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POST DATE 9/17/2016
END DATE 10/29/2016

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA

Company
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Job Classification
Full Time
Company Ref #
82828
AJE Ref #
576208008
Location
Berkeley, CA
Experience
Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Job Type
Regular
Education
High School Diploma or GED

JOB DESCRIPTION

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Berkeley Lab is Bringing Science Solutions to the World, and YOU can be a part of it!

In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) is synonymous with "excellence." That's why we hire the best - whether in research, science or operations. This is a great opportunity to bring your top-notch skills to bear in support of world-class scientific research that addresses national and global challenges!

Position Summary:

Berkeley Labs Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Division has an opening for an Instrument Specialist in the Environmental Waste and Radiation Protection (EWRP) department. Reporting to the EWRP Operations Manager, the Instrument Specialist is primarily responsible for both routine and non-routine calibration, repair and processing of portable/fixed health physics instrument, and support of activities within the broader radiation protection, laser safety, analytical radiochemistry laboratory and/or non-ionizing radiation (NIR) programs, in support of science and operations at LBNL.

Specific Responsibilities:

Health Physics Instrumentation Under the guidance of the Instrument Technical Lead:

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Implement the Radiation Instrumentation Program and assure safe and compliant calibration and maintenance, in accordance with policies and procedures, with limited oversight and instructions from supervisor. Includes:

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Responsible for physical calibration of all portable and fixed radiation measurement instruments at LBNL.
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Interface with research and EHS customers to assure timely, effective, and efficient calibration of their instruments, understanding their needs and helping with instrument problems they may have.
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Deliver calibrated and/or repaired instruments to the users in a timely manner.
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Maintain a working knowledge of the Instrument Database and effectively use it to perform and document all calibrations.
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Perform simple repair and maintenance of instruments.

Analytical Laboratory Under the guidance of the Counting Lab Technical Lead:

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Perform counting/measurement activities with radioactivity detection equipment, processing in/out radioactive samples, maintaining quality control, documentation and operational records for the Radiochemistry laboratory.

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Determine and perform appropriate sample preparation for a wide variety of sample types, optimizing the analytical protocols to meet the customers requirements.
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Perform analytical measurements of samples.
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Implement detector calibration and quality controls.

NIR/Laser Field Support Under the guidance of NIR SME and LSO:

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Work with equipment being designed to work with lasers, testing it for safety requirements and standard performance measures, inspection and safety assessments.

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Assist in the performance of laser labs assessments to ensure compliance with established control requirements. Report noncompliances to LBNL Laser Safety Officer (LSO).
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Perform NIR surveys as directed by the NIR SME.

Required Qualifications:

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Ten years of relevant experience in Radiation Detection Instrument Calibration or similar field, e.g., Electronic Technician, or combination of education and experience, in which specialized concepts, technologies are acquired.
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Extensive knowledge of the physics and engineering of radiation detectors including ionization chambers, scintillation counters, spectroscopy systems, and neutron measurement devices.
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Knowledge of the electronics associated with the calibration and operation of these systems.
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Understanding of the safety systems employed in calibration facilities.
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Knowledge of the Quality Assurance requirements in the operation of calibration facilities including training, procedures, records and quality control.
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Ability to work productively and constructively with a wide variety of customers.
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Knowledge in the safe use and handling of radioactive materials.
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Good written, oral communication and computer skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with a wide variety of diverse individuals.
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Demonstrated ability to work independently given broad and general program/project directions as well as in collaboration with technical authorities and SME.
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Must be able to perform physical requirements of the position including:

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Approx. 2 hours per day sitting, approx. 4 hours per day of standing and/or walking.
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Some duties of this position require up to 1 hour per day of the following types of hand use: fine manipulation, keyboard/mouse use, simple and/or power grasping.
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Must be able to routinely lift and carry up to 40 lbs.
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Must be able to perform the physical aspects of routine hands on work activities, including some routine squatting, kneeling, climbing, bending, and twisting.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

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High School diploma or equivalent and/or technical certification.
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Experience of radiation measurement and radioisotope handling principles including monitoring, analysis and radioisotope identification.
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NIR/Laser Field Support programs.
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Mechanical/electrical fabrication.
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Experience working in a research facility.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.

Notes:

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This is a career appointment.

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This position is contingent on the successful completion of a background check.
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Incumbents in this position are represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.

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Salary Range: $31.54 - $46.25 hourly.

Berkeley Lab addresses the worlds most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Labs scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energys Office of Science.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4. Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.