Los Alamos National Laboratory Chemistry Technician (Research Technician 4/5) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
Vacancy Name: IRC77305
Job Title Chemistry Technician (Research Technician 4/5)
Location Los Alamos, NM, US
Organization Name C-CDE/Chemical Diagnostics & Engineering
What You Will Do This position will be filled at either the Research Technician 4 or 5 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.
The Chemical Diagnostics and Engineering Group (C-CDE) at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking an outstanding and highly motivated persons for the position of Chemistry Research Technician 4/5. C-CDE is an applied technology organization focused on resolving national security-related issues in stockpile manufacturing and support, surveillance, applied and basic energy sciences, threat reduction, public health, and the environment. The group's core approach involves the integrated development and application of technologies utilizing underlying scientific expertise in Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Process Development and/or Chemical Engineering. C-CDE engages in areas important to Laboratory missions, including material characterization and development, weapons support, and environmental mitigation. The highly interdisciplinary nature of these activities requires scientists and engineers who can seamlessly operate within, and transition between, traditional academic disciplines. The successful applicant will work both collaboratively and independently on C-CDE projects, and with the Chemical Certification and Compatibility Laboratory (C3Lab).
Research Technician 4 (61,500-$97,700)
Become proficient in the operation and upkeep of multiple analytical instruments.
Conduct chemical characterization studies and measure chemical properties of materials.
Conduct material compatibility and contamination cleaning studies.
Contribute to data analysis and interpretation for materials characterization studies.
Assist in method development and analysis of new samples resulting in concise standard operating procedures.
Contribute to internal reports, progress reports to sponsors, or technical publications in peer-reviewed journals, as appropriate to meet program objectives.
Adhere to quality standards including, but not limited to NAP-24A.
Assist in QC testing, maintain records, validate analytical procedures, and conduct various analytical testing procedures.
Provide timely and high quality data reports.
Research Technician 5 ($73,800-$120,400)
In addition to the duties outlined above, the Research Technician 5 will be required to:
In addition to the duties outlined above, the Research Tech 5 will be required to:
Independently develop new analytical methods and apply to novel samples.
Independently develop standard operating procedures and written test methods.
Independently generate analytical reports and present results to program sponsors.
Troubleshoot and repair analytical instrumentation.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements
Demonstrated experience with several of the following analytical techniques: FTIR, GC-MS, XRF, XRD, ICP-MS/OES, UV-vis, elemental analysis, titrators, quantitative and qualitative assays.
Demonstrated experience with hands-on sample preparation and sample analysis resulting in reports or published manuscripts.
Demonstrated analytical chemistry experience within a Quality Controlled / Quality Assurance framework.
Experience with data analysis software tools such as Origin and Microsoft Office products.
Strong written and oral communication skills, and the ability to interact effectively with staff, technical, and facility personnel.
Meticulous attention to detail, dependability, and excellent organizational skills.
Ability to obtain DOE Q clearance (usually requires U.S. citizenship).
Additional Job Requirements for Research Technician 5:
In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the Research Technician 5 level requires:
Demonstrated experience and comfort with hands-on calibration, maintenance, and troubleshooting of instrumentation identified above.
Demonstrated experience in organizing, processing, analyzing, presenting, and reporting large and complex data sets.
Demonstrated ability to be a self-starter and to work efficiently under pressure in a changing environment, independently, and to plan and complete work within deadlines and according to verbal and written instructions.
Ensure experiments are competed according to established Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), good laboratory practices, and NAP-24A.
Demonstrated ability to balance requirements of multiple projects simultaneously.
Documented record of working safely and responsibly in a scientific laboratory.
Quality control chemist with experience in evaluating samples for compliance to standards and specification requirements.
Experience with Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS).
Research Technician 4 Education Required: Position requires an Associates degree in a relevant field and four to six years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred.
Research Technician 5 Education Required: Position requires an Associates degree in a relevant field and six-to-ten years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred.
Essential Job Functions: Reading vision; Ability to hear in a normal range (500 to 3000 htz); Sitting; Standing; Typing or keyboarding; Pressing with hands or arms; and, Lifting 20-30 pounds.
Work Environment: Work near sources of ionizing radiation; work with Toxic and Irritant Chemicals; Safety glasses or eye protection; and, Gloves or hand protection.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Contact Name Duran, Andria M
Req ID: IRC77305