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Los Alamos National Laboratory Gamma Ray Camera Operator (Engineered Systems Tec 3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Engineered Systems Technician 3 will support the design, testing, operations, and maintenance of the Gamma Ray Cameras (GRCs) used at the Dual‐Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Testing (DARHT) Facility. During a dynamic test, the X‐rays that are produced by DARHT are collimated and pass through the radiographed object. The X‐rays are converted to visible light with a scintillator and are detected by high‐speed cameras. The GRC Team is responsible for the entire optical chain, including collimation of the X‐rays, scatter mitigation, conversion of X‐rays to visible light to the final detection and recording of the data from the cameras.

He/she will be part of the Experiments and Diagnostics (J‐4) Group, in the Integrated Weapons Experiments (J) Division. J‐4 is responsible for all aspects of data collection, data analysis, experimental integration, and experimental timing of DARHT experiments. The DARHT experiments are explosions of mock‐nuclear devices that are contained in 6‐foot, submarine steel vessels. The work is varied and interesting; it includes operation, deployment, repair and maintenance, and troubleshooting. J‐4 is also responsible for the operation of the central control system for DARHT, called the DARHT Detection Chamber. The environment at DARHT is collaborative (J‐4 employees work with two other J Division groups), meticulously choreographed, and formal.

We are looking for people with a solid technical background in either mechanics, electronics, or both. We will teach you the rest. J‐4 has an extensive training program based on on‐the‐job training and formal (short, 1 week) courses. The accumulation of the competency in radiography, optics, and dynamic experiments provides a natural path for promotion so working in J‐4 is a career opportunity. Much of the training is provided by mentoring under some of the most innovative and capable Ph.D. scientists and engineers at Los Alamos

National Laboratory.

Specific roles and responsibilities include:

  • Operating the gamma ray cameras for both DARHT Axis I and Axis II during actual hydrotests and for tuning, alignment, or research in preparation for a hydrotest.

  • Obtaining and maintaining DARHT Gamma-Ray Camera Operator qualifications.

  • Ensuring safe operations of the GRC camera and data acquisition systems in accordance with approved policies and procedures.

  • With appropriate guidance, building, maintaining, and repairing the gamma-ray camera equipment, mechanical supports, data acquisition system, and control electronics.

  • Mee ti ng and complying with all LANL safety, security, and training requirements.

  • Participating in the DARHT Plan of the Day and Plan of the Week process to ensure coordination of facility and programmatic operations and work execution.

  • Willingness to learn and become proficient in areas outside of current background.

  • Occasional overtime may be required.

This posting is under the Associate Laboratory Directorate for Weapons Engineering (ALDW).

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Proficient in of Electrical Systems

Demonstrated experience with fabrication of electrical systems. This includes demonstrated knowledge and experience with soldering, circuit board assembly, wiring and parts layout. Demonstrated ability to read and understand an electrical schematics and interpret basic electrical components.

Proficient with Mechanical Systems

Demonstrated experience assembling mechanical systems using ordinary mechanical hardware and tools. Demonstrated ability to read and understand a mechanical drawing well enough to assemble a mechanical support structure. Experience in machining is not required.

Proficient with Work Formality

Demonstrated experience working to a set of defined requirements and regulations.

Team Dynamics

Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse team of professionals including technicians, engineers, and scientists including effective communication skills for all levels. Ability to work independently and as part of a team under both general and/or specific instruction. Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communications skills and ability to interact with all levels of personnel.


Position requires an Associates’ Degree and a minimum of 3 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Additional training, certification, and/or education may be desirable.

Desired Qualifications:

Experience with Electronic Test Equipment

Demonstrated experience with use of electronic test equipment, such as an electrical multimeters and oscilloscopes.

Experience using computers and basic software

Demonstrated strong computer knowledge including electronic mail, word-processing, and spreadsheet use.

Experience in an Environment Requiring Operational Formality

Experience working in an environment where Operational Formality, (i.e. Conduct of Operations, Conduct of Maintenance).

Familiarity with the US nuclear Weapons stockpile

Basic understanding of how hydrotest support the US nuclear Weapons Stockpile.

Note to Applicants:

For Best Consideration: Along with your resume, please include a detailed cover letter explaining how you meet each of the minimum requirements and any of the desired qualifications.

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 is 1 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)

Additional Details

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Clearance: Q (P osition 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. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

  • 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 472.2 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: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to PolicyPolicy P701for applicant eligibility requirements.

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 regard 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. Appointment Type



Contact Details
Contact Name Ryan, Kyle Steven (Kyle)
Email ksryan@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC87651
Organization Name J-4/ Darht Experiments & Diagnostics
Minimum Salary 53500
Maximum Salary 82800
Req ID: IRC87651
Category: Engineering