Target Development Research Professional

Argonne National Laboratory
Closing date
Oct 12, 2022

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The Physics Division of Argonne National Laboratory is seeking to hire a research scientist as lead for the Center for Accelerator Target Science (CATS). CATS is a national center for the development and fabrication of targets for nuclear physics research. We perform and develop a broad array of techniques to provide stable and radioactive targets for the Argonne Tandem Linac Accelerator System (ATLAS) as well as to the broader DOE-NP nuclear physics community. To meet these needs necessitates working with elements across the periodic table including handling radioactive materials and hazardous chemicals in controlled environments. In this role, you will be in charge of the day-to-day operations for the target laboratory and supervising a technical staff member.

Some of the major responsibilities include:

  • Prepare necessary targets, foils, and windows to ensure ATLAS meets its programmatic missions

  • Research, develop, and implement new target fabrication methods to expand target lab capabilities

  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements

  • Prepare reports, manuscripts, and presentations on research activities and represent the organization via technical presentations in workshops and conferences

Position Requirements


  • Excellent technical knowledge of Chemistry, Engineering, Physics or a related field.

  • Comprehensive skill in the use of basic laboratory equipment and techniques

  • High degree of manual dexterity for handling and manipulating delicate materials

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Strong interpersonal skills to interact effectively and tactfully with internal customers and to successfully develop effective working relationships

  • Ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, or a related field

  • Experience with vapor deposition, rolling, electrodeposition, and thermal reductions

  • Experience with wet chemistry and inorganic synthesis

  • Experience handling and working with radioactive materials

  • Experience writing research reports and publications

This role will be hired as a Research and Development II or III. The level will be determined by the candidate’s level of education, experience, and skill.

  • Research and Development II – This level of skill is typically attained through completion of a Bachelor’s and 5+ years of related experience, or Master’s and 3+ years, or Doctorate and 0 years

  • Research and Development III – This level of skill is typically attained through completion of a Bachelor’s and 8+ years of related experience, or Master’s and 5+ years, or Doctorate and 4+ years

This job description outlines the general nature of the work but is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all activities, duties, and responsibilities required of job incumbent. Consequently, job incumbent may be required to perform other duties as assigned.

Interested Applicants should provide a current curriculum vitae including a publication list, a cover letter, and the names of three (3) possible writers of letter of recommendation via the “Apply” link above. The application review process will begin on September 30, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions on the position may be directed to Dr. Calem R. Hoffman (

Please click on the link below to apply:

Target Development Research Professional (



Argonne National Laboratory is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest research centers. The site is surrounded by forest preserve about 25 miles southwest of downtown Chicago. Argonne’s major mission areas fulfill important governmental and Department of Energy responsibilities, as well as provide important benefits to our society at large. Argonne National Laboratory is managed by The University of Chicago for the U.S. Department of Energy.
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