Los Alamos National Laboratory Physical chemistry and spectroscopy technologist (Research Technologist 1/2 ) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
The Physical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy group is looking for a talented and experimentally adept technologist in the field of spectroscopy. Our group engages in multi-disciplinary research focused on the use of spectroscopy to investigate a variety of complex problems. Focused areas of research include, biology, remote sensing, explosives, nanoparticle science, and space applications. The group is seeing technologists with expertise in one or more of these focused areas of research. The chosen candidates may assist multiple investigators spanning these diverse teams.
Technologists in the group support the execution of programs, maintenance and continued operation of complex instrumentation. Additionally, technologists may assist the project investigators in devising new experimental processes and protocols for complex laboratory operations. They will be tasked to maintain documentation and management of safety perimeters, contribute to reports, data analytics and manuscripts in some cases.
Research Technologist 1 $77,300-$126,000
The candidate will have the opportunity to work on some world class science efforts, based on their area of technical expertise. This may involve performing spectroscopic characterization of explosive processes, or developing nanomaterial science to benefit energy challenges, or remote sensing in the interest of national security. The successful candidate will deisgn and execute experiments in concert with the project principal investigators, and will be responsible for data accrual and reporting. They will have some administrative responsibilities that surround the performance of complex experimental work – such as approval documents, ordering, and other requirements. Candidates will attend team meetings, and- in some cases- may have the opportunity to contribute to peer-reivewed manuscripts and conference presentations as well.
Research Technologist 2 $85,400- $139,600
In addition to the above mentioned responsibilities, successful candidates will assume greater administrative responsibilities – such as seeking approvals for new operations or renewal of previous operations, installation and maintaining new equipment, training of new personnel, and sometimes, responsibilities of management of the laboratory. In addition to performing experiments and data reporting, they will also be expected to contribute to the analysis of the data, and the outcomes of these efforts.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Advanced knowledge and experience in experimental spectroscopic measurements – preferably using more than one type of measurement platform or system, e.g. include techniques such as UV/Vis, IR-NIR, FTIR, LIBS, Raman (SERS), Fluorescence (multiphoton), ultrafast tunable lasers, transient absorption, and others.
Advanced knowledge and experience handling complex samples of relevance to the research within one or more of the group’s focus areas–Chemical (organic, inorganic, nanoparticles), Biological (BSL2), Radiological, Nanomaterials, and Explosives
Demonstrated knowledge of scientific principles, experimental processes, mathematical formulas, computations and data gathering methods.
Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which typically requires U.S. citizenship
For full consideration, please submit a comprehensive cover letter reflective of your relevant experience to the job requirements and desired qualifications stated above.
Additional Job Requirements for Technologist 2:
In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requ i res:
Frequent use and application of technical standards, principles, theories, concepts, and techniques for the projects in hand, the ability to independently deisgn and curate experimental protocols, the ability to progress from experimental deisgn to analysis independently. Although these individuals will continue to work with the principal investigator, more independence is expected.
Education/Experience for Technologist 1 : Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution and 2 years related experience or an equivalent combination of directly related education and experience directly related to the occupation.
Education/Experience for Technologist 2: Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution and 5 years related experience or an equivalent combination of directly related education and experience directly related to the occupation.
Experience in managing the safety envelope for complex operations – facilities interface, waste management and others
Demonstrated technical agility – and ability to adapt to changing experimental landscapes
Strong work ethic and team oriented
Note to Applicants: Depending on the specific project and program, the selected individuals may need to travel as a part of their position.
This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.
Vaccination Requirement : The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.
Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year . 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)
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. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.
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 472.2 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: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to PolicyPolicy 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.
Contact Name Duran, Andria M
Vacancy Name: IRC90274
Organization Name C-PCS/Physical Chem & Applied Spectroscopy
Req ID: IRC90274