Inorganic Analytical Chemist

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 107136
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 2 (SES.2)
Date Posted: May 18 2020

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Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have an opening for an inorganic analytical chemist to provide support to nuclear forensics projects developing methods for and performing high-purity separations of actinides and trace metals from complex matrices for isotopic analysis by multi-collector mass spectrometry.  You will perform bulk sample digestions and dissolutions, and purify actinides and trace metals from the bulk sample using ion exchange and other methods, for materials including environmental samples and bulk nuclear materials. This position is in the Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division supporting the Chemical and Isotopic Signatures group.
Essential Duties
- Independently prepare moderately complex samples for isotopic analysis by digesting, quantitatively splitting and spiking, and purifying from sample matrix by ion exchange and other methods.
- Perform isotopic analysis of actinides and metals by MC-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.
- B.S. in analytical chemistry, radiochemistry, geochemistry or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience
- Previous experience and comprehensive knowledge in purification of trace metals from complex matrices for isotopic analysis by magnetic sector multi-collector mass spectrometry
- Experience preparing samples in a clean room setting
- Experience maintaining and troubleshooting laboratory equipment
- Experience performing quality control evaluation of analytical data
- Proficient communication and interpersonal skills necessary to work in a collaborative research environment
Desired Qualifications
- M.S. in analytical chemistry, radiochemistry, geochemistry or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Experience performing isotopic and elemental concentration analysis by mass spectrometry.
- Ability to coordinate complex tasks by interacting independently with professionals in the execution of responsibilities

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to 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.

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. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

Note:   This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. 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, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.