We have an opening for a Research Scientist to develop and pursue innovative research in the identification of actinide isotope signatures in environmental samples and nuclear materials with applications to problems in nuclear forensics and proliferation detection. You will investigate the behavior of U-series and Pu-series nuclides during material production processes through isotopic analysis by MC-ICP-MS or TIMS. The position is in the Chemical and Isotopic Signatures group within the Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division
In this role you will
Independently develop and pursue advanced innovative research in actinide decay-series isotope measurements of environmental samples and nuclear materials addressing complex problems in nuclear forensics and proliferation detection
Establish new analytical protocols and techniques for high-purity separation of actinides from complex sample matrices and isotopic analysis by magnetic sector multi-collector mass spectrometry
Lead technical efforts with responsibility for budgets, schedules, deliverables and resource allocation
Collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams of scientists and technical personnel to accomplish research goals
Prepare research proposals for agencies that fund research on nuclear science
Document and publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific publications and present results at external conferences, seminars and/or technical meetings
Perform other duties as assigned.
Ph.D. in Geochemistry, Chemistry, or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
Advanced knowledge and significant experience in purification of actinides from complex matrices for MC-ICP-MS or TIMS analysis of isotopic composition
Advanced knowledge and significant experience in multi-collector isotope ratio mass spectrometry for determination of isotopic composition and concentration using isotope dilution methods
Significant experience in the interpretation and modeling and of actinide decay-chain disequilibria as a chronometer of natural and/or nuclear fuel cycle processes
Ability to develop independent research projects as demonstrated through publication of peer-reviewed literature
Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to work in a multidisciplinary team environment, author technical and scientific reports and publications, and deliver scientific presentations
Initiative and interpersonal skills necessary to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment
Internal Number: 3743990000041080
About Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.Livermore’s defining responsibility is ensuring the safety, security and reliability of the nation’s nuclear deterrent. Yet LLNL’s mission is broader than stockpile stewardship, as dangers ranging from nuclear proliferation and terrorism to energy shortages and climate change threaten national security and global stability. The Laboratory’s science and engineering are being applied to achieve breakthroughs for counterterrorism and nonproliferation, defense and intelligence, energy and environmental security.
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