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Rad/Nuc Chemist

Company: Worldwide Counter Threat Solutions
Location: Charlottesville
Posted on: January 8, 2022

Job Description:

Worldwide Counter Threat Solutions (WCTS), an award-winning contracting firm, is gathering resumes of interested candidates for upcoming work expansion. This position is contingent upon contract award.


For 10+ years WCTS has been part of a team supporting numerous research and development, test and evaluation, and forensic chemical analysis projects related to defense and national security. The candidate must be motivated to contribute to a team environment, collaborate across multiple scientific and technical disciplines, and be excited to develop new skills.

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Start: Spring 2022

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following services: 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)
Utilize, maintain, and troubleshoot instrumentation such as the following:
Gamma and alpha spectroscopy
Liquid Scintillation Counting
Inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS)
Scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive spectroscopy (SEM-EDS)
X-ray fluorescence (XRF)
X-ray diffraction (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
Lead development and execution of test plans, validations, and method development
This position may require irregular hours, to include work on weekends or after regular business hours. This position may require domestic travel.

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Experience and use of techniques for radiation detection and characterization, alpha/beta/gamma 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
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Proficiency and experience with MS Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
Attention to detail, and the ability to appropriately document work
The ability to direct others to accomplish project tasks, as needed
Flexibility to balance multiple on-going tasks while operating efficiently with minimal supervision


B.S. degree in radiochemistry, physics, nuclear engineering, or related field coupled with 10 years directly relatable experience; or a M.S. degree with 5 years of directly relatable experience; or a Ph.D. with at least 2 years of directly relatable experience.


This position requires that the candidate be willing and able to complete a successful background screening for a security clearance. Candidates with an active security clearance will receive preference.

Citizenship Status:

U.S. Citizen

Supervisory Responsibilities:


About Worldwide Counter Threat Solutions:

WCTS appreciates the importance of high caliber professionals and offers an attractive salary and benefits package that includes industry leading Medical, Dental, life and Disability Insurance; 401K, paid time off, and holidays to ensure the highest quality of life for our employees. A career with our world-class team at WCTS offers unparalleled opportunities for growth worldwide. Qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. WCTS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. WCTS participates in eVerify.

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