Applications Scientist pXRF
Bruker - Kennewick, WA

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Company: Bruker Elemental

Position Location: Kennewick, Washington, USA

Status: Full Time

Education Level: Bachelor's Degree or higher

Bruker Elemental HH XRF seeks an entry to mid- level spectroscopist to develop analytical tools and methods for Handheld & Portable XRF analyzers. Primary duties will include working as part of the application and product development team to define and develop new XRF products and applications for industry and research. A major focus will be in creating and testing new applications and methods. Additional duties will include sales and production support, creating and/or customizing calibrations for the end user, writing technical reports, and performing demonstrations or other pre-sales support at trade shows or conferences. The ideal candidate will have a background in XRF instrumentation, or a comparably spectroscopic instrument (e.g. OES , Arc Sparc, Atomic Spectroscopy).

Bruker Elemental (Handheld) is a division of Bruker AXS, which is a division of Bruker, traded on NASDAQ as BRKR. Bruker AXS is a leading developer and provider of life science, materials research and industrial X-ray analysis tools. Bruker AXS designs and manufactures analytical X-ray systems for elemental analysis, materials research and structural investigations. Our innovative solutions enable a wide range of customers in heavy industry, chemistry, pharmacy, semiconductor, life science and nanotechnology to make technological advancements and to accelerate their progress. For more information, please visit

We offer a competitive salary, outstanding benefits package and the professional advantages of an environment that supports your development and recognizes your achievements. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. You must be willing to take a drug test and be subject to a background investigation, including for example, verification of your past employment, criminal history, and educational background. You must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship. A complete relocation package is available for exceptionally qualified applications.

Responsibilities include:
Develop/modify XRF calibrations using latest algorithms with Fundamental Parameters, Multivariate Regression and “Chemometrics” Develop complete analytical applications, especially in Metals (PMI & Scrap), Mining, Restricted Materials or Environmental (Soil) Write Application Notes and Articles Evaluation of instrument and analytical performance Become industry expert in application area: understand customer needs, understand science behind the application, become VOC to Engineering Develop deep understanding of competitive products, in all aspects: analytical performance, hardware, software. Especially understanding comparative analytical performance. Analyze customer samples and prepare professional reports Perform high level demonstrations of equipment to potential customers Develop training and sales presentations Train customers & sales staff Present technical papers at conferences Attend trade shows and provide technical support Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:
Minimum BS in Materials Science, Geoscience, Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics, Metallurgy or related engineering field. Understanding of elemental spectroscopy Ability to work customer facing and interact with both internal and external sales Laboratory experience and safe material handling skills Ability to lift 40 pounds and carry equipment to measurement sites Understanding of statistical analysis and statistical process control Strong understanding of method validation and method development MS Office and Windows™ based OS Willingness to travel internationally up to 60% The ability to work independently and in small groups. Interest/ability to work in small-to-mid sized organization, requiring multiple (sometimes conflicting) roles and flexibility to adjust to needs of the organization and/or markets. Interest/ability to work in 24/7 worldwide market, which requires ability to communicate outside of normal business hours. Proven oral and written communication skills and ability to work in cross discipline environment Team player Hands on problem solver with can do attitude

Desired Qualifications:
Industrial XRF experience preferable with pXRF (from technical perspective) Deep experience in at least one core pXRF market: Metals (PMI & Scrap), Mining& Minerals, Restricted Materials, Environmental Analytical Method development using best practice Fundamental Parameter, Chemometrics, Multivariate regression knowledge Knowledge of metallurgy or modern alloys MS or PhD in geoscience, materials science, chemistry, metallurgy or an engineering discipline. A lower degree with job experience is acceptable Ability to work in remote field locations under primitive circumstances Willingness to travel internationally up to 60%

Contact Information:
If you are interested in finding an opportunity that offers the benefits, rewards and stimulating work environment you expect from a leader, this is your opportunity. For immediate consideration, please email your resume to: brukerhr(at)

Bruker Elemental is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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