Radiochemistry/Nuclear Engineering Laboratory Analyst with Security Clearance

May 9, 2022
Charlottesville, VA
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Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World Radiochemistry/Nuclear Engineering Laboratory Analyst This is a contingent position. PAE is currently seeking Radiochemistry/Nuclear Engineering Laboratory Analysts based in Charlottesville, VA. This position is primarily CONUS based but may be required to travel OCONUS (as needed). Responsibilities include but are not limited to: * Duties may be executed in a CONUS or OCONUS laboratory and include performing analyses of samples that have been collected
* Define new methods to support expansion of laboratory capabilities and improve/solve existing method deficiencies.
* Assist in developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
* Review, evaluate, and analyze data from samples and provide database entry support
* Perform equipment/instrument maintenance
* Operate, maintain and perform radiochemical sample analysis using applicable laboratory instrumentation and techniques required to identify attribution signatures (i.e., indicating country of origin such as geological/industrial, isotopic composition/ratios); characterization signatures (i.e., those indicating process such as chemical form, physical form); and indicative signatures (i.e., those that by themselves do not indicate origin, process, or use such as elemental composition, trace constituents)
* Experience and use of techniques for radiation detection, counting and spectroscopy, imaging and microscopy, mass spectrometry, contamination control, and data analysis
* Experience and use of microscopy techniques to identify trace particles and fibers. Both optical and electronic microscope techniques
* Utilize, maintain, and troubleshoot instrumentation such as the following:
* Alpha Spectroscopy
* Gamma Spectroscopy
* Liquid Scintillation Counting
* Autoradiography
* Scanning Electron Microscope - Electron Dispersive Spectroscopy (SEM-EDS)
* Autoradiography
* X-ray Florescence Spectroscopy (XRF)
* X-ray Diffraction Spectroscopy (XRD)
* Compare sample results to a library of known results for the specific instrumentation and chemical being tested
* Use photographic equipment to capture still images of each evidence item and relevant key portions of the evidence item, or other exhibits, to support further analysis, conclusions, and documentation
* Document examination results/findings in the required Laboratory Information System(s) and databases
* Annotate the file documentation, detailing the processing techniques and the examination results
* Perform administrative and/or technical reviews of files, reports, data, etc.
* Ensure a proper chain of custody for all evidence and samples is maintained
* Maintain a clean laboratory and personal workspace environment, in accordance with laboratory procedures Required Qualifications: * A Bachelor's degree (e.g., radiochemistry, physics, nuclear engineering or related field) OR 5 years of directly relatable experience. Advanced employment opportunities available based on education and experience
* 1 year of experience working in the Intelligence Community (IC) environment
* Proficiency working with radiation detection, counting & spectroscopy, imaging & microscopy, mass spectroscopy & gas chromatography, and data analysis.
* Must be able to successfully pass all medical requirements for deployment, as needed
* Must possess, at a minimum, intermediate computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Project and Outlook
* Ability to obtain and maintain an active DoD security clearance
* Possession or eligible for aPassport Desired Qualifications: * An active DoD security clearance
* Deployed experience in Analytical/Operational environment
* A Master of Science degree (e.g., Chemistry, Biochemistry, Forensics) PAE is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran's status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law. EEO is the Law Poster EEO is the Law Poster Supplement

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