Los Alamos National Laboratory Neutron Research Technologist (Research Technologist 1) in Los Alamos, New Mexico


Job Title Neutron Research Technologist (Research Technologist 1)

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name P-25/Subatomic Physics

What You Will Do

The Subatomic Physics Group (P-25) of Physics Division is seeking a Research Technologist 1 who will lead all the technical aspects of work conducted by the P-25 neutron team. You will operate and maintain the helium liquefier facility. You will be providing on-the-floor experimental support to experimental activities including construction and testing of a new liquid helium cryostat. The position requires work with vacuum, cryogenic (at 4K and sub-1K), mechanical, and electrical systems. In particular, work involves 1) design, construction, and operation of large sub-K liquid helium systems, 2) operation and maintenance of the cryogenic plant and ultracold neutron (UCN) source, and 3) operation of the UCN source and the associated cryocooler system.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated expertise or qualification with the following:

  • High vacuum technology.

  • Cryogenic systems (liquid nitrogen and liquid helium)

  • Helium Liquefier or refrigerator system.

  • Demonstrated experience in technical leadership.

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to interact with all levels of personnel and customers; strong teaming skills.

  • Demonstrated experience working independently without much direction.

  • Demonstrated strong work ethic based on completed work. History of good work habits and a commitment to safety in the workplace.

  • History of achieving individual educational goals that demonstrates a desire and the ability to learn new skills.

Desired Skills:

  • Prior experience with fabrication, operation, and maintenance of liquid helium cryostats in R&D settings.

  • Either in possession of crane and forklift licenses or the ability to obtain them.

Education: Position typically requires a high school diploma and a minimum one-to-two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Notes to Applicants: For further technical information, please contact Dr. Takeyasu Ito at 505-606-1985 or ito@lanl.gov, Dr. Mark Makela at 505-667-5084 or makela@lanl.gov, or Scott Currie at 505-667-8347 or currie@lanl.gov .

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Reading vision; ability to hear in normal range (500 to 3000 Hz); applying torque with hands or arms; fine motor control; carrying 30+ pounds.

Work Environment: Working outdoors; at heights; in cold and very hot environments; working alone; working overtime or irregular schedule; working off-shift/rotating schedule; operation of specialized heavy equipment; work near sources of ionizing radiation; work near sources of non-ionizing radiation; work near irritant chemicals. Work may require safety glasses or eye protection; face shield or facial protection; hearing protection; gloves or hand protection; safety shoes or protective foot gear.

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.

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.

P-25 leads many projects in the field of fundamental neutron physics. These include: development of the SNS nEDM experiment, development of a new nEDM experiment at LANL using the ultracold neutron (UCN) source, development of a new neutron lifetime experiment, and the Nab experiment at ORNL.

Appointment Type Regular


Minimum Salary 72500

Maximum Salary 118200

Contact Details

Contact Name Nelsen, Ashley Nicole

Email anelsen@lanl.gov

Work Telephone

Req ID: IRC71162