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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Masters RA - Chemist, Trace-Analysis in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311660

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signature Science and Technology

Group:Radiochemical Analysis

Job Description

The position is for a trace analytical chemist to perform and develop sample separation, preparation, and analysis techniques. The work is in support of analytical method and procedure development for trace elemental and isotopic analysis, typically by mass spectrometry. The incumbent will be expected to perform hands-on wet chemistry, operate thermal-ionization mass spectrometers (TIMS) and contribute to proposal development efforts.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a Master’s degree within the past 24 months or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university. Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 required.

Must be able to obtain a future security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

Preferred Qualifications

The incumbent must have a M.S. or equivalent degree in the physical sciences (analytical, radio, nuclear, or geochemistry preferred). Experience working with chemicals in a laboratory setting is required. Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to work both with minimal supervision and within teams are required. Candidate must have excellent attention to detail and demonstrated ability for meticulous, reproducible work and documentation. Experience working in clean rooms, with radioactive materials, trace or micro chemistry techniques, chemical separations, and mass spectrometry (thermal ionization or multi-collector ICP-MS) are desired. Preference will be given to individuals with quantitative and instrumental analysis, isotope ratio or geochronometry experience.

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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Directorate: National Security

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Radiochemical Analysis

Opening Date: 2021-02-16

Closing Date: 2021-04-02