Los Alamos National Laboratory Criticality Safety Officer 1 / 2 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

In our efforts to ensure safety, security, and dependability of our nuclear weapons program, the Criticality Safety Officer (CSO) is responsible for the day-to-day technical liaison between the Criticality Safety Analysts (CSAs) of the Nuclear Criticality Safety (NCS) Division and the programmatic tenants of TA-55. The CSO’s will enhance compliance with the requirements of the Criticality Safety (CS) Safety Management Program (SMP) and improve operational efficiency. They will assist in increasing CSA knowledge about operations in order to ensure an adequate understanding of processes, practical limitations, and credible potential upsets. They will assist in increasing facility staff knowledge about criticality safety, including operator understanding of criticality safety evaluations and the technical basis for the controls that are selected. Monitor criticality controls implementations and identify resolutions of non-compliance issues.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

The successful candidate will possess a broad background in nuclear operations and safety basis as required to ensure the developed control sets are practical and efficiently implemented. This includes theoretical and practical knowledge of failure modes, effects analysis, and upset conditions. Being aware of the limitations and applying standards to moderately complex physics principles and theories related to criticality theory in facilitating the implementation of the LANL criticality safety program. The CSO will assist with criticality safety evaluations by providing information for the development of the Operational Requirements Document (ORD), Criticality Safety Evaluation Documents (CSED); providing technical assistance drafting and managing Criticality Safety Postings (CSP).

This position will be filled at either the Criticality Safety Officer 1 or 2 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate(s). Additional responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate(s) is hired at the higher level.

Criticality Safety Officer 1 ($71,000 - $115,700)

The successful candidate will have:

  • Basic knowledge and experience with nuclear criticality safety, including implementation of nuclear industry codes, standards, and regulatory guidelines.

  • Basic knowledge of experience with qualitative and quantitative failure mode and effects analysis techniques

  • Working knowledge of the applicable ANSI/ANS National Standards.

  • Ability to understand and interpret various physical and mechanical design documents such as drawings and schematics.

  • Ability to conceptualizing and communicating elements of nuclear criticality safety to both technical and non-technical personnel.

Criticality Safety Officer 2 ($78,400 - $128,200)

In addition to the job duties outlined above, the Criticality Safety Officer 2 candidate will have:

  • Intermediate knowledge and experience with nuclear criticality safety, including implementation of nuclear industry codes, standards, and regulatory guidelines

  • Intermediate knowledge of the technical and operations discipline of Conduct of Operations.

  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge conducting research, investigating alternative solutions, and recommending solutions on problems affecting nuclear criticality safety.

  • Demonstrated experience interacting with all levels of the organization, requiring excellent interpersonal skills such as training, communication, conflict resolution, negotiating, etc.

Desired Skills:

  • Advanced degree in an engineering or scientific discipline.

  • Current Q Clearance preferred.

  • Advanced knowledge of nuclear facility operations.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with PF-4 operations.

Education and Experience:

Position typically requires a baccalaureate degree in nuclear engineering, nuclear physics, or engineering technology (or a related field), and 2 to 6 years of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Notes to Applicants: For full consideration, along with a resume, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses how you meet each of the required and desired skills.

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.

HRP: This position is subject to the requirements of the DOE Human Reliability Program as specified in 10 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 712, § 712.11. These requirements include ongoing drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations.

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.

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 Strategic Science and Engineering (SSE) Division’s primary mission is to ensure Los Alamos National Laboratory, through the Associate Directorate for Plutonium Science and Manufacturing (ADPSM), successfully executes its mission assignments involving nuclear, science, technology, and weapons components. SSE provides manufacturing systems, industrial and systems engineering, process improvement, equipment design, project management, and research and development expertise and support to the entire cross section of technical programs and groups across the ADPSM directorate. SSE manages the development, communication, and facilitation of ADPSM policies related to startup and readiness, criticality safety, conduct of operations, and the conduct of science and engineering into programmatic work.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Swoboda, Roseanne

Organization Name: SSE-2/ Strategic Development Office

Email: rswoboda@lanl.gov

Job Title: Criticality Safety Officer 1 / 2

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC65961