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Inorganic Analytical Chemist / Mass Spectrometrist

Associate | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 03/15/2023

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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 important for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$123,960.00 - $166,992.00

Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

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) capabilities.  These capabilities support 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.

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 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


  • Ability to secure and 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.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience with selective extraction media and chromatographic separation methods.
  • Experience with writing macros for excel and/or statistical programming languages such as R.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

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. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. 

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must 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.

Equal Employment Opportunity

We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing all with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. 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.

We invite you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Reasonable Accommodation

Our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates applying and interviewing at the Laboratory.  If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please use our online form to submit a request. 

California Privacy Notice

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) grants privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles job applicants, employees, and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information LLNL collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed here.

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