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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Bachelors RA - Actinide and Radiochemistry in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312207

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signature Science and Technology

Group:Global Nuclear Science and Technology

Job Description

The Global Nuclear Science & Technology group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is searching for a post bachelor research assistant to join a team of multidisciplinary scientists and engineers to assist in actinide and general radiochemistry R&D.

This position involves planning and performing of 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 range of experimental and analytical techniques and includes handling radiological materials, design and construct of experimental apparatus to perform experiments remotely, collecting and interpreting experimental data, adapting experiments to meet project objectives, preparing technical reports, and writing articles for scientific journals. In addition, the candidate will learn how to prepare and image actinide (uranium and plutonium) particulate for electron microscopy. Following imaging, the candidate will analyze the particles for morphological measurements and particle classification.


The candidate will work under the guidance of senior scientists and engineers and will focus their initial efforts on design, development, assembling, and testing of automated fluidic systems for radiochemical separations, with a focus on developing chemistries and associated fluidic systems to deliver medically relevant isotopes of high purity. Radiometric data acquisition on collected samples and interpretation of results, as well as morphological analysis of actinide particulate.

The candidate will be responsible for:

  • Providing solutions to an assortment of problems using conventional methods where causal relationships are progressively difficult to establish.

  • Independently completing assigned tasks, exercising limited judgement on work details and making preliminary selections and adaptations of technical alternatives.This may include use of standard analytical equipment and/or creating custom analytical equipment (e.g., installed within fume hood/glovebox/hot cell) to automate experimental processes and/or data collection.

Building a professional reputation for technical expertise by fully applying and interpreting standard theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies within specialty, and presenting the work as technical reports, journal articles, and / or conference papers.

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.

  • A demonstrated ability to work individually and as a team member.

  • The candidate must have experience with utilizing Microsoft Office, including Excel software for data analysis and interpretation.Experience with other data handling software such as MATLAB, Mathematica, SigmaPlot is a plus.

  • Experience with particle classification based on morphology.

  • The candidate must have knowledge of the radiological sciences and specifically have experience performing radioanalytical measurements (e.g., gamma spectroscopy, alpha spectroscopy, liquid scintillation analysis).

  • The candidate must have basic knowledge of the solution chemistry and decay (ingrowth / decay) characteristics of an array of radioisotopes, from elements such as Sr, Y, Zr, Pb, Bi, At, Ra, Th, and U, that are related to medical diagnostic and therapeutic applications.

  • The preferred candidate will have experience programming and/or operating 3D modeling software and 3D printers.

Preferred Education/Credential

  • B.S. in chemistry, chemical engineering, radiochemistry, nuclear chemistry, analytical / separations chemistry or related field.

  • Experience working with particle morphological description software such as the MAMA (Morphological Analysis for Material Attribution) software.

  • Experience with scanning electron microscopy.

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment

Section 6.5.2 of the RPL Building Emergency Plan (BEP) requires that building occupants must be able to run, not walk, 100 feet ( from the building in the event of a criticality alarm, with or without reasonable accommodation.

Complexities related to the position, working environment, special challenges, etc.:

  • The group and team reside in the Radiochemical Processing Laboratory (RPL). The RPL is a Hazard Category II Nuclear Facility with capability for performing work on high-level radioactive and hazardous materials.

  • The candidate must be able to achieve DOE Radiological Worker II qualification.

  • The candidate must be able to access the Personnel Contamination Monitors (PCMs) when exiting Radiological Buffer Areas and must be able to expeditiously exit the facility in the event of a criticality alarm or other alarm in the facility.

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.

Directorate: National Security

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Global Nuclear Science & Techn

Opening Date: 2021-06-08

Closing Date: 2021-06-22