a highly qualified individual to develop and operate trace elemental analysis methods applied to ultrahigh-purity materials. The preferred analytical method is ICP-MS, although expertise in GDMS and SIMS are desirable. PNNL has existing capability in this area, most notably, for characterizing the radiopurity of materials used to fabricate radiation detectors and shielding. We are expanding this capability to include other high purity materials such as ultrapure reagents (acids, solvents) and final product materials (thin film devices, bulk semiconductors).

This position will include both experimental and theoretical studies, with applications including national and homeland security, nuclear nonproliferation, and nuclear material detection and characterization. Both independently and in collaboration with project teams the position will support a range of US government and private clients. The research group seeking to fill this position supports a number of critical national security missions along with missions relating to environmental monitoring and next generation nuclear fuel cycles. Projects with the research group range from highly applied projects in support of the U.S. Government to fundamental projects in the areas of nuclear science and novel technology exploration.

Experience in clean room operations and clean chemistry is highly desirable, and experience working with or developing advanced mass spectrometry instrumentation and ultra-sensitive mass spectrometry tools and methods.

A growing record of independent contributions to research programs and possess the ability to interact with dynamic, multi-disciplinary teams.

This position will require work with radioactive materials, potentially in Contamination Area Fume Hoods; therefore, strong radiological worker skills are required. Hazards would be those expected in a traditional wet chemistry lab. Safety will be managed through lab safety processes.

Minimum Qualifications

BS in Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Geochemistry, Radiochemistry, Nuclear Engineering, or related technical field and 2-3+ years of experience, or MS in Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Geochemistry, Biochemistry, Radiochemistry, Nuclear Engineering, or related technical field.

Preferred Qualifications

PhD in Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Geochemistry, Radiochemistry, Nuclear Engineering, or related technical field.

Clearance Level and/or U.S. Citizenship Required: Must possess the ability to obtain a DOE Q security clearance; candidates with an active Q-clearance are preferred.

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.

Other Information

This position requires the ability to obtain a federal security clearance in a timely manner. Which requires:

* 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.

Directorate: National Security Dir

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Analytical Chem of Nucl Mtrls

Opening Date: 2016-11-23

Closing Date: 2016-12-25