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MIRP Head of Research

Job ID 2544 Date posted 09/18/2021

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 operate, maintain, improve, and upgrade the suite of electron, proton, and heavy ion accelerators used to carry out a program of accelerator-based experiments at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). To support this program, the C-AD must design, fabricate, assemble, test, install, and operate unique research equipment to generate, transport, transfer, accelerate, focus, track, collide, and absorb high intensity particle beams up to energies of 250 GeV.  This includes a combination of custom designed and built parts and vendor produced components developed by a collaboration of the C-AD scientific, engineering, and technical staff. The C-AD supports an international user community of over 1,500 scientists. The C-AD performs all these functions in an environmentally-responsible and safe manner, under a rigorous conduct of operations approach.

Position Description

The Head of Research will join the Medical Isotope Research and Production Group (MIRP) within 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. This is a full-time continuing appointment opportunity. 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:

  • Study and analyze the physical properties and nature of isotopes
  • 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 medical 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
  • Coordinate research efforts with engineers and fellow scientists to ensure scientific programs operate within budget and under compliance guidelines
  • Track and report test results and project updates to other scientists, managers and directors
  • Schedule and assign work to subordinates
  • Confirm and approve work to ensure compliance with existing operation guidelines and procedures
  • Provide technical guidance to staff members
  • Manage and approve time records
  • Conduct performance reviews and establish Individual Development Plans (IDPs)
  • Recommend and document improvements to existing operating procedures
  • Prepare and submit grant proposals and publish scientific papers
  • Address and resolve employee relations problems in partnership with Human Resources
  • Interview and make recommendations for the hiring of new employees
  • Evaluate the performance of staff members and recommend overtime as needed

Position Requirements

  • PhD degree in Nuclear or Radiochemistry, Engineering Physics or a closely related field
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of full-time relevant research experience (Post PhD degree)
  • Outstanding research record with extramural funding in the areas relevant to radioisotope research and develop mentor production
  • Demonstrated experience in leading R&D projects, including managing exempt and nonexempt level staff
  • Leadership skills to develop a strong multidisciplinary collaborative program
  • Strong history in obtaining external grant funding
  • 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 with good judgement, clear sense of purpose, and accountability
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multidisciplinary research team and production environment
  • Ability to write technical reports and scientific manuscripts
  • Experimental method development
  • Present scientific oral presentations and discussions
  • 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
  • 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 
Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:
  • Ability to work protracted hours and an irregular schedule
  • Ability to work with chemicals and radioactive material
  • Ability to follow procedures and regulatory guidelines
  • Ability to work in a chemical laboratory


  • This is a full time continuing appointment opportunity
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.

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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