Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Quality Assurance/Quality Control Chemist

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technical Services & Ops
Organization:  Facilities and Infrastructure
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 105615
Job Code: Technical Services & Ops MTS 2 (TSS.2)
Date Posted: July 09 2019

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Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2019 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have an opening for a Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) Chemist. You will develop, implement, improve, and monitor quality assurance activities related to Environmental Restoration Department (ERD) Quality Assurance, and Environmental, Safety, and Health (ES&H) needs ensuring all program activities comply with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), O&B and LLNL/LLNS policies, and federal, state, and local laws and regulations. This position is in the Environmental Restoration Department.
Essential Duties 
- Ensure Department compliance with Integrated Safety Management (ISM), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), ES&H, and QA policies and requirements for regulatory interpretation and implementation; assist ERD Program Leads in reporting and preparing DOE Occurrence and Non-Compliance Reports.
- Review, validate, and verify chemical and radiological data generated by analytical laboratories; resolve analytic issues and data anomalies for ERD and other LLNL organizations  as needed (e.g., Environmental Functional Area, Environment, Safety, & Health Directorate, Radioactive & Hazardous Waste Management); review laboratory QC sample results and work with the analytical laboratories to establish corrective actions when needed.
- Provide comprehensive knowledge and support in QA, chemistry, and analytical procedures to ERD technical teams for the preparation of environmental sampling and analysis plans, and Data Quality Objectives (DQOs).
- Provide input for the preparation of ERD annual QA reports and update ERD’s Quality Assurance Project Plan as necessary for compliance with regulatory requirements and guidelines.
- Participate in laboratory audits and inspections as needed.
- Collaborate in planning, coordinating, and performing the Department’s management self-assessment program with ERD program leads, facility staff, and others as appropriate.
- Participate in writing, developing, maintaining, and coordinating ERD Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for activities such as ground water sampling, drilling, treatment facility activities, quality assurance, and data management.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or a related discipline, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Comprehensive knowledge and experience in analytical laboratory operations, analytical methods, wastewater and drinking water analyses, laboratory instrumentation, and laboratory QA/QC processes; knowledge of EPA Methods.
- Experience writing technical documents (plans, procedures, specifications, and reports) and developing/implementing Assurance plans and procedures.
- Experience with ES&H and quality assurance programs, policies, procedures, regulations, standards, and auditing.
- Interpersonal skills necessary to effectively present, negotiate, and coordinate self-assessment activities to all levels of personnel and management; strong attention to detail, analytical, and organizational skills.
- Proficient communication skills both verbal and written necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment, and prepare, present, document, and explain technical information.
- Experience in decision making and moderately complex problem-solving (i.e. clarifying issues, analyzing concerns) that requires the creative use of established and/or innovative methods and solutions.
- Advanced skills in standard software applications (such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and ability to work on multiple computing platforms (PC, Mac).
Desired Qualifications
- Knowledge and experience performing or participating in QA audits pertaining to the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) and California Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP).
- Knowledge and experience with Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS).

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 $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.