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Isotope Program Operator

Job ID JR100673 Date posted 10/25/2023

The successful candidate will join the Isotope Research and Production Group (IP). The IP group has as opening for a IP Operator to aid in the research and process of isotopes at the target processing laboratory.  In this role you will be responsible for working in the laboratory performing chemical processing and separations.  Further conducting analytical measurements to assess purity and quantification.  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.  This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performing chemical processing following standard operating procedures

  • Disposal of radioactive, hazardous and mixed waste

  • Assist in inventory of supplies and general upkeep of laboratory

  • Performing maintenance and minor equipment repairs

  • Writing and revising procedures and other technical documents

  • Assisting in planning, designing and implementation of equipment and facility improvements

Position Requirements:

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Engineering, or a related scientific field

  • Must be able to be trained on basic chemistry laboratory skills

  • Must be able to be trained to read and interpret analytical data

  • Must be able to perform all duties while following all appropriate safety measures

  • Must have basic Microsoft Word and Excel skills

  • Must have capacity to be trained on different computer software to run equipment

  • Must be self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision

  • Must have clear and concise oral and written communication skills

  • Must be detail oriented and capable of multi-tasking

  • Ability to evaluate, select, and apply standard scientific techniques to solve a wide range of complex problems

  • Ability to communicate and work with multiple different groups and disciplines across the laboratory

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Graduate degree in Chemistry or Engineering or similar physical science

  • Three (3) years progressively responsible related work experience including supporting scientific research programs following established methods and standards for investigation and experimentation

  • Experience working in a chemical lab or production environment

  • Experience with handling radioactivity

  • Experience in separations and analytical characterization

  • Experience analyzing large data sets in Microsoft Excel using conditional formatting and function analysis

  • Experience writing documents in Microsoft Word fit for regulatory submission and review

  • Experience writing operating procedures, analytical methods, and other process-based cGMP documentation

  • Analytical chemistry equipment knowledge and experience (Balance, pH, ICP-OES/MS, HPGe)

  • Experience working in a cGMP / cGLP environment

  • Understanding of Accelerator Safety Envelopes and other accelerator and nuclear related CFR

  • Experience working with detailed inventory control procedures

  • Working knowledge and/or experience with dosimetry modeling (such as MicroShield)

  • Skills in basic machining (lathe, mill, drill press etc.) and basic shop

  • Forklift/overhead crane experience

Brookhaven Laboratory is committed to providing fair, equitable and competitive compensation. This is a multi-level role and the full salary range for this position is $67200 - $87000 / year. Candidate will be placed at the level based on breadth and depth of knowledge and experience and considered with the internal peer group.

Other Information:

  • Valid drivers’ license

  • This is a fully onsite 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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