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Waste Characterization Analyst

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550

We have an immediate opening for a Waste Characterization Analyst (WCA) to provide technical support ensuring the radioactive and hazardous waste generated from LLNL operations is packaged and characterized in accordance with applicable requirements. You will be responsible for interpreting Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations and Department of Energy (DOE) Orders pertaining to the management of radioactive and hazardous waste. This position is in the Radioactive and Hazardous Waste Management Program (RHWM), within the Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Directorate.

In this role you will

  • Participate in the waste characterization process to ensure that LLNL generated waste streams are properly characterized and managed according to RCRA regulations and DOE orders.
  • Prioritize day to day work assignments to ensure that overall waste processing goals are met.
  • Collaborate with LLNL waste generators, field technicians, and Environment, Safety, and Health (ES&H) professionals to provide technical guidance and solutions for the management, transportation and disposal of hazardous, radioactive and/or mixed wastes.
  • Interpret moderate to complex analytical or radioanalytical data to determine the proper characterization and dispositioning of radioactive and mixed waste.
  • Work collaboratively with other team members within the RHWM program to provide innovative and cost-effective solutions to technically challenging waste management problems.
  • Provide technical support to the LLNL radioactive waste non-destructive assay (NDA) program. Perform analysis of assay results to determine radioisotope types and activities in radioactive waste containers.
  • Prepare technical basis documents describing characterization methodologies and their use.
  • Prepare waste sampling plans using the Data Quality Objectives process in accordance with EPA guidelines.
  • Perform validation and acceptance of chemical and radiological data packages.
  • Promote and support plans to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the program.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job requirements at the TSS.3 Level

  • Act as the RHWM representative in technical discussions with various stakeholder groups (regulators, disposal sites, DOE).
  • Perform validation and acceptance of chemical and radiological data packages.
  • Mentor and train less experienced personnel in the federal and state regulations governing waste management.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a US DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • Bachelor's degree in chemistry, nuclear engineering, health physics or related scientific field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience interpreting analytical or radioanalytical data to determine waste characterization and/or disposal options.
  • Experience in applying health physics concepts and/or environmental regulations to the characterization of waste.
  • In-depth understanding of chemical compatibility, proper segregation, and chemical identification and/or knowledge of applying NDA techniques to waste containers including data interpretation.
  • Experience interpreting waste acceptance criteria for the purposes of preparing shipments and developing profiles for waste disposal at treatment storage and disposal facilities.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively explain and present waste characterization related data and strategies to an audience of varying technical abilities.
  • Ability to effectively collaborate in a multi-disciplinary team environment engaged in the characterization of radioactive, hazardous and medical waste.
  • Demonstrated ability/commitment to valuing diversity, equity, and inclusion principles in the workplace.

Additional qualifications at the TSS.3 Level

  • Advanced knowledge in one of the following categories: non-destructive analysis, analytical, inorganic or organic chemistry, or the waste management aspect of facility decontamination and decommissioning activities
  • Previous involvement in process improvement activities and/or experience developing unique characterization methods for complex waste streams
  • Previous experience developing training practices, mentoring less experienced personnel, or leading projects that involve overseeing the activities of other personnel

Qualifications We Desire

  • Master's degree in chemistry, nuclear engineering, health physics or related scientific field.
  • Fundamental knowledge of TRU waste management including transportation/disposal requirements.
  • Experience working with database systems designed to support waste characterization and management activities.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2021 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site.

Security Clearance

LLNL is a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory. Some positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement above). If you are selected and a clearance is required, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. An L or Q clearance requires U.S. citizenship. For additional information please see DOE Order 472.2.

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam

A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request via our online form.

California Privacy Notice

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) grants privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles job applicants, employees, and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information LLNL collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed here.

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

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Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2022 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

LLNL demonstrates its commitment to public safety by requiring that all new Laboratory employees be immunized against COVID-19 unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to all new hires including those who will be working on site, as well as those who will be teleworking.

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Security Clearance

This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance. If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2.

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Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

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Pre-Placement Medical Exam

A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request via our online form.

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California Privacy Notice

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) grants privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles job applicants, employees, and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information LLNL collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed here.

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In this role you will

  • Participate in the waste characterization process to ensure that LLNL generated waste streams are properly characterized and managed according to RCRA regulations and DOE orders.
  • Prioritize day to day work assignments to ensure that overall waste processing goals are met.
  • Collaborate with LLNL waste generators, field technicians, and Environment, Safety, and Health (ES&H) professionals to provide technical guidance and solutions for the management, transportation and disposal of hazardous, radioactive and/or mixed wastes.
  • Interpret moderate to complex analytical or radioanalytical data to determine the proper characterization and dispositioning of radioactive and mixed waste.
  • Work collaboratively with other team members within the RHWM program to provide innovative and cost-effective solutions to technically challenging waste management problems.
  • Provide technical support to the LLNL radioactive waste non-destructive assay (NDA) program. Perform analysis of assay results to determine radioisotope types and activities in radioactive waste containers.
  • Prepare technical basis documents describing characterization methodologies and their use.
  • Prepare waste sampling plans using the Data Quality Objectives process in accordance with EPA guidelines.
  • Perform validation and acceptance of chemical and radiological data packages.
  • Promote and support plans to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the program.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job requirements at the TSS.3 Level

  • Act as the RHWM representative in technical discussions with various stakeholder groups (regulators, disposal sites, DOE).
  • Perform validation and acceptance of chemical and radiological data packages.
  • Mentor and train less experienced personnel in the federal and state regulations governing waste management.
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  • Ability to obtain and maintain a US DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • Bachelor's degree in chemistry, nuclear engineering, health physics or related scientific field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience interpreting analytical or radioanalytical data to determine waste characterization and/or disposal options.
  • Experience in applying health physics concepts and/or environmental regulations to the characterization of waste.
  • In-depth understanding of chemical compatibility, proper segregation, and chemical identification and/or knowledge of applying NDA techniques to waste containers including data interpretation.
  • Experience interpreting waste acceptance criteria for the purposes of preparing shipments and developing profiles for waste disposal at treatment storage and disposal facilities.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively explain and present waste characterization related data and strategies to an audience of varying technical abilities.
  • Ability to effectively collaborate in a multi-disciplinary team environment engaged in the characterization of radioactive, hazardous and medical waste.
  • Demonstrated ability/commitment to valuing diversity, equity, and inclusion principles in the workplace.

Additional qualifications at the TSS.3 Level

  • Advanced knowledge in one of the following categories: non-destructive analysis, analytical, inorganic or organic chemistry, or the waste management aspect of facility decontamination and decommissioning activities
  • Previous involvement in process improvement activities and/or experience developing unique characterization methods for complex waste streams
  • Previous experience developing training practices, mentoring less experienced personnel, or leading projects that involve overseeing the activities of other personnel

Qualifications We Desire

  • Master's degree in chemistry, nuclear engineering, health physics or related scientific field.
  • Fundamental knowledge of TRU waste management including transportation/disposal requirements.
  • Experience working with database systems designed to support waste characterization and management activities.

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Posted: 2022-03-10 Expires: 2022-07-09

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