Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute
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Scientist III/Chemist Radiation - LSTS
at Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute
- Scientific Research
- Location : Location
- Lovelace Scientific & Technical Services (LSTS)
APHC personnel provide requirements-driven services to promote healthy people, communities, animals and work places through the prevention of disease, injury and disability of Soldiers, Military Retirees, their Families, Veterans, DA Civilian Employees and animals through studies, surveys and technical consultations.
We are looking for a Scientist III/Radation Chemist to Support the Area of the Laboratory Sciences (LAB) Directorate, Radiological (RAD) at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Edgewood, MD. This opportunity is a full-time contract position in the Technical Scientific Support Chemistry section.
- Responsible for providing analytical support for environmental and occupational health samples, supporting military deployment efforts; industrial hygiene, permit compliance, water quality, and waste disposal, to help solve technical problems involving identification of radiation and radioisotopes in various solids, water, wipes, and air samples.
- Conduct complex radiochemical analyses of environmental and occupational health samples determining radioactivity and radioisotope concentrations.
- Perform radiochemical analyses, resolving conflicts as needed.
- Evaluate and report results as required.
- Operate sophisticated laboratory equipment such as liquid scintillation counter (LSC), gas flow proportional counter (GFPC), gamma spectrometer, and/or alpha spectrometer.
- Check quality control data, correcting actions as required.
- Identify radiation and radioisotopes found, concentrations, and techniques used.
- Develop, plan and perform radiochemical analyses in accordance with plans developed.
- Recognize anomalies or discrepancies in data obtained, conducts additional experiments, resolving conflicts and documenting results as required.
- Perform complex chemical tasks and special studies as needed.
- Develop, adapt, modify, and implement analytical testing methods as needed.
- Determine approach and analytical instruments for required data.
- Improve laboratory processes, increasing quality, and reducing waste and costs.
- Determine sample storage and preservation procedures.
- Troubleshoot and maintain laboratory instruments, performing minor repairs as required.
- Recommend new analytical equipment as needed.
- Train on equipment operations and analyses as required.
Requires a Bachelor's Degree or Masters (Physics, Chemistry or Physical Science (Geology)) and a minimum of 5 years of directly-related experience in radioactive isotopes and Radiation Chemistry; or equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been attained.
NRC License as an authorized user for "open" source radiological materials
Salary is commensurate with experience.