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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.

http://careers-llnl.ttcportals.com/jobs/3215445-postdoctoral-research-staff-member-radiochemistry

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.

Qualifications

  • 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.

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.

SUMMARY:
“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

Post-Doc Position, Nuclear Forensics – LLNL

LLNL and Dawn Shaughnessy invite radiochemists to apply for a post-doc position.

The successful candidate 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 via additive manufacturing for subsequent evaluation via various analytical techniques. This position is in the Nuclear and Radiochemistry group of the Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division. For more information or to apply visit http://careers-llnl.ttcportals.com/jobs/2421671-postdoctoral-research-staff-member or email Dr. Shaughnessy (shaughnessy2 AT llnl.gov). U.S. Citizenship required.

Physical Scientist – DTRA

RE-ANNOUNCEMENT for Physical Scientist, Department of Defense, Defense Threat Reduction Agency

The focus of this team is the SOUTHERN COMMAND (Central and South America), however, the duty location is at Fort Belvoir, Virginia (near Washington DC).
Military experience is nice but not required.

SUMMARY:
“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 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 position is being advertised via two avenues, with both avenues supplying us Scientists in the past–and future:
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/480552100, the “Merit” announcement, which is for current/former federal employees and Veterans.
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/480551900, the “Public” announcement, which is open to “US citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the US”

The application deadline is 30 October 2017

Post-doc Position – Argonne

The Physics Division of Argonne National Laboratory is seeking to hire a postdoctoral appointee in support of low-energy experimental nuclear physics research carried out at the ATLAS accelerator facility. The position involves providing targets and radioactive sources required for accelerator beam studies. A strong background in nuclear chemistry or radiochemistry is highly desirable.

For more information, view the position announcement, or contact Harrel Townsend – htownsend AT anl.gov

Post-Doc Positions – ORNL

The Process Engineering Group of the Nuclear Security and Isotope Technology Division is seeking applications for one or more post-doctoral research associate positions. Successful candidates should have a degree in radiochemistry or related fields. An understanding of actinide chemistry and/or processing is necessary. Experience in actinide separations chemistry, and analytical methods utilized to evaluate actinide separations and reactions is required. Direct experience with handling radioactive materials is highly desirable. The ability to interact with individuals having differing scientific and engineering backgrounds, and the ability and willingness to acquire new knowledge and learn new skills are also required. This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program.

For more information, contact fugatega AT ornl.gov or view the position ad.

Post-Doc Position – LLNL

LLNL and Dawn Shaughnessy a radiochemists for a post-doc position.

The successful candidate will develop techniques for producing isotopes at relevant quantities using appropriate neutron and charged-particle reactions, associated radiochemical separations methods for isolating isotopes of interest, and incorporation into solid debris matrices for subsequent evaluation via various analytical techniques. For more information or to apply visit http://careers-ext.llnl.gov/jobs/7525258-postdoctoral-research-staff-member or email Dr. Shaughnessy (shaughnessy2 AT llnl.gov). U.S. Citizenship required.

Physical Scientist -DTRA

Department of Defense (DoD)
Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)
Contact:
DTRA Help
Phone: (614)692-0259
TDD: 1 800 750-0750
Email: DHRC-DDTRAHR AT DLA.MIL

Mission Statement

At the Defense Threat Reduction Agency we work as One Team in support of our mission: Safeguarding the United States and its allies from global weapons of mass destruction threats by integrating, synchronizing, and providing expertise, technologies, and capabilities. We have an inclusive work environment that promotes a highly-qualified and diverse workforce capable of meeting the demands of such a critical mission. Whether your career is in an administrative support staff position or in a professional/technical area such as science, engineering, accounting or program management, DTRA offers a unique opportunity to join an innovative team of professionals dedicated to making the world safer. If you’re ready to be entrusted with helping to safeguard the United States and its allies, DTRA offers a rewarding career with competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits and many professional development opportunities

Duties

As a Physical Scientist you will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Conduct formal presentations and briefings within the organization, other DoD components and agencies, federal departments and agencies, and allied partners on radiological/nuclear (R/N) response capabilities, technical challenges, program, and policies.
  • Implement broad inter-service, interagency and international R/N national security programs and policies.
  • Assist in the development, documentation and communication of region-specific R/N detection Concepts of Operations (CONOPs) and Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs).
  • Interface with high-ranking and executive officials throughout DoD, U.S. D/As (to include National Laboratories), National Security Staff, industry, local, academia, and with military and scientific officials of foreign governments.
  • Provide on-site training, operational, scientific and technical support to the organization sponsored training and exercise and other JCS/theatre sponsored exercises.
  • Serve as a Contingency and Exercise Department focal point by providing support and input to program planning, management, review, and oversight of specific short duration R&D programs related to radiological/nuclear matters.

Occasional Travel May Be Required

Key Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date.
  • This is a drug testing designated position.
  • Subject to rotation to Germany, Hawaii, and Ft. Belvoir, VA.

Qualifications
This position has a Basic Requirement for the 1301 series:

A. Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
or
B. Combination of education and experience — education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
*NOTE: Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.

The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened from the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPMs) basic qualifications requirements. See: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1300/general-physical-science-series-1301/ for OPM qualification standards, competencies and specialized experience needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES and QUALIFICATIONS sections of this announcement by Monday, July 17, 2017.

You must have one year Specialized Experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service (experience may have been gained in the private/military sector) giving the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position. Experience must be reflected in your resume.
Specialized experience required for this position is:

  • Experience with field radiological/nuclear (R/N) detection and detectors and their capabilities;
  • Experience calculating the effects of radiation shielding and associated doses and interpretation of radiological data and spectra;
  • Experience with nuclear weapons design and associated technology and radiological threats;
  • Experience with radiological/nuclear (R/N) response operations.

Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:
1.Mastery Knowledge and experience associated with advanced concepts, principles, and theories of the physical sciences involving radiological/nuclear (R/N) detection and experience in the research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) of science and technology programs related to R/N detection, effects and defense measures.
2. Ability to communicate effectively in writing, including technical writing.
3. Ability to review and Interpret existing and/or pending policy, regulations, and legislation.
4. Skill In effective oral communication to both technical and non¬technical personnel.

Time-in-Grade Requirements: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements for merit promotion consideration. Time-in-grade is the 52-week requirement Federal employees in competitive service, General Schedule (GS) positions at GS-5 and above must serve before they are eligible for promotion (advancement) to the next grade level. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements including time-in-grade, time-after-competitive appointment, minimum qualifications, and any other regulatory requirements by the closing date of this announcement: Monday, July 17, 2017

Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:
http://www.dla.mil/Portals/104/Documents/Careers/downloads/DoDGenAppInfo.pdf

Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time
OVERTIME: Occasionally
TOUR OF DUTY: Flexible
RECRUITMENT INCENTIVES: Authorized
FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT (FLSA): Exempt
FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Required
TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY: This position is telework eligible
SELECTIVE SERVICE REQUIREMENT: Please visit https://www.sss.gov for more information.

Must be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI security clearance.

Performance of duties can sometimes require physical exertion over long periods in a field environment, such as walking over uneven terrain, standing for long periods (up to 8 hours) and moving heavy equipment (up to 50 pounds). Some operational support missions may require limited exposure to chemical, biological radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) hazards. The incumbent will sometimes be required to wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), including a protective mask, and may be required to participate in the DoD Immunization Program.

Candidates must meet the physical and suitability standards both prior to and during employment in this position.

All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.

Security Clearance: Top Secret/SCI

Post-doc position – Seaborg Institute

We have an immediate opening for a postdoctoral research staff member. We are seeking an environmental radiochemist, chemist or geochemist to study, characterize and model the geochemical behavior of radionuclides in the environment using advanced spectroscopic and analytical techniques.

The candidate will design, conduct and oversee laboratory and possibly field experiments involving sorption/desorption kinetics of actinides on mineral surfaces in the presence of dissolved organic matter and microorganisms. The candidate is expected to apply advanced spectroscopic and analytical techniques (e.g. TEM, SEM, NanoSIMS, EXAFS, XRD, ICP-MS) to characterize laboratory and field samples and develop conceptual and numerical models of actinide behavior in groundwater.

The candidate will work in an interdisciplinary research team environment that is investigating the biogeochemical processes that control the behavior of actinides in the surface-subsurface. The candidate will be part of the Glenn T. Seaborg Institute, located in Livermore CA.

LLNL offers competitive salaries and full benefits, with postdoc salaries starting at $86,400, depending on experience. You must have received your PhD within the last 5 years.

http://careers-ext.llnl.gov/jobs/search
Job Opening ID: 102318
Posting Title: Postdoctoral Research Staff Member

For additional information, please contact:
Dr. Mavrik Zavarin
Director, Glenn T. Seaborg Institute
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
P.O. Box 808, L-231
Livermore, CA 94551-9900 USA
email: zavarin1 AT llnl.gov
phone: (925) 424-6491
cell: (510) 914-0459
fax: (925) 422-3160

DOE Office of Science Visiting Faculty Program, Summer 2017

The Office of Science / US Department of Energy is pleased to announce paid research appointment opportunities for full-time faculty from areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Internship opportunities for STEM undergraduate or graduate students from the visiting faculty member’s institution, made at the visiting faculty member’s option, is available through an invitation process. The application system for the Term Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) program is currently open, with all applications due by 05:00 PM Eastern Time on January 13, 2017.

The Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) goal is to increase the research competitiveness of faculty members and students at institutions of higher education historically underrepresented in the research community in order to expand the workforce that addresses DOE mission areas. Through direct collaboration with research staff at DOE host laboratories, VFP appointments provide an opportunity for faculty and their students to develop skills applicable to programs at their home institutions; this helps increase the STEM workforce in DOE science mission areas at institutions historically under-represented within the DOE enterprise. Appointments are for 10 weeks during the Summer term, are open to US Citizens and US Lawful Permanent Residents, include a weekly stipend, reimbursement for one round trip domestic travel to the participant’s host DOE laboratory, and possibilities for a housing allowance. More than 75 faculty appointments, and 50 student internships, are sponsored annually.

Application is made online. Full program information and descriptions, including links to the online application system, are available at http://science.energy.gov/wdts/vfp/