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Isotope Program Operator

Job ID 2590 Date posted 03/29/2021

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

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. The isotope group is a multidisciplinary diverse group.

Position Description

The successful candidate will join the Medical Isotope Research and Production Group (MIRP) of the Collider-Accelerator Department. The MIRP group has as opening for a MIRP Operator to aid in the research and process of isotopes at the target processing laboratory in building 801. The operator 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. The MIRP group resides in the Collider-Accelerator Department. This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performing chemical processing following 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 capability 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

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • 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
  • Master’s degree or higher in Chemistry or Engineering or similar physical science
  • Skills in basic machining (lathe, mill, drill press etc.) and basic shop
  • Forklift/overhead crane experience

Environmental, Health, and Safety Considerations:

  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds

Other Information:

  • Appointment level will be commensurate with experience and qualifications
  • Valid drivers’ license

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 program includes, but is not limited to:

  • 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.

Brookhaven Science Associates requires proof of a COVID-19 vaccination for all employees.Proof of full vaccination as recognized by the CDC and/or WHO, inclusive of the two-week waiting period, is required either by November 17, 2021 or at the start of your employment if after November 17, 2021.

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