Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Inorganic Analytical Chemist - Staff Scientist

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 104856
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 2 (SES.2) / Science & Engineering MTS 3 (SES.3)
Date Posted: February 04 2019

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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 have an opening for an inorganic analytical chemist to analyze the chemical composition (assay, impurities, and isotopic composition) of actinide materials. You will perform a full range of moderately complex to complex research in actinide materials characterizations.  This position is in the Plutonium Science and Technology group in the Materials Science Division.
This position will be filled at either the SES.2 or SES.3 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.
Essential Duties
-  Conduct moderately complex to complex research in actinide materials characterizations and sample preparations.
- Perform work in gloveboxes and other contamination enclosures.
- Prepare written analyses, verbal briefings, and other products that capture and communicate research results.
- Present research findings to sponsors and consumers.
- Contribute to and actively participate in the development of methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria to design, build, maintain, or modify specialized equipment/ instrumentation for actinide materials characterization to meet sponsor needs in appropriate national security areas.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition at the SES.3 Level
- Evaluate, identify, and develop solutions to highly unusual, unique, and complex issues related to actinide materials characterization.
- Conduct advanced actinide analytical chemistry research and serve as the primary technical contact on actinide analytical chemistry.
- Mentor other analysts as necessary.
- BS in chemistry or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Broad understanding of basic analytical chemistry techniques, including multielement instrumental analyses (such as mass spectroscopy and emission spectroscopy) and classical wet-chemistry techniques (such as spectrophotometry and titrimetry.)
- Ability to work independently, as well as a member of a team.
- Experience in design of experiments for chemical characterizations.
- Experience with Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Experience operating computers to collect, analyze, and document scientific results.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, and other technical and administrative staff within a collaborative research and development environment.
-Ability to obtain and maintain fissile material handler certification.
In Addition at the SES.3 Level
- PhD in chemistry, materials science or related field or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Significant experience and advanced knowledge in actinide analytical chemistry and characterization, and experience with radioactive materials and contamination control, along with a deep understanding of the limitations and sources of uncertainties in analytical measurements.
- Ability to lead independent work on complex technical tasks, to exert significant influence on technical objectives, and to provide in-depth analyses, and develop unique technical solutions.
Desired Qualifications
- Experience in analytical chemistry characterization of actinide materials.
- Experience with analytical instrumentation and interpreting results.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.  This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

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 is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

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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