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Separations Radiochemist

Associate | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 08/15/2023

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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

$127,680 - $163,968 Annually

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 a chemist to provide support to National Ignition Facility (NIF) radiochemistry projects. Your work involves high-purity separations of radionuclides from irradiated targets and other materials and performing analysis of the resultant separated materials with various nuclear decay counting methods.  This position is in the Nuclear and Radiochemistry group of the Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division.

You will

  • Independently prepare samples for nuclear data measurements by purifying radionuclides from production matrices by ion exchange and other methods
  • Perform sample digestion and analysis of radionuclides produced in reactors and/or accelerators.
  • Perform nuclear counting data reduction and calculations as needed for reporting.
  • Maintain laboratory records for quality control and quality assurance purposes.
  • Maintain chemistry laboratory equipment, supplies, and reagents; interact with vendors or technicians for equipment purchase or repairs.
  • Provide solutions to radiochemistry problems of moderate complexity.
  • Interact with diverse scientific teams to support 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 radiochemistry, analytical chemistry, geochemistry or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Broad experience in purification of trace metals or radionuclides from complex matrices for nuclear data or environmental measurements.
  • Broad experience in use of nuclear decay counting detectors and/or other instruments and methods for quantitative analysis of inorganic analytes.
  • Broad experience maintaining and troubleshooting laboratory equipment.
  • Broad experience performing quality evaluation of analytical data.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills necessary to work in a collaborative research environment.
  • Broad experience working with radioactivity (>1 nCi).

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience preparing ultra-high purity samples in methods typical of clean room work.
  • Experience with accelerator or nuclear reactor production and isolation of radionuclides
  • M.S. in radiochemistry, analytical chemistry, geochemistry or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to coordinate complex tasks by interacting independently with professionals in the execution of responsibilities.

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.

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