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Postdoc Positions – ANL

Argonne National Laboratory’s Radioisotope Research and Production Program (R2P2) is seeking to hire two postdoctoral researchers.

From ANL:

We are seeking outstanding candidates for postdoctoral positions to perform laboratory research involving the production and purification of accelerator-produced radionuclides, as well as, research with ion beams related to cellular radiobiology. A significant aspect of this work includes chemical process and equipment engineering as well as target design for the production, separation, purification, and analysis of radionuclides. The successful candidate will be joining a team of chemists, physicists, and engineers conducting research and development related to medical isotopes and ion beam therapy. Candidates with experience in radiochemistry and/or ion beam physics are invited to apply.

More information can be found here (Radiochemistry-Oriented Posting):


More information can be found here (Physics-Oriented Posting):


Physical (Rad/Nuke) Scientist – Fort Belvoir, VA

DTRA is seeking a candidate with a preferred 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 and Exercises 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. The focus of this position is not research, but instead is the training, advising and assisting of tactical units while deployed into a wide variety of environments.

ADDITIONALLY, to improve the search process, potential applicants should note:
1.  In the past applicants have ‘selected themselves out’ by not submitting a complete packet (document missing, signature missing,…)
  –> please check your submission for completeness AND, as much as allowed, follow up with the HR team who takes your application.
2.  I would ask those who apply to inform me directly, (Patrick.A.Lofy.civ AT mail.mil) of their application — and, if comfortable, to share your resume directly with me.

As always, there are two ‘pathways’ to apply for this one job:

which is open to federal employees, veterans, ….

and Caution-http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/561048300
which is open to all U.S. Citizens

 + The job announcements close March 30, 2020.

Multiple Positions – SRNL

There are multiple positions posted for radiochemists/nuclear engineers at SRNL. All require the ability to qualify for a Q clearance.

https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/Home/Home?partnerid=25264&siteid=5259#jobDetails=1238654_5259 Req ID #:4941BR

https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/home/HomeWithPreLoad?partnerid=25264&siteid=5259&PageType=JobDetails&jobid=1238868#jobDetails=1238868_5259 Req ID #:4988BR

And the following 2 positions also require an initial 2-year posting to LANL

https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/Home/Home?partnerid=25264&siteid=5259#jobDetails=1238656_5259 4943BR

https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/Home/Home?partnerid=25264&siteid=5259#jobDetails=1238655_5259 4942BR

Research Technologist – LANL

Los Alamos National Laboratory has multiple opportunities to hire members for their plutonium oxide characterization team. Candidates must be eligible for a “Q” Clearance. These positions are open to individuals with education at the M.S. level, or B.S. with experience. For further information please view the posting https://lanl.jobs/los-alamos-nm/research-technologist-1-2/0613B3181F7143519EF7F44EAADDCCD2/job/

Scientist Position – ANL

ANL Assistant Chemist Job Posting 406997

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 Richard Wilson rewilson AT anl.gov

The Heavy Elements Group in the Chemical Sciences & Engineering Division of Argonne National Laboratory solicits applicants to fill a postdoctoral position. The postdoctoral appointee will conduct fundamental research centered on the synthesis of new transuranium molecules and materials.  Research in this underexplored area of the periodic table is aimed at discovering new structure-property relationships and exploring the periodic chemical properties of these elements to unite the rich and complex chemistry of the actinides with the remainder of the periodic system. The candidate is responsible for the synthesis and crystallization of new actinide inorganic complexes and materials from aqueous solutions and molten salts, their chemical and structural characterization using a wide array of techniques including single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction, optical spectroscopies, electrochemical measurements, and synchrotron based X-ray spectroscopy and scattering methods.  Expertise in the application of synchrotron based X-ray scattering and spectroscopic techniques and their application to f-element chemistry, materials synthesis and solution chemistry are highly desirable. A knowledge of other characterization methods including optical spectroscopy, FT-IR, Raman, and NMR spectroscopy would be an asset.  The successful candidate will join a dynamic group with complementary expertise in inorganic and physical chemistry, separations sciences, and condensed matter physics and will be provided with opportunities to participate and collaborate with cutting edge programs in machine learning and synchrotron studies.  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. The successful candidate will be responsible for working independently and as part of a team, developing experimental plans, performing experiments, analyzing data, and safety documentation.  Additionally the successful candidate will be responsible for the preparation of manuscripts for open-literature, peer-reviewed publications and presentations at scientific meetings based on their research findings.

Position Requirements

Demonstrates strong motivation toward creative basic research.  Specific expertise in one or more of the following: inorganic chemistry, aqueous solution chemistry, synthesis of molecules and materials using high-temperature and flux reactions, and structural determinations including x-ray diffraction.  Demonstrates oral and written communication skills as defined by oral presentations at scientific meetings and publications in peer-review, archival, and scientific journals.  Considerable experience and general knowledge in inorganic/physical chemistry.  Demonstrates experience in one or more materials characterization techniques such as NMR, IR, Raman, TGA, or optical spectroscopy.

Open Positions in Related Fields

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.

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.

This position has been filled as of 10/28/2019

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.

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.