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Stable Isotope Processing Chemist

Date: Mar 10, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 10348 


The Stable Isotope’s Dispensing and Technical Services Group is seeking a Stable Isotope Processing Chemist who will focus on method development of post-enrichment recovery and conversion of stable isotopes spanning nearing every element on the periodic table and characterization of the produced products.  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/Responsibilities: 

  • Responsible for developing and executing complex chemical gas and solid conversion processing to obtain high yield of extremely pure product
  • Perform recovery, purification, chemical conversion, and characterization of stable isotopes from enrichment devices, at near zero loss
  • Develop and execute analytical methodologies for isotopic and chemical purity evaluations of enriched isotopes
  • Support requests to convert isotopes to specific chemical forms for customers
  • Develop reports, presentations, and operator aids or guidelines on technical services/conversion activities
  • Collaborate with a broad range of 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


 Basic Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in Chemistry or a related discipline. An M.S. with 2 -7 years experience will be considered.
  • Physical dexterity to handle small quantities of exotic and expensive materials
  • Experience in chemical synthesis and conversion
  • Excellent intrapersonal, written and oral communication, and organizational skills
  • Ability to function autonomously 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 advanced 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:

  • A Ph.D. in Chemistry or a related technical discipline with 2 years of postdoctoral experience in a lab research environment
  • Excellent intrapersonal, written and oral communication, and organizational skill
  • Experience in inorganic synthetic chemistry
  • Experience in 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  

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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.

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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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