Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Post College Appointee

Location: Livermore, CA
Category: Students & Faculty
Organization: Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement: External Posting
Job ID: 100932
Job Code: Post College Appointee Ex (710.0)
Date Posted: September 18 2016

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Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We have an opening for a Nuclear and Chemical Science Post College Appointee (PCA) to perform sample preparation for quadrupole inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (Q-ICPMS).  You will also perform separations and purifications of uranium and plutonium from environmental samples.  The isotopic compositions of the purified elements will be determined by multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICPMS).
Essential Duties
- Dilute, digest and dissolve many types of samples for analysis by quadrupole ICPMS.
- Purify uranium, plutonium and other actinides from environmental matrices.
- Keep an accurate and detailed laboratory notebook to ensure results are properly annotated and organized for reports. 
- Present formal and informal overviews of analytical process flow at weekly meetings. 
- Interact with and support Chemical and Isotopic Signatures group members and the principal investigator on multiple projects. 
- Trouble-shoot blank and recovery problems, if they develop, and take corrective action.
- A recent Bachelor’s degree in a science discipline. 
- Experience with sample digestion techniques using thermal methods and concentrated acids.
- Experience with selective extraction media and chromatographic separation methods. 
- Experience with clean room environments. 
- Experience with critical data record-keeping in a laboratory environment. 
- Effective communication and interpersonal skills necessary to work in a collaborative research environment and to document and present research results. 
- Experience with Excel.


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.

Anticipated Clearance Level:  None.


Note:   This is a one-year Post College Appointee with the possibility of extension to a maximum of two years.    Eligible candidates are recent graduates within two years of the month of the Bachelors degree at the time of the employment offer.

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 $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 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.

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