Inorganic Geochemist

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550
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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 an inorganic geochemist to provide analytical chemistry support to LLNL projects involving low-level uranium and plutonium isotopic analysis of environmental samples as well as actinide decay-series radiochronometry of nuclear materials. You will perform bulk sample digestions and dissolutions, purify actinides from the bulk sample using ion exchange methods, and complete isotopic analyses by multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. This position is in the Chemical and Isotopic Signatures group within the Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division.Essential Duties- Independently prepare samples for isotopic analysis by digesting, quantitatively splitting and spiking, and purifying from sample matrix by ion exchange methods.- Perform isotopic analysis of actinides 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.Qualifications- B.S. in chemistry, geochemistry or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.- Comprehensive knowledge and broad experience in the analysis of environmental samples for the determination of trace metal isotopic composition by magnetic sector multi-collector mass spectrometry.- Comprehensive knowledge and broad experience performing elemental concentration analysis by 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 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.- Experience in writing reports and publications.- Experience in verbal presentation and communication of technical information.

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, wewill initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if youmeet 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 applyingcutting-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.


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