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June 2012:
Professor, Radiochemistry
University Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV)


The UNLV Radiochemistry program http://radchem.nevada.edu has a research focus on the chemistry of technetium and the actinides in solids, solutions, the environment, and chemical syntheses. Successful applicants will be expected to develop a rigorous, externally funded program that contributes to Radiochemistry program research and education mission. The ability to teach radiochemistry and mentor students at all levels is essential. Exploiting existing radiochemistry laboratory equipment and facilities is extremely desirable. This includes microscopy, spectroscopic, radiation detection, and x-ray diffraction capabilities.

QUALIFICATIONS
Applicants must hold a doctorate in chemistry, radiochemistry, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university. Applicants should have demonstrated records of scholarly productivity and a track record in external funding, commensurate with the position level. The ability and interest to teach radiochemistry at the undergraduate and graduate level is necessary, and evidence of effective teaching at both levels is desirable. The successful candidate is expected to utilize and enhance existing facilities and laboratory equipment in the UNLV Radiochemistry Program.

SALARY RANGE
Salary competitive with those at similarly situated institutions. Position is contingent upon funding.

APPLICATION DETAILS
Applicants should submit the following four documents: (1) letter of interest, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) statement of research objectives, teaching philosophy, and description of concepts for enhancing radiochemistry education and research on the national and international level, and (4) names of at least three individuals willing to supply a letter of reference if requested. The review of materials will begin January 5, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled. Materials should be addressed to Dr. Ken Czerwinski, Search Committee Chair, and are to be submitted via on-line application at https://hrsearch.unlv.edu. For assistance with UNLV's on-line applicant portal, contact Employment Services at (702) 895-2894 or hrsearch@unlv.edu.

June 2012:
Tenure-Track Assistant Faculty Position in Radiochemistry
Colorado State University


The Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences (ERHS) invites applications for a 9-month tenure track faculty position at the assistant professor level in the area of radiochemistry. This position is located within a unique multi-disciplinary environment with a history of excellence in health physics, environmental radiochemistry, radioecology, radiation protection and dosimetry, diagnostic radiology, and radiation oncology. For more information about the position please see the Open Positions link on the ERHS Department website:
www.cvmbs.colostate.edu/ns/departments/erhs

Applicants must have a PhD (or equivalent) in radiochemistry, nuclear chemistry, chemistry, or in a closely related field. Prior experience in working with radioactive material and in the application of radioanalytical and radiochemical methodologies is necessary. Successful candidates will have a history of and/or potential to develop an externally funded research program. Candidates whose research focus includes environmental radiochemistry and nuclear fuel cycle chemistry are particularly encouraged to apply. Additional research areas of interest include the development of novel radiological imaging and therapy applications that could support the Department missions. The new faculty member will be expected to teach or contribute to graduate courses including classroom lectures and laboratory courses, mentor MS and PhD graduate students, and develop a vibrant, externally funded research program.

To apply, candidates should submit the following materials: letter of interest addressing the required and preferred qualifications discussed above, full curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references (including postal mail address, telephone number, and email address). References will not be contacted without prior notification to applicants. Applications will be considered until the position is filled; however, application materials should be received by June 30, 2012 for full consideration. For questions about the faculty position, please contact Dr. Alexander Brandl, Search Committee Chair (Alexander.Brandl@colostate.edu). Questions about the application process and all application materials should be submitted (preferably via email) to:

Ms. Julie Asmus
Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences
1618 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1618
Julie.Asmus@colostate.edu
970-491-5222

CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer.
Colorado State University conducts background checks on all final candidates.

June 2012:
Senior Nuclear Engineering Faculty Position
The Nuclear Solutions Institute and the Department of Nuclear Engineering
Texas A&M University
The Nuclear Solutions Institute and the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University seek an established radiochemist with expertise in nuclear forensics, nonproliferation, and/or nuclear security risk analysis.
The successful applicant is expected to help develop and lead a program that is internationally recognized for excellence in education and research in nuclear forensics and related nuclear-security areas. This should build upon and complement the Department's existing programs as well as those within the Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute at Texas A&M (http://nsspi.tamu.edu). This is a senior-level faculty position with rank that will depend on the applicant's qualifications. The applicant should hold a PhD in nuclear engineering, radiochemistry, or a closely related field and must have an international reputation, a strong publication record in scholarly journals, a demonstrated ability to work with multidisciplinary research teams, and demonstrated leadership in program development and management. In addition to teaching requirements, the position entails development of a strong, externally funded, experimental research program involving junior faculty and graduate and undergraduate students. Commensurate start-up funds will be provided.

The qualified applicant should forward a resume along with names and contact information for four references to:

Yassin Hassan, Ph.D.
Professor and Interim Head
Department of Nuclear Engineering
Texas A&M University
3133 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3133

The search will remain open until the position is filled.

The Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M is the largest and one of the most diverse programs in the nation, with a long history of outstanding undergraduate education, strong research and education at the graduate level, and an unsurpassed commitment to professional and public service. The new faculty member will be an integral contributor to the Department's continued drive towards increased excellence.

Texas A&M University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The university is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment, and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans.

June 2012:
Postdoctoral Scientist, Nuclear Forensics
National Institute of Standards and Technology


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD, seeks applicants for a postdoctoral position. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. and experience in radio/analytical chemistry, isotope dilution, a, b, g spectrometry, mass spectrometry and isotope geochemistry. Experience in radio/geo-chronometry is especially desirable. We are seeking a highly motivated post-doctoral fellow to develop methods for the characterization of nuclear forensics materials. This work would be in support of the reference materials for nuclear forensics initiative at the NIST supported by DHS. Potential projects include (1) development of chemical separation and measurement methods for the characterization of actinides, trace elements and isotopics of bulk material and particles in natural (e.g. sea sediment, Peruvian soil) and urban (e.g. composite glass material) matrices, (2) development of dissolution and extraction methods for Pu and U from various matrices (3) method development for characterization of Japanese fallout material. Furthermore, we will have projects involving U234/Th230 chronometry and preparation/verification of mixed isotope reference materials (Am 241/243).

TYPE OF WORK: Clean lab chemistry (including dissolution and column chemistry techniques), radiochemistry, a, b, g spectrometry, mass spectrometry, geochronology techniques, modeling.

REQUIREMENTS: US citizenship required. Although different backgrounds will be considered, familiarity with radio/analytical chemistry, isotope dilution techniques, and a, b, g and mass spectrometry are required. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in radio/geo-chronometry techniques.

SALARY and FRINGE BENEFITS: US $70,000

TERM: 3 years

START DATE: Immediately

ENQUIRIES: Send a letter or email containing: (1) an explanation of your previous experience; (2) CV and letter of interest; (3) names and full contact addresses (email, phone, and fax) of three references; to Dr. Kenneth Inn (kenneth.inn@nist.gov) or Dr. Jacqueline Mann (jacqueline.mann@nist.gov).

May 2012:
Postdoctoral Scientist, Nuclear Forensics
Radioactivity Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology


The National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, seeks applicants for a postdoctoral position in Nuclear Forensics within the Radioactivity Group. The scientist will contribute to the development of reference materials (RMs) for nuclear forensic applications. This work is in support of the DHS reference materials for nuclear forensics initiative at NIST.

NIST performs elemental and isotopic measurements using a variety of spectro-chemical instrumental methods, fulfilling customer needs through the provision of Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) and development of methods used for the value assignment of elemental and isotopic data to SRMs. The NIST Radioactivity Group has begun to expand its focus to include SRMs for nuclear forensics. Atom-counting techniques, such as inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), have become a standard method for nuclear forensics measurements because of its much higher sensitivities relative to radiometric counting-techniques. The Radioactivity Group is currently in the process of procuring a high resolution sector field ICP-MS which will form the basis of the expanded SRM focus and will be a primary technology for this new and expanding sphere of research.

Potential projects include (1) development of chemical separation and measurement methods for the characterization of actinides, trace elements and isotopics of bulk material and particles in natural (e.g. sea sediment, Peruvian soil) and urban (e.g., composite glass material) matrices, (2) development of dissolution and extraction methods for Pu and U from various matrices, and (3) method development for characterization of Japanese fallout material. Furthermore, we will have projects involving U234/Th230 chronometry and preparation/verification of mixed isotope reference materials. An important duty of the chosen scientist will be to validate the new HR-ICP-MS instrument as well as to develop methods for the characterization of isotopic and elemental signatures in nuclear forensics materials.

TYPE OF WORK: Clean lab chemistry (including dissolution and column chemistry techniques), radiochemistry, mass spectrometry, a, b, g spectroscopy, geochronology techniques, modeling.

REQUIREMENTS: Ph.D. and US citizenship required. Although different backgrounds will be considered, experience with clean laboratory procedures, analytical chemistry, isotope dilution techniques, and mass spectrometry (HR-ICP-MS) are required. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in radiochemistry and radio/geo-chronometry techniques.

SALARY: US $53,000, plus benefits

TERM: 3 years

START DATE: Immediately

ENQUIRIES: Send a letter or email containing: (1) an explanation of your previous experience; (2) CV and letter of interest; (3) names and full contact addresses (email, phone, and fax) of three references; to Dr. Kenneth Inn (kenneth.inn@nist.gov) or Dr. Jacqueline Mann (jacqueline.mann@nist.gov).

July 2011:
Director, Biological Systems Science Division, DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research


A search is underway for the Director of the Biological Systems Science Division within the DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research. Please share this announcement with your colleagues in the scientific community and other agencies. I hope to have strong candidates from within the Office of Science, from other federal agencies, and from the National Labs and academic research community.

The deadline for applications is September 09, 2011. Note: The application process for a Senior Executive Service position is complex and lengthy (and somewhat arcane), so plan accordingly. There is an absolute requirement for transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools - or an equivalency certificate for transcripts from foreign academic institutions.

As with all federal permanent positions, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen.

For more information and to apply, please click on this link .

Sharlene C. Weatherwax, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Science for Biological and Environmental Research (BER)
Office of Science
U.S. Department of Energy
Tel: 301-903-3251
sharlene.weatherwax at science.doe.gov

BER advances biological and environmental research programs
and scientific facilities for energy, climate and the environment

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