Los Alamos National Laboratory Plutonium Corrosion Materials Scientist (Scientist 2/3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
This position will be filled at either the R&D Scientist 2 or 3 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 candidate for the position of R&D Scientist 2 or 3, with a focus on plutonium material compatibility and corrosion. As a member of MST-16, the successful candidate is expected to execute a variety of materials investigations to expand our knowledge of plutonium corrosion and materials compatibility. The selected candidate will play a key role in the expansion of plutonium coupon corrosion studies and related capabilities in a state- of-the-art laboratory.
Nuclear Materials Science (MST-16) is an international leader in plutonium science and engineering and supports a variety of fundamental to applied programs, including Plutonium Sustainment, Pit Surveillance, Science Programs, Life Extension Programs, Advanced Certification, 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, mechanical and dynamic properties, aging, electronic structure, corrosion, and surface science. Our work takes place in the Plutonium Facility (PF- 4), the Radiological Laboratory/Utility/Office Building (RLUOB), the Target Fabrication Facility (TFF), and numerous other facilities at LANL and across the country.
R&D Scientist 2 ($94,100 – 155,700)
Research activities and responsibilities of the successful candidate will include the following:
Preparation and execution of plutonium coupon studies.
Determine follow-on materials analysis techniques (e.g., SEM, EPMA, XRD, etc.) and surface science analytical methods (XPS, Auger, ToF-SIMS, etc.) to support the results of corrosion experiments.
Collaborate with other scientists, technicians and engineers to support all aspects of the experimental effort.
Contribute to the completion of milestones associated with various core mission programs as well as fundamental research and development projects.
Actively participate in professional societies and working groups.
R&D Scientist 3 ($113,100 – 190,900)
In addition to the responsibilities and activities listed above, the R&D Scientist 3 will:
Design, direct, and execute plutonium corrosion experiments and experimental campaigns.
Interpret data obtained from follow-on materials analysis techniques and surface science analytical methods, and present results to Program Management.
Lead a small team of scientists, technicians and engineers to execute Pu coupon experiments within nuclear facilities.
Lead the installation and testing of new equipment.
Lead the development of new coupon testing programs.
Develop new projects toward the advancement of corrosion science of plutonium and other actinides that are relevant to the Lab’s national security missions.
Contribute to the professional development of junior scientists and technicians.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering, Condensed Matter Physics, or other relevant technical discipline and at least one year of relevant work experience.
Demonstrated experience in materials or chemistry experimental design.
Demonstrated experience in gas analysis and high vacuum systems.
Demonstrated dependability and ability to work effectively, conscientiously, and professionally both independently and in a team environment.
Demonstrated commitment to technical and scientific excellence as well as timeliness of deliverables.
Demonstrated record of successful documentation of technical work and the ability to express ideas clearly in oral and written formats.
Ability to obtain DOE Q clearance (usually requires U.S. citizenship) and HRP certification.
In addition to the requirements outlined above, the R&D Scientist 3 level requires:
At least five years of relevant work experience.
Demonstrated experience interacting with programmatic customers and developing new projects.
Experience in Pressure Composition Temperature measurements using a Sieverts’ apparatus.
Demonstrated experience in developing and conducting experiments with solid actinide samples.
Demonstrated experience in materials synthesis and processing.
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.
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.
Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1. Appointment Type
Contact Name Masterson, Clinton Thomas (Clint)
Work Telephone 505-396-0294
Vacancy Name: IRC86026
Organization Name MST-16/Nuclear Materials Science
Req ID: IRC86026