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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 1st, 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

Principal Radiochemist – TerraPower

TerraPower, LLC is on a mission to build a highly efficient, low-cost and carbon-free energy solution to help utilities and industries reach decarbonization goals. We are seeking a highly talented and motivated candidate for the position of Principal Radiochemist to directly contribute and take leadership roles to fulfill this mission. The Principal Radiochemist will directly be involved in experiments related to the Molten Chloride Fast Reactor (MCFR) technology and is expected to work at the interface of nuclear reactor development and novel waste reduction technologies. The candidate should have demonstrated laboratory capabilities in radiochemical experimental design and implementation. It is anticipated the candidate may serve as Principal Investigator (PI) on several experimental efforts.

This position interfaces with a dynamic cross-functional, multi-cultural, interdisciplinary team in which effective communication, teamwork and collaboration is required, while maintaining composure to act safely, ensure quality of data, and enable timely decision-making. The position requires contribution to experiment design, execution, and data analysis on chloride based molten salt systems that directly contributes to address gaps in understanding of molten salt chemistry that are needed to transition to a demonstration reactor program. Some specific requirements of the position involve (but are not limited to) actinide salt synthesis, salt analysis and characterization, and thermodynamic and kinetic property measurements of actinides and fission products in high temperature molten salts.

For more information or to apply, please visit https://www.terrapower.com/contact-us/careers/#op-600177-principal-radiochemist

*Doctoral degree in Chemistry, Radiochemistry, Physics, Nuclear Engineering, or Materials Science has specifically been mentioned.

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.

President’s Award WCI – Prof. Syed M. Qaim

In July 2023 at the 11th International Conference on Isotopes, Professor Syed M. Qaim of the Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) and University of Cologne in Germany was presented with the President’s Award of the World Council on Isotopes by his Canadian colleagues in Saskatoon, Saskatcehwan, Canada.

Prof. Qaim received this award in recognition of his sustained pioneering work on nuclear data related to development of accelerator-based radionuclides for medical applications. The award is also an implicit recognition of his lifetime of work in other roles related to nuclear science.

Prof. Qaim is an associate member of the Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Radiochimica Acta.

Faculty Position – University of Missouri

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Missouri, Columbia is seeking to fill an Assistant Professor tenure track position inradiopharmaceutical chemistry beginning in Fall 2024. It is expected that the successful candidate will have the potential to build a funded, nationally, and internationally recognized, research program. A research focus on the use of radionuclides produced at the MU Research Reactor (MURR) to enable development of new theranostic agents is preferred.  Finally, the successful candidate will demonstrate the promise of establishing a strong record of teaching organic, inorganic and / or radiochemistry at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Please apply online at: https://hr.missouri.edu/job-openings (Job Opening ID 48670)

Please see the attached for further information.

Post-Doc Position – Université Laval

Dominic Larivière is seeking a radioanalytical chemist for the development of new tools to accelerate and improve the quantification of Ra and Po at environmental levels by adapting analytical methodologies (resin separation and cloud point extraction) recently developed in the host laboratory. In this context, the candidate will have the opportunity to use a wide range of equipment for sample preparation and radiochemical characterization (ICPMS/MS, alpha spectrometry). In addition, the postdoc will also have the possibility to interact with a partner organization (Centre d’Expertise en Analyse Environnementale du Québec) for the preparation of reference materials, and the design and validation of new separation resins.

For more information please see the pdf below, and to apply send the materials requested in the pdf directly to dominic.lariviere at chm.ulaval.ca

Research Sci/Eng Position – University of Washington

This laboratory position involves research and production of radionuclides for medical and other applications. A primary objective of the position is to ensure the University of Washington Radionuclide Production Laboratory (UWRPL) can safely and reliably produce the radionuclide astatine-211 (211At) for use in targeted alpha therapy research at UW and the Fred Hutch Cancer Center. The position also involves production and shipment of radionuclides of interest to other institutions through the National Isotope Development Center (NIDC).

The position supports development of new processes for the production of high specific activity radionuclides, such as rhenium-186 and tin-117m. Additionally, this position is responsible for laboratory equipment maintenance, chemical inventory management and laboratory safety compliance.

UWRPL is a member of the DOE University Isotope Network, and we develop methods for the production of medical radionuclides that are in high demand and short supply in collaboration with the UW Medical Cyclotron Facility.

To Apply or for more information, please visit https://uwhires.admin.washington.edu/ENG/Candidates/default.cfm?szCategory=jobprofile&szOrderID=225581