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Radiochemistry - Postdoctoral Researcher

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 105187
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: April 11 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 a Postdoctoral Researcher to play a major role in development of novel radiochemical methods for preparation of target capsules to be used in high energy density programs.  You will develop techniques for ultra-clean chemical separations, introduction of radionuclides into capsules, and characterization of capsules for nuclear reaction measurements.  This position is in the Nuclear and Radiochemistry group of the Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division.

Essential Duties
- Develop experimental methods, separation techniques, and analysis approaches needed to collect and isolate radioactive isotopes produced at accelerator facilities.
- Perform ultra-clean chemical separations and preparation of solutions for capsule injection.           
- Develop experimental methods for uniformly distributing radionuclides inside fusion capsules.
- Perform capsule characterization and imaging.
- Perform sample and data analysis and interpret results.
- Document research, publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present results within the DOE community and at conferences.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications
- Recent PhD in nuclear chemistry, materials science, radiochemistry, chemical engineering, or related field.
- Experience with laboratory imaging and characterization instrumentation and associated software controls.
- Ability to safely work with radioactive materials (> 1 microCurie), including alpha and beta-gamma emitters.
- Ability to develop experimental methods, separation techniques, and analysis approaches needed to collect and isolate radioactive isotopes produced at accelerator facilities.
- Experience with radionuclide separation methods, such as liquid-liquid extraction, ion exchange chromatography or solvent extraction.
- Experience with charged-particle and gamma-ray detectors and radiation counting and their associated data analyses.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a multi-disciplinary team environment and present and explain technical information.

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 2 year Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of 3 years.  Eligible candidates are recent PhDs within five years of the month of the degree award at time of hire date.

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 $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 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.