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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Bachelor Research Associate - Process Sensing and Separations in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312162

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Nuclear Sciences

Group: Nuclear Chemistry and Engineering

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 knowledge of analytical techniques, handling oxidizing and corrosive chemicals, handling radiological materials, operating test equipment, 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 on performing batch contact and ion exchange columns tests for separation of cesium from tank waste as well as supporting filtration and melter testing.

The candidate will be responsible for:

  • Performing hands on work preparing solutions and performing experiments at the direction of more senior scientists and engineers. Activities such as acid/base dilutions and preparation of simulants

  • Independently completing assigned tasks.

  • Building a professional reputation for technical expertise by fully applying and interpreting standard theories, principles, methods, tools, and technologies within specialty.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a Bachelor’s degree within the past 24 months or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university. Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and graphing software.

  • Demonstrated ability to work individually and as a team member.

  • Preferred candidate will have some hands-on laboratory experience with solutions preparation and separation methods.

  • Able to create, read, and interpret complex written information

  • BS in chemistry, chemical engineering, or related field with 0-2 years of experience with inorganic chemical separation.

  • 3.5 GPA or higher is preferred

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

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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Other Information

Work will be in the Radiochemical Processing Laboratory, a non-reactor nuclear facility.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Nuclear Chem & Engineering

Opening Date: 2021-06-07

Closing Date: 2021-06-27