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Radiochemistry - Academic Graduate Appointee

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, California, US
Posting live until
18 Jul 2024

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Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is important for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$6,410.00 - $7,780.00 Monthly

This position is under a step structure. Please note that the step placement is determined by your most recent completed academic year.

Job Description

We have an opening for an Academic Graduate Appointee (AGA) to develop target fabrication techniques for nuclear reaction studies. You will combine radiochemical and materials science-based approaches to produce custom targets for neutron and charged-particle irradiations, characterize feedstock materials and final targets, and perform radiochemical separations and measurements. You will also support various chemistry laboratory operations. This position is in the Nuclear and Radiochemistry group of the Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division.

You will

  • Develop methodologies for production and characterization of nuclear reaction targets using radiochemical, chemical, and materials-science based approaches.
  • Perform analytical measurements, analyze data, and interpret results.
  • Maintain accurate and detailed laboratory notes to ensure reproducibility for method development.
  • Collaborate with group members and others in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
  • Prepare and present results for internal audiences.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or related discipline.
  • Experience working in a chemistry laboratory with strong acids, solvents, and other chemical reagents.
  • Experience with various materials characterization, X-ray diffraction, spectroscopies, and optical/electron microscopies.
  • Ability to perform independent research, find innovative solutions to complex scientific and technical problems and accomplish technical objectives.
  • Experience with detailed record keeping and data management in a laboratory environment.
  • Demonstrate ability to safely handle and design experiments for radioactive materials (> 1 nanoCurie).
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills needed to collaborate effectively and convey technical information in scientific presentations, reports, and meetings.
  • Ability to interact effectively with a diverse range of administrative and technical staff in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience with metal coating techniques (e.g., spin coating), additive manufacturing, and analytical approaches.
  • Experience working with actinides.
  • Contribution to peer-reviewed publications.

Additional Information


Position Information

This is a one-year Academic Graduate Appointee, open to those who have been awarded a degree at the time of the employment offer.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

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External applicant(s) selected for this position must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

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For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place. Its defining responsibility is ensuring the safety, security and reliability of the nation’s nuclear deterrent. Yet LLNL’s mission is broader than stockpile stewardship, as dangers ranging from nuclear proliferation and terrorism, to energy shortages and climate change threaten national security and global stability. The Laboratory’s science and engineering are being applied to achieve breakthroughs for counter-terrorism and non-proliferation, defense and intelligence, energy and environmental security.

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Training and development
LLNL’s Education Assistance Program offers support to qualified employees who wish to pursue an academic degree, job-related course work, or a certificate program in a field that is pertinent to the mission of the Laboratory. Support may include reimbursement for tuition, lab, and registration fees. Several on-site university programs make learning even more convenient for employees.

What we are looking for
We offer opportunities in a variety of fields in science and technology. We are home to a diverse population of professionals that includes staff and postdoctoral researchers.

Livermore, CA, USA

Number of employees

Eligible to work in the US

How to apply
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Closing date
All year round


Company info
7000 East Avenue
CA 94550
United States

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