We have an immediate opening for a team member to conduct a full range of moderate to complex efforts in Analytical Chemistry and Materials Science. You will participate in the characterization of actinide materials (assay, elemental impurities, impurity mapping, isotopic composition, etc.), mainly via inductively coupled plasma (ICP) techniques, but also by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and/or microprobe-based methods, in a small-team environment. This position is in the Plutonium Science and Technology group within the Materials Science Division.
In this role you will
Conduct moderately complex to complex sample preparation and actinide material characterization efforts.
Perform work in gloveboxes and other contamination enclosures.
Contribute to the development of methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria to meet sponsor needs in appropriate national security areas.
Prepare written analyses, verbal briefings, and other presentations that capture and communicate team results.
Drive assigned priorities.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
BS in chemistry, geochemistry, forensics, or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
Ability and drive to learn new techniques and independently advance lab characterization efforts and capabilities.
Broad understanding of basic analytical chemistry and/or materials characterization techniques, such as multi-element instrumental analyses (such as mass spectroscopy and emission spectroscopy), XRD, or microprobe.
Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team.
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 environment.
Ability to obtain and maintain fissile material handler certification.
Qualifications we desire
MS in chemistry, geochemistry, forensics, or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
Experience in characterization of actinide materials.
Experience with analytical instrumentation and interpreting results.
Internal Number: 3743990000043940
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