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Stable Isotope Processing Chemist with Security Clearance

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN
Closing date
Nov 26, 2021

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Science, Chemistry, General Chemistry
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Requisition Id 6122 Overview: The Stable Isotope's Dispensing and Technical Services Group is seeking a Stable Isotope Processing Chemist who will focus on operations and development associated with the post-enrichment recovery and conversion of stable isotopes spanning nearing every element on the periodic table. This position is part of the Enrichment Science and Engineering Division and serves the nation by advancing enrichment technologies and providing enriched stable isotopes products. We lead the R&D and production process development for delivering stable isotopes for medical, industrial, and DOE mission critical applications. As part of our research and processing team, you will work closely with a focused group of scientists, engineers, and technicians on challenging, fast-paced technical projects and operations in support of the DOE Isotope Program, and specifically associated with the rapidly growing field of stable isotope enrichment. Major Duties and Responsibilities: * Responsible for executing complex chemical gas and solid conversion processing to obtain high yield of extremely pure product
* Perform recovery, purification, chemical conversion, and characterization of isotopes from enrichment devices, at near zero loss
* Utilize analytical equipment including mass spectrometry, electron microscopy, and other material evaluation techniques
* Support requests to convert isotopes to specific chemical forms for customers
* Support development of reports, presentations, and operator aids or guidelines on technical services/conversion activities
* Collaborate with scientists, engineers, and technicians
* Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements
* Demonstrate dedication to strong teaming and a positive culture within the organization
* As a member of the ORNL scientific community, you will be expected to commit to ORNLs Research Code of Conduct. Our full code of conduct, and a statement by the Lab Directors office can be found here: Basic Qualifications: * B.S. degree in Chemistry or a related technical discipline with a minimum of 2-4 years of technical experience in a lab research environment. A comparable combination of education and experience will be considered. Relevant laboratory research experience while obtaining a degree can be considered. * Physical dexterity to handle small quantities of exotic and expensive materials
* Experience in chemical synthesis and conversion
* Excellent written and oral communication skills
* Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs
* Ability to meticulously maintain detailed laboratory records
* Ability to solve basic research problems
* This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program.
Preferred Qualifications: * MS or PhD degree in Chemistry or a related technical discipline
* Excellent written and oral communication skills
* Experience in inorganic and/or analytical chemistry lab work
* Experience in chemical characterization techniques and quantitative analyses
* Experience with mass spectrometry
* Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the Laboratory * Ability to obtain and maintain an SCI clearance Benefits at ORNL:
UT-Battelle offers a quality benefits package, including a matching 401(k), contributory pension plan, paid vacation, and medical/dental plan options. Onsite amenities include a credit union, medical clinic, cafeteria, and fitness facilities. Relocation:
Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details. For more information about our benefits, working here, and living here, visit the "About" tab at This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired. We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment. If you have trouble applying for a position, please email . ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply. UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.
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