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  • Senior Inorganic Chemist

    Job Locations US-WA-Hanford
    Posted Date 1 month ago(10/16/2018 6:54 PM)
    # of Openings
    Inorganic Chemist
  • Overview

    The WHL Inorganic Chemistry group is responsible for all areas of inorganic analyses of client samples. It focuses on providing technical competency, capability, capacity, and effective resource utilization while providing necessary quality and quantity for inorganic sample analyses. Assist the Inorganic Chemistry Manager in the leadership and direction of the activities of the WHL Inorganic Chemistry group. Provide technical guidance within WHL Inorganic Chemistry, providing assistance to less experienced scientists, Laboratory Technicians, and other organizations within Analytical Chemistry and AS. Initiate programs to improve work processes.


    In accordance with ISMS and the QAPD, laboratory leadership has ultimate responsibility for providing a safe working environment for their staff and for compliance and quality of products.


    Essential Functions

    • Assist the WHL Inorganic Manager in the leadership and direction of the activities of the WHL Analytical Department. Act as delegate for the WHL Laboratory Manager as requested.
    • Responsible for the timely delivery of analytical results from assigned department to the Project Management department.
    • Works with the chemists/scientists/ chemical technologists and the Project Management Department to effectively plan, organize, and manage the activities in assigned areas to meet laboratory and client schedules (includes scheduling staff for bench work, data review, etc.).
    • Demonstrate diplomacy in working with others (subordinates, peers, higher management levels) to obtain desired results. Interface with groups within and outside of analytical services, senior management, and auditors.
    • Provide technical guidance within the subject matter area, providing assistance to less experienced scientists, laboratory technicians, and other organizations within Analytical Chemistry and analytical services. Initiate programs to improve work processes. Ensure that any identified bottlenecks to analytical production are brought up with the WHL Operations Manager and the Project Management department immediately.
    • Function as the technical authority for assigned methods and procedures, including person‑in‑charge functions, and configuration control authority. Ensure compliance of the work area and assigned methods to policy and procedural requirements.
    • Function as the subject-matter expert for all waste steams generated within laboratories for which responsibility is assigned. Ensure that all in process waste is properly labeled and that all chemists/scientists and laboratory technicians within the assigned department operate in compliance with applicable waste segregation procedures and that all waste streams are properly transferred to waste operations.
    • Obtain competency to review analytical data for analyses within the assigned department. Act as back-up for data review within the department to ensure that single points of failure are eliminated.
    • Reinforce ISMS, VPP, EMS, HPI, and Conduct of Operations processes, values, and behaviors in work performed in the radiochemistry group.



    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    Supervisory Responsibility

    • Oversee direct reports (Chemists, Chemical Technologists- union)
    • Provide leadership and motivation in directing analytical activities
    • Coach and direct the technical activities of the chemists and chemical technologists, including training and oversight of analytical activities and production.

    Work Environment

    This job operates in a professional office environment, however requires direct participation with activities in a Category III Nuclear facility. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.


    Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

    Some flexibility in hours is allowed, but the employee must be available during their “core” work hours. Overtime may be required as job demands.


    Required Education and Experience

    Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or related science

    Experience in an accredited analytical laboratory


    Preferred Education and Experience

    Advanced degree in chemistry

    Preferred experience in ICPMS / ICP

    DOE experience


    AAP/EEO Statement

    VNSFS provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law.  Further, the company takes affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed and employees are treated during employment without regard to any of these characteristics.  Discrimination of any type will not be tolerated.


    Other Duties

    Please note that this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.



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