Senior Radiochemist


Job Description:

We are seeking a Senior Radiochemist staff member who will focus on the procurement, setup, development, and management of radiochemistry laboratories including the development of of a full range of radiochemistry procedures for detailed characterizations of nuclear materials for our portfolio of work and projects in cleanup of contamination at project sites in Pennsylvania and other locations.

As part of our project team, you will be responsible for the development and oversite of the site radiochemistry and inorganic chemistry analytical programs and capabilities. In this role you will work closely with the project team to identify the number of analyses required per unit time for each analyte, determine the types and number of equipment to be procured and installed, and the staffing requirements that will be needed to meet project goals. The management of the lab will include oversite of the operations of the new lab and the supervising of staff to ensure project milestones are met. The position will employ multiple radiochemical and non-radiochemical techniques on environmental samples related to site characterization, site remediation, environmental permits, effluent waters, waste disposal, and general project support. You will also utilize data management system(s) to manage samples/data from beginning of sampling to the end of analysis and will work closely with the Project Chemist to conduct data validation and quality assurance/quality and produce control reports in support of an environmental remediation program for a group of clients.

Secret or DOE L clearance and ability to obtain and maintain an HSPD-12 PIV badge is required. 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. The position will also require obtaining training and passing a medical exam for working in a Beryllium environment.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Participate in desiging the onsite laboratory.
  • Specify instrumentation and equipment for procurement.
  • Develop detailed staffing plan and hire and train the staff.
  • Participate in the initiation of proposed areas for improvement.
  • Development of radioanalytical and inorganic analysis methodologies and enhancement of instrumentation.
  • Participate in Performance Evaluation Sample Analysis Programs.
  • Maintain effective communications concerning characterization efforts internal to the laboratory and with the project team.
  • Plan, design and execute analysis in a timely manner as required.
  • Review and evaluate data obtained by in house methods to ensure that they meet the quality requirements associated with regulatory programs and project measurement quality objectives.
  • Routine communication and coordination with DMG management and staff to ensure overall project data object(s) are satisfied.
  • Collaborate with other scientists and technical personnel in a fast-paced, flexible work environment..
  • Utilize Windows based personal computers, instrumentation operation, data reporting, analytical calculations, and sample management.
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements.
  • Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.

Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry or closely related field and a minimum of 10 years' experience in set up and operational management of a Radiochemistry laboratory.
  • Familiarity with industry environmental data validation practices/policies/procedures.
  • Familiar with radiological, inorganic and organic laboratory methods, QA/QC elements and record keeping.
  • Proficient with computer software programs including spreadsheets, database, and other Microsoft Office products.
  • Familiarity with laboratory instrumentation radiological counting systems and ICP/MS.
  • Further education beyond initial scientific degree, viz. data validation practices, quality assurance/control courses, statistics.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • A Masters or Ph.D. in Chemistry, Radiochemistry, Nuclear Chemistry, or a related discipline and 20 years of experience, with at least 15 years experience in setting up Radiological Laboratories and operating them with a heavy radiochemistry focus but also capable of some non-radioactive analysis.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with modern sample preparation and separation methods used in the isotopic and elemental characterization with emphases on nuclear and inorganic materials
  • Knowledge and experience with actinide and lanthanide materials, as well as safety considerations for handling them.
  • 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 environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs.
  • Maintain training requirements and qualification for Radiation Worker II.
  • Working knowledge of cleanroom operations and protocols.
  • Working knowledge of DoD DOE Quality Systems Manual Requirements and experience with performing/undergoing ELAP and/or DOECAP audits.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

External Referral Bonus:


External Referral Bonus $:

Potential for Telework:

Yes, 10%

Clearance Level Required:



Yes, 75% of the time

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Pay Range:

Pay Range $78,000.00 - $120,000.00 - $162,000.00