Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Chemist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307443

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signatures Science & Technology

Group: Chemistry of Nuclear Materials


Job Description

This postdoctoral position is funded, in part, by the National Technical Nuclear Forensics Center, under the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office of the Department of Homeland Security. Roughly 50% of the candidate’s time, he / she will be expected to help lead research and development activities that will advance the state of the art in a variety of chemical analysis and characterization techniques applied to radiological samples and the processing of irradiated or other nuclear materials. The other 50% of the candidate’s time will be spent supporting a variety of on-going research and development projects related to nuclear material analysis and nuclear forensics signature discovery. Targeted opportunities for the candidate include (but are not limited to):

• The design and operation of bench-scale and pilot-scale research and development activities related to the replication of particular historic flowsheets of importance within the nuclear fuel cycle.

• Characterization of product and waste streams resulting from the above nuclear process flowsheets.

• The study of novel optical (fluorescence, Raman, IR, and UV-Vis) characterization of actinide solid phases.

• The development of novel and rapid on-line pre-separation techniques for destructive analysis.

• The development and testing of new field deployable nuclear detection systems for marine environments.

• Advanced chemical characterization of plutonium and other actinide materials.

In addition, the candidate will be encouraged to propose, plan and carryout his/her own related research.

This is a limited term employment position with a one-year appointment and possible extensions for up to 3 years based upon project needs and individual performance.


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.

Candidates must have the ability to obtain a future DOE Q security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.


Preferred Qualifications

Candidates must have a strong background in their major field of study, the ability to work independently with little to no supervision, and an interest to work closely as part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers targeting applied problems of importance to national security. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required. A strong background in analytical, inorganic, radio or nuclear chemistry; material analysis, or chemical engineering with a chemistry emphasis, are strongly preferred. Experience working with radioactive materials or with lanthanides and actinides is preferred but not required.

Minimum Requirements - A Ph.D. in chemistry, nuclear chemistry, chemical engineering, radiochemistry, or related field. Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher preferred.

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.


Equal Employment Opportunity

PNNL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse, talented workforce. EOE Disability/Vet/M/F/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Staff at PNNL must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.

.Directorate: National Security Dir

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Chemistry of Nuclear Mtrls

Opening Date: 2018-02-21

Closing Date: 2018-03-23