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Irradiation Experiments Engineer

ORNL is seeking an Irradiation Experiments Engineer who will focus on the design of targets for irradiation in the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) for the purposes of producing radioisotopes. This position resides in the Target Design, Analysis, and Qualification (TDAQ) group in the Radioisotope Science and Technology Division, Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate at ORNL. TDAQ uses unique facilities at ORNL including the HFIR and the Radiochemical Engineering Development Center, to enable the production of a variety of important radioisotopes, including plutonium-238 for deep-space exploration, californium-252 for industrial uses, and superheavy elements for scientific research and discovery.

Associate Radiochemical Laboratory Technician

We are seeking an Associate Radiochemical Laboratory Technician who will focus on technical support of radioisotope production activities. In this role, you will work independently or as a team under the guidance of research staff to prepare reagents, perform activities related to production, i.e., target dissolution, separations, evaporations, etc., and maintain a laboratory notebook of activities performed. Through the experience gained in the development activities, you will contribute to the establishment of new procedures and management of existing procedures. This position resides in the Emerging Isotopes Research Group in the RadioIsotope Science and Technology Division, Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and reports to the Emerging Isotopes Research group lead.

Nuclear Materials Accountability Engineer

We are seeking a Nuclear Materials Accountability Engineer who will support the Melton Valley Radiochemical Processing Group in the Radioisotope Science and Technology Division (RSTD), Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) who will focus on the implementation of the nuclear materials control and accountability (NMC&A) program, as well as evaluation of material storage and flow for identification of process and efficiency improvements. 

RSTD uses unique facilities at ORNL including the High Flux Isotope Reactor and the Radiochemical Engineering Development Center, to produce, purify, and dispense a variety of important radioisotopes, including plutonium-238 for deep-space exploration, californium-252 for industrial uses, and superheavy elements for scientific research and discovery.

Research Technician

We are looking for a Research Technician to be part of the team supporting operations and program maintenance activities in the Hot Cell (HC) Facility as part of the IP. The IP Hot Cell Facility is a laboratory designed to handle high dose rate radiological materials. It has hot cells equipped with telemanipulators to remotely handle high dose rate materials along with general laboratory space with specialized equipment to support isotope processing activities.

The Mechanical Research Technician is responsible for the upkeep and programmatic maintenance of the hot cells and associated facility equipment. The work includes mechanical and electrical work for the maintenance of the analytical and programmatic equipment within the general hot cell facility, maintenance of the hot cell train and telemanipulators, and interface with the facility personnel for building-wide systems. The successful candidate will develop and update technical and safety procedures, and support technical work for isotope production operations. The successful candidate must be able to work with radioactive materials and in radiologically contaminated areas, become respirator fit, and perform work with remote manipulators as part of a high-performing team to meet deliverables for the IP.

Isotope Program Manager

The LANL Isotope Program (IP), an important component of LANL’s Office of Science program portfolio, is seeking outstanding candidates for the position of Program Manager 4 (PM 4). The LANL IP has unique capabilities at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) accelerator and robust hot cell capabilities within the Chemistry Division that enable the production, purification, and qualification of radioisotopes for distribution through the DOE Isotope Program. The role of the Program Manager 4 is to provide overall leadership and management for the LANL IP in strategic planning and execution of work at the Isotope Production Facility (IPF) and the Hot Cell Facility to deliver on a diverse set of production, service and research missions for the DOE IP. The program also maintains a glovebox line within the Plutonium Facility for DOE IP. The PM 4 is responsible for communication with the DOE program managers, with the National Isotope Development Center (NIDC, for interface to customers), and with multiple levels of management across LANL where work for the program is executed. The program manager also oversees a robust research portfolio that spans across isotope-related disciplines including high current targetry, nuclear physics, radiochemistry, and exploring new capabilities for future production.

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Separations Chemistry

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the area of separations science who will support the Emerging Isotopes Research Group in the Radioisotope Science & Technology Division (RSTD), Isotope Science & Engineering Directorate (ISED) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). In this role you will synthesize and characterize small organic compounds used in the separation of metals followed by testing via liquid-liquid or solid-liquid separation methods.

The Emerging Isotopes Research Group is responsible for the development and evaluation of advanced radioisotope separation techniques to be applied toward efficient and cost-effective radioisotope production. RSTD is a global leader in actinide science, delivering innovations in isotope production technology, enabling ORNL to produce and rapidly deliver radioisotopes for science, medicine, industry, and security.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

The Cyclotron Institute at Texas A&M University has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position as part of a DOE-sponsored program on radioisotope research and production with accelerator beams. The successful candidate will be invited to participate in an interdisciplinary research project involving the production, purification, and characterization of At-211and the incorporation of At-211 into inorganic and organometallic compounds. Candidates experienced in handling radioactivity are particularly encouraged to apply.  Knowledge in synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry is also desirable even if not strictly required.  The candidate should have strong writing and communications skills with the ability to work as part of a team. The successful candidates will also be expected to develop radiolabeling protocols for various compounds and to perform radiochemical separations. This position will involve the handling of radioisotopes that are beta, alpha, gamma, and/or PET emitters and may involve the handling of hazardous chemicals so attention to details is a must.  The molecular aspects of the project will be carried out with input from (or under the joint supervision of) François Gabbaï.  Interested persons should send a CV to Sherry Yennello (

Junior Faculty in Experimental Nuclear Chemistry or Radiochemistry

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University (MSU) is seeking outstanding candidates for a junior faculty position in experimental nuclear chemistry or radiochemistry.

The successful candidate is expected to establish and lead a sponsored, world-class research program at FRIB, be an effective instructor and mentor to a diverse cohort of students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, play a leadership role in the nuclear science community, and engage in institutional and public service. We are especially interested in scientists with a strong record of research accomplishments related to isotope production and harvesting techniques complementary to existing FRIB programs.

Candidates are expected to hold a PhD in chemistry, physics, engineering, or a related field at the time of appointment and have at least two years of postdoctoral experience in experimental nuclear chemistry, radiochemistry, or another closely related field. Candidates must exhibit strong promise for excellence in research, teaching, and a commitment to diversity. Candidates must also have the ability to work with export-controlled technologies.

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