Los Alamos National Laboratory WIPP Process Chemist (TRU Waste Sciences Manager 2/3) in Carlsbad, New Mexico
What You Will Do
The RSO in Carlsbad NM is seeking individuals interested in creative chemical characterization of transuranic (TRU) waste, and study and remediation of chemically energetic reactions within the nuclear waste management complex. The position involves study and development of chemical mechanisms that are the foundation of energetic reactions and provide Department of Energy (DOE) resolutions to waste issues as they are encountered at TRU waste generator sites and within the National TRU program. The diverse workforce within the Difficult Waste Team (DWT) enjoys a work environment focused on creative problem solving, where everyone’s opinions and ideas are considered. Accordingly, you must be able to work both independently and as a part of a team, apply broad and diversified knowledge of chemical and physical principles in preparation of solutions to DOE TRU waste issues. You must be a skilled professional with proven expertise crossing several technical and regulatory areas. You must utilize scientific and chemical engineering technology to accomplish work and continuously improve products for our DOE customer needs.
This position will be filled at either the WIPP Process Chemist 2/ WIPP Process Chemist 3 level, 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.
WIPP Process Chemist 2 ($94,100 - $155,700)
The successful candidate will support implementation of innovative concepts within a disciplined and highly regulated industry. Implementation of successful concepts are in alignment with DOE orders, policies and procedures as applied to identification of TRU waste, collection of information on it, resolution of issues with it and ultimately packaging, characterization, certification, and shipment to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). Laboratory requirements, requirements from other waste generator sites requesting assistance and federal, state and local requirements must be understood and met as applied to TRU waste being prepared for or being shipped to the WIPP. The successful candidate will understand the chemistry that leads to energetic material interactions, participate in technical analyses and reviews of characterization data collected from a broad range of waste characterization and assay methods to determine whether waste meets shipping, acceptance, and/or processing criteria. The successful candidate will participate in various working groups within the DOE complex and at waste generator sites. He or she will perform and participate in internal, programmatic, and regulatory oversight and assessments when requested by CBFO. This person will model a mutually respectful work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment and that supports cooperation, teamwork, and resource sharing within the Los Alamos National Laboratory – Carlsbad Operations (LANL-CO) office and on behalf of our DOE customer.
WIPP Process Chemist 3 ($103,500 - $172,800)
In addition to the duties outlined above, qualification at the WIPP Process Chemist 3 level requires the candidate be responsible in contributing to, leading, and developing projects ranging from thermochemical reaction dynamics within various waste materials to radiological dose expected from radionuclides within these materials. The successful candidate will participate in developing waste-related analyses, policies, procedures, technical and regulatory reports and presentations and will lead and coordinate the development of technical products such as journal papers, reports presentations and concepts. Possibly contributing to technical transfer.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Knowledge of nuclear waste processing, certification, and shipment.
Process chemistry knowledge adequate to predict the resultant chemical composition of TRU waste over time and when mixed with other waste constituents.
Understanding of chemical mechanisms and expected reaction enthalpies within TRU waste material.
Understanding of legal requirements and environmental impacts affecting generation, handling, packaging, and shipment of TRU waste to the WIPP.
Demonstrated ability to communicate well (verbally and written).
Demonstrated excellence working independently and as a member of a team, with an emphasis on self-initiation and technical leadership to rapidly develop high quality and well-researched solutions for waste processing, treatment, packaging, and transportation.
Strong interpersonal and teaming skills and the ability to lead multi-disciplinary projects.
Understanding of quality assurance practices and principles related to TRU waste packaging, disposition, shipping and environmental management.
Additional Job Requirement for Chemical Physics Specialist 3:
In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the WIPP Process Chemist 3 level requires:
Comprehensive understanding of behavior of materials and chemical reactions expected when heated and an understanding of how calorimetry can be used to identify material hazards.
Demonstrated experience in chemical characterization or modeling as applied to nuclear operations and waste management.
Thorough knowledge of and experience with analytical tools and instrumentation as applied to chemical and physical composition of waste.
Active involvement in professional societies and organizations such as American Chemical Society, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Nuclear Society, or professionals within the Department of Energy Weapons and TRU waste generation complex.
Education/Experience at lower level: Position requires an undergraduate degree in science, environmental management, engineering, mathematics or computer information science and 5+ years of relevant experience or an advanced degree with 2+ years of relevant experience.
Education/Experience at higher level: Position requires an advanced degree in chemical science, environmental management, engineering, mathematics or computer information science and 5+ years of relevant experience.
Advanced degree in chemical or environmental engineering, physics or chemistry with emphasis on application to processes and chemical systems, dynamics and reactions with 5 or more years of practical work experience.
Demonstrated working knowledge of DOE standards, orders and procedures related to implementation of solutions to difficult waste issues and knowledge of regulatory compliance specific to TRU waste management and disposal in the WIPP.
Experience with COMSOL, CHETAH, MicroShield, MCNP or equivalent chemical, physics and nuclear modeling platforms.
Understanding of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant policies, practices and procedures.
Note to Applicants:
The primary work location for this position is Carlsbad, NM. The RSO program is located in Carlsbad, NM.
For full consideration, please submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the minimum requirements and any desired qualifications.
Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Ability to speak, Sitting, Standing, Walking, Typing or keyboarding
Work Environment: Occasional domestic travel required
Location: This position will be physically located in Carlsbad, NM.
Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year .
Where You Will Work
Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:
§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network
§ Dental and vision insurance
§ Free basic life and disability insurance
§ Paid maternity and parental leave
§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
§ Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)
§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs
§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.
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.
Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to PolicyPolicy P701for applicant eligibility requirements.
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 regard 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1. Appointment Type
Contact Name Gonzales, Christine J
Work Telephone 505-667-8695
Vacancy Name: IRC86027
Organization Name ESH-RSO/ ESH Repository Science & Operations
Req ID: IRC86027
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