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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.

Radiochemist – Eckert & Ziegler Isotope Products

***Please note this older position posting has been filled.

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

TSG Scientist position

The focus of this Technical Support Group (TSG) team is the U.S. PACIFIC COMMAND, with the duty location being Pearl City, Hawaii.
Military experience is nice but not required.

“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.”

Again, this single position is being advertised via two avenues, with both avenues supplying us Scientists in the past–and future:
Current or former competitive services employees: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/485648400
U.S. citizens: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/485654900

Closes 29 Dec 2017.

April 2015 Newsletter Available

The April 2015 NUCL Newsletter is now available. This quarter’s topics:

WCC Rising Star Award Nominations due June 30, 2015

The Women Chemists Committee (WCC) Rising Star Award recognizes up to ten outstanding women scientists approaching mid-level careers who have demonstrated outstanding promise for contributions to their respective fields. The award is open to all female ACS members in chemistry and chemical engineering working in academic, industrial, government, non-profit or other employment sectors. Appropriate candidates will typically be no more than 15 years from receipt of their terminal scientific degree and have demonstrated outstanding promise for contributions to their respective fields. Applicants can either be self-nominated or can be nominated by another individual for this award.
Nomination materials are due June 30, 2015. Additional information and instructions for on-line submission are available at

Nuclear Forensics Summer School


Washington State University
June 15 – July 24, 2015

For the summer of 2015, The Department of Homeland Security (Domestic Nuclear Detection Office ­ National Technical Nuclear Forensics Center) is sponsoring a summer school for undergraduate students interested in an intensive introduction.


In its sixth year, this six-week summer school, to be held June 15 – July 24 2015 on the Washington State University campus in Pullman, WA, is designed to provide comprehensive, experimental, hands-on training in topics essential to nuclear forensics as a means of interesting students in pursuing graduate studies in technical fields related to nuclear forensics.


For additional information, contact:

Stosh Kozimor, Ph.D.

Chemistry Division

Inorganic, Isotope, and Actinide Chemistry Group

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos, NM 87545

Office – 505.665.5863

Cellular telephone – 505.695.4713

stosh AT lanl.gov

Nuclear and Radiochemistry Summer School

The Nuclear and Radiochemistry Summer School program is now accepting applications for qualified undergraduate students. The program will run from June 15, 2015 through July 24, 2015. The program is sponsored by the ACS NUCL division, and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

  Additional information is posted on the Nuclear and Radiochemistry Summer Schools website.

NAS Workshop on Mesoscale Chemistry

The National Academies Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology. Chemical Sciences Roundtable, is pleased to announce that it will host a workshop titled Mesoscale Chemistry November 6 -7, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

The 1.5 day workshop will center on the research on chemical phenomena with a particular focus on the collective and emergent behaviors at the mesoscale. Mesoscale chemistry can be loosely defined as the scale between the microscopic (molecular) and macroscopic (bulk) scales, where interesting ensemble effects exist that present opportunities for developing new functionality of materials and understanding of biological and interfacial systems, as well as challenges for analysis and description. Advances in theoretical, computational, synthetic, and analytical techniques have supported the extension of research into the study and development of mesoscale structures and processes. In addition to the workshop presentations, we anticipate a lively discussion with attendees and panelists, who will help identify opportunities and challenges in chemical and chemical engineering research at the mesoscale.
The workshop will include four sessions (listed below) over the course of the 1.5 days. Each session will be followed by a discussion, with an open discussion at the end of the workshop.

  1. Catalysis
  2. Membrane behavior/Microchemical systems
  3. Biomineralization/Geochemical
  4. Computational/Chemical Processes in Self-Assembly

Please visit the workshop website for more information about the agenda, speakers, and other additional details for the workshop. The workshop agenda is subject to change.

LLNL Nuclear and Analytical Division Leader

Posting 12462

The Physical and Life Sciences (PLS) Directorate has an opening for a Division Leader (DL) for the Nuclear and Analytical Science Division (NASD). This visionary leader should have a proven track record of scientific accomplishments, advocacy, and commitment to technical, programmatic, and operational excellence. The successful candidate should have a significant history of technical leadership in the physical sciences including experience leading complex programs and managing personnel. NASD is a newly constituted scientific research organization of approximately 190 staff members, including 20 postdocs. The NASD DL will oversee $25M of programs and projects, including sponsored research, institutionally supported activities, and Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) projects. Division staff members support the Laboratory’s programs in Global Security, Stockpile Stewardship, the National Ignition Facility, as well as programs funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science and various non-DOE sponsors. The research activities of the Division include nuclear and particle physics, radiochemistry, forensic and isotopic signatures to support LLNL’s science and security missions. The Division Leader develops, directs, and supervises the technical activities of the Division, and has responsibility for fiscal, personnel, safety, and security management. It is the responsibility of the DL to ensure that the Division remains relevant to the Laboratory’s mission and sustains its scientific excellence. The Division Leader also participates in strategic planning for and management of the PLS Directorate as a key member of the Associate Director’s senior management staff. The Division Leader will oversee Directorate programs and investments in nuclear and isotopic science and technology; represent the Directorate to pertinent sponsors, Lab management, other organizations within LLNL, and the external science community; and conduct strategic planning and implementation for future nuclear and isotopic sciences directions and efforts for PLS. This position will report to the Associate Director for Physical and Life Sciences.


  • Manage ~16 direct reports and all Division personnel through technical staff leaders, ensuring an effective system for recruiting and hiring high quality scientific staff, and training and developing the existing staff.
  • Articulate the missions and develop the strategic plan for the Division that defines its core capabilities and future directions.
  • Plan and oversee research and development activities in the Division in multiple research areas and ensure the creation, maintenance, and enhancement of underlying core competencies.
  • Oversee performance management and evaluation of all Division staff. This includes ongoing training and career development activities, yearly performance appraisals, ranking, and salary management.
  • Oversee research commitments, program resources and multiple budgets including DOE, external programs, and internal science funding, ensuring compliance with applicable Laboratory and DOE fiscal policies and practices.
  • Collaborate with leaders of other LLNL organizations to establish business plans for program development and identify Divisional staffing needs for current and future Laboratory programs.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relations with sponsors of NASD programs; foster integration with relevant national and international scientific organizations and their activities, including other DOE national laboratories and other US government agencies.
  • Interact with the DOE Office of Science Program Managers and LLNL Program Leaders in support of LLNL’s science and security missions as they relate to NASD.
  • Responsible for the general oversight and personal commitment to the goals of Integrated Safety Management System, security policies, and compliance with all ES&H regulations, good business practices, diversity and equal opportunity.


  • PhD in science or engineering field relevant to nuclear science, isotope science, high-energy physics, radiochemistry, nuclear chemistry, or related field, or equivalent level of demonstrated knowledge.
  • Technical expertise in one or more areas of nuclear physics, nuclear chemistry, high-energy physics, radiochemistry, environmental radiochemistry, radiation detection and nuclear measurement, nuclear nonproliferation and security, geosciences, astrophysics and cosmochemistry.
  • Proven record of scientific creativity, achievement and leadership, as documented in publications, conference proceedings, and professional recognition.
  • Expert communication, facilitation, collaboration, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills necessary to direct an organization, lead innovative research, build cooperative multi-disciplinary teams, and interact with management and customers/sponsors.
  • Extensive experience developing, managing and evaluating programs, projects and personnel in a technically diverse organization.
  • Extensive experience managing financial activities, ensuring program and overhead accounts are properly maintained and overseen according to LLNL and DOE fiscal policies and practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to delegate effectively and to lead, motivate, and build complex interdisciplinary teams to work toward programmatic and institutional goals.
  • Extensive supervisory experience and leadership skills, including experience in development and implementation of performance reviews, ranking, and salary management; demonstrated ability to set clear goals and expectations, and communicate them to customers and division employees.
  • Experience ensuring that security, ES&H, and quality management systems and standards are established and adhered to.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with conflicting priorities and multiple tasking and deadlines.
  • Experience interacting effectively at high levels with internal and external organizations and constituencies.
  • Experience interacting with one or more of the following DOE Office of Science Programs: Nuclear Physics, High Energy Physics, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research.
  • Ability to travel to national and international programmatic and scientific meetings.


  • Demonstrated understanding of a diverse laboratory and national research environment, and the ability to work within that environment towards long-range goals.
  • Familiarity with programs and core capabilities relevant to NASD.
  • Familiarity with DOE/NNSA programs and oversight of FFRDCs.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam: None required.

Pre-Employment Drug Test: External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.

Anticipated Clearance Level: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. 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.

LLNL is an affirmative an 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, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Symposium in Honor of W. Frank Kinard

The NUCL division, in collaboration with the ENVR and PROF divisions, held a symposium at the 2014 ACS National Meeting in San Francisco to honor the memory of W. Frank Kinard. The one-day symposium, held August 11, included presentations focusing on Frank’s contributions to research in the field of environmental radiochemistry, service in the NUCL division, and teaching both at the College of Charleston and the Nuclear and Radiochemistry Summer Schools at San Jose State University.




Speakers in the morning session of the Kinard Symposium. From the left: Eva Uribe (UC Berkeley), Annie Kersting (LLNL), Ken Nash (WSU), Steve Yates (Kentucky), Herb Silber (SJSU), Dave Robertson (Missouri), and Sherry Yennello (TAMU).




Speakers in the afternoon session of the Kinard Symposium. From the left: Wendy Cory (College of Charleston), Brian Powell (Clemson), Suresh Srivastava (BNL), Charles Crawford (SRNL), Charles Coleman (SRNL), Mark Jones (SRNL), Beth Carraway (Clemson), David Hobbs (SRNL), and David Shuh (LBNL).