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Job Information

Los Alamos National Laboratory R&D Research Technician (Research Tec 4) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

Q-5, the High Explosives Science and Technology Group, serves the Laboratory and the Nation providing the knowledge base in High Explosives (HE) for the Nuclear Weapons Program and other critical national security areas. The Group's capabilities include chemical synthesis of new explosives and energetic and inert materials; preparation of composite energetic materials; reactive materials research; complete analytical and physical characterization services; small-scale safety, sensitivity, and performance testing of energetic materials; and applied problem solving. The Group is seeking a Research Technician 4 .

R&D Technician 4

We have a specific need for expertise in hardware and experimental sample design, fabrication, and assembly involving conventional and explosive materials. The R&D Technician 4 will design, fabricate, and assemble hardware and samples while interacting with scientists, engineers, modelers, technologists, and technicians to perform experiments and develop manufacturing processes. They will participate in brainstorming sessions with customers and group members to determine technical approaches and how to best realize them. They will take the collaborative prototype designs and fabricate and assemble them, independently as well as part of a team.

This posting is under the Associate Laboratory Directorate for Weapons Engineering (ALDW).

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:


  • Strong oral and written communication skills communicating

  • with customers/requesters of machining services

  • developing and understanding technical requirements (e.g., form, function, tolerances, etc.)


  • Documented record of operating and maintaining manual and CNC machining equipment, including multiple brands, systems, and programing languages

  • Extensive hands-on experience machining to fulfill customer requirements

  • Experience with dimensional tolerancing and metrology

  • Experience designing and manufacturing high-tolerance inspection fixtures

  • Experience programming and manufacturing high-tolerance, complex parts from exotic materials

  • Proficiency in drafting

Education/Experience: Position requires an Associates’ Degree and a minimum of 5 years relevant experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Journeyman machinist

  • Demonstrated record of willingness to receive mentorship and training to grow technically and take on new roles and responsibilities

  • Demonstrated record of commitment to safety in a laboratory or manufacturing environment

  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q clearance, which normally requires US citizenship

  • Willingness to travel to offsite facilities, when needed

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Sitting, standing, walking, bending, reaching horizontally, applying torque with hands or arms, gripping with the hands, pressing with the hands or arms, pushing with hands or arms, pulling with hands or arms, typing or keyboarding, fine motor control, lifting 20-30 pounds, carrying 20-30 pounds.

Work Environment: Outdoors, working alone, in a hot environment 90 – 100 F, operation of specialized heavy equipment, in a widely ranging ambient temperatures, domestic/foreign travel, operation of motor vehicles, work in a noisy environment, work near sources of non-ionizing radiation, work with weapons of explosives, work with vibrating equipment/machinery, work near machinery with moving parts, irritant chemicals, dusts or powders, sprays, mists or vapors, fumes, carcinogens, headgear or head protection, safety glasses or eye protection, hearing protection, gloves or hand protection, safety shoes or protective footgear

Note to Applicants: For full consideration, applicants must submit a resume and a comprehensive cover letter that specifically addresses each of the requirements.

Location: 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)

Additional Details

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.

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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Appointment Type



Contact Details
Contact Name Ferguson, Leslie Nichole
Email leslief@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC86058
Organization Name Q-5/High Explosives Science & Technology
Minimum Salary 64400
Maximum Salary 102300
Req ID: IRC86058
Category: Other