Los Alamos National Laboratory TRU Waste Sciences Expert (TRU Waste Scineces Manager 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 the Repository Science and Operations (RSO) Program. The RSO program provides technical expertise on transuranic (TRU) waste treatment, packaging, characterization, acceptable knowledge, transportation, and inventory to the DOE Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO). The TRU waste generator site Technical Assist Program (TAP) team, Acceptable Knowledge (AK) team, Chemical Compatibility Evaluation (CCE) team, and the Difficult Waste Team (DWT) provide the CBFO with a wide breadth and depth of experience and technical expertise to assist generator sites in developing resolutions for issues that arise in the TRU waste recovery, remediation, packaging, storage, characterization, transportation, and disposal of TRU Waste. The successful candidate will be responsible for reviewing and providing technical comments on chemical compatibility evaluations; providing input on technical reports; participating in TAP visits to assist generator sites in developing and maintaining programs to ensure waste acceptance at the WIPP; developing acceptable knowledge reports documenting waste process history including physical, radiological, and chemical components; and providing peer review of technical reports.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

TRU Waste Sciences Manager 2 ($86,000-$141,800)

  • Excellent technical writing skills

  • Demonstrated experience presenting complex technical material to a variety of audiences

  • Demonstrated experience authoring chemical related technical documents or planning documents

  • Demonstrated hands-on experience working in a laboratory, glovebox, hot cell, or other relevant chemical or radiological process experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a physical science or engineering plus two years of experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Physical science: Chemistry, physics, earth sciences, astronomy, or cross disciplines (e.g., geochemistry, biochemistry). Engineering: Chemical or nuclear engineering preferred

TRU Waste Sciences Manager 3 ($94,500-$157,800)

In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the TRU Waste Sciences Manager 3 level requires:

  • Advanced experience in authoring chemical-related technical documents or technical planning documents

  • Advanced knowledge of WIPP compliance documents Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Waste Analysis Plan (WAP), WIPP Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC), TRU Waste Authorized Methods for Payload Control (TRAMPAC); or experience in hazardous waste operations, nuclear material or waste processing, or hazardous waste characterization

  • Knowledge of DOE weapons complex waste inventory and shipping activities

  • Demonstrated experience in performing detailed chemical analysis

  • Advanced degree in a physical science or engineering, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience. Physical science: Chemistry, physics, earth sciences, astronomy, or cross disciplines (e.g., geochemistry, biochemistry). Engineering: Chemical or nuclear engineering preferred

Desired Skills:

  • Advanced DOE Weapons Complex process experience

  • Demonstrated working experience working with the WIPP compliance documents

  • Experience working with RCRA regulations

  • Experience working with state and federal regulatory agencies

  • Experience in processing and/or disposing of TRU materials or waste

Note to All Applicants: For full consideration, please submit a comprehensive cover letter addressing qualifications and experience related to the stated job requirements for this position.

Essential functions: Ability to discriminate speech, sitting, standing, walking, typing or keyboarding

Work Environment: Domestic/foreign travel

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.

Term position:Regular-status Laboratory employees applying for term-status positions may retain regular status with approval of the cognizant Principle Associate Director.

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

Organization Name: RSO/Respository Science & Operations Program

Job Title: TRU Waste Sciences Expert (TRU Waste Scineces Manager 2/3)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC59021