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Assistant Scientist - Radiochemistry

Job ID JR100672 Date posted 02/22/2024

The BNL Isotope Group, which is part of the Medical Isotope Research and Production Program (MIRP), has an opening for an Assistant Scientist to aide in targetry development, isotope separations, radioanalytical techniques, evaluation, and development of new radioisotopes, and expanding the program into new areas. The Assistant Scientist will also participate in a DOE-sponsored program on radioisotope research and production with accelerator beams. We are seeking outstanding candidates in radiochemistry or nuclear chemistry to perform laboratory research involving the production and purification of accelerator formed radioisotopes. This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

The main program focus is to produce and distribute radioisotopes for nuclear medicine research and clinical practice, and to develop radioisotopes for new applications in medicine and science. The group’s major facilities include the Brookhaven Linac Isotope Producer (BLIP), and a fully equipped hot laboratory with hot cells, radiochemistry research laboratories, and analytical equipment. The BLIP utilizes high intensity proton beams of up to 200 MeV. The MIRP program resides in the Collider-Accelerator Department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Present scientific oral presentations and discussions
  • Prepare reports on scientific work and manuscripts
  • Study and analyze the physical properties and nature of isotopes
  • Conduct research and/or studies that contribute to critical isotope production
  • Develop new and enhance existing scientific methods and procedures to test and create isotopes in conjunction with scientific objectives
  • Research of physical singularities and drawing a hypothesis for testing
  • Design and execute scientific experiments to affirm or disprove proposed new hypotheses related to the creation of critical isotopes, document results
  • Design and conduct experiments to ensure that laboratory results are transferable to standard production capabilities and operations
  • Provide fellow scientists and other staff members with scientific and technical expertise
  • Create a culture of technical excellence, collaboration, inclusion, and diversity with focus toward the professional development of staff

Position Requirements:

  • A Ph.D. degree in Nuclear or Radiochemistry, Engineering Physics or a closely related field plus 2 years post PHD
  • Experience with handling radioactivity
  • Experience with target design, inorganic radiochemical separations of irradiated targets
  • Practice with nuclear cross-section measurements and decay analysis
  • Requires clear and concise oral and written communication skills
  • Good judgement, clear sense of purpose, and accountability
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multidisciplinary team research and production environment
  • Ability to write technical reports and scientific manuscripts
  • Experimental method development
  • Experience with analytical methods such as HPLC, ITLC, NMR, IR, UV/VIS, electrochemistry, X-ray

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Familiarity with techniques such as ICP-OES and/or ICP-MS is an asset but is not required
  • Desired experience with large scale isotope production and processing
  • Highly desired experience with SRIM, MCNPX, FLUKA, ALICE
  • Knowledge of GMP and regulations for handling radioisotopes
  • Understanding of dosimetry and calculations
  • Experience with Gamma spectroscopy, especially for radionuclides with complicated decay schemes
  • Include Geant4 in the list of desired simulations 
  • Experience in target fabrication and design
  • Include GC in list of analytical requirements

Brookhaven Laboratory is committed to providing fair, equitable and competitive compensation. The full salary range for this position is $98650 - $131200 / year. Salary offers will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualification, education and experience and considered with the internal peer group.


  • Some travel may be required
  • This is a fully on-site position located at BNL

Brookhaven employees are subject to restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation at the time of hire for review by Brookhaven. The full text of the Order may be found at:

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