Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Technician 2/3 (Metallography Technician) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

SIGMA Division focuses on materials science and engineering, emphasizing metallurgical processes and research in support of the experimental testing program at Los Alamos. The Division is a service oriented capability that supports a broad customer base, both internal and external to LANL, with high quality one of a kind prototype components. The work ranges from unclassified to TS/SCI level security and covers all materials from hydrogen to uranium on the periodic chart.

SIGMA has a great opportunity for an outstanding candidate to join it as a Research Technician 2 or 3 which will provideentryleveltechniciansupportinthefieldofmetallography/materialsscience for the Division. The selected candidate will be expected toworkundersupervisionwithinestablishedprocedures,processes,requirementsorspecificationstoperformworkonavarietyoftasksandprojects.

Specific duties of the position are:

Research Tec 2 ($42,900 - $65, 900)

The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Provide standard sample preparation of metallographic samples for the purpose of examining specimens by optical microscopy methods.

  • Conduct standard optical microscopy characterization of metals and alloys for metallurgical characterization purposes.

  • With guidance, assist laboratory users in standard sample preparation methods, i.e. polishing or etching, microscopic or macroscopic examination using optical microscopy, electron microscopy, and hardness measurements.

Research Tec 3 (47,200 - $72,900)

In addition to the duties outlined above, the (higher level title) will be required to:

  • Have experience in sample preparation of metallographic samples.

  • Conduct standard optical and low magnification on electron microscopy characterization of metals and alloys for metallurgical characterization purposes.

  • Manage chemical waste profiles for disposal according to environmental regulations.

  • Interact with facility personnel for new equipment installation and/or maintenance.

  • Assist with the development of safety documents for activities performed in the metallography lab, waste disposal, safety, and user training.

  • Assist in the development of charts, graphs, and/or drawings for inclusion in reports for reference or instruction purposes.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Basic knowledge of computer systems and applications including PC software and Microsoft Office suite.

  • Ability to interact effectively with colleagues and external collaborators.

  • Demonstrate superior verbal communication and teamwork.

  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions, procedures, plans and Laboratory requirements.

  • Ability to pass and maintain required training such as Rad Worker II and Nuclear Material Handler.

  • Ability to follow safeguards and security procedures in accordance with the Laboratory policy.

  • High school diploma and three to five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which generally requires U.S. Citizenship.

Additional JobRequirements for a Research Tec 3:

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

  • Experience with metallographic sample preparation, microscopy, or other related field.

  • Experience working independently in a related area.

  • A.S. degree in a related field and two to four years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Skills:

  • Previous experience with hardness testing and/or image analysis software.

  • Experience in handling uranium and/or beryllium alloys.

  • Previous experience with scanning electron microscopy.

Education:

  • Tec 2 Education Required: High school diploma and three to five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Tec 3 Education Required: A.S. degree in a related field and two to four years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Notes to Applicants: For full consideration, please submit a detailed cover letter with your resume addressing all required and desired skills. (Please save cover letter with jobnumber 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

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multi-disciplinary 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

Organization Name: SIGMA-DO/SIGMA Division

Job Title: Research Technician 2/3 (Metallography Technician)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC57848