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Postdoctoral Research Associate Chemistry Radiochemistry

Job ID 1243 Date posted 02/06/2019

Brookhaven National Laboratory is a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Located on the center of Long Island, New York, Brookhaven Lab brings world-class facilities and expertise to the most exciting and important questions in basic and applied science—from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow. We operate cutting-edge large-scale facilities for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. The Laboratory's almost 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff are joined each year by more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world. Our award-winning history, including seven Nobel Prizes, stretches back to 1947, and we continue to unravel mysteries from the nanoscale to the cosmic scale, and everything in between. Brookhaven is operated and managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, which was founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.

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 Medical Isotope Research and Production (MIRP) Program in the Collider-Accelerator Department has openings for Postdoctoral Research Associates to participate in a two-year research project. The candidate should be experienced in handling radioactivity or a strong desire to learn the skill. Excellent technical and scientific writing skills as well as the ability to effectively communicate are required. This position will involve the handling of radioisotopes that are beta, alpha, gamma, and/or PET emitters and may involve handling of hazardous chemicals so attention to details is a must. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Developing methods for purifying and characterizing carrier free radioisotopes of interest in radiotherapy and imaging
  • Handle radioisotopes routinely
  • Comply with DOE regulations concerning the wise use of radioactivity
  • Demonstrate good laboratory practices, and will be required to conduct work that fully complies with the safety procedures and regulatory requirements and principles of BNL and C-AD

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • PhD in Chemistry and/or Radiochemistry or related area
  • Skilled in radio-analytical separation and counting techniques
  • Excellent technical writing skills and the ability to effectively communicate
  • Working knowledge of wet chemistry techniques
  • Experience in the handling of radioactivity or strong desire to learn
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and good laboratory practices

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Skilled in separations and targetry
  • Skilled in ICP-OES and ICP-MS
  • Familiarity with gamma spectroscopy for radionuclides
  • Familiarity with in handling radionuclides
  • Prior experience with the preparation and characterization of metal complexes, and their characterization by various analytical techniques such as HPLC, LC, TLC
  • Experience working in a hot cell or glove box

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Ability to work protracted hours and an irregular schedule
  • Ability to work with chemicals


BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past five years.

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 Plans
  • Dental Plans
  • Vacation
  • Holidays
  • Life Insurance
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Swimming Pool, Weight Room, Tennis Courts, and many other employee perks and benefits

We invite you to consider Brookhaven National Laboratory for employment. To be considered for this position, please apply online at BNL Careers and enter the job title into the Keyword Search.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer 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.

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