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LLNL – Health And Safety Associate: Bachelor’s degree in Health Physics, Radiation Physics, Radiation Protection, or other scientific field or the equivalent combination of education and extensive related experience.

Post-Doc Position – Colorado School of Mines

Dr. Shafer is seeking a post-doc. The project would focus on molten salt and materials chemistry of uranium, zirconium and lithium. Electrochemistry, materials science, molten salt and/or glovebox experience preferred. Ph.D. Required. The group has a demonstrated history of exciting research in areas of nuclear security, materials management and fundamental f-element science. Publications can be found here: https://www.shafer-radiochemistry.com/publications/ and more information on the group can be found here: https://www.shafer-radiochemistry.com/ For more information or to apply please see her ad below.

Radiochemist Position – SRNL

A job has been posted for a radiochemist with PhD degree in applicable science or engineering discipline and 5-10 years experience; MS with 8-12 years experience; BS with 10-15 years experience or more. They are seeking a radiochemist, analytical chemist or health physicist with experience in an environmental and/or radiobioassay (DOELAP accredited) laboratory experience is preferred.  Visit
https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGWebHost/home.aspx to apply, search for job ID 4644BR.

Post-Doc (Fellow) Position – University of Washington

The Radionuclide Production and Molecular Radiotherapy Research Laboratories in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA) develops and evaluates radiochemistry methods that can be applied to produce and purify therapeutic and theranostic radionuclides, as well as radiolabeling reagents/chelators for attaching radionuclides to biological targeting molecules, such as monoclonal antibodies for cancer therapy. The research conducted is primarily funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health. All of the research efforts are collaborative in nature, spanning from therapeutic/theranostic radionuclide production to clinical trials evaluating new radioimmunotherapy agents.

A Postdoctoral/Senior Fellow position is now open for application, with an anticipated start date of fall, 2019. The position has a focus on the production of radionuclides for use in the development of new radiopharmaceuticals. Opportunities to involve in other aspects of radiopharmaceutical development studies can also be available. The Senior Fellow will research cyclotron targetry, develop methods for the isolation of radionuclides of interest (e.g., Se-72 and Re-186) and conduct radiolabeling studies to evaluate various bifunctional chelators or labeling reagents for the incorporation of radionuclides into biological molecules. The Senior Fellow will disseminate research findings by presenting at professional conferences as well as publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals and will also assist in grant writing and on other projects on an as-needed basis. The initial appointment is one year, and the appointment is renewable depending upon performance and availability of funding.

Candidates should have a doctorate in Radiochemistry, Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry or a related field. High interest in radiopharmaceutical sciences, strong communication skills, and the ability to work independently and as part of a research team effort are required. Other highly desirable knowledge includes radiochemical separation techniques such as chromatography and extraction methods, radioanalytical methods such as gamma spectrometry, analytical chemical techniques such as HPLC and TLC, software packages and nuclear databases important in radionuclide production such as SRIM/TRIM and EXFOR.

For full consideration, please send a C.V., a brief statement of career interests, and contacts of 3 references to D. Scott Wilbur, Ph.D. (dswilbur@uw.edu) or Yawen Li, Ph.D. (liyw@uw.edu). The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Post-Doc Position – Los Alamos National Laboratory

Job#: IRC7944

The Materials Recovery and Recycle Group (AMPP-4) is seeking an exceptional postdoctoral candidate in radiochemistry and corrosion science. The successful candidate will perform research in a range of fundamental and applied research projects such as developing and implementing methods that will aid in the understanding of aging in pure plutonium oxide and chloride salt bearing plutonium oxide. The successful candidate will be joining the Materials Identification and surveillance (MIS) team composed of chemists and engineers.

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Sound academic training in radiochemistry.
  • In-depth hands-on experience with radioactive material in a laboratory setting.
  • Proven experience and demonstrated fundamental understanding of the following concepts: radioactivity and nuclear decay; radiation damage; materials aging; and various analytical methodologies.
  • Creative and proactive approach to scientific problem solving.
  • Strong record of effective written and oral communication skills as evidenced by internal and/or external interactions, seminars, briefings, presentations, and publications/reports.
  • Demonstrated experience working independently as well as within a team environment.
  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience in radiation damage.
  • Experience in plutonium oxide aging due to self-radiation.
  • Experience in salt radiation damage.
  •  Experience in corrosion of stainless steel.
  •  Demonstrated proficiency in working in a glovebox environment.
  •  Active Q clearance.

Notes to Applicants:

Please send a cover letter addressing how you meet all of the minimum job requirements and applicable desired skills when applying for the position. A current C.V. with the following information/sections is also required: Educational background, degree dates, GPA with scale, name of advisor(s); Work experience; Competitive honors; Relevant extracurricular activities; Invited presentations; Grants; Patents; Peer-Reviewed Publications; Non-peer-reviewed Publications; Talks and Poster Presentations; References.

Only complete applications with a cover letter and C.V. will be considered. References will not be contacted without permission from the applicant.

In addition to applying online, interested candidates should send their inquiries, cover letter addressing specific qualifications with respect to the required and desired skills of this position, C.V. including list of peer-reviewed publications and invited talks, and the names and contact information of three references to Daniel Rios (drios AT lanl.gov).

Evaluation of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.

For general information go to Postdoc Program

Scientist Position – Argonne National Laboratory

ANL Assistant Chemist Job Posting 4065800

For more information and to submit an application, please visit www.anl.gov  and follow links from Explore Jobs & Internships (bottom of page) You could also contact Dr. Soderholm, ls AT anl.gov

Position Description 

The Separation Science group in the Chemical Science & Engineering Division of Argonne National Laboratory solicits applicants for a basic-research staff position in the area of chemical separations. The new staff member will join a vibrant team that is focused on developing a fundamental understanding of the physical and chemical factors enabling optimal capacity, selectivity, and robustness. Within this group environment, the successful applicant will be expected to develop a robust, complementary research program in liquid-liquid, membrane or related separations and will be expected to contribute to the planning, sourcing, and development of new initiatives and ongoing research activities.

Position Requirements 

Expertise in structural characterization, solution chemistry, analytical chemistry and thermodynamics are highly desirable. A knowledge of synchrotron-based structural techniques, f-element chemistry, optical spectroscopy and/or NMR would be an asset.  The successful candidate will join a group of staff with diverse backgrounds in inorganic and physical chemistry, separations sciences, and condensed matter physics. They will have an opportunity to work with advanced instrumentation and computational facilities available at Argonne National Laboratory. The applicant is expected to hold a Ph.D. with knowledge and expertise in chemistry or physics and is expected to possess excellent oral and written communication skills. Although this is designed as an entry level position, senior-level researchers will be considered.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Faculty Position – University of Iowa

The Department of Chemistry is seeking applicants for an assistant professor position with a focus on radiochemistry. More information is available at https://jobs.uiowa.edu under requisition #73702, or you can view the full announcement. Application review will begin by September 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. 

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:


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.