Los Alamos National Laboratory Health Physicist 2 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

The selected candidate will serve in the Radiation Protection Health Physics Analysis Laboratory (HPAL) program performing tasks associated with measurements for radioactive materials in samples and radiological workers. The HPAL program is responsible for non-destructive measurements of samples collected in support of the LANL Radiation Protection Program, criticality accident dosimetry measurements and calculations, and for direct radio-bioassay monitoring (in vivo) of LANL Radiation Workers. The HPAL program typically analyzes over 200,000 samples per year and has detected over 180 different isotopes in samples. The candidate will be responsible for: review of analytical results; quality control activities; method development; program documentation (procedures and technical basis documents); and setup, testing, calibration, and maintenance of analytical equipment. The candidate will also be assist in training and supervision of HPAL technicians. Specific duties will be assigned based on the qualifications and training of the selected candidate.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated understanding of properties of ionizing radiation and radiation detection principles.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the theory and application of radiological instrumentation, such as, gas-flow proportional counters, liquid scintillation counters, high-purity germanium (HPGe) detectors, scintillation detectors, or charged particle detectors.

  • Skilled in the use of Windows based computing systems and MS Office suite.

  • Demonstrated high degree of attention to detail in ensuring data quality objectives.

  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate orally and in writing.

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks concurrently with general supervision.

  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience in instrumentation maintenance and calibration.

  • Experience in quality assurance practices.

  • Experience with MS Access and Oracle database systems.

  • Experience in computer programming (Visual Basic, Fortran, etc.)

  • Familiarity with in vivo measurement principles and practices.

Education: Master’s degree or higher in Health Physics, Radiation Protection, Physics, or related disciplines, or Bachelor’s degree in Health Physics, Radiation Protection, or related disciplines and three years related experience.

Notes to Applicants:Required application materials (e.g., writing samples): Applicants are required to submit a comprehensive cover letter detailing how their knowledge, skills and abilities apply to this position.There will be occasional need for working alone.

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_

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.

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multi-disciplinary facility with the mission of solving national security challenges through scientific excellence. The Radiation Protection Services Group’s Health Physics Analysis Laboratories (HPAL) Team supports this mission by providing non-destructive analysis of samples for a broad range of radioisotopes in support of the LANL Radiation Protection and Environmental Stewardship programs. HPAL provide services to all sites at LANL that use radioactive materials or have done so in the past.

Maximum Salary: 131000

Minimum Salary: 80100

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Work Telephone: 505-667-8695

Contact Name: Gonzales, Christine J

Organization Name: RP-SVS/Health Physics Measurements

Email: cjg@lanl.gov

Job Title: Health Physicist 2

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC69077