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Mentor: Dr. Jonathan Burns opens a new website, Department of Chemistry

The Burns Research Group currently has an opening for a highly motivated inorganic chemist, preferably with radioactive material experience. The successful candidate will contribute to a variety of activities in inorganic radiochemistry including:

  1. the investigation into emerging radioisotopes for medical applications,
  2. the design of nanomaterials for radiopharmaceuticals, and
  3. the development of new technologies for used nuclear fuel recycling.

Relevant Skills and Experience

  • This position requires the successful candidate to be an adept, hands-on chemist with experience in inorganic, analytical, or radiochemistry, preferably with experience in nanomaterials synthesis and characterization.This position requires the successful candidate to be an adept, hands-on chemist with experience in inorganic, analytical, or radiochemistry, preferably with experience in nanomaterials synthesis and characterization.
  • Fundamental understanding of metal coordination complexes in solution and solid phases utilization towards application of separations processes such as solvent extraction, ion exchange and crystallization is also desirable.
  • The ability to work in a team-oriented, interdisciplinary environment that embraces change, risk, and flexibility is needed.
  • This individual must be capable of handling multiple projects/tasks at the same time.
  • A demonstrated ability to work independently and within a team with sense of urgency for timelines is needed.
  • The successful candidate must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • A passion and enthusiasm for innovation will be an asset.
  • Proven problem-solving skills and good interpersonal relationship and people skills will be needed.

Essential Duties

  • Design and carry out independent research focused on inorganic radiochemistry which could include:
    • the investigation into emerging radioisotopes for medical applications,
    • the design of nanomaterials for radiopharmaceuticals, and
    • the development of new technologies for used nuclear fuel recycling.
  • Obtain and analyze data from a variety of techniques including ICP-MS, UV-VIS, gamma spectroscopy, etc.
  • Handle radioactive materials in a safe manner.
  • Keeps meticulous records in laboratory notebook and online data management systems and initial analysis of laboratory results.
  • Write technical reports of experimental data to meet the sponsors requirements and for manuscripts to be submitted for peer-reviewed journal article publication.
  • Shares responsibility with other lab members for compliance with University safety procedures and maintaining common supplies and instruments.
  • Conduct literature searches related to research projects.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in Chemistry, preferably with experience in inorganic chemistry or radiochemistry.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • High quality, peer-reviewed publications

Preferred Skills/Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience in nanomaterial synthesis and characterization
  • Experience with surface functionalization
  • Experience with radioactive materials

Applications

When applying for the position, please include a cover letter, an updated CV, and contact information for at least two references. The application should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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