Los Alamos National Laboratory Materials Properties Technologist (Research Technologist 1/2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Research Technologist 1 or 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.

The Nuclear Materials Science Group (MST-16) of the Materials Science and Technology Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking an outstanding and highly motivated person for the position of Research Technologist 1 or 2 in actinide materials synthesis and properties measurements. The successful candidate will play a key role in the establishment of a new laboratory for the study of actinide materials properties. This position will support a variety of fundamental and applied science-based actinide programs, including Plutonium Sustainment, the Science Program, fuel cycle research & development, various global security programs, and Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) projects. MST-16 maintains a multidisciplinary expertise in actinide materials science and engages in areas important to Laboratory missions, including material characterization, phase stability, aging, electronic structure, corrosion, and surface science.

As a member of MST-16, the selected candidate will be expected to integrate seamlessly with the Group’s technical endeavors. The successful applicant will work both collaboratively and independently on MST-16 projects. In particular, it is expected that the successful candidate will be able to transition current actinide materials synthesis and properties measurements processes to a new facility with new equipment.

Research Technologist 1 ($72,500-$118,200)

Responsibilities for the selected candidate will include:

  • Support materials synthesis efforts, including flux growth of single crystals, vacuum and helium leak check systems, gas purification, glass encapsulation, arc melting, induction melting, and thermal processing.

  • Support properties measurements, including powder and single crystal x-ray diffraction, dilution refrigerators, and low-temperature thermophysical properties (e.g., heat capacity, resistivity, thermal expansion, and magnetic susceptibility).

  • Contribute to data analysis and interpretation for detailed process and materials descriptions.

  • Hands-on sample preparation and shipping of actinide materials, including technique development for preparing difficult materials in gloveboxes and open-front hoods.

  • Contribute to internal reports, progress reports to sponsors, or technical publications in peer-reviewed journals, as appropriate to meet program objectives.

Research Technologist 2 ($80,100-$131,000)

In addition to the responsibilities and activities listed above, the Research Technologist 2 will:

  • Lead day-to-day operations of the synthesis and properties measurement laboratory.

  • Lead methods development efforts for synthesis and properties measurements.

  • Interact with program management to support ongoing facility funding.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • B.S. in science or engineering or an equivalent amount of formal training and 5+ years of relevant work experience.

  • Demonstrated experience with materials synthesis and processing techniques, such as arc melting, single crystal growth, and casting.

  • Demonstrated experience with materials properties measurements, such as resistivity, thermal expansion, heat capacity, and x-ray diffraction.

  • Demonstrated experience in preparing samples for experimental investigations.

  • Experience with data analysis software tools and standard office software such as e-mail, Excel, and Microsoft Word.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to interact effectively with staff, technical, and facility personnel.

  • Ability to obtain DOE Q clearance (usually requires U.S. citizenship) and HRP certification.

In addition to the above job requirements outlined for a Research Technologist 1, the Research Technologist 2 requirements are as follows:

  • M.S. in science or engineering or an equivalent amount of formal training and 5 years of relevant work experience.

  • Experience with managing daily laboratory operations.

  • Experience providing direction, guidance, and training to laboratory users in laboratory procedures.

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience in developing and conducting experiments with actinides.

  • Demonstrated ability to balance requirements of multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Documented record of working safely and responsibly in a nuclear facility or with special nuclear materials.

  • Experience in working with classified documents and items.

  • DOE Q clearance and HRP certification.

Note to Applicants: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 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.

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.

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.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name: MST-16/ Nuclear Materials Science

Job Title: Materials Properties Technologist (Research Technologist 1/2)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC60141