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

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312695

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signatures Science and Technology

Group:Radiochemical Analysis

Job Description

This position is for a scientist to participate in research and development efforts assessing particulate flow in various nuclear scenarios. The research will be multi-faceted to include materials synthesis, data collection and evaluation in various nuclear processing environments and will involve analytical chemistry techniques and forensic analysis of nuclear material in various matrices. This work includes the development of novel R&D for nuclear material analysis within the Radiochemical Analysis (RA) group.

This position will include synthetic method development and deployment of novel materials in a nuclear environment in support of national security. The position will support a range of US government 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.

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 in nuclear materials, materials synthesis, data analysis and visualization is requested. Experience working in a laboratory setting is required.

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, radiological, and physical hazards expected in a chemistry lab.

Preferred Education

  • PhD in Physical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Radiochemistry, Nuclear Engineering, Materials Science, or related technical field.

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.

Other Information

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.


  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.

  • Drug Testing: All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.

Directorate: National Security

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Radiochemical Analysis

Opening Date: 2021-09-14

Closing Date: 2021-09-28