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Isotope Production-Postdoctoral Researcher

Entry Level | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 06/11/2021

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Job Description

We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the isotope production team at the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry.  The isotope production team develops and applies new methods for using high-energy particle accelerators to generate radioactive isotopes in support of LLNL’s national security mission.  This position is in the Atmospheric, Earth, and Energy Division of the Physical and Life Science Directorate. 

In this role you will

  • Design and execute isotope production experiments to meet the needs of LLNL programs including surrogate debris fabrication, tracers for National Ignition Facility (NIF) experiments, and standards for calibrating radiation detectors and mass spectrometers.
  • Develop new platforms for conducting isotope production experiments and radiochemical separation methods for harvesting radioisotopes from irradiated targets. 
  • Prepare and conduct technical presentations for internal and external audiences.
  • Document research, publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present results within the DOE community and at conferences.
  • Pursue independent (but complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally.
  • Collaborate with others in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship. 
  • Ph.D. in radiochemistry, nuclear chemistry, nuclear engineering, nuclear physics, or a related field.
  • Hands on experience operating and maintaining high voltage accelerators and related instrumentation (e.g., ion sources).
  • Experience fabricating targets for high energy ion irradiation.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform radiochemical separations such as ion chromatography, liquid extraction, selective precipitation, etc.
  • ·Ability to perform independent research, find innovative solutions and produce significant accomplishments to complex scientific and technical problems. 
  • Experience working on a research team with individuals from diverse technical backgrounds, as well as function as an independent researcher with a high level of attention to details. 

Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2021 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site

Security Clearance

LLNL is a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory.  Some positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement above).  If you are selected and a clearance is required, 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.  An L or Q clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  For additional information please see DOE Order 472.2.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. 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, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request via our online form

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