RESEARCH SCIENTIST - SR. RESEARCH SCIENTIST - Radiochemist/Geochemist
Southwest Research Institute
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Type: Full Time
Internal Number: 0101716
Who We Are:
Our team is helping ensure the safety of nuclear power and the nuclear fuel cycle at a time when the country and world are considering increasing nuclear power’s role in helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Objectives of this Role:
For the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and other clients, perform technical evaluations for ensuring the safety of nuclear facilities, nuclear materials management, and radioactive waste disposal.
Conduct independent laboratory and modeling research on chemical and geochemical aspects of these nuclear safety evaluations.
Provide technical assistance and research support to chemical and geochemical aspects of non-nuclear projects, including water resources evaluations.
Contribute to preparation of proposals and support other business development activities where your technical expertise is applicable.
Daily and Monthly Responsibilities:
Lead a laboratory experimental program evaluating the release of radionuclides from cementitious waste forms.
Assist, as needed, another experimental program on water chemistry conditioning by cementitious materials. Perform related geochemical modeling, as needed.
Manage laboratory space while meeting standards of safety, quality, and continuous improvement.
Review technical information on geochemical models and parameters (e.g., solubility limits, sorption coefficients, and radiolysis) used in dose and performance assessments of radioactive waste disposal and waste tank closure. Write related evaluation documents.
Provide chemical, radiochemical, and geochemical expertise for regulatory assessments of the nuclear fuel cycle, including uranium recovery, conversion, enrichment, fabrication, storage, reprocessing, and disposal.
Supplement reviews with independent analyses.
Support business development efforts.
Requires a Masters or a PhD in Chemistry, Geochemistry, Radiochemistry, or Nuclear Chemistry
Must pass a conflict of interest evaluation.
2 years: 0 years with a PhD with a directly related dissertation; Knowledge of and experience in radionuclide chemistry and geochemistry
Laboratory experience either through academics or industry
Due to the nature of the contract, candidates must be a US Citizen or have held US Permanent Residency (on-U.S. citizen national, lawful permanent resident, asylee, or refugee) for at least 5 years
Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) provides effective solutions to a broad range of infrastructure and
geotechnical engineering problems, including design analyses, nondestructive evaluations, and testing. This
work supports development of new facilities and infrastructure, and evaluation of remediation needs for
existing systems. With its broad range of expertise, SwRI can provide complete start-to-finish assessments or
focus assistance on specific aspects of engineering and construction projects. The SwRI team is known for its
innovative approaches to solving complex engineering problems for sites with high-consequence natural and