Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doc Research Associate - Nuclear Spectroscopy & Engineering in RICHLAND, Washington
Organization and Job ID
Job ID: 309283
Directorate: Energy and Environment
Division: Nuclear Science
Group: Nuclear Chemistry and Engineering
A nuclear physicist and/or engineer is needed to assist with radiation spectroscopy counting operations in the RPL such as Hanford tank waste sample characterization, reactor dosimetry measurements like those regularly conducted for HFIR and ATR experiments, analyzing complex low-activity and high-activity samples in support of the International Monitoring System’s Radiation Laboratory and nuclear forensics, support fundamental nuclear data measurements probing neutron induced fission yields of actinides, develop algorithms and software for automated analysis of advanced radiation spectroscopy systems, and design and build detector arrays for improved detection sensitivities.
The candidate should have a strong working knowledge of radiation transport, C++/Python, and CERN’s ROOT & GEANT4 data analysis & simulation frameworks; these skills will be leveraged to test developed analysis tools against complex bulk fission product spectra acquired using continuous, prompt, and cyclic neutron activation techniques.
The candidate will be expected to publish fundamental nuclear data and support open-source development of advanced radiation spectroscopy The candidate will need to demonstrate proficiency conducting gamma spectroscopy and other nuclear counting techniques such as apha spectroscopy, beta counting, and liquid scintillation counting.
Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.
Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 required
MUST BE A U.S. CITIZEN
Candidates must have received a Doctoral degree within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.
Ph.D. in Nuclear Science and/or Engineering or Physics, 3.5 GPA or higher is preferred
Candidates must have a strong background in their major field of study, the ability to work independently with little supervision, and an interest in working with others as part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers addressing challenges with national and international impact.
At least 2 years of experience in gamma spectroscopy
At least 2 years of experience with small scale software development is preferred
Experience in count-room operations and alpha/beta/gamma spectroscopy
Experience with software management using version tracking tools like GIT
Experience with CERN’s ROOT and GEANT4 data analysis and simulation software frameworks. Knowledge of MCNP in addition to CERN’s resources is preferred.
Operational experience with semiconductor and scintillation-based spectrometers
Strong oral and written communication skills.
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 jobs.pnnl.gov.
Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment
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 incumbent must be able to achieve DOE 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, with reasonable assistance, in the event of a criticality alarm in the facility.
Directorate: Energy & Environment
Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs
Group: Nuclear Chemistry & Engrng
Opening Date: 2019-05-03
Closing Date: 2019-06-02