Los Alamos National Laboratory FIB/SEM Technologist (Research Technologist 1/2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
MST-16 is seeking an outstanding and highly-motivated candidate for the position of R&D Research Technologist 1 or 2, having a strong background in electron microscopy and microanalysis specifically in the area of experimental focused ion beam / scanning electron microscopy (FIB/SEM). The chosen candidate is expected to work closely with staff to provide and maintain FIB/SEM characterization and microfabrication capabilities to programs and projects, support state-of-the-art laboratory operations, and comply with all conduct of operations, safety, and security requirements. As a member of the Nuclear Materials Science Group, the successful candidate will work with actinide alloys and compounds, specifically those involving plutonium, and related materials tied to programmatic work. The successful candidate will be expected to integrate seamlessly with the group’s technical endeavors while leading or contributing to the development of FIB/SEM characterization and microfabrication techniques as needed for advanced actinide materials research.
Nuclear Materials Science (MST-16) is an international leader in plutonium science and engineering and supports a wide range of fundamental to applied programs important to US interests in energy and national security. Programmatic work includes Plutonium Sustainment, Pit Surveillance, Science Programs, Life Extension Programs, Advanced Certification, various global security programs, and Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) projects. MST-16 maintains a multidisciplinary expertise in actinide materials science and engages in areas important to Laboratory missions, including material characterization, phase stability, mechanical and dynamic properties, aging, electronic structure, corrosion, and surface science. Our work takes place in the Plutonium Facility (PF-4), the Radiological Laboratory/Utility/Office Building (RLUOB), the Target Fabrication Facility (TFF), and numerous other facilities at LANL and across the country.
This position will be filled at either the R&D Technologist 1 or 2 level, depending on the skills and experience of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.
Research Technologist 1 ($77,300 - $126,000)
Responsibilities for the selected candidate at Research Technologist 1 will include:
Support day-to-day operations and general laboratory processes in the MST-16 microscopy facilities where the focus is on actinide microscopy.
Maintain compliance with conduct of operations, safety, security, and environmental regulations. Perform work within established procedures, processes, requirements, or specifications. The successful candidate will be required to work on multiple tasks and projects.
Perform independent operation and/or maintenance of electron microscopy instruments, including electronics troubleshooting, diagnostics and repair and/or coordinating service and repairs with equipment vendor service engineers.
Work with radiological or fissile materials and other programmatically related materials in a glove box environment.
Work with staff and program offices to address their FIB/SEM characterization needs.
Work with group and program management to support ongoing facility operations and funding.
Contribute to methods development for the characterization, microanalysis and microfabrication of actinide materials.
Contribute to meeting programmatic deliverables in surveillance and sustainment programs.
Contribute to reports or technical work in a timely manner in the laboratory space or work area with responsibilities that may include preparing small scale samples for analysis, operating and maintaining equipment, working in a glove box, executing experiments, and various other activities supporting MST-16 programs.
Research Technologist 2 ($85,400 - $139,600)
In addition to the responsibilities and activities listed above, the Research Technologist 2 will be expected to:
Leadmethods development for the characterization, microanalysis and microfabrication of actinide materials via FIB/SEM. This includes inclusion of supporting sample preparation equipment as necessary to meet programmatic goals and objectives.
Recommend and Lead the installation and testing of new equipment.
Develop new FIB/SEM characterization techniques, processes, and/or methodologies that are relevant to the Lab’s national security missions.
Contribute to the professional development of junior technologists and technicians.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
A background in electron microscopy and microanalysis, including instrument maintenance and operations.
Experience in the preparation by FIB/SEM of samples for electron beam analysis.
Strong mechanical, electrical, and related skills to meet the needs for day-to-day operations of our extensive microscopy facilities.
Experience with data analysis software tools and standard office software such as e-mail, Excel, and Microsoft Word.
Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to interact effectively with staff, technical, and facility personnel.
Ability to obtain DOE Q clearance (usually requires U.S. citizenship) and HRP certification.
Additional Job Requirements for a Research Technologist 2:
Experience with advanced material preparation of electron microscopy specimens from a broad array of materials types.
Experience with managing daily laboratory operations.
Experience providing direction, guidance, and training to laboratory users in microscopy facility-specific technical procedures.
Experience with one or more of the following: (scanning) transmission electron microscopy, electron microprobe microanalysis, in situ focused ion beam operations, x-ray diffraction, or other directly related materials characterization processes used in conjunction with FIB/SEM.
Experience handling reactive and/or hazardous materials.
Experience working with glove boxes.
Experience working in a nuclear facility.
Essential Job Functions:
Ability to follow written and verbal instructions, procedures, plans and Laboratory requirements.
Ability to pass and maintain required training.
Ability to follow safeguards and security procedures in accordance with Laboratory policy.
Education for level 1: Relevant bachelor's degree and a minimum of two years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Education for level 2: Relevant bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.
Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is1 year.
Where You Will Work
Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:
PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network
Dental and vision insurance
Free basic life and disability insurance
Paid maternity and parental leave
Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)
Onsite gyms and wellness programs
Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
The Nuclear Materials Science Group (MST-16) provides multidisciplinary expertise in actinide materials science using a comprehensive suite of destructive and nondestructive analytical techniques within a category I nuclear facility and other radiological facilities. 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.
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. SeeDOE Order 472.2for 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 on going 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 policyP701for 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 firstname.lastname@example.org call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.
Contact Name Masterson, Clinton Thomas (Clint)
Work Telephone 505-396-0294
Vacancy Name: IRC85133
Organization Name MST-16/ Nuclear Materials Science
Req ID: IRC85133
Category: Science/Eng Tech Support