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Assistant Scientist

Job ID 2603 Date posted 09/14/2021

Brookhaven National Laboratory ( delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University.

Organizational Overview

Successful candidate will join the Medical Isotope Research and Production Group (MIRP) of the Collider Accelerator Department. 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 group resides in the Collider-Accelerator Department.
The mission of the Collider-Accelerator Department (C-AD) is to develop, improve and operate the suite of particle / heavy ion accelerators used to carry out the program of accelerator-based experiments at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL); to support the experimental program including design, construction and operation of the beam transports to the experiments, plus support of detector and research needs of the experiments; to design and construct new accelerator facilities in support of the BNL and national missions. The C-A Department supports an international user community of over 1,500 scientists. The department performs all these functions in an environmentally responsible and safe manner, under a rigorous conduct of operations approach.

Position Description

The BNL Isotope group has as opening for an Assistant Scientist to aid in targetry development, isotope separations, radioanalytical techniques, evaluation and development of new radioisotopes and expanding the program into new areas.  Candidate should have strong writing and communications skills with the ability to work as part of a team. 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.

Essential Duties:

  • 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
  • Develops new and enhances 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
  • Prepare reports on scientific work and manuscripts
  • Create a culture of  technical excellence, collaboration, inclusion, and diversity with focus toward the professional development of staff

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • A Ph.D. degree in Nuclear or Radiochemistry, Engineering Physics or a closely related field
  • 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


  • Initial two-year term appointment subject to renewal contingent on performance and funding 
  • Some travel may be required
At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave)
  • Lab-funded Retirement Plan
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation:  Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Ping Pong, Softball, Tennis)

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and diversity at our Lab.We are committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.We ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.Please contact us to request accommodation.

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