Waste Characterization Analyst

Livermore, California, US
Jul 09, 2024
Posting live until
Oct 07, 2024
Defence & aerospace

Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is important for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$118,290 - $182,388 Annually

$118,290 - $151,932 Annually for the TSS.2 level

$142,050 - $182,388 Annually for the TSS.3 level

Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

We have openings for Waste Characterization Analysts 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) in the Strategic Deterrence directorate.

These positions offers a hybrid schedule, blending in-person and virtual presence. You will have the flexibility to work from home one or more days per week.

These positions will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

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.
  • Recognize and support plans to promote and foster a culture of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability within the workplace.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, 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 secure and maintain a U.S. 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.

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.
  • Demonstrated ability/commitment to promote and value inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability principles in the workplace.

Additional Information


Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Security Clearance

This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance. Also, you must have the ability to obtain and maintain Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access. 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. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must 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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Equal Employment Opportunity

We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing all with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. 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.

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