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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Fuel Cycle Chemist

Requisition Id 8755 
This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship 
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.
We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will support the Fuel Cycle Chemical Technology (FCCT) Group in the Nuclear Energy and Fuel Cycle Division (NEFCD), Fusion and Fission Energy and Science Directorate (FFESD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The investigator will focus on fuel cycle chemistry and its applications. In this position, you will develop processes that convert products and byproducts from spent fuel recycling to stable and reusable forms. The work will involve wet chemistry, characterization techniques, and flow sheet development. The FCCT Research Group investigates uranium process chemistry, waste form development, and off-gas treatment, for support of advanced reactor technology, as well as industrial, research and national security applications.
FCCT is a national leader in chemical separation of actinides and other nuclear materials. We demonstrate novel separations that will benefit the US in the areas of reduction of nuclear waste and enabling advanced reactor technologies. 
Major Duties/Responsibilities: 
  • Perform wet chemical separations involving inorganic materials that may include uranium and other actinides, as well as low-level radionuclides and surrogates
  • Perform and/or direct characterization of products of these separations
  • Implement experimental approaches, execute the necessary analysis, interpret experimental results
  • Participate in project planning and execution
  • Publish innovations and findings in reports, peer-reviewed publications, and at present at conferences
  • Participate in project reviews, including presenting to internal and external reviewers
  • Ensure compliance with Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) and QA requirements
Basic Qualifications:
  • A PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineer or a related field completed within the last 5 years
  • Experience in inorganic synthesis or chemical separations
  • Evidence of experience in experimentation, data analysis, and interpretation, documented in peer-reviewed publications
  • This position requires access to technology that is subject to export control requirements. Successful candidates must be qualified for such access without an export control license.
  • Ability to obtain a clearance.
As a member of the ORNL scientific community, you will be expected to commit to ORNL's Research Code of Conduct. Our full code of conduct, and a statement by the Lab Director's office can be found here:
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Research relevant to spent fuel processing or waste form development
  • Ability to handle radioactive contamination.
  • Characterization, i.e., optical spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopic analysis, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry or optical emission spectroscopy, etc.
  • Familiarity with glass reactor, pressurized system, and electrical safety requirements
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory 
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs
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Applicants cannot have received their Ph.D. more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. The appointment length will be for up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and the availability of funding.
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Special Requirements
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.
This position requires access to technology that is subject to export control requirements. Successful candidates must be qualified for such access without an export control license.
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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