Los Alamos National Laboratory Chemistry Scientist (Scientist 2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Plan and participate in experimental efforts
  • Be a scientific leader with commensurate experience and recognition in analytical chemistry, nuclear forensics, or weapons chemistry
  • Develop and validate new analytical chemistry methods; troubleshoot analytical instrumentation
  • Provide high quality analytical chemistry results for routine and non-routine samples
  • Develop authorizing documents to perform work safely and compliantly
  • Develop, implement, and complete project objectives
  • Communicate results through internal reports, progress reports to sponsors and technical publications
  • Work with alpha-emitting materials in radiological and nuclear facilities in glove box and open front hood
  • Oversee the work of technicians, professional staff, post docs, and students

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in inorganic analytical chemistry or a related field

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of quantitative chemical analysis in at least one of the following areas: wet chemistry (sample preparation and separation), radiochemistry, coulometric or high-precision titrimetric assay, isotope mass spectrometry (TIMS and ICP-MS), gas mass spectrometry, elemental analysis (ICP-OES, ICP-MS, XRF, LIBS, laser ablation), and/or ion chromatography

  • Proven ability to work effectively in an environment with rigorous safety and quality controls, including willingness to handle macroscopic quantities of radioactive/nuclear materials

  • Proven working knowledge of the principles and practices for quality assurance/quality control in analytical chemistry

  • Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a team environment

  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q-Clearance, which normally requires U.S. citizenship

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated strong record of method development or user proficiency for at least one of the following instruments: TIMS, gas mass spectrometer, XRF, SEM, ICP-OES, ICP-MS, laser ablation, LIBS, IC, carbon/nitrogen analyzer, sulfur/phosphorus analyzer, alpha/beta/gamma counter, coulometer, high-precision titrator

  • Demonstrated experience working with radioactive materials, especially transuranic elements

  • Proven knowledge of the DOE Conduct of Operations and safety/security requirements for nuclear/radioactive facilities

  • Proven working knowledge of DOE/NNSA national security programs including nuclear weapon stockpile stewardship, nuclear nonproliferation/counter-proliferation, nuclear forensics, isotope production and distribution, and other emerging technical areas

  • Demonstrated experience with multidisciplinary and cross-organizational collaborations

Education:Advanced degree – (masters or doctorate degree preferred) in Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Physics or a related discipline from an accredited college or university.

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.

426.2:This position is subject to DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities, which establishes entry-level requirements to ensure candidates selected for specific positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job. Education and Experience Requirements - Advanced degree – (masters or doctorate degree preferred) in Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Physics or a related discipline from an accredited college or university.

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.

The Chemistry Division’s Actinide Analytical Chemistry (C-AAC) group supports a variety of defense and other national security programs, focusing on the chemical and radiochemical analysis of materials consisting primarily of plutonium or other actinide elements. C-AAC occupies laboratory space in the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research (CMR) and TA-55 nuclear facilities, and in the recently constructed Radiological Laboratory Utility Office Building (RLUOB), a best-in-class actinide research facility, as well as TA-59. The successful applicant will be responsible for supervising and conducting sample preparation and analysis, developing and validating new analytical chemistry methods, standing up and qualifying new instrumentation, evaluating data and preparing technical reports.

Maximum Salary: 144800

Minimum Salary: 87800

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Duran, Andria M

Organization Name: C-AAC/Actinide Analytical Chemistry

Email: amduran@lanl.gov

Job Title: Chemistry Scientist (Scientist 2)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC67269