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Job Information

Los Alamos National Laboratory Hydrotest Diagnostics Operator (Engineered Systems Tec 4) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Hydrotest Diagnostics Operator (Engineered Systems Technician IV) will operate, deploy, and maintain some of the most sophisticated optical and electronic instruments at Los Alamos. He/she will be part of the Experiments and Diagnostics Group, J-4, in the Integrated Weapons Experiments Division, J. These diagnostics consist of ultra-fast imaging cameras that are used to convert radiographic (X-rays) measurements into images of imploding hydrotests, and laser / fiber optic-based systems that provide quantitative measurements of the implosion dynamics. J-4 is responsible for all aspects of data collection, data analysis, experimental integration, and experimental timing of DARHT experiments. (DARHT is the Dual Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test facility.) 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 (with two other groups), meticulously choreographed, and formal.

We are looking for people with a solid technical background in either mechanics, electronics, or both and 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, lasers, optics, and dynamic experiments provides a natural path for promotion so that 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.

Specific roles and responsibilities include:

  • Operation of diagnostic systems during hydrotest experiments and pre-shot calibration. The diagnostics may be the radiographic cameras (Gamma-Ray Cameras, (GRC)) or the laser / fiber optic systems.

  • Calibration of the diagnostic systems.

  • Set up and deployment of diagnostic systems, to include, inter alia , building and aligning the optical train for the GRC cameras or connecting fiber optic cables.

  • Optical, electronic, or mechanical repair and routine maintenance of diagnostic systems.

  • Usually in collaboration with a senior physicist or engineer, trouble-shooting of optical or electronic diagnostic systems.

  • Operation of the DARHT Detection Chamber.

  • Meeting and complying with all LANL safety, security, and training requirements.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Basic Electronics

Understanding of basic electronics including the ability to read electrical schematics and identify electronic components both physically and as symbols on a schematic diagram. Familiarity with electronic fabrication including proper methods of soldering, parts layout, and wire routing. Ability to use basic electronic instruments such as a multimeter or an oscilloscope.

Basic Mechanics

Demonstrated experience reading drawings and schematics and then assembling parts into finished systems, including the ability to read documented procedures and reduce them to common practices. Experience using mechanical tools at the level of common automobile repair. Familiarity with the full range of assembly tools and measurement devices (e.g. a torque wrench or a Vernier caliper). Familiarity with mechanical fabrication methods such as machine shop tools or welding (being a machinist or welder is NOT required).

Familiarity with Electronic Instrumentation and Computer Data Acquisition

Demonstrated experience using computerized data acquisition or control systems (at the system level, knowledge at the board or component level is not required). Experience using data acquisition or control software (programming is not a requirement). Basic understanding of the difference between analog and digital signals, signal to noise, signal propagation and signal digitizing.

Team Dynamics

Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse team of professionals including technicians, engineers, and scientists including effective communication skills for all levels. Further demonstrated ability to leverage ingenuity, creativity, and personal independence to support multiple concurrent team tasks.

Education/Experience : Position require an Associates’ Degree in a related field and a minimum of 5 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. At this level, additional training and/or certification may be expected.

Desired Qualifications:

Advanced Electronics Knowledge

Experience with electronics circuit troubleshooting, including using diagnostic instruments and interpretation of an electrical schematic. Knowledge of electrical network theory at the level of a first introductory college course. Familiarity with electrical noise and shielding. Familiarity with proper grounding techniques both for signal quality and safety.

Experience in an Environment Requiring Operational Formality

Experience working in an environment where Operational Formality was required.

Experience with 3D Mechanical Design Software

Experience or knowledge of any common 3D modeling and design software, such as SolidWorks. Knowledge of proper mechanical tolerancing.

Familiarity with Fiber-Based Laser or Fiber Optics Technology

Experience with fiber optics or fiber-based lasers, particularly telecommunications technology. Familiarity with basic optical components such as circulators, lasers, or multiplexers. Experience performing simple fiber optic work such as welding fibers or polishing fibers.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Carrying 30 lbs, lifting 20-30 lbs., fine motor control, applying torque, gripping with hands, typing, sitting, standing, walking, reaching horizontally, reading vision, ability to speak, ability to discriminate speech, color discrimination

Note to Applicants: 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.

Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

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.

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 at least one year of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the one year of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader.Please refer to LaboratoryPolicy 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.

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)

Appointment Type



Contact Details
Contact Name Ferguson, Leslie Nichole
Email leslief@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC82742
Organization Name J-4 / Darht Experiments and Diagnostics
Minimum Salary 62800
Maximum Salary 99800
Req ID: IRC82742
Category: Science/Eng Tech Support