Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Bachelors RA - Low Background Materials and Assay in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 306409

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signatures Science & Technology

Group: Radiation Detection & Nuclear Sciences


Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking a qualified post bachelor’s research associate for research in the area of ultra pure materials and assay. The selected candidate’s primary responsibility will be to work in a laboratory and/or clean room environment to support production and characterization of ultra-pure copper and alloys, polymers, and preparation of low background materials.

The position provides technical assistance in the setup of laboratory capability and electroforming and surface treatment of ultra high purity copper and other materials as necessary. The incumbent should have the ability to define and solve technical problems and is expected to work independently often with limited direction from project or other technical staff. Development of a good understanding of project duties and assignments, and the ability to define technical scope and an approach to new problems is necessary. Assignments include but are not limited to the relocation of laboratory equipment, setup and operation of various laboratory equipment such as electroanalytical systems, ICP/MS, programmable production power supplies, electrochemical baths, preparation of materials and samples, and work in a clean room environment which includes laboratory housekeeping and organization.


Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a Bachelor’s degree within the past 24 months or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university. Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 required.

U.S. citizenship required.


Preferred Qualifications

The candidate must be highly motivated and possess the interpersonal skills necessary to work with others in a team environment. They must also be capable of working independently, and able to contribute in a professional manner via written and verbal communication. Excellent laboratory and problem-solving skills are desired.

Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate effectively on diverse teams is required. Candidates should be creative, and capable of productive research both independently and as part of diverse teams.

The candidate should be familiar with basic chemistry laboratory practices and will gain additional knowledge of more detailed and project specific methods. The candidate must be capable of following procedures accurately and consistently, and make recommendations to assist in improving and troubleshooting procedures. They will be involved in developing or implementing new procedures for novel processes. They must be capable of following complex tasks under direction of project staff.

Knowledge of standard laboratory practices is essential. Electrochemistry experience or course work is desired. Strong oral and written communication skills are necessary to communicate with other staff and to document and present results. The ability to use and operate a computer and basic software such as Word or Excel is essential.

Most of our laboratories contain hazardous or toxic components. The candidate will be expected to demonstrate successful completion of all necessary laboratory training.

Preferred Education: Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering or a related field. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher preferred.


Equal Employment Opportunity

PNNL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse, talented workforce. EOE Disability/Vet/M/F/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Staff at PNNL must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.


Directorate: National Security Dir

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Radiation Detect & Nucl Sci's

Opening Date: 2017-03-20

Closing Date: 2017-04-10