Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Technologist 2/3 in Carlsbad, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either Level 2 or Level 3, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

Los Alamos National Laboratory-Carlsbad Operations,is located in Carlsbad, New Mexico, and is the location of theRepository Science and Operations (RSO) Program. The primary location for this position is Carlsbad, New Mexico. The RSO program provides technical expertise on transuranic (TRU) waste treatment, packaging, characterization, acceptable knowledge, and transportation, and inventory, actinide chemistry research to support the Department of Energy (DOE) Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO).

CBFO has tasked the RSO Actinide Chemistry and Repository Science Team Project (ACRSP) team to establish and maintain an internationally recognized, multidisciplinary scientific capability to advise the DOE and perform actinide speciation, solubility, microbial interaction, and redox studies to support ongoing Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) recertification efforts. The experimental work is performed in the laboratories located at the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center (CEMRC) managed by New Mexico State University. The ACRSP team supports a state-of-the-art laboratory for the analysis and performance of actinide/brine chemistry studies that includes a high-end analytical capability configured to handle mg-g levels of radioactive materials.

Research Technologist 2 ($78,400 - $128,200)

The Research Technologist position is to support this laboratory capability and operations by operating and maintaining the analytical equipment to support these actinide studies in high ionic-strength brine systems. Typical activities include glovebox maintenance and operations, assisting in sample and experiment preparation, and running a wide-range of analytical equipment. All this research is done under a DOE-CBFO compliant quality program and the NMSU/CEMRC safety program.

Research Technologist 3 ($86,000 - $141,800)

In addition to the duties outlined above, the Research Technologist 3 is considered a subject matter expert in actinide speciation, solubility, microbial interaction, and redox studies, and will work with the ACRSP team to develop and implement new analytical approaches and take a stronger lead in the design and implementation of ACRSP experiments.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience of scientific principles, mathematical formulas, computations, and data gathering methods.

  • Demonstrated experience in sample and experiment preparation.

  • Experience running a wide-range of analytical equipment such as Inductively Coupled Plasma-mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS), Ion Chromatography (IC), Ultra Violet Visible/Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (UV-VIS-NIR), Liquid Scintillation Counting (LSC), Particle Analyzer, Gas Chromatography and X-ray Diffraction (XRD).

  • Demonstrated experience with glovebox maintenance or operations.

  • Demonstrated experience interfacing effectively with all levels of management, employees, customers, and DOE organizations through excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • A Bachelor’s degreeand a minimum of five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Additional Job Requirement for Research Technologist 3:

In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the Research Technologist 3 level requires:

  • Advanced experience operating and maintaining analytical equipment.

  • Demonstrated advanced experience working with radioactive samples.

  • Demonstrated advanced experience leading the designing and implementation of laboratory experiments and working independently in a laboratory research setting.

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of eight years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Skills:

  • Advanced demonstrated experience in the application of IC, XRD or ICP-MS.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of industry, regulatory, DOE/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) complex codes, standards and criteria pertinent to the particular area of research.

  • Graduate level training inchemistry, biology or environmental science.

Notes to Applicants:For full consideration, applicants must provide a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the requirements of this position, (Please save the cover letter with the job number and name).

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter.

*Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular Position:Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Equal Opportunity:Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

The primary work location for this position is Carlsbad, NM. The RSO program located in Carlsbad, NM is part of the Associate Directorate of Environmental Management (ADEM) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). ADEM safely manages and remediates a wide-range of environmental hazards associated with past and present Laboratory operations, allowing the Laboratory to fulfill its critical national security and science missions. ADEM’s focus is on cleaning up legacy waste sites and protecting northern New Mexico’s water resources; processing and shipping legacy hazardous and radioactive waste to permanent disposal facilities; and providing scientific and technical support to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and the national transuranic waste program. Los Alamos National Laboratory is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

Location: Carlsbad, NM, US

Contact Name: Jiron, Sue Antoinette (Antoinette)

Organization Name: RSO/Repository Science & Operations Program

Email: sajiron@lanl.gov

Job Title: Research Technologist 2/3

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC59121