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Los Alamos National Laboratory Explosives Technologist (Research Technologist 1) in Las Vegas, Nevada

What You Will Do

The Integrated Weapons Experiments (J) Division, J Division Nevada Operations (J-NV) Group is looking for an Explosives Technologist 1. This position is fulltime, located at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), and requires living in the Las Vegas, Nevada area.

J-NV is the NNSS on-site organization responsible for preparing, fielding, and executing dynamic high explosive-related experiments, including sub-critical dynamic experiments involving special nuclear material for the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL’s) Weapons Program and other national security customers.

The ideal candidate will report to the J-NV Group Leader and possess basic science and engineering principles, be a self-starter, and have a personality suited to a team environment where explosives are handled safely and respectfully. This position requires the candidate to support fielding and firing explosive experiments. Tasks may include assembly of high explosive test articles or packages and set-up and use of diagnostic and recording equipment such as Photonic Doppler Velocimetery, oscilloscopes, high-speed cameras, pin/switch circuits, and temperature control circuits. Additional tasks include design, assembly, operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting electronics (fire set and control systems), and fabrication and alignment of experimental and diagnostic stands. The candidate will also perform precision optical and/or mechanical alignment of assemblies and record precision mechanical and electrical measurements while preparing and executing experiments.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Technical Expertise

Knowledge of basic science and engineering principles regarding high explosive experiments. Self-starter; ability to prioritize work during complex experimental setups with several in dynamic environments, outdoors or indoors, alone or as part of a team.

Tools and Systems

Experience employing diagnostics such as velocimetry, electrical pulsed power, or flash X-rays. Experience with diagnostic components such as digitizers, delay generators, pressure sensors, and microcontrollers. Proficiency with basic computer programs such as MS Word and MS Excel. Proficiency with hand tools and power tools to use in building experiment test stands and associated hardware setups.


Demonstrated ability to effectively interact with all levels of personnel and customers, as well as experience providing technical direction, mentoring, and coordinating/monitoring the work of others. Unafraid to ask questions and learn from more experienced team members.

Education/Experience: Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution and 2 years of related experience; or associates and 6 years related experience; or a combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation .

Desired Qualifications:

Software experience using AutoCAD, Solidworks, Pspice, MatLab, LabVIEW, Mathematica. Tooling experience including lathes, mills, additive manufacturing, and/or CNC.

High Explosives Knowledge

Familiarity with safe handling methods for experimentation with high explosives and/or working with high-voltage systems. Knowledge of DOE Standard 1212 (formerly the DOE Explosives Safety Manual).


Ability to look at an experimental test bed and identify shortfalls or improvements. Ability to think through a unique problem associated with setting up an experiment, then designing and implementing a solution.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Color discrimination, Peripheral vision, Depth perception, Reading vision, Distance vision, Ability to speak, Ability to discriminate speech. Ability to hear high-pitched sounds, Ability to smell, Ability to hear in a normal range (500 to 3000 htz), Sitting, Standing, Walking, Running, Climbing stairs, Climbing Ladders, Bending, Stooping, Crouching, Kneeling, Reaching overhead, Reaching horizontally, Reaching down, Applying torque with hands or arms, Gripping with the hands, Pressing with hands or arms, Pushing with hands or arms, Pulling with hands or arms, Typing or keyboarding, Fine motor control, Use of both hands, both arms, both legs, and both feet. Lifting 20-30 pounds.

Work Environment: Outdoors in confined space, at heights, working alone, working overtime or irregular schedule, working off-shift/rotating schedule, domestic/foreign travel, and operation of motor vehicles. Work in a noisy environment, work near electrical power supplies, work with weapons or explosives, work with vibrating equipment/machinery, and work near machinery with moving parts. Work in an environment with toxic chemicals, irritant chemicals, dusts or powders, sprays, mists, or vapors, and fumes. Head protection, safety glasses or eye protection, face shield or facial protection, mask, hearing protection, gloves or hand protection, and safety shoes or protective footgear.

Note to Applicants: For full consideration, submit a comprehensive resume and include a detailed cover letter explaining how you meet each of the minimum requirements and any of the desired qualifications.

  • This position is located at the NNSS and is located about 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas, NV. Employees can take a commuter bus, carpool, or drive to work locations. Once at the work location, experiment firing sites can be an additional 30 to 50 miles. Transportation to these sites is available. Employees must factor in an extra 1 to 1 ½ hours commute each way to the 10‐hour workday (employees work a 4‐day/10‐ hour day schedule).

  • Work at the NNSS usually results in long days that start at sun up and end late in the day. Work locations can be 1000 ft. underground or in the middle of the desert. Temperatures can vary from below freezing to above 100 degrees.

  • This position requires periodic travel from Las Vegas, NV to Los Alamos, NM for training and project-specific requirements.

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

This position is located at the Nevada National Security Site and requires living in the Las Vegas, Nevada area.

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)

  • Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

Additional Details

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. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

  • 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. SeeDOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

HRP: This position is subject to the requirements of the DOE Human Reliability Program as specified in 10 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 712, §712.11. These requirements include on going drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations.

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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Appointment Type



Contact Details
Contact Name Ryan, Kyle Steven (Kyle)
Email ksryan@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC86532
Organization Name J-NV/ J Division Nevada Operations
Minimum Salary 77300
Maximum Salary 126000
Req ID: IRC86532
Category: Engineering