Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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Waste Characterization Analysts

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technical Services & Ops
Job ID: 103933
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Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We are looking for Waste Characterization Analysts (WCA) to provide technical support in ensuring the radioactive and hazardous waste generated from LLNL operations is packaged and characterized in accordance with applicable requirements. You will be responsible for interpreting Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations and DOE Orders pertaining to the management of radioactive and hazardous waste. These positions are in the Radioactive and Hazardous Waste Management Division (RHWM).

Essential Duties
- Participate in the waste characterization process to ensure that LLNL generated waste streams are properly characterized and managed according to RCRA regulations and DOE orders.
- Prioritize day to day work assignments to ensure that overall waste processing goals are met.
- Collaborate with LLNL waste generators, field technicians, and ES&H professionals to provide technical guidance and solutions for the management, transportation and disposal of hazardous, radioactive and/or mixed wastes.
- Analyze radiological and chemical data of limited complexity and determine the safest and most cost-effective management methodology.
- Work collaboratively with other team members within the RHWM program to provide innovative and cost-effective solutions to technically challenging waste management problems.
- Provide technical support to the LLNL radioactive waste non-destructive assay (NDA) program. Perform analysis of assay results to determine radioisotope types and activities in radioactive waste containers.
- Provide technical support to the LLNL waste stream-based characterization program including the continued development and improvement of the supporting electronic database.
- Prepare waste sampling plans using the Data Quality Objectives process in accordance with EPA guidelines.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition at the TSS.2 Level
- Interpret moderate to complex radionuclide data to determine the proper characterization and dispositioning of radioactive and mixed waste.
- Perform validation and acceptance of chemical and radiological data packages.
- Prepare technical documents describing characterization methodology and representing the program in technical discussions with various stakeholder groups (regulators, disposal sites, DOE).

- Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, nuclear engineering or related scientific field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Knowledge of the federal and state regulations that govern waste management.
- Knowledge of the disposition pathways for typical hazardous and radioactive waste streams and familiarity with waste acceptance criteria.
- Experience interpreting radiological and chemical analytical data in order to properly characterize radioactive and hazardous waste.
- Sufficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively explain and present waste characterization related data and strategies to an audience of varying technical abilities.
- Ability to effectively collaborate in a multi-disciplinary team environment engaged in the characterization of radioactive, hazardous and medical waste.
In Addition at the TSS.2 Level
- Comprehensive knowledge in applying health physics concepts to waste management applications and/or comprehensive knowledge of environmental regulations and the application of regulations to the characterization of waste.
- Comprehensive knowledge of chemical compatibility, proper segregation, and chemical identification and/or comprehensive knowledge of applying NDA techniques to waste containers including data interpretation.
- Experience communicating directly with commercial and government owned treatment storage and disposal facilities for the purposes of preparing shipments and developing profiles.

Desired Qualifications
- Fundamental knowledge of TRU waste management including transportation/disposal requirements.
- Experience with the waste management aspect of Decontamination and Decommissioning activities.
- Experience working with database systems designed to support waste characterization and management activities.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam:  A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.

Security Clearance:  This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.

If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

Note:  This listing has two openings; these are Career Indefinite positions.  Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for these positions.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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