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Post-Doc Positions – ANL

Argonne National Laboratory has postings for 2 post-doc positions – in analytical chemistry and in strategic security sciences. U.S. Citizenship is required for both positions. Please visit the postings for more information or to apply.



29th Rare Earth Research Conference

We are excited to be holding RERC29 in Philadelphia from June 26-30, 2022, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Science History Institute.  Our registration is now officially live!  The venue continues to operate under COVID protocols; while these are subject to change, we are assuming conservative venue requirements to ensure no one is turned away.  Thus, in addition to requiring masks, vaccines and a booster, there is a cap on how many attendees we can have in person.  As such, it is important that you register as soon as possible to ensure you secure your spot. Please note that your spot is not secured until the registration fee is paid and the abstract is submitted (provided you want to contribute one).  Abstracts may not be submitted after registration is complete.  We have also added a lower cost virtual option that allows access to the Spedding Award talk, as well as the 6 plenary lectures.  To register, use Google chrome and clear your cache before going to https://upenn.irisregistration.com/Site/RERC2022.  For more information about registration, including helpful hints and fee structure, please click here.  For accommodation recommendations, please click here.

Should you have any questions, please let us know. We look forward to seeing everyone there!


Marta and the RERC29 Planning Committee

Marta Guron, PhD

Managing Director, Center for Sustainable Separation of Metals

Fall Meeting Abstract Extension

The ACS Fall 2022 submission deadline, previously scheduled for March 14, will be extended to Tuesday, March 29, 11:59 PM ET

Spring Business Meeting

The business meeting will take place in a hybrid format during the Spring meeting, Tu 3/22/2022, 7-8PM PT. The F2F meeting will take place in the Marriott Grand Ballroom Section 11.

If you desire to attend via Zoom, please check your email for a link from Andrew Klose.

Social Hour to follow at Stout Public House, 1125 Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Radiochemist – NY State

The NY State Public Health Lab (Wadsworth Center) is in search of a radiochemist for public health lab science. For more information or to apply please visit https://careers-healthresearch.icims.com/jobs/5619/research-scientist-i-%28nysphc-fellowship-program%29/job

January 2022 Newsletter

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Scientist Position – LANL

Los Alamos National Laboratory is looking for an exceptional Scientist to join our Weapons Production directorate. Our diverse workforce enjoys a collegial work environment focused on creative problem solving, where everyone’s opinions and ideas are considered.

The Advanced Recovery and Integrated Extraction System (ARIES) program (AMPP-3) in the Actinide Material Processing & Power (AMPP) Division in the Weapons Directorate is tasked with the disposition of 34 metric tons of surplus nuclear material to meet the Nation’s nuclear non-proliferation and national security objectives. The ARIES mission includes the disassembly of surplus items, conversion and stabilization of plutonium metal to oxide, processing of the oxide to meet specifications, physical and chemical characterization of the oxide, and packaging of the of the oxide for transportation or storage. Characterization examines physical properties including particle size, surface area and bulk and tapped densities, and chemical properties including moisture content and quantification of elements of interest. It also supports Nondestructive Assay of plutonium, uranium, and other actinide material components produced and packaged during the ARIES process.

For more information or to apply please visit https://lanl.jobs/los-alamos-nm/science-and-engineering-scientist-12/2662D9A6E45F48728EA2BAADFCB36C77/job/

Post-Baccalaureate/Grad Fellowships – APHL

The Association of Public Health Laboratories has been awarded five years of funding by the CDC to establish a Fellowship program in multiple disciplines. The funds come from the American Rescue Plan, specifically to address the national shortage of public health scientists that has been experienced during the pandemic. There are eight Fellowship Tracks. Applications for the Summer cohort are due February 28th, 2022. The Environmental Health track has been advertised by Jill Taylor, Senior Adviser for Scientific Affairs, as being of particular interest for radiochemists.

Links to website for discipline specific information and a link for how to apply:

Bioinformatics                 https://www.aphl.org/fellowships/Pages/Bioinformatics.aspx

Biorisk Management     https://www.aphl.org/fellowships/Pages/biorisk.aspx

Environmental Health   https://www.aphl.org/fellowships/Pages/Environmental-Health.aspx

Food Safety                      https://www.aphl.org/fellowships/Pages/food-safety.aspx

Infectious Disease          https://www.aphl.org/fellowships/Pages/Infectious-Diseases-Laboratory-Fellowship-Program.aspx

Informatics                      https://www.aphl.org/fellowships/Pages/informatics.aspx

Quality Management    https://www.aphl.org/fellowships/Pages/quality-management.aspx

Newborn Screening       https://www.aphl.org/fellowships/Pages/PHL-NBS.aspx

Note: In the Environmental Health Track one lab has confirmed they are looking for a radiochemist.

The fellow will be assigned an independent research project in one of the following areas: environmental radiochemistry, radiological emergency response or radiobioassay. In addition to research, the fellow will also have opportunities to gain first-hand experience in radiological surveillance our lab conducts for New York State, network with other fellows and participate in graduate level courses though SUNY Albany.

About our lab:

The Wadsworth Center’s Nuclear Chemistry Laboratory (NCL) program has two objectives:  mandated radiological surveillance in NYS and research in radiological sciences. The surveillance program assesses exposure of the population to ionizing radiation and involves monitoring of the environment around nuclear power plants for fission products, as well as monitoring of drinking water supplies for natural radioactivity. Programs focusing on radiological emergency response to potential accidents or terrorism threats involving radioactivity are performed in cooperation with NYS agencies as well as with US FDA for radiological food protection. The research in radiological sciences is primarily concerned with the development of new and more sensitive methods to detect ionizing radiation in environmental, food, and bioassay samples, such as alpha and gamma spectrometry and liquid scintillation counting.

We are looking for a fellow with experience in chemistry and who is comfortable working with low-levels of radiation in an environmental laboratory setting. We would prefer a M.S. or Ph.D. level candidate, but may also consider a well-qualified B.S. level applicant.

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 deadline for completed applications is February 1, 2022.  A completed application consists of the submitted web form, as well as an official transcript and 2 letters of recommendation.  Transcripts and letters should be submitted to Professor Francesconi, address is below. Please also complete the online application form.

For more information, please view the flyer, 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

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.