Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Senior Plutonium Chemist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 305849

Directorate: Energy & Environment Directorate

Division: Nuclear Sciences

Group: Nuclear Chemistry & Engineering

Job Description

The Nuclear Sciences Division within the Energy and Environment Directorate is seeking a Senior Plutonium Chemist to provide technical leadership in the Actinide Science Team in the Nuclear Chemistry & Engineering (NCE) group. The candidate must have research experience and expertise in chemistry and processing of macro quantities of plutonium. The NCE group brings to bear a multidisciplinary approach to solving problems associated with the nuclear enterprise, including safe storage and disposal of irradiated fuel, developing advanced closed fuel cycles, nuclear nonproliferation, environmental remediation of nuclear weapons production sites, and preparation of targets for isotope production. The group’s research in these areas requires capabilities and expertise in processing up to hundreds of grams of plutonium. The successful candidate will lead and/or support research efforts requiring aqueous and thermal processing of plutonium materials.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree with at least 7 years experience or a Master's degree with 5 years experience or a PhD with 3 years.

Must be a technical expert who selects and widely applies principles, theories and concepts in a major field of specialization.

Preferred Qualifications

The applicant must have experience in manipulating plutonium materials in a glovebox environment. The applicant must also have a strong knowledge of the fundamental aspects of plutonium chemistry. Prior experience in plutonium processing facilities is desirable.

The successful candidate must have excellent writing and presentation skills, and a demonstrated ability to develop, lead, and safely execute tasks involving manipulating macro quantities of plutonium materials. This position requires excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to manage small to large project teams involving a diverse set of scientists and engineers.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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 staff at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 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.

The group and team reside in the Radiochemical Processing Laboratory (RPL). The RPL is a Hazard Category II Non-Reactor Nuclear Facility with capability for performing work on high-level radioactive and hazardous materials. The incumbent must be able to achieve Radiological Worker II qualification. The incumbent must be able to access the Personnel Contamination Monitors (PCMs) when exiting Radiological Buffer Areas and must be able to run, not walk in the event of a criticality alarm in the facility.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Nuclear Chemistry & Engrng

Opening Date: 2016-10-07

Closing Date: 2016-11-06