Los Alamos National Laboratory Accelerator Operator (Operator 4) in Los Alamos, New Mexico


Job Title Accelerator Operator (Operator 4)

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name AOT-OPS / Accelerator Operations

What You Will Do

The Beam Operations Team supports the Accelerator Operations and Technology (AOT) Division, within the Operations Group (AOT-OPS) and is responsible for operating the LANSCE proton accelerator. Learn to accelerate protons to 84% the speed of light by qualifying to operate the LANSCE 800 MeV proton linear accelerator. Facilitate cutting edge science and vital defense programs research by simultaneously delivering beam to multiple target areas. This entry-level operator position requires working rotating shift work on a modified workweek schedule, 6-8 months a year.

Principal responsibilities will be:

  • Assist in establishing and maintaining complex operating configurations within specified operating and safety envelopes.

  • Assist in establishing and maintaining the LANSCE particle beams using computer control systems and locally adjusted devices.

  • Assist in operating, troubleshooting and repairing all elements of the beam transport, acceleration and delivery systems and all ancillary systems required for LANSCE accelerator facility operation, whose elements include, but are not limited to, ion sources, high-power RF amplifier systems, personnel safety and machine interlocks, radiation detection and control systems, and pulse-signal distribution.

  • In cooperation with other technical organizations and teams, assist in fabricating, installing, maintaining and repairing systems critical to the operation of the LANSCE accelerator and beam delivery complex.

  • Utilize approved procedures to safely and efficiently perform tasks.

  • Qualify as an accelerator operator through a formal qualification program within two years.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Current experience in safely operating a complicated process or facility under formal conduct of operations, such as the operation of a major charged-particle accelerator or nuclear power reactor.

  • Experience troubleshooting and repairing electric, electronic, and/or electro-mechanical components of operating systems.

  • Demonstrated experience following detailed procedures.

  • Strong record of compliance with training and qualification requirements.

  • The ability to work rotating shift work under extended work hours.

  • Effective oral and written communication skills, including effective interpersonal skills with team members, other employees and customers.

  • High school diploma and two-to-four years of related experience.

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience with personal computers and software such as spreadsheets, databases, and word processing programs.

  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently.

  • Completion of US Navy nuclear reactor operator training and experience as an Electronics Technician, Electricians Mate or Machinist Mate.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Reading vision, ability to speak, ability to discriminate speech, walking, climbing stairs, climbing ladders, reaching horizontally, typing or keyboarding, lifting 30+ pounds and carrying 30+ pounds.

Work Environment: Ability to work outdoors, underground, at heights, in a cold environment, working alone, working overtime or irregular schedule, working off-shift/rotating schedule, in a very hot environment >100 F, operation of motor vehicles, work in a noisy environment, work under unusual lighting conditions, work near electrical power supplies, work near sources of ionizing radiation, work near sources of non- ionizing radiation, work with weapons or explosives, work with vibrating equipment or machinery, work near machinery with moving parts, headgear or head protection, safety glasses or eye protection, hearing protection, gloves or hand protection and safety shoes or protective foot gear.

Notes to Applicants: For full consideration, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses each of the key requirements of the position.

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.

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 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 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


Minimum Salary 60400

Maximum Salary 95900

Contact Details

Contact Name Nelsen, Ashley Nicole

Email anelsen@lanl.gov

Work Telephone

Req ID: IRC68507