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We are looking for a Waste Characterization Analyst (WCA) to provide technical support ensuring the radioactive and hazardous waste generated from LLNL operations is packaged and characterized in accordance with applicable requirements. You will be responsible for interpreting Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations and DOE Orders pertaining to the management of radioactive and hazardous waste. This position is in the Radioactive and Hazardous Waste Management Program (RHWM).
- Participate in the waste characterization process to ensure that LLNL generated waste streams are properly characterized and managed according to RCRA regulations and DOE orders.
- Prioritize day to day work assignments to ensure that overall waste processing goals are met.
- Collaborate with LLNL waste generators, field technicians, and ES&H professionals to provide technical guidance and solutions for the management, transportation and disposal of hazardous, radioactive and/or mixed wastes.
- Interpret moderate to complex analytical or radioanalytical data to determine the proper characterization and dispositioning of radioactive and mixed waste.
- Work collaboratively with other team members within the RHWM program to provide innovative and cost-effective solutions to technically challenging waste management problems.
- Provide technical support to the LLNL radioactive waste non-destructive assay (NDA) program. Perform analysis of assay results to determine radioisotope types and activities in radioactive waste containers.
- Prepare technical basis documents describing characterization methodologies and their use.
- Prepare waste sampling plans using the Data Quality Objectives process in accordance with EPA guidelines.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition at the TSS.3 Level
- Act as the RHWM representative in technical discussions with various stakeholder groups (regulators, disposal sites, DOE).
- Perform validation and acceptance of chemical and radiological data packages.
- Mentor and train less experienced personnel in the federal and state regulations governing waste management
- Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, nuclear engineering, health physics or related scientific field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Experience interpreting analytical or radioanalytical data to determine waste characterization and/or disposal options.
- Experience in applying health physics concepts and/or environmental regulations to the characterization of waste.
- In-depth understanding of chemical compatibility, proper segregation, and chemical identification and/or knowledge of applying NDA techniques to waste containers including data interpretation.
- Experience interpreting waste acceptance criteria for the purposes of preparing shipments and developing profiles for waste disposal at treatment storage and disposal facilities.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively explain and present waste characterization related data and strategies to an audience of varying technical abilities.
- Ability to effectively collaborate in a multi-disciplinary team environment engaged in the characterization of radioactive, hazardous and medical waste.
In Addition at the TSS.3 Level
- Advanced knowledge in one of the following categories: non-destructive analysis, analytical, inorganic or organic chemistry, or the waste management aspect of facility decontamination and decommissioning activities
- Previous involvement in process improvement activities and/or experience developing unique characterization methods for complex waste streams
- Previous experience developing training practices, mentoring less experienced personnel, or leading projects that involve overseeing the activities of other personnel
- Master’s degree in chemistry, nuclear engineering, health physics or related scientific field.
- Fundamental knowledge of TRU waste management including transportation/disposal requirements.
- Experience working with database systems designed to support waste characterization and management activities.
Pre-Placement Medical Exam: A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.
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 an At Will appointment. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position. If final candidate is a Career Indefinite employee, Career Indefinite status may be maintained [should funding allow].
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 $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 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.