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

What You Will Do

J-3 handles and detonates explosives tests at the proton radiography (pRad) firing site, located in the pRad facility at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE). pRad uses a proton beam to image high explosives tests executed in a confinement vessels. Execution of these tests involves collaboration of personnel from several areas of the Laboratory and the DOE Complex. J-3 is seeking an ExplosivesTechnologist 1 (Research Technologist 1) to provide operational support to all aspects of fielding and firing explosive experiments at the pRad firing site located at LANSCE. Tasks will include:

  • Leadership in the conduct of operations for explosives shots conducted at pRad, including shot planning, inventorying, assembling, installing, timing, firing, and post-shot cleanup.

  • Work with all levels of staff, management, and customers to ensure successful experiment execution.

  • Leadership as a Firing Site Leader in the execution of proof shots at LANL's outdoor firing sites in preparation for pRad shots and in the execution of pRad shots.

  • Set-up and use of various types of diagnostic and recording equipment including PDV, oscilloscopes, high-speed cameras, pin/switch circuits, temperature control circuits, and witness plates.

  • Design, assembly, operation, maintenance, and troubleshoot electronics e.g., fire set and control systems.

  • Design, fabricate, and align various shot and diagnostic stands.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Demonstrated understanding of and experience with explosive firing operations and/or handling energetic materials.

  • Demonstrated experience in leading a team while safely and compliantly executing complex experiments in fast-paced, highly regulated, moderate to high hazardous environments.

  • Demonstrated experience with diagnostic instruments such as radiographic imaging, oscilloscopes, digitizers, delay generators, lasers, pressure sensors, and microcontrollers.

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, and demonstrated ability to interact with all levels of personnel and customers; strong teaming skills.

  • Proficiency with computer programs such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

Desired Skills

  • Knowledge of DOE Standard 1212 (formerly the DOE Explosives Safety Manual).

  • Demonstrated experience in preparation of hazard analyses, safety documents, and work procedures.

  • Working knowledge of DOE and Institutional Safety Management Programs (e.g., Integrated Work Management, High Explosives Safety, Hoisting and Rigging, Conduct of Engineering, Conduction of Operations, Conduct of Maintenance, Configuration Management, Quality Assurance, etc.)

  • Have the ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires US citizenship.

Education Required: Position typically requires a relevant (STEM) bachelor's degree and a minimum of two years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Notes to Applicants: Please submit a detailed cover letter with your resume addressing all required and desired skills. Please save the cover letter with the job number and name.

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

The Integrated Weapons Experiments (J) Division conducts experiments to generate high-quality data necessary to maintain a safe and reliable nuclear stockpile and to support global security. The Division fields, diagnoses, and conducts subcritical experiments, hydrodynamic tests, and focused high-explosive experiments at local firing sites and at the Nevada National Security Site. J Division also operates the Dual Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test (DARHT) Facility, the nation’s premier hydrodynamic testing resource. The Division continually works with the Nevada National Security Site, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, the Department of Energy, and other partners to enhance the capabilities necessary to certify and ensure the safe, secure, and reliable performance of nuclear weapons’ components, materials, and systems.

The Focused Experiments (J-3) Group within Integrated Weapons Experiments (J) Division, designs, fields, and executes energetic, hazardous, and complex system and sub-system experiments for the LANL Nuclear Weapons and Global Security Programs at various high explosive firing sites at LANL and at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). The Group works with a broad customer and stakeholder base in the research and development of energetic materials and dynamic response of materials and systems using various fast response time diagnostics and diagnostic suites. The Group is comprised of physicists, scientists, engineers, technologists, and specialists of varied backgrounds and disciplines.

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Contact Details
Contact Name Johnson, Dana Elizabeth
Email danaj@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC79145
Minimum Salary 75400
Maximum Salary 122900
Req ID: IRC79145
Category: Science/Eng Tech Support