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Sr. Chemist - RadNuc

Company: Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Location: Charlottesville
Posted on: June 1, 2021

Job Description:



PURPOSE: Seeking a Senior Chemist that specializes in Radiological and Nuclear Forensic Chemistry, to be based out of Charlottesville, VA. This position will primarily be based in Charlottesville, but may be required to travel outside the Continental United States (OCONUS) as needed.


  • Duties may be executed in a CONUS or OCONUS laboratory and include performing analyses of samples that have been collected

  • Define new methods to support expansion of laboratory capabilities and improve/solve existing method deficiencies.

  • Assist in developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

  • Review, evaluate, and analyze data from samples and provide database entry support

  • Perform equipment/instrument maintenance

  • Operate, maintain and perform radiochemical sample analysis using applicable laboratory instrumentation and techniques required to identify attribution signatures (i.e., indicating country of origin such as geological/industrial, isotopic composition/ratios); characterization signatures (i.e., those indicating process such as chemical form, physical form); and indicative signatures (i.e., those that by themselves do not indicate origin, process, or use such as elemental composition, trace constituents)

  • Experience and use of techniques for radiation detection, counting and spectroscopy, imaging and microscopy, mass spectrometry, contamination control, and data analysis

  • Experience and use of microscopy techniques to identify trace particles and fibers. Both optical and electronic microscope techniques

  • Utilize, maintain, and troubleshoot instrumentation such as the following:
  • Alpha Spectroscopy

  • Gamma Spectroscopy

  • Liquid Scintillation Counting

  • Scanning Electron Microscope - Electron Dispersive Spectroscopy (SEM-EDS)

  • Polarized Light Microscope (PLM)

  • Autoradiography

  • X-ray Florescence Spectroscopy (XRF)

  • X-ray Diffraction Spectroscopy (XRD)

  • Compare sample results to a library of known results for the specific instrumentation and chemical being tested

  • Use photographic equipment to capture still images of each evidence item and relevant key portions of the evidence item, or other exhibits, to support further analysis, conclusions, and documentation

  • Document examination results/findings in the required Laboratory Information System(s) and databases

  • Annotate the file documentation, detailing the processing techniques and the examination results

  • Perform administrative and/or technical reviews of files, reports, data, etc.

  • Ensure a proper chain of custody for all evidence and samples is maintained

  • Maintain a clean laboratory and personal workspace environment, in accordance with laboratory procedures

  • Train junior personnel on equipment, instruments, methods, and procedures

  • Supervise junior staff and assign daily tasks and responsibilities

  • Lead development and execution of test plans, validations, and method development

  • Must possess, at a minimum, intermediate computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Project and Outlook


  • A Bachelor's degree (e.g., radiochemistry, physics, nuclear engineering or related field) coupled with 10 years directly relatable experience OR A Master's degree with 5 years of directly relatable experience OR a PhD

  • 5 years of experience working in the Intelligence Community (IC) environment Proficiency working with radiation detection, counting & spectroscopy, imaging & microscopy, mass spectroscopy & gas chromatography, and data analysis.

  • must be able to successfully pass all medical requirements for deployment, as needed

  • Must be able to successfully pass a skills assessment

  • Experience working in a forensic laboratory

  • Eligible for DoD Secret security clearance

  • U.S. citizenship

  • Eligible for both US Tourist Passport and US Official Passport

  • Incumbent will be required to sit for and successfully pass a Cyber Intelligence Polygraph Test

Desired Qualifications:

  • An active DoD security clearance - Top Secret w/ SCI eligibility or TS/SCI

  • Deployed experience in Analytical/Operational environment

Keywords: Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Charlottesville , Sr. Chemist - RadNuc, Other , Charlottesville, Virginia

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