Los Alamos National Laboratory Radioactive Source Removal Management Research Technologist (Research Technologist 1) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
The International Threat Reduction Group (NEN-3) is seeking a Research Technologist to join a strong, mission-focused team. Our diverse workforce enjoys a collegial work environment focused on creative problem solving, where everyone’s opinions and ideas are considered. The successful candidate will oversee and participate in both domestic and international recoveries of sealed radioactive sources made from a variety of radionuclides, which, once in the possession of and owned by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), become eligible for disposal as low-level radioactive waste at existing DOE disposal facilities. This is your chance to make a real difference while contributing to public safety and national security.
NEN-3 applies expertise in nuclear and radiological material and commodities detection, packaging, capacity building, modeling and simulation to reduce nuclear proliferation and enhance global security in a changing threat environment. This includes support for the Off-Site Source Recovery Program (OSRP) in its mission to recover excess, unwanted, and abandoned radioactive sealed sources that pose a potential risk to national security, public health, and safety. OSRP contributes to national security by elimination from the environment excess radioactive sources that could be used in a Radiological Dispersion Device (“dirty bomb”) or for other malicious purposes.
Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
Participate in the planning and execution of recovery operations to retrieve radioactive sources for disposal from public, private or government institutions
Work with colleagues at our consolidation facilities to update source and drum inventories, conduct packaging and consolidation activities, and oversee shipments to and from the facilities
Maintain programmatic databases with source characterization data and required paperwork
Work with project team members to ensure accuracy and completeness of documents and records and compliance with procedural requirements.
Work closely and professionally with peers, technical leads, supervisor and customers.
Assemble information needed to support program activities and source recovery operations.
Travel is required both domestically and internationally.
This position will involve exposure to and handling of radioactive materials and qualification as a LANL Radiation Worker II.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to learn and develop skills that support other areas within NEN-3. The group has ongoing work in radiation detector testing and deployment and software development solving global security problems.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Knowledge and understanding of alpha, beta, gamma and neutron radiation.
Knowledge and understand of basic radiation physics and/or health physics.
Experience working with radioactive materials including radioactive sealed sources.
Knowledge of one or more of the following: radioactive sealed source identification, handling, encapsulation, packaging, transportation, and disposal of Class 7 material.
Familiar with radioactive material control or nuclear material control and accountability.
Perform work and follow procedures in accordance with all applicable safety and security practices.
- Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team, and make decisions, solve problems, exercise good judgment, work under pressure, work with minimal supervision and prioritize workload.
- Demonstrated communication skills with strength and knowledge in writing routine reports and correspondence.
Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree in engineering technology or related technical field and 2 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. An applicant with an Associate’s degree in engineering technology or related technical field requires a minimum of 6 years of relevant experience, Bachelor’s degree preferred.
Active DOE Q Clearance
Experience with packaging radioactive material using Type A and AF containers.
Training in radioactive material transport per Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations.
Experience as a Material Balance Area (MBA) Custodian, Alternate, or familiarity with nuclear material control and accountability.
Experience and/or knowledge of radioactive waste management, including low-level waste and transuranic (TRU) waste.
Certified as OSRP Visual Examination Operator/ITR through the Central Characterization Project (CCP) for TRU waste disposal at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
Knowledge of radioactive material packaging and transport per Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations.
Experienced in the use of field-sealable special form capsules for source encapsulation.
Experience as a Class 7 Authorized Shipper.
Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Standing, Lifting 30+ pounds, Applying torque with hands or arms
Work Environment: Domestic/foreign travel, Operation of motor vehicle, Work near sources of ionizing radiation
Note to Applicants: Along with your resume, please submit a cover letter addressing each of the job requirements for consideration.
This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
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 call1-505-665-4444 option 1. Appointment Type
Contact Name Lynn, Barbara Ann
Vacancy Name: IRC89409
Organization Name NEN-3/International Threat Reduction
Minimum Salary 77300
Maximum Salary 126000
Req ID: IRC89409
Category: Science/Eng Tech Support