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Los Alamos National Laboratory Graduate Student in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

We are seeking highly motivated and technically excellent candidates to join Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Low-Temperature Detector (LTD)Research and Development (R&D) team. Our focus is on the development of new sensors, systems, and analytical methods for ultra-high precision x-ray and gamma-ray spectroscopy of radioactive and nuclear materials. The Low-Temperature Detector (LTD) Research and Development (R&D) Team works on LTD-based systems for basic research, international nuclear safeguards, and national security. We are developing x-ray and gamma-ray spectrometers based on large arrays of transition-edge sensors (TESs) using microwave SQUID multiplexing readout and cryostat systems operated below 0.1 K.

Major goals include development and validation of x-ray and gamma-ray analysis techniques and significantly increasing the technology readiness level of microcalorimeter-based measurement systems. This includes progressing from physics experiments and engineering demonstrations to the next level: complete analytical instruments that deliver calibrated spectra and results to users. This is a very exciting time for the development and application of microcalorimeter-based technology, with major initiatives in gamma-ray spectroscopy, x-ray emission spectroscopy, and hyperspectral x-ray imaging(integration of large TES arrays with scanning electron microscopes).

  • Successful candidates will participate in one or more of the following areas:

  • Assist in the design, building, testing and use of innovative low-temperature-detector-based systems for ultra-high-resolution x-ray or gamma-ray spectroscopy.

  • Assist in prototyping analytical instruments, data analysis, and measurement methods based on TES microcalorimeter arrays with 100-1000 pixels

  • Assist in developing complete analytical instruments based on the integration of LTD arrays, microwave SQUID multiplexing, and scanning electron microscopes.

  • Develop or modify cryogenic systems optimized for low-temperature detectors.

  • Conduct measurement and analysis campaigns using LTD-based systems for quantitative analysis of isotopic, elemental, or chemical composition.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience showing initiative and follow-through in technical areas of responsibility.

  • Demonstrated experience working both independently and as part of team.

  • Demonstrated experience documenting and reporting on technical work, for example through written plans, proposals,reports, papers, articles, or theses.

  • Demonstrated experience showing excellent communication skills, written and oral, formal and informal.

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience with quantitative analysis for nuclear material accounting or safeguards

  • Demonstrated experience conducting R&D in physical science or engineering

  • Demonstrated experience with and understanding of ionizing radiation detection and measurement or hardware systems


  • To receive full consideration, candidates must have been awarded a bachelor’s degree and be pursuing a graduate degree in physical science or engineering

  • All viable candidates must have a minimum GPA of 3.2/4.0 for consideration, be admitted into a degree program, and be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours in the semester prior to the internship. A resume and current transcript, showing the above requirements, are required.

Additional Details

No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

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.

For general program information refer to the Student Programs web page.

Incentive Compensation Program: Position Eligible to participate in the Traid Incentive Compensation Program

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.

NEN-1 works to safeguard nuclear materials by developing techniques and systems for nondestructive assay of nuclear and hazardous material. Applications include nuclear materials control and accountability for domestic DOE nuclear facilities, nuclear waste disposal, material stabilization efforts, and international nonproliferation efforts. NEN-1 instrumentation and analysis technology measures nuclear materials by detecting and analyzing the neutrons, gamma rays, or heat given off by nuclear material.NEN-1 instrument development begins with conceptual research and physics and proceeds through engineering to an industrial-quality, finished instrument.

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Contact Details
Contact Name Frary, Suzanne R
Email suzannef@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC78788
Organization Name NEN-1/Nuclear Engineering and Nonproliferation-Safeguards Science and Technology
Minimum Salary
Maximum Salary
Req ID: IRC78788
Category: Student - Graduate