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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doc Research Associate - Radiochemical Science in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310437

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Nuclear Sciences

Group: Nuclear Chemistry and Engineering

Job Description

This position resides in the Nuclear Chemistry & Engineering Group which supports Hanford Site cleanup, river corridor protection, nuclear materials stewardship, non-proliferation missions, the nuclear fuel life cycle, national security missions, and energy production, and is engaged in expanding the beneficial use of nuclear materials. Through high-quality fundamental science and strong academic collaborations, we are fostering a renewed focus on radiochemistry and irradiated materials research for providing solutions in nuclear nonproliferation, environmental cleanup and protection, advanced nuclear energy, and for use in medicine and industry.

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.


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 radiochemical fluidic systems for separations, with a focus on developing chemistries and associated fluidic systems to deliver medically relevant isotopes of high purity.

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.

Accountabilities :

The incumbent will be accountable to:

  • The Nuclear Chemistry and Engineering Technical Group Manager for general staff performance and development, operational discipline (e.g., maintaining training qualifications, procedural compliance, safe operations), and promoting cooperation, teamwork, and mutual respect within the technical group and project teams.

  • Project Managers for performing assigned project roles and tasks on time and within budget, and for following applicable project and laboratory procedures.

  • Principal Investigators for executing and completing research and development.

Minimum Qualifications

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.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, a demonstrated ability to work individually and as a team member.

  • The candidate must have experience handling radioactive materials and specifically have experience performing radiochemical separations.

  • The candidate must have knowledge of the solution chemistry of an array of radioisotopes from elements such as Sr, Y, Zr, Pb, Bi, At, Ra, Th, and U.

  • 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.

  • The preferred candidate will have experience programming and/or operating milli- and micro-fluidic systems and milli- and micro-scale chemical separation techniques.Experience with in-line and on-line monitoring of fluidic processes using an assortment of detectors and sensors is a plus.

  • The preferred candidate will have experience with alpha and gamma spectroscopy, liquid scintillation analysis, ICP-MS, ICP-OES, Raman, and UV-vis-NIR.

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

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Other Information

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.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Nuclear Chem & Engineering

Opening Date: 2020-02-05

Closing Date: 2020-02-19