We have an opening for an inorganic analytical chemist/mass spectrometrist to support our trace element analysis by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) capability. This capability supports multiple scientific programs including nuclear forensics, environmental monitoring, and material science. This position is in the Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division supporting the Chemical and Isotopic Signatures Group.
This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.
In this role you will
Independently prepare samples for trace element analysis that may include sample digestion, spiking, and purification from sample matrix by ion exchange and other methods.
Perform elemental analysis by Q-ICP-MS or HR-ICP-MS.
Perform moderately complex data reduction and calculations, and prepare data reports.
Maintain laboratory records for quality control and quality assurance purposes.
Maintain chemistry laboratory equipment and interact with vendors or technicians for equipment purchase or repairs.
Provide solutions to problems of moderate complexity.
Interact with and support team members and the principal investigators on multiple projects.
Perform other duties as assigned
Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.3 level
Establish new analytical protocols and techniques for complex sample matrices by mass spectrometry which may include hyphenated techniques such as HPLC-ICPMS and LA-ICP-MS.
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.
Ability to maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
B.S. in analytical chemistry, radiochemistry, geochemistry or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience with sample digestion techniques using thermal methods and concentrated acids.
Experience in trace elemental and isotopic analysis using Q-ICP-MS, TQ-ICP-MS and/or HR-ICP-MS.
Experience preparing samples in a clean room setting.
Experience maintaining and troubleshooting laboratory equipment.
Experience performing quality control evaluation of analytical data.
Effective communication and interpersonal skills necessary to work in a collaborative research environment.
Additional qualifications at the SES.3 level
Ph.D. in Geochemistry, Chemistry, or related field, or equivalent level of demonstrated knowledge.
Advanced knowledge of the operation of ICP-MS.
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.
Qualifications We Desire
Experience with handling radioactive material.
Experience with selective extraction media and chromatographic separation methods.
Experience with automated separation techniques such as HPLC-ICP-MS.
Experience with LA-ICP-MS.
Experience with statistical programming languages such as R.
Internal Number: 3743990000042705
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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