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

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311846

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signatures Science and Technology

Group:Radiochemical Analysis

Job Description

This position is for a scientist to participate in a wide variety of research and development efforts involving mass spectrometry and analytical chemistry for characterization, quantitative, and forensic analysis of nuclear material in environmental matrices. This work includes the development of novel method and detection technologies for nuclear material analysis within the Radiochemical Analysis (RA) group.

This position will include both method development and testing as well as instrumentation development, with applications including national and homeland security with an emphasis on nuclear security and energy. The position will support a range of US government and private client projects, both independent and in collaboration with other project teams. The research group seeking to fill this position supports a number of critical national security missions along with missions relating to environmental monitoring, isotope detection, next generation nuclear fuel cycles, and international nuclear safeguards and treaty monitoring. Projects within the research group range from highly applied projects in support of the U.S. Government to fundamental projects in the areas of nuclear science and novel technology exploration.

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 security clearance, U.S. citizenship required.

Preferred Qualifications

The top candidate will have a growing record of independent contributions to research programs and possess the ability to interact with dynamic, multi-disciplinary teams. Experience working with mass spectrometers, ion detection equipment, and vacuum systems in a laboratory setting is required. It is also desired for candidates to have experience with laser ablation ICPMS methods and practices, preferably multicollector ICPMS, and be adept at sample handling, possibly including radioactive materials, and sample preparation.

Must have strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to work both with minimal supervision and within teams. The top candidate must have excellent attention to detail and a demonstrated ability for meticulous, reproducible work and documentation.

Position may include, but not limited to:

  • Nanomaterials and nanoparticulate analysis.

  • Work with radioactive materials.

  • Chemical and physical hazards would be those expected in a traditional physical chemistry lab.

Preferred Education

  • PhD in Physical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Geochemistry (isotope geochemist), Radiochemistry, Nuclear Engineering, or related technical field. Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher 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.

Directorate: National Security

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Radiochemical Analysis

Opening Date: 2021-03-25

Closing Date: 2021-04-24