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Radiochemist - Senior R&D Staff Member

Date: Jul 23, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4954 


The Emerging Isotopes Research Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking a highly motivated senior scientist with a proven record of research leadership in radiochemistry. The Emerging Isotopes Research Group is responsible for the development and evaluation of advanced techniques for the efficient and cost-effective production of radioisotopes. The position will be in the Radioisotope Research & Development Section within the Radioisotope Science and Technology Division (RSTD). RSTD is active in actinide science, delivering innovations in isotope production technology that enable ORNL to efficiently produce radioisotopes for science, medicine, industry, and security applications.


ORNL has nuclear, radiological, and scientific facilities and highly specialized equipment that serve as unique resources for radioisotope R&D. These resources include the High Flux Isotope Reactor (the world’s highest neutron flux reactor;, the Radiochemical Engineering Development Center

( and other hot cell facilities which are used to produce an array of radioisotopes (e.g. Cf-252, Pu-238, Ni-63, Ac-227) for industrial and medical applications and scientific discovery (e.g., super-heavy elements).  These internationally renowned facilities, combined with ORNL’s high-caliber, professional, and highly engaged work force create a research environment with unmatched potential for impact and innovation.


Major Duties/Responsibilities:

We are seeking a recognized leader in radiochemistry that will initiate, lead, and perform independent R&D on an ongoing basis in radioisotope science to support radioisotope production. Responsibilities for this position include working closely with project teams to create, evaluate, and publish novel research ideas, supervise and mentor students and postdoctoral researchers, and technicians, and collaborate with our partners and sponsors. Successful applicants are expected to:

  • Build an internationally recognized, externally funded program surrounding radioisotope science.
  • Disseminate scientific results via peer-reviewed manuscripts to the broader radioisotope community.
  • Develop and promote relationships to advance isotope production and actinide science.
  • Participate in and assume leadership roles in national societies representing ORNL with distinction.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Requires a PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or related field and at least six years of relevant research experience beyond the PhD.
  • A well-established track record of research in an areas relevant to radioisotope research and development or production.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading R&D projects.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Research relevant to radioisotope production, f-element science, or chemical separations.
  • Research in the application of advanced separations applied to inorganic and/or radiological systems.
  • Experience with data analytics, specifically handling of large, complex data sets to understand observed phenomena.


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.


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