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Bylaws Changes – June 29 Voting Deadline

The Division has recently updated the bylaws in a major revision to meet ACS requirements.  Some sections have been split and renumbered, and many updates have occurred in the text to meet ACS requirements while still keeping the spirit of the old bylaws intact.  However, many sections have been added to meet ACS requirements, and those additions require a vote by the division membership. The deadline for this vote is June 29, 2019.

The OLD Bylaws can be found under the Governance submenu in the left menu on the website.

April 2019 Newsletter

Highlights include:


Radiochemist – Eckert & Ziegler Isotope Products

Eckert & Ziegler Isotope Products, a subsidiary of Eckert & Ziegler AG, is the world’s largest manufacturer of nuclear imaging reference and calibration standards. We are a leading producer of radioactive components for industrial, scientific and medical applications. We offer comprehensive benefits including 100% employer paid medical and dental coverage for full-time, regular employees, 401(k) matching contribution, generous PTO and paid holidays, tuition reimbursement and a profit sharing program.

We will have an opening in our Radiochemistry Department and the Responsibilities include:

  • Head of the Radiochemistry department with supervision of 2-3 employees
  • Act as technical authority for Radiochemistry for EZIP.
  • Determine facility and equipment needs for lab; coordinate acquisition, installation, use and maintenance.
  • Develop all Radiochemistry process for EZIP. Document and train throughout the organization.
  • Act as alternate RSO for radiation safety.
  • Participate in Radiation Safety Committee meetings.
  • Support sales technical questions and trade shows.
  • Develop new products in coordination with Engineering.
  • Do independent research to solve technical problems.

Minimum education (or substitute experience) required:

  • MS degree Radiochemistry or
  • MS in Chemistry or Nuclear Engineering and 4 years’ experience with Radiochemistry/Nuclear Chemistry or
  • PhD in Chemistry with 1-2 years’ experience with Radiochemistry/Nuclear Chemistry.

Abilities and skills required:

  • Must have ability to organize, plan and manage long term projects.Must have the ability to independently research new processes.
  • Must be capable of supporting sales efforts through email, phone, customer visits and trade shows.

Computer skills:

  • Must be proficient in all Microsoft applications.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For consideration please send your resume to HR.Group AT ezag.com

Post-doc in Radiochemistry – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

The Postdoctoral Researcher will play a major role in development of novel radiochemical separation techniques for nuclear forensic and high energy density programs. He/she will develop techniques for producing isotopes at relevant quantities using appropriate neutron and charged-particle reactions at accelerator facilities, associated radiochemical separations methods for isolating isotopes of interest, and incorporation into solid debris matrices. This position is in the Nuclear and Radiochemistry group of the Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division.


For more information, contact
Dawn Shaughnessy
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
7000 East Ave., L-236
Livermore, CA 94551
(925) 422-9574
shaughnessy2 AT llnl.gov

Essential Duties

  • Develop experimental methods, separation techniques, and analysis approaches needed to collect and isolate radioactive isotopes produced at accelerator facilities.
  • Develop experimental methods for uniformly distributing radionuclides within solid matrices.
  • Develop automated chemical platforms for online measurements of radionuclides.
  • Perform sample and data analysis and interpret results.
  • Document research, publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present results within the DOE community and at conferences.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Recent PhD in nuclear chemistry, nuclear physics, nuclear engineering, radiochemistry, or related field.
  • Experience with laboratory instrumentation and associated software controls and designing, assembling, and running nuclear science experiments based on radiochemical or nuclear chemistry methods.
  • Ability to safely work with radioactive materials (> 1 microCurie), including alpha and beta-gamma emitters.
  • Ability to develop experimental methods, separation techniques, and analysis approaches needed to collect and isolate radioactive isotopes produced at accelerator facilities.
  • Experience with radionuclide separation methods, such as liquid-liquid extraction, ion exchange chromatography or solvent extraction.
  • Experience with charged-particle and gamma-ray detectors and radiation counting and their associated data analyses.
  • Experience in experimental nuclear science to help solve a variety of programmatic challenges in national security, with experience in data analysis and interpretation.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a multi-disciplinary team environment and present and explain technical information.

Pre-Employment Drug Test: External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance: This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.
If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

Note: This is a two-year Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of 3 years. Eligible candidates are recent PhDs within five years of the month of the degree award at time of hire date.

About Us
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE). LLNL’s mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance. The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 employees.

LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Post-doc in Nuclear Science – Indiana University

A postdoctoral fellowship is presently available with the many-body nuclear dynamics group at Indiana University, Bloomington. The group conducts experimental research in low and intermediate energy nuclear reactions with an emphasis on the topic of near and sub-barrier fusion reactions using radioactive beams. To pursue our research we conduct experiments at various accelerator facilities worldwide including MSU-NSCL (Michigan State University) and GANIL (Caen, France). At Indiana University we design, construct, and test the detector and electronic systems that make these measurements possible. Upcoming approved fusion experiments at MSU-NSCL and GANIL are the present focus of the research program. The successful candidate will be expected to take the lead role in all aspects of group activities from execution of the experiments and analysis of the resulting data. Candidates are expected to have expertise in using modern nuclear instrumentation as well as experimental and data analysis techniques. A strong background in instrumentation is essential. Experience with advanced simulation and analysis tools (e.g. ROOT) is desirable. More information about the group can be found at http://nuchem.iucf.indiana.edu.

Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. in nuclear/particle science (physics or chemistry) or expect to defend their Ph.D. thesis in the near future. A competitive salary along with a benefits package will be offered. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, together with the names and contact information of two potential references to Prof. Romualdo deSouza at deSouza AT indiana.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Indiana University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

Scientist – DTRA

Job opening for our European Command Technical Support Group Scientist position, with duty in Stuttgart, Germany.
Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
Military experience is nice but not required. The job announcement closes 01 October 2018.

“We are seeking a candidate with a strong academic background in nuclear science or nuclear engineering, such as might be attained via a Ph.D. degree program, and past experience in radiological/nuclear (R/N) detection. The candidate should be able to analyze R/N threats and related detection problems in order to provide operational, scientific and policy solutions to the Contingency Operations Department and supported units. The candidate’s background in R/N detection development and detection theory should accompany the ability to effectively communicate and instruct both technical and non-technical audiences, from the individual to the senior official level, in conducting effective R/N search operations. The prospective candidate should have experience in the interpretation of both detection and spectroscopic R/N data, and the operational recommendations that would accompany data analysis and interpretation.”

*NOTE: This is not a research or report-writing job.
The position is Emergency Essential and will require a potential employee to be medically and physically qualified with the potential of being deployed.

This single position is being advertised via two announcements: a Merit (~ federal employee) version and a Public (U.S. Citizen) version.
Current or former competitive services employees: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/509594800
U.S. citizens: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/509587900

Faculty Position – UMass Lowell

A faculty position in Radiological Health Physics has just opened at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The preferred areas of interest for the faculty member are radiochemistry, nuclear forensics, and nuclear security. The link to the job announcement is:

In summary, the faculty position will begin in September of 2019. The successful applicant would be engaged in teaching and research in Health Physics and must possess the Ph.D. degree in Health Physics, Physics, or a closely related area. Excellent English communications skills are required, and the applicant must have demonstrated the ability to teach subject matter, at the graduate level, in health physics and to carry out research in this area (radiochemistry, nuclear forensics, and nuclear security are of particular interest), including having published research findings in technical reports or refereed scientific journals. The successful candidate will be expected to have a sound working knowledge of laboratory and field instrumentation used in measuring ionizing radiation, radioactivity analysis, external and internal radiation dosimetry, radiation shielding, and an active involvement in research. For more information, visit the job link above, or contact Mark_Tries AT uml.edu

Faculty Positions – University of Florida

The Nuclear Engineering Program at the University of Florida is inviting applications for open rank positions, with particular interest in candidates with expertise in Radiochemistry, Plasma physics and fusion, Data science for Nuclear Engineering, Advanced reactor concepts, Reactor physics, and Thermal hydraulics. Please view their handoutfor more information. Apply at UF Jobs at https://jobs.ufl.edu/ reference Requisition number 508368. They also request that you email your electronic application package (PDF) to Ms. Venice Walker (venice AT mse.ufl.edu).

2018 Kinard Award Winner – Steve Yates

Congratulations to Prof. Steve Yates (University of Kentucky), recipient of the 2018 W. Frank Kinard Distinguished Service Award. Steve will receive his award at the NUCL business meeting during the ACS Fall National Meeting in Boston.

Prof. Yates has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1971. In the Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology (NUCL), he has played an active role division leadership. Prof. Yates held executive roles for 12 years and was the chair during 1992. He advocated for support and recognition of graduate nuclear and radiochemistry programs and served as the editor of an NUCL recruiting brochure during the mid-1980s. He has contributed to the extremely important San Jose and Brookhaven summer schools on nuclear and radiochemistry for undergraduates, both as an instructor and organizer, since 1984. He has campaigned for the return of the US stable isotope program, attending many meetings with the Department of Energy.

For the national ACS organization, Prof. Yates served as a Councilor for the NUCL for many years. He has worked on the committees for execution of the annual meetings and dealing with issues that occur. He has assisted with multidisciplinary programs and planning, including duties related to communication between the academic and industrial sectors of ACS and committees related to small chemical business development. He served on the ACS Joint-Board which identifies new frontiers for chemical science, makes recommendations for ACS efforts in those directions, and examines the scientific basis of public policy decisions and provides recommendations for the ACS response.


The ACS has developed video clips to encourage members to join technical divisions. The video clip for the NUCL division features Graham Peaslee, NUCL Councilor and Professor of Experimental Nuclear Physics, University of Notre Dame.