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ORNL Openings

ORNL is seeking radiochemists (or related scientists) for 2 positions,

  • R&D Associate in Radiotherapeutics
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate – Separations Chemistry

DTRA Rad/Nuc Scientist Position Available

DTRA is advertising for a Rad/Nuc Scientist position in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
The job announcement is for a Government Civilian (GS-13) Physical Scientist. 
—->   It closes 08 November June 2021.

In accordance with guidance from the Agency Director that we see the maximum number of applicant resumes to ensure we are looking at a diverse field of candidates:  we have advertised using a Direct Hiring Authority.
In order to use this STEM Direct Hiring Authority, we were required to cut the Nuclear Engineer series (0840) from the announcement, BUT WE STILL ENCOURAGE Nuclear Engineers to apply, as the Nuclear Engineering discipline is very applicable.

Under this Direct Hiring Authority, there is only one announcement for each job. 
Please forward/share these announcements as you see fit.
THE LINK TO THE ANNOUNCEMENT:  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/616531400

*NOTE:  The salaries for the positions in Germany appear to be “low”, but, the salary listed for these positions does not include benefits which are offered in Germany: a Cost of Living Allowance and housing (rent/utilities)–all of which are tax free.  I would encourage potential candidates to follow the links in the announcements for more information.
You might also look here:  https://aoprals.state.gov/Web920/location_action.asp?MenuHide=1&CountryCode=1089 (look for Kaiserslautern) and https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/faqlqa.cfm

ADDITIONALLY, to improve our process, I am sharing this with all potential applicants:
1.  In the past we have had applicants who ‘select 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 that takes your application.

2.  I would ask those who apply to inform me directly, (Patrick.A.Lofy.civ@mail.mil) of their application — and, if comfortable, to share your resume directly with me.

from the announcement:
“We are 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 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. 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.”

Faculty Position – Uni. Florida

UF is searching for a Assistant Professor in their Department of Materials Science and Engineering for a Nuclear Engineer with an emphasis on applying AI to radiochemistry, radiation detectors, and nuclear materials among other areas.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to receive applications until the position is filled. You must apply by submitting an application through Interfolio via https://facultyjobs.hr.ufl.edu/. (Job 81515) The application requires PDF files of the following documents: 1) cover letter (summary and introduction related to hiring emphasis areas), 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statement of research interests and research program vision, 4) statement of teaching interests and philosophy, 5) a statement describing the applicant’s experience in enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion through research, teaching, or service, and vision for promoting a more inclusive experience at the University of Florida, and 6) contact information for at least three references. We request that you also email your electronic application package (PDF files) to Nekia Jones at nekiajones@mse.ufl.edu. Upon request, please have three letters of reference sent by email to Nekia Jones.

Spring 2022 Abstract Deadline

SPRING 2022–San Diego, CA March 20-24

Theme: Bonding Through Chemistry

The 263rd ACS National Meeting & Exposition will be held March 20-24, 2022 in San Diego, CA.  Please contact Tara Mastren (Tara.Mastren@utah.edu) if you have any questions. The deadline for abstract submission is Oct. 11.

Young Investigators in Nuclear and Radiochemistry

Organizers: Sarah Finkeldei (sfinkeld@uci.edu)

General Topics in Nuclear Chemistry and Technology

Organizers: Thibaut Lécrivain (Thibaut.Lecrivain@inl.gov), Vasileios Anagnostopoulos (Vasileios.Anagnos@ucf.edu) and Luke Sadergaski (sadergaskilr@ornl.gov)

Production and Application of Radioisotopes

Organizers: Justin Griswold (griswoldjr@ornl.gov) and Jonathan Burns (burnsjon@uab.edu)

Radiochemical Separations

Organizers: Dustin Demoin (Dustin.Demoin@ezag.com) and Michael Fassbender (mifa@lanl.gov)

Artificial Intelligence Applications in Nuclear and Radiochemistry

Organizers: Deborah Penchoff (dpenchof@utk.edu), Charles C. Peterson (Charles.Peterson@unt.edu)

Computational Methods for Lanthanides and Actinides

Organizers: Deborah Penchoff (dpenchof@utk.edu), Charles C. Peterson (Charles.Peterson@unt.edu) and Theresa Windus (twindus@iastate.edu)

Seaborg Award Symposium in honor of Carolyn J. Anderson

Organizers: Robert Mach (rmach@pennmedicine.upenn.edu) and Silvia Jurisson (JurissonS@missouri.edu)

Nuc Eng Tech Openings – NIST

The NCNR is recruiting for 4  Nuclear Engineering Technician, ZT-0802-III, positions.   These positions have known promotion potential to the ZT-IV level.  The candidates will work in the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) Reactor Operations and Engineering (ROE) Group as a Nuclear Engineering Technician-Reactor Operator. Duties include:

  • Installation, use, troubleshooting, and repair of neutron facility instruments.
  • Quality assurance and configuration management of mechanical equipment.
  • Testing and calibration of reactor instrumentation.
  • Assist in specialized maintenance activities.
  • Assist in specialized or non-routine refueling operations.
  • Participate fully in emergency response drills.
  • Eligible to apply for licensure by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Here is a link to the vacancy announcement on USAJOBS. It scheduled to be open from Monday, September 27, 2021 through October 12, 2021.


Faculty Positions – JMU

James Madison University is currently conducting searches for a cohort of new faculty. The chemistry area for the faculty positions is “open” but they have specifically mentioned their nuclear facility on campus. https://www.jmu.edu/physics/nuclear-and-particle-physics-research.shtml For more information please see the posting for tenure track positions https://joblink.jmu.edu/postings/9977. There is also a search for lecturers. https://joblink.jmu.edu/postings/9984

Senior Radiochemist – Open Position ORNL

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking a Senior Radiochemist staff member who will focus on the development of radiochemistry programs as well as the performance of a full range of radiochemistry routines for detailed characterizations of nuclear materials for our portfolio of work and projects in the nuclear fuels cycle, production of heavy isotopes, and security of special nuclear materials.  This position resides in the Chemical and Isotopic Mass Spectrometry (CIMS) group in the Nuclear Analytical Chemistry (NAC) section in the Chemical Sciences Division (CSD), Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

To apply or for more information, https://jobs.ornl.gov/job/Oak-Ridge-Radiochemist-Senior-R&D-Staff-TN-37831/694748600/?locale=en_US

Faculty Position – Tennessee Technological University

The Department of Chemistry at Tennessee Technological University (TN Tech) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position (9 month contract) in Radiochemistry beginning August 2022. A Ph.D. in radiochemistry, or closely related area (inorganic or analytical chemistry, preferred) from an accredited institution with research interests, training, and experience in the use of radioisotopes to study chemical phenomena is required. Postdoctoral experience is required. TN Tech University is a comprehensive institution of higher education with particular strengths in science and engineering situated in the beautiful Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee in between Nashville and Knoxville.  A low cost of living, no state income tax, and numerous outdoor activities within a short driving distance contribute to a high quality of life in this growing area.  The department confers an ACS-certified B.S. and M.S. in chemistry and participates in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Environmental Sciences.  A detailed description of the department of chemistry, the Environmental Science Ph.D. Program, and the university is available at: https://www.tntech.edu/cas/chemistry/

The applicant will be expected to establish and sustain a research program involving both undergraduate and graduate students that complements  existing research efforts of the department, including liquid-liquid separations of relevant isotopes from simulated spent nuclear fuel, while vigorously pursuing external support. Competitive startup funds to initiate experiential research with TN Tech students are available. The department strongly encourages interaction with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the candidate’s area of interest.  Teaching expectations are proposed to be at the undergraduate and graduate level depending on the successful candidate’s background and expertise and could include responsibility for instruction in general, analytical, or inorganic chemistry, in addition to teaching the dual-listed course in radiochemistry, including the associated laboratory, biennially. The successful candidate will also be expected to effectively participate in service activities at the department and/or university level as assigned, in addition to serving the university as the campus radiation safety officer. 

The department has recently relocated to a new interdisciplinary laboratory science facility for research and teaching which includes 1200 ft2 of dedicated space for radiochemistry research.  Extensive investment in instrumentation for research has well positioned the university for expanded outcomes in research.  Recent acquisitions relevant to the position include a 500 MHz NMR spectrometer with broad-band N2 cryoprobe, liquid scintillation counter, γ-counter, UV-vis fluorimeter, ICP-MS, and ICP-OES.  The department maintains a TN Radioactive Material License which allows the use of a wide variety of β / γ-emitting isotopes, as well as smaller quantities of certain α emitters for teaching and research.  

The complete position summary is available at: https:// jobs.tntech.edu/. All applications must be submitted online.  A completed application will consist of a letter of application, statement of research interests (limited to 5 pages) which includes estimated startup costs, teaching philosophy statement (limited to 2 pages), a curriculum vita, copies of all transcripts for which a degree was conferred, and the names and email addresses of three professional references who will be contacted to submit a letter of support on behalf of the applicant. 

Questions should be directed to Dr. Jesse D. Carrick, Chair of the Radiochemistry Search Committee, email: jcarrick@tntech.edu.  For full consideration, completed applications should be received in advance of October 15, 2021.  Selected candidates will be requested to interview in person, and on campus commensurate with state of TN and Federal COVID-19 guidelines.  TN Tech University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, sex, disability, age (40 and over), status as a protected veteran, genetic information or any other category protected by federal or state law.  Inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies should be directed to equity@tntech.edu.

Post-Doc Position – LLNL/NIF

There is an open position for a post-doc in the Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division for a Radiochemist to work on projects at the National Ignition Facility. U.S. Citizenship/Q-Clearance Eligibility required.

For more information or to apply, visit https://jobs.smartrecruiters.com/LLNL/3743990000045864-nif-radiochemistry-postdoctoral-researcher

Nuclear Analyst – NY State

Career position for Research Scientist 3 is immediately available at New York State Department of Health in Albany, NY.

Function Description
The Laboratory of Inorganic and Nuclear Chemistry at the New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center performs radiological surveillance of natural and man-made radioactivity in air, water, vegetation, soil, and food for New York and federal purposes, as well as responds to incidents involving ionizing radiation including power reactor accidents, hospitals, and radiological dispersal devices. The responsibilities involve overseeing the radiation measurements laboratory for this program.

Preferred Education and Experience
A PhD degree in nuclear engineering, nuclear physics, nuclear chemistry or health physics and one year of professional experience in ionizing radiation measurements.

Technical Expertise Sought
Thorough understanding of the radioactive decay process. Understanding health risks from ionizing radiation. Experience in at least two radiation measurement systems such as gamma-ray spectrometry, alpha spectrometry, liquid scintillation, gas proportional counting, radon counting. Setting up and calibration of a variety of ionizing detectors. Ability to trace electronics signals, troubleshoot, and interface instruments. Performing surveillance measurements. Basic understanding of local area networks. Familiarity with Visual Studio and/or SQL Server. Computer programming in at least two high-level languages, such as C, C++, Fortran, VBA.

General Capabilities Desired
Work independently under general guidance of senior staff. Effectively communicate with the scientific, technical, and administrative staff. May supervise junior personnel. Capabilities to conceive scientific ideas and to participate and/or conduct publishable research and development in ionizing radiation detection, such as improvement of sensitivity or lowering of the background, and in radiological health sciences either internal or externally funded.

Salary Range
From $81446 to $111316 annually.

For technical information contact:
Dr. Thomas Semkow (thomas.semkow AT health.ny.gov)

To apply contact:

New York State Department of Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Eligibility to accept employment in the U.S. is required.