Analytical Chemist
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - Richland, WA

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Analytical Chemist

Organization and Job ID
Job ID: 302437
Directorate:

National Security
Division:

Chemical, Biological & Physical Sciences
Group:

Chemical and Biological Signature Science
Job Description
What if you could discover dark matter... curb U.S. dependence on foreign fuel... clean up an oil spill... or save the world from acts of violence before they happenall by making a vital scientific discovery today? Better yet, what if you could improve humanity for generations to come by finding and nurturing the scientists who will discover a myriad of ways to improve the world around us? Would you? We are.
At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, our mission is to transform the world through courageous discovery and innovation. Our vision: PNNL science and technology inspires and enables the world to live prosperously, safely, and securely. Our values of integrity, creativity, collaboration, impact and courage provide the foundation for all we do.
Located in Richland, Washington, PNNL is one among ten U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories managed by DOE's Office of Science. Our research strengthens the U.S. foundation for innovation, and we help find solutions for not only DOE, but for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the National Nuclear Security Administration, other government agencies, universities and industry. Unlike others, our multidisciplinary scientific teams are brought together to address their problems.
The successful candidate will join a strong research group that performs a wide variety of chemical analyses incorporated into research projects as well as operational programs. The researcher will work with innovative multi-disciplinary teams to develop new analytical methods for the characterization of ultra-trace signatures and the bulk chemical composition of samples for a variety of clients and purposes. In addition, the researcher will support an operational team working in a structured quality assurance (QA) environment for processing, tracking, analyzing, and reporting on high throughput analyses of client samples.

The selected candidate will be able to follow protocols, provide feedback and ideas for efficiency improvement, perform methods development to upgrade and add new capability, provide data in an efficient and reliable manner, and operate and maintain a variety of analytical instrumentation such as gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry, FTIR, UV/VIS spectrophotometry, and atomic absorption. The researcher will also be responsible for laboratory management activities to ensure safe operations.
The successful candidate will be responsible for developing sample preparation protocols, operating a variety of analytical instrumentation, and assisting in maintaining the instrumentation. The successful candidate will also perform

a variety of analytical chemistry analyses, process data, and produce interpretable data graphs and tables. The selected candidate will provide technical input and support to projects in the areas of organic analysis, microbial forensics, mass spectrometry and/or pathogen biology.

The generation of high quality reports and contributions to presentations and scientific papers is expected.

Requirements:
-The successful candidate will have experience in operating and maintaining a variety of analytical instrumentation such as GC, GC/MS, LC/MS, and FTIR.
-The researcher is expected to be fully competent in analytical chemistry, data analysis and interpretation.
- In addition, the researcher must be organized, detail oriented, and able to perform in a structured QA environment.
-The candidate is also expected to read technical literature and stay abreast of scientific developments related to project taskings and maintain skills consistent with state of the art.
-Contributing professional who is building a professional reputation for technical expertise. Fully applies and interprets standard theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies in the area of analytical chemistry.
-BS and 2-3 years experience, MS and 0-2 years experience, PhD and 0 years experience. Degree should be in chemistry or biochemistry, or a related discipline.
-Demonstrated expertise running and troubleshooting a variety of analytical instrumentation required.
-Experience in sample preparation, sample tracking, and data output and manipulation is required and experience in GLP or other QA environments is highly desired.
-The demonstrated ability to write data reports concisely and clearly is also required.
-The ability to work effectively in project teams and mentor junior staff and students is highly desired.
Minimum Requirements
Level I: A minimum of a Bachelor's degree with 0-1 years experience or a Master's degree is required.

Degree should be in chemistry or biochemistry, or a related discipline.

Expected to contribute professionally, applying basic theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies to well-defined assignments of limited scope.

All staff at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.
Level II: A Bachelor's degree with 2-3 years experience or a Master's degree with 0-2 years experience or a Ph.D. is required. Degree should be in chemistry or biochemistry, or a related discipline.

Expected to contribute professionally, building a professional reputation for technical expertise.

Fully applying and interpreting standard theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies.

All staff at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace.

All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information.

All staff at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.
Other Information
This position requires the ability to obtain a federal security clearance in a timely manner.

Which requires:
* US Citizenship
* Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.
* Drug Testing:

All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing.

In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).
Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated

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