Los Alamos National Laboratory Scientist 2/3 in Carlsbad, New Mexico
Vacancy Name: IRC75424
Job Title Scientist 2/3
Location Carlsbad, NM, US
Organization Name ESH-RSO/ESH Repository Science & Operations
What You Will Do
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, and transportation; inventory and actinide chemistry research to support the DOE Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO).
CBFO has tasked the RSO Actinide Chemistry and Repository Science 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 Los Alamos labs located at the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center and 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.
Scientist 2 ($89,900 – 148,300)
The scientist is expected to work independently to develop and implement research projects and tasks that meet our DOE customer needs to develop a stronger scientific basis for the WIPP TRU repository in the areas of actinide/brine chemistry, microbial effects and/or actinide redox studies. Peer reviewed publications and internal reports to our DOE customer that describe the results of the research performed will be expected. Working well as part of a multidisciplinary team is essential to the overall success. National recognition for the work performed through presentation and dissemination of scientific results through publications is expected. ACRSP is an experimental team and working within the team structure to assist with running a wide range of analytical equipment (ICP-MS, IC, UV-VIS-NIR spectroscopy, LSC counting, particle analyzer, gas chromatography and XRD) will be needed. All this research is done under a DOE-CBFO compliant quality program and the NMSU/CEMRC safety program.
Scientist 3 ($98,900 - $165,100)
In addition to the duties outlined above, the Scientist 3 will lead, develop and implement internationally recognized research collaborations. S/he will work with our DOE customer to influence and develop program direction and exhibit greater technical leadership in the repository science and environmental actinide program area.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Demonstrated strong problem solving and critical thinking skills.
Demonstrated experience with technical communication and writing skills in English.
Demonstrated experience conducting independent research evidenced by publications, technical reports and presentations in an academic or national lab setting.
Demonstrated experience with working around/with radioactive samples.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience of multidisciplinary work and/or geochemical/thermodynamic modeling.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience of appropriate safe practices for technical work.
Demonstrated experience interfacing effectively with all levels of management, employees, customers, and DOE organizations.
Bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree in science (chemistry, biology or nuclear/environmental science) from an accredited college or university.
Additional Job Requirements for Scientist 3:
Demonstrated experience in leading and developing research programs.
Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with international resources.
Advanced degree in science (chemistry, biology or nuclear/environmental science) from an accredited college or university.
Ph.D. in chemistry, biology or nuclear/environmental science or related field.
Specific expertise in the application of ion chromatography (IC), x-ray diffraction (XRD), inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), calorimetry or synchrotron-based analytical methods (extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) or X-ray absorption spectroscopy near edge structure (XANES).
The ability to obtain a Q clearance, which typically requires U.S. citizenship. Although we may pursue applications from non-US citizens.
Note to Applicants: For full consideration, please submit a comprehensive cover letter addressing qualifications and experience related to the stated job requirements for this position.
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-E mployment 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.
Internal Applicants: Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.
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 email@example.com 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 Environment, Safety, Health, Quality, Safeguards, and Security (ADESHQSS) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). ADESH 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. RSO is a multi-disciplinary, cross-functional organization with a focused mission on cleaning up legacy waste sites; 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.
Appointment Type Regular
Contact Name Gonzales, Christine J
Work Telephone 505-667-8695
Req ID: IRC75424