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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.

Director, Chemical Sciences Division ORNL

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) seeks an outstanding research leader for the position of Director of the Chemical Sciences Division (CSD). Please view the job announcement at https://jobs.ornl.gov/job/Oak-Ridge-Director%2C-Chemical-Sciences-Division-TN-37830/741509800/?locale=en_US

Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science or related field
  • A minimum of 15 years of professional research experience beyond the doctorate in national laboratories, academics, or industry
  • At least five years of experience leading multi-disciplinary research groups or organizations
  • A distinguished record of research achievement as evidenced by scholarly publications, patents, and funded research grants

April 2021 Newsletter

The April 2021 Newsletter is now available. Highlights include:



The ACS has developed video clips to encourage members to join technical divisions. The video clip for the NUCL division features Graham Peaslee, NUCL Councilor and Professor of Experimental Nuclear Physics, University of Notre Dame.


50th Anniversary Newsletter

The NUCL-50th-Anniversary-Newsletter celebrating the 50th anniversary of the division achieving full status with the ACS is now available. Highlights include:
> ACS NUCL Division 50th Anniversary: Introduction
> From the Cold War though Nuclear Deterrence: Four
Decades at the Savannah River Laboratory
> Reflections on My 70 years in Chemistry
Darleane Hoffman
> Challenges and Rewards in Nuclear Chemistry
> Probing and Understanding the Science of the
Actinide Elements
> So What do you get for Being a Member of the Division
> Evolving Professional Preferences
> History of the Division of Nuclear Chemistry and
Technology’s Summer Schools in Nuclear Chemistry
> Reflections on 50 Years in Nuclear Science
> A Career from Petrology to Nuclear Science
> From Nuclear Chemistry to Nuclear Medicine: The Role
of NUCL Chemists in Medical Imaging
> In Memoriam: Alan Davison 1936 – 2015
> In Memoriam: Gregory R. Choppin 1927-2015