Los Alamos National Laboratory Chemical Technician (Research Tec 4) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Chemical Technician will work to synthesize and purify new and literature-based materials using an array of organic synthetic and chromatographic tools (HPLC, Flash, column, thin layer, etc.) as well as performing characterizations using standard analytical tools such as NMR, IR, GC/MS, LC/MS, UV/Vis, CD, and related techniques. Expertise or familiarity with microwave assisted chemistry, micro-reactor technologies, and polymer resin-based synthesis is desirable. The technician will establish procedures, processes, requirements, and specifications and apply these techniques to a growing customer base requiring site-specific isotope labeling. Duties will include equipment operation, calibration and maintenance, automation, and upgrading activities.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of scientific principles with a background in synthetic organic chemistry

  • Demonstrated experience in data gathering methods and the use of chemical synthetic and analytical equipment

  • Demonstrated experience with the following analytical techniques: multinuclear NMR, chromatography, GC/MS, FTIR, LC/MS

  • Knowledge of the following: synthetic organic chemistry as it applies to stable isotope labeling, microwave assisted organic synthesis, analytical chemistry, and material characterization

  • Experience with instrument design and fabrication; performing work in gloveboxes; and working with radioactive materials as desirable

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to interact with colleagues and customers

  • Must work effectively as a member of a team composed of senior staff, junior staff, other technician, Postdoctoral researchers, and summer students

Desired Skills:

  • Advanced working knowledge and experience of organic synthesis

  • Knowledge of polymer synthesis as well as an understanding of manual and automated peptide and peptoid synthesis

  • Demonstrated supervision of projects and personnel

Education:Position typically requires an associate’s degree in a relevant field and four-to-six years of related experience; however, an equivalent combination of education (e.g. Master’s degree) and/or experience is acceptable.

Notes to Applicants:For full consideration, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the key requirements of the position and a recent resume/CV.

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 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.

The successful applicant will join the Bioenergy and Biome Sciences Group (B-11) as part of the Biochemistry and Structural Biology and National Stable Isotope Teams. These teams combine site-specific isotope synthesis, on-demand synthesis of surrogates for a variety of threat agents, with research in understanding chemical and biological threat agents. Our primary customer base is focused on threat reduction, public health, and the environment. The synthetic organic chemistry facilities available are state-of-the-art.

Maximum Salary: 95900

Minimum Salary: 60400

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Gasca, Alicia M

Organization Name: B-11/ Bioenergy & Biome Sciences

Email: agasca@lanl.gov

Job Title: Chemical Technician (Research Tec 4)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC66969