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Research Associate for Synchrotron Assessment of Environmental Samples

Job ID 2597 Date posted 10/08/2021

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 Nonproliferation and National Security Department (NN) contributes to U.S. nuclear security and safeguards efforts by assisting in the development, analysis and assessment of policies that strengthen international regimes, collecting and analyzing data to identify trends and threats to the U.S. and international communities, developing and implementing new technologies to address existing and emerging threats, and strengthening the domestic and international institutions that form the framework of the nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear security regimes through training and engagement.  The Radiation Detection and Emerging Safeguards Technologies Group pursues research and development in radiation detection technology and applications in security, safeguards, and healthcare. In addition, the Group also maintains expertise in modeling, testing, and field deployment of radiation detection systems to support sponsors in their operation and research.

Position Description

The Radiation Detection and Emerging Safeguards Technologies Group is seeking a professional Research Associate to support the development, test and evaluation of radiation detector and systems for nuclear security and international safeguard applications. The successful candidate will play a key role in test and evaluation of radiation detector systems as part of the scientific and engineering support to federal sponsors.  In addition, the candidate will also participate in research and development of new radiation detector technologies, specifically leading tests of early prototypes of custom-designed radiation detector systems. This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support programs in the design, development, and implementation of equipment testing for field implementation and data collection for the Department of Energy and Department of Homeland Security
  • Work in a team to plan and execute test and evaluation studies of radiation detection system.
  • Assemble and test early prototypes of custom-designed radiation detector systems in laboratories
  • Provide troubleshooting capability during electrical and functional tests of radiation detectors
  • Write interim and final project reports and presentations for sponsors
  • Publish results of research and development in peer-reviewed, scientific journals
  • Contribute to group, department, and laboratory proposals to federal and non-federal agencies

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in one of the following: physics, nuclear engineering, electrical engineering or relevant fields
  • Five years’ full time progressively responsible related work experience in the design, development, use and/or test and evaluation of radiation detectors
  • Demonstrated experience in data analysis in scientific research and engineering development
  • Proficient computer skills: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), SharePoint
  • Ability to travel as required for project work and laboratory representation
  • Clear and concise communication and presentation skills

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A Master’s degree in relevant fields.
  • Understanding of ANSI and IEC standards related to radiation detector systems.
  • Knowledge and skills of software programming for data analysis. Demonstrated experience with Python.
  • Demonstrated experience in the preparation of original proposals.
  • Familiarity with LaTeX typesetting system.
  • Understanding of Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction technology development efforts
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE “Q” clearance

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Must be able to conduct research and development activities safely in BNL laboratories by completing required trainings, interpreting laboratory safety information postings, and wearing appropriate personal protective equipment
  • Must be able to pass Radworker training requirements and be willing to work in a radiation environment

OTHER INFORMATION: (add if applicable)

  • The candidate chosen would be hired for an initial 2-year term appointment subject to renewal contingent on performance and funding
  • Appointment level will be commensurate with experience and qualification
  • Irregular hours possible based on experiment design and on program requirements
  • Persons working in this position may need to travel domestically up to 15% of time.
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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