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Argonne National Laboratory Postdoctoral Appointee - Radioisotope Research in Lemont, Illinois

Postdoctoral Appointee - Radioisotope Research

Requisition Number: 408140 Location: Lemont, IL

Functional Area: Research and Development Division: PHY-Physics

Employment Category: Temporary 6 Months or Greater Education Required: Doctorate Degree

Level (Grade): 700 Shift: 8:30 - 5:00 Share: Facebook LinkedIn Twitter

Basic Purpose

The Research with Ion Beams and Isotopes Group in the Physics Division is supporting Argonne’s Radioisotope Research and Production Program (R2P2) in conducting R&D and production demonstration experiments for radioisotopes with applications in nuclear medicine. We are also doing research with ion beams, which relate to ion beam therapy. We are seeking outstanding candidates for postdoctoral positions to perform laboratory research involving the production and purification of accelerator-produced radionuclides, as well as, research with ion beams related to cellular radiobiology. A significant aspect of this work includes chemical process and equipment engineering as well as target design for the production, separation, purification, and analysis of radionuclides. The successful candidate will be joining a team of chemists, physicists, and engineers conducting research and development related to medical isotopes and ion beam therapy. Candidates with experience in radiochemistry and/or ion beam physics are invited to apply. We are posting 2 positions for post-doctoral appointments in our group. This one is oriented towards radiochemistry expertise and a companion posting will be oriented towards physics expertise.

Job Description:

  • Conduct research aligned with Argonne’s strategic missions, specifically to work within the R2P2, which is supported by the DOE Isotope Program.
  • With mentoring, the post-doc will conceive and conduct research dominantly in the field of radiochemistry applied to radioisotope production, separation and/or purification.
  • The duties also involve preparation of safety documentation and procedures, and the promotion of research results through journal publications, conference presentations, and technical reports.
  • The successful candidate will contribute to discovery and technological advances in the medical radioisotope field while strengthening career path opportunities by expanding technological skills, developing independent research capabilities, and building professional skills such as communication, networking and leadership.

This job description documents the general nature of work but is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all activities, duties and responsibilities required of job incumbent. Consequently, job incumbent may be required to perform other duties as assigned. Additional activities may include, for example, assisting the R2P2 team with isotope production and processing for distribution to customers of the DOE Isotope Program.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Successful candidates will have education and experience in some of the following:
  • Considerable knowledge of and experience in the field of radiochemistry including radionuclide separations, handling radioactive sources, and analysis by spectroscopic and radioanalytical methods.
  • Experience in target design and irradiation with electron or ion beams from accelerators to produce radioactive isotopes.
  • Experience with computer simulations of nuclear reactions for production of radioactive isotopes.
  • Considerable laboratory experience in safe handling of radioactive materials in hoods, gloveboxes, and shielded cells.
  • Considerable experience in the use of analytical tools such as a gamma ray spectroscopy, liquid scintillation counter, TLC scanners, UV-Vis spectrophotometer, GC, and HPLC.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out independent and collaborative research in a multidisciplinary team with the ability to meet deliverables and deadlines.
  • Demonstrated creative and proactive approach towards scientific problem solving.
  • Kowledge of and experience in general analytical methods development, including measurement instrument development, which includes interfacing measurement methods with hoods, gloveboxes, and shielded cells.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

Education Level

This level of knowledge and skill is typically achieved through research in radiochemistry or related field at the Ph.D. degree level and 0-1 year of experience in separation science and radiochemistry.

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