Los Alamos National Laboratory Gas Analyst (Research Technologist 1/2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
Vacancy Name: IRC73282
Job Title Gas Analyst (Research Technologist 1/2)
Location Los Alamos, NM, US
Organization Name MST-16/NUCLEAR MATERIALS SCIENCE
What You Will Do
MST-16 is a group in the Materials Science and Technology Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The group supports a variety of nuclear weapons programs, including Plutonium Sustainment, Pit Surveillance, and the Science Program, as well as fuel cycle research & development, nuclear forensics, and Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) projects. The group is an international leader in fundamental plutonium science while also focusing on solving engineering problems that support national security. Using multidisciplinary expertise in actinide materials science, the group engages in a number of areas important to the weapons program, including phase stability, aging, electronic structure, corrosion, and surface science.
MST-16 performs a wide range of R&D activities, including metallography, microanalysis, surface science, thermophysical properties, mechanical and dynamic materials properties, and specialized sample preparation. MST-16 is based at TA-55, and has laboratory space in the Plutonium Facility (PF-4), the CMR Building, and the Target Fabrication Facility, and performs experiments at user facilities around the nation.
MST-16 seeks outstanding research technologist candidates with a strong background in analytical techniques. The selected candidate will play key roles in supporting, operating, and installing analytical instrumentation for gas analysis. The chosen candidate is expected to work closely with staff to provide gas analysis and materials characterization to programs and projects while supporting laboratory operations and meeting all safety, and security compliance needs.
This position will be filled at either the Research Technologist 1 or the Research Technologist 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 ($73,800 - $120,400)
Responsibilities for the selected candidate will include:
Support and operate existing gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-MS), residual gas analysis (RGA), and leak detection instruments.
Support installation, testing, operation, and maintenance of a GC-MS instrument.
Interface with staff to address gas analysis needs.
Contribute to reports in a timely manner.
Contribute to meeting programmatic deliverables, interact with facility personnel, and external and internal vendors.
Assist with general laboratory processes: gas cylinders, cryogens, vacuum pumps, glove box operations, ordering supplies, and housekeeping.
Maintain compliance with safety, security, and environmental regulations.
Research Technologist 2 ($81,600 - $133,400)
In addition to the responsibilities and activities listed above, the Research Technologist 2 will:
Lead operation and maintenance of gas analysis instruments.
Lead readiness efforts, including instrument installation and testing, procedure development, and process review.
Lead methods development and data collection and analysis for new instruments.
Lead general laboratory processes.
Lead interactions with customers, staff, and program management to address gas analysis needs.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
A background in analytical techniques, with an emphasis on gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, infrared spectroscopy, or related gas analysis techniques.
Strong mechanical, electrical, and related skills, including cryogens and high-pressure gases, vacuum system operation, instrument design and construction, and inspection and testing.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Ability to document technical results in a report and meet deliverables in a timely fashion.
The ability to interact effectively with technical, operations, and facility personnel.
The ability to work effectively, conscientiously, and professionally both independently and in a team environment.
Ability to obtain DOE Q clearance (usually requires U.S. citizenship) and HRP certification.
B.S. in science or engineering with 2 years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
For full consideration, your application must include a cover letter that addresses how you meet the required and desired skills and a full resume.
Additional Requirements for a Research Technologist 2:
In addition to the above job requirements outlined for a Research Technologist 1, the Research Technologist 2 requirements are as follows:
Significant experience with gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, or other related gas analysis techniques.
Ability to conduct experiments independently.
Ability to independently write technical reports and present technical results.
Experience with managing daily laboratory operations.
B.S. in science or engineering with 5 years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience in handling reactive, hazardous, and/or radioactive materials, including glovebox work.
Experience working in a nuclear facility.
Experience with additional gas, surface, or corrosion analytical techniques.
DOE Q clearance and HRP certification.
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 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 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 email@example.com 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.
Appointment Type Regular
Contact Name Standifer, Robert Jeffrey (Jeff)
Work Telephone 505-665-6726
Req ID: IRC73282