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DOE/ACS – Nuclear and Radiochemistry Summer Schools

The Department of Energy has funded these long running summer schools. Currently stipends are $4,000 for these 6-week summer schools, and students can also earn college credits.  The dates for 2024 are June 17 – July 27The deadline for completed applications is February 15th, 2024.  Apply here.

For more information, please view the webpage, or contact:

Professor Lynn C. Francesconi
Hunter College of the City University of New York
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
Phone: 212-772-5353
FAX: 212-772-5332

Faculty Position(s) – JMU

James Madison University (JMU) Chemistry & Biochemistry is conducting a cohort hire for faculty to begin in Fall 2024. We seek to fill three tenure-track positions. At least one position is in nuclear chemistry, radiochemistry, or adjacent areas. Successful candidates will utilize our nuclear and radiochemistry facilities and work with existing faculty to expand this part of our curriculum.

Our department is an undergraduate-only program at an R2 institution. We house over $10M in analytical instrumentation. Instrumentation that may be of interest to potential candidates includes ICP-MS, ICP-OES, intrinsic germanium high resolution gamma and X-ray spectrometers, a liquid scintillation counter, a Proteon MPC 2000 alpha beta counter with P-10 gas for alpha beta determination, a neutron howitzer with a 3 Curie Am-Be neutral source, and a variety of sodium iodide gamma ray detectors. The nuclear and radiochemistry suite (1200 ft) that houses most of this instrumentation is designed for the handling and measurement of radioactive materials and includes stainless steel benches and fume hoods. The radioisotope storage room is built with solid concrete block, contains stainless steel shelving, and a pit for radioactive waste and high activity source storage. The Madison Accelerator Laboratory is also available to JMU faculty. The MAL has a Siemens Medical Linear Accelerator, X-ray imaging and a range of detectors. More information about our high-performance computing clusters, mass spectrometry, NMR and materials characterization instrumentation may be found here https://www.jmu.edu/chemistry/instrumentation.shtml.

The department is actively committed to increasing the success of all our students, attracting faculty and students with a range of backgrounds and experiences, and creating and sustaining a more inclusive work and learning environment. We are committed to excellence in undergraduate education, research, and mentoring undergraduates to help them reach their personal and professional goals. With 25 full-time faculty members, the department offers ACS certified degrees at the bachelors level, and teaches courses in all major areas of chemistry. We serve approximately 200 majors and about 3,000 undergraduate students each year. We offer a wide variety of courses for chemistry majors, other STEM majors, general education, and pre-health professionals. Majors are actively involved in SAACS, AXE, NOBCChE, and undergraduate research.

For the tenure-track positions, a Ph.D. in Chemistry or a related field is required. Teaching responsibilities include introductory and upper division courses and laboratories, such as nuclear chemistry. Establishing an externally funded undergraduate research program is expected. Successful candidates will mentor undergraduates in research during the academic year and summer.

For more details about the position and to apply go to https://joblink.jmu.edu/postings/15577. Review of application begins October 23. 

PostDoc Position – INL

The Glenn T. Seaborg Distinguished Postdoctoral program at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is designed to nurture early career Ph.D. scientists and engineers with specific focus on the actinide elements in support of nuclear energy, nuclear fuel cycle, and proliferation topics. This is an annual call posting posting that will be open for applications from September 1 until January 31. Ideal candidates will have exceptional talents, scientific track records, and the potential to become impact players in the field of actinide studies. The preferred candidates will have experience and interest in solid state chemistry and physics, materials science, nuclear physics, solution chemistry and separations, radiation chemistry, forensics and standards, and other related fields applied to the actinides.

This distinguished postdoctoral appointment provides up to two years of research support to the selected candidate with a possible one year extension. The mission of the Glenn T. Seaborg Institute at INL (GTSI-INL) is to develop young scientists and engineers in the area of actinide research so that long term career directions can be established following successful appointments. For more information or to apply please visit https://inl.taleo.net/careersection/inl_external/jobdetail.ftl?job=20055. An informational flyer is also attached below.

Post-Doc Position – VCU

The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering (MNE) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) has established The Minority Serving Institutions for Manufacturing Sustainable Isotopes and Mainstreaming Scientific Inclusion (MSI3) and is seeking a post-doctoral research scholar to perform and lead radiochemistry research in isotope production science.

To apply, please visit https://vcu.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home/requisition/4566?c=vcu. More information is in the flier.

Post-Doc Position – Univ of Washington

Postdoctoral Scholar in the Radionuclide Production and Molecular Radiotherapy Research Laboratories within the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Washington
(https://radiationoncology.uw.edu/research/research-labs/wilbur-radiochemistry-lab/ )

Position Description:
The Radionuclide Production and Molecular Radiotherapy Research Laboratories in the Department of
Radiation Oncology at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA) is seeking candidates for a Postdoctoral Scholar research position in radionuclide production for molecular radiotherapy. Our research group develops and evaluates radiochemistry methods that can be applied to produce and purify therapeutic and theranostic radionuclides, as well as development of radiolabeling reagents/chelators used for attaching radionuclides to biological targeting molecules, such as monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) for cancer therapy. Preclinical research in astatine-211-labeled MAbs conducted by our group has been translated to the clinic and is presently being evaluated in multiple human trials.

The University of Washington Medical Cyclotron Facility is capable of producing variable energy proton,
deuteron, alpha and high energy neutron beams for radionuclide production. The Postdoctoral Scholar in our research group will collaborate with UW Materials Science research groups and cyclotron engineers to develop new target designs for irradiations. It is planned that the candidate will visit and work with our collaborators at National Laboratories and other universities to develop production methods, including purification and radiolabeling, of medical radionuclides. The radiopharmaceuticals under development will be evaluated in animal models through collaborations with investigators in other research groups at the UW and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. The initial appointment is one year, and the appointment is renewable depending upon performance and availability of funding. Anticipated start date is January 1, 2024 or earlier.

For more information or to apply, please see the attached position advertisement.

PostDoc Positions – ORNL

The Glenn T. Seaborg Initiative (GTSI) of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is committed to enhancing and maintaining US capabilities in actinide science and technology by helping to attract, develop, and retain the workforce of actinide scientists to meet the needs of the nation.

1) Oak Ridge National Laboratory is in search of a PostDoc to hire in the Advanced Nuclear Fuels for Nonproliferation Applications program. This program focuses on developing new nuclear fuel forms and increasing the permissible service envelopes of known nuclear fuels in collaboration with industry and other DOE laboratories. The program’s goal is to screen and advance fuel concepts and materials technologies to enable high performance, compact nuclear reactors for remote power generation, space exploration, and other demanding environments. This objective requires advances in manufacturing technologies, improved understanding of nuclear fuel properties as a function of processing variables, development of novel test irradiation capabilities, and enhanced post irradiation examination methodologies. This call will specifically focus on topics related to solid state processing of actinide materials, radiation effects in actinide compounds or nuclear fuel systems, and property measurements relevant to development of nuclear fuel forms.

For further information or to apply, https://jobs.ornl.gov/job/Oak-Ridge-Glenn-T_-Seaborg-Initiative-TN-37830/1010664600/

2) This call is supported by the Plutonium-238 Supply Program which seeks to reestablish a domestic supply of heat source plutonium-238 oxide in support of NASA’s deep space and planetary exploration missions. This call will focus on advancing the understanding of liquid-liquid extraction and ion exchange techniques as applied to the chemical separations needed within the Plutonium-238 Supply Program. Research which considers the study of redox chemistry as applied to neptunium/plutonium nitrate solutions is of specific interest.

For further information or to apply, https://jobs.ornl.gov/job/Oak-Ridge-Postdoctoral-Research-Associate-Glenn-T_-Seaborg-Initiative-TN-37830/1016493600/

Post-Doc Openings – LLNL

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has openings for 2 post-doc radiochemists for:

development of novel radiochemical separation and delivery techniques at the micro scale for production of targets for high energy density programs. (NIF) https://www.llnl.gov/join-our-team/careers/find-your-job/all/radiochemistry/3743990000545796

and for

development of novel radiochemical separation and quantification techniques for nuclear forensics. You will develop systems tailored towards rapid separation of radionuclides, produce isotopes using neutron and charge-particle irradiation methods, and develop accurate radiochemical measurement techniques. (nuclear forensics) https://www.llnl.gov/join-our-team/careers/find-your-job/all/radiochemistry/3743990000574586

Post-Doc Fellows – LLNL

Applications are being accepted through October 1 to provide extraordinary postdocs an opportunity to pursue independent, ground-breaking research in a National Lab setting. The Laboratory is committed to making their experience at LLNL positive and rewarding. Please visit the program link above for more information or to apply.

This three-year fellowship is awarded to rising graduate students with uncommon talent, credentials, scientific track records, and potential for significant achievements. Typically, three awards are given each year. Fellows will propose creative and independent research in one or more aspects of science relevant to LLNL’s mission. Research areas may include:

·       Atmospheric Science 

·       Biology

·       Chemistry

·       Applied Mathematics

·       Computer Science

·       Energy

·       Engineering

·       Environmental Science

·       Geoscience

·       Lasers

·       Materials Science

·       Physics

Please contact the program administrator, Mildred Lambrecht, at UR.Info@llnl.gov if you have any questions.

Graduate Fellowships – NNSA/PNNL

Applications are still being accepted for the NNSA Graduate Fellowship Program through October 7, 2022. For more information visit the program link above or see the flyer for the program. To apply, please visit the link above.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Be a U.S. citizen eligible for a security clearance
  • Be matriculated/enrolled in a graduate degree program at an accredited college or university at the time of application OR
  • Have completed a graduate degree program within 18 months (i.e., after April 7, 2021) prior to the application deadline AND
  • Have a final and current cumulative GPA of at least 3.00/4.00 in the graduate degree program
  • Available to work full time for the duration of the one-year fellowship (June 2023 to June 2024).

Selected applicants enrolled in Fall semester/quarter with no previous graduate-level grades must provide official transcripts demonstrating eligibility (minimum 3.0 GPA) no later than January 14, 2023.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Pursuing or having completed a master’s degree or PhD in a STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, or Mathematics) or policy field.
  • Selected fellows will be placed in a salary level correlative with their education: 
    • Level I – Master’s in Progress
    • Level II – Completed Master’s or Pursuing a PhD or JD
    • Level III – Completed PhD or JD

Summer Internship – LBNL

LBNL invites undergraduate or graduate students to apply for a new Summer 2022 Internship Program — named Ingenuity (http://go.lbl.gov/ingenuity) — in the Earth & Environmental Sciences Area (EESA) at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL). Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy, the Ingenuity internship program is focused on cultivating a diverse, talented next-generation workforce in the field of geologic nuclear waste disposal. The main pillar of this program is to connect with student applicants from underrepresented backgrounds in an effort to engage them in the future of this industry. Ultimately the goal is to raise awareness and excitement about careers in this field. For more information or to apply visit the Ingenuity website.