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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Job ID 2814 Date posted 11/17/2022

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 Medical Isotope Research and Production (MIRP) Program in the Collider-Accelerator Department has an opening for a one (1) year termPostdoctoral Research Associate to participate in a multidisciplinary research project(s). The successful candidate will have a background in radioanalytical chemistry. The candidate should be experienced in handling radioactivity or possess a strong desire to learn the skill. The candidate will be expected to develop protocols for the synthesis and characterization of metal complexes by variousanalytical techniques such as HPLC, LC, and TLC. Candidates will also be expected to develop radiolabeling protocols for various radionuclides and to perform radiochemical separations. 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. This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilites:

  • Develop and test methods for the separation and purification of radionuclides of interest
  • Design characterization techniques for radionuclide complexes
  • Perform radiolabeling and stability studies
  • Prepare data for presentations and publications
  • Contribute to reports writing
  • Present results to the scientific community

Position Requirements

  • PhD in radiochemistry, nuclear chemistry, inorganic chemistry or a closely related field

  • Candidates of Chemistry or Physics majors should have experience and training in nuclear/radiological science
  • Solid knowledge of high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and other radio analytical techniques gamma spectroscopy and radiation detecting techniques
  • Solid working knowledge of gamma spectroscopy and radiation detecting techniques
  • Hands on experience in separations related to isotope separations: ion-exchange, solvent extraction
  • Solid knowledge of wet chemistry techniques demonstrated through a combination of research experience and education is critical
  • Experience in handling of radioactivity
  • Ability to plan and carry out experiments to produce data for peer reviewed publications
  • Excellent technical and scientific writing skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Skilled in ICP-OES and ICP-MS

  • Skilled in alpha spectroscopy

  • Experience in 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 and radioactive material

  • Ability to follow procedures and regulatory guidelines

  • Ability to work in a chemical laboratory


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

  • Initial one (1) year term appointment subject to renewal contingent on performance and funding

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)
  • 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 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 at the start of your employment.

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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