Los Alamos National Laboratory Materials Scientist (Scientist 2/3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Nuclear Materials Science Group (MST-16) of the Materials Science and Technology Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking an outstanding and highly motivated candidate for the position of Scientist 2 with a focus on metallurgy and physical properties. As a member of MST-16, the successful candidate is expected to execute a variety of materials science investigations to expand our knowledge of plutonium metallurgy. The selected candidate will play key roles in the synthesis and characterization of materials and will be expected to integrate seamlessly with the group’s technical endeavors.

MST-16 supports a variety of nuclear weapons programs, including Plutonium Sustainment, Pit Surveillance, and the Science Program, as well as Fuel Cycle Research & Development, nuclear forensics, and Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) projects. The group is an international leader in fundamental plutonium science while also focused on solving engineering problems that support national security. Using multidisciplinary expertise in actinide materials science, the group engages in a number of areas important to the weapons program, including phase stability, aging, electronic structure, corrosion, and surface science.

This position will be filled at either the R&D; Scientist 2 or 3 level, depending on the skills and experience of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

R&D; Scientist 2 ($86,000-$141,800)

Research activities and responsibilities of the successful candidate will include the following:

  • investigate the metallurgy of plutonium alloys, with an emphasis on phase stability and phase transformations

  • perform physical properties measurements on plutonium metal, alloys, and compounds

  • integrate results into internal reports, progress reports to sponsors, or technical publications in peer-reviewed journals, as appropriate to meet program objectives

  • contribute to the completion of milestones associated with various core mission programs as well as fundamental research and development projects

  • actively participate in professional societies and working groups

R&D; Scientist 3 ($94,500-$157,800)

In addition to the responsibilities and activities listed above, the R&D; Scientist 3 will:

  • lead the design and installation of new equipment

  • develop new projects in plutonium metallurgy and/or materials properties measurements

  • contribute to the professional development of junior scientists and technicians

What You Will Need

Minimum job requirements:

  • Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering or other relevant technical discipline and at least one year of relevant work experience

  • demonstrated experience in experimental studies on phase transformations and phase stability

  • demonstrated experience with experimental determination of physical properties, such as calorimetry, dilatometry, and x-ray diffraction

  • demonstrated experience in interpreting and integrating data using a processing-structure-properties perspective

  • demonstrated dependability and ability to work effectively, conscientiously, and professionally both independently and in a team environment

  • demonstrated commitment to technical and scientific excellence as well as timeliness of deliverables

  • demonstrated record of successful documentation of technical work and the ability to express ideas clearly in oral and written formats

  • ability to obtain DOE Q clearance (usually requires U.S. citizenship) and HRP certification

In addition to the requirements outlined above, the R&D; Scientist 3 level requires:

  • at least five years of relevant work experience

  • demonstrated experience in interacting with programmatic customers and developing new projects

Desired skills:

  • demonstrated experience in developing and conducting experiments with solid actinide samples

  • demonstrated experience in materials synthesis and processing

  • demonstrated ability to balance requirements of multiple projects simultaneously

  • documented record of working safely and responsibly in a nuclear facility or with special nuclear materials

  • experience in working with classified documents and items

  • DOE Q clearance and HRP certification

Notes to Applicants: For full consideration, your application must include a cover letter that addresses how you meet the required and desired skills and a full resume.

Additional Details

Clearance: Q(Positions 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 a regular status only with approval of the cognizant Principal Associate Director.

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a divers and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identify, 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 toapplyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) 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: Los Alamos, NM, US

Work Telephone: 505-665-6726

Contact Name: Standifer, Robert Jeffrey (Jeff)

Organization Name: MST-16/Nuclear Materials Science

Email: jstandifer@lanl.gov

Job Title: Materials Scientist (Scientist 2/3)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC57506