Los Alamos National Laboratory Cleanroom Radiochemist (Research Technologist 1) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The successful applicant will perform advanced chemical separations of elements (mostly actinides) from a variety of matrices in support of national security projects. The technologist will maintain a focus on routinely providing the highest quality separated samples for analysis by thermal ionization and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. In addition, the technologist will strongly contribute to the growth and productivity of the team by developing novel techniques needed for new analytes, application streamlining, and maximizing sample throughput. Working with peers, the technologist will be responsible for the development, implementation, and completion of project objectives and will communicate results through internal reports, progress reports to sponsors, or formal presentations. The technologist will have significant responsibility for safety/security and the QA envelope of the project. The technologist will perform work and follow procedures in accordance with all applicable safety and security practices. Work is directly related to national security objectives and requires the individual to protect and maintain sensitive or classified information. Occasional work exercises may require working extended hours.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated expert level experience with inorganic and/or analytical chemistry

  • Strong background in analytical method development

  • Demonstrated success with engineering scientific solutions for complex analytical problems

  • Proven ability to work independently with initiative

  • Proven ability to provide day-to-day technical support while maintaining progress on long term tasks

  • Demonstrated strong organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Possesses proven Basic Computer skills including use of Microsoft office products

  • Possesses proven strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated experience with data validation, analytical data report generation, and in meeting programmatic QA/QC requirements

  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires US citizenship

Desired Skills:

  • Experience working in a cleanroom environment

  • Familiarity with thermal ionization and/or inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

  • Experience chemically separating actinides from environmental or nuclear matrices

Education: Position typically requires a relevant bachelor's degree in physical or life sciences and a minimum of two years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Notes to Applicants:In addition to a Curriculum Vitae, candidates must submit a cover letter addressing how they meet the specific requirements. Applications without this letter will not be considered.

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.

The Nuclear and Radiochemistry Group supports both operational missions and R&D; efforts in bioassay, nuclear forensics, nuclear nonproliferation, safeguards, treaty monitoring, and weapons programs. Basic research is conducted in areas of radiochemistry, radiometric measurements, materials characterization, mass spectrometry, nuclear chemistry and physics, spectroscopy, and actinide chemistry. Programmatic work supported by C-NR includes maintenance and stewardship of the nuclear stockpile, nuclear forensics, international safeguards, nuclear nonproliferation, treaty monitoring, and bioassay monitoring. C-NR addresses immediate to long-term mission needs for sponsors, and has established capabilities and facilities for handling and characterizing radiological materials over a wide range of radioactivity levels.

Maximum Salary: 118200

Minimum Salary: 72500

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Duran, Andria M

Organization Name: C-NR/Nuclear & Radiochemistry

Email: amduran@lanl.gov

Job Title: Cleanroom Radiochemist (Research Technologist 1)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC67023