Los Alamos National Laboratory R&D Technologist 1/2 (Research Technologist 1/2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
Sigma 2 (Finishing and Manufacturing Science) is seeking a highly motivated Research Technologist to join the Characterization and Special Projects Team of Sigma Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Sigma Division focuses on materials science and engineering, emphasizing metallurgical processes and research in support of the experimental testing program at Los Alamos. The Division is a service oriented capability that supports a broad customer base, both internal and external to LANL, with high quality one of a kind prototype components. The work ranges from unclassified to TS/SCI level security and covers all materials from hydrogen to uranium on the periodic chart. Performance of job responsibilities will involve exposure to hazards that include radiation generating devices, radioactive materials, acids/bases, organic solvents and other hazardous materials. This position requires excellent work ethic and team building skills, high level of initiative, and commitment to safety, quality, and documentation.
This position will be filled at either the R&D Technologist 1 or 2 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.
Research Technologist 1 ($77,300-$126,000)
The successful candidate will provide research technologist support in the ﬁeld of metallography/materials science. The research technologist will work within established procedures, processes, requirements or speciﬁcations to perform work on a variety of tasks and projects.
Responsibilities for the selected candidate at Research Technologist 1 will include:
Support operations and general laboratory processes in the Sigma-2 microscopy facilities.
Maintain compliance with conduct of operations, safety, security, and environmental regulations. Assist with the development of safety documents for activities performed in the metallography lab, safety, and user training. Manage chemical waste proﬁles for disposal according to waste disposal regulations.
Possess knowledge and demonstrate advanced skills in sample preparation of metallographic samples.
Assist laboratory users in sample preparation methods, i.e. polishing or etching, microscopic or macroscopic examination using optical microscopy, electron microscopy, and hardness measurements.
Experience in preparing samples for SEM (EDS/EBSD/WDS) analysis.
Demonstrated experience in the characterization of samples by optical and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), including energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS).
Ability to work independently with initiative.
Interact with facility personnel for new equipment installation and/or maintenance.
Analyze data, provide preliminary interpretation of results with charts, graphs and/or drawings for inclusion in reports for reference or instruction purposes.
Contribute to meeting program deliverables in nuclear and global security programs.
Research Technologist 2 ($85,400-$139,600)
In addition to the responsibilities and activities listed above, the Research Technologist 2 will be expected to:
Resolve problems of moderately complex scope requiring review of a variety of factors.
Mentor junior technologists and technicians.
Develop optical microscopy and SEM characterization techniques and processes to support the Lab’s mission.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
A strong background in optical and scanning electron microscopy, including sample preparation.
Experience with computer systems and applications including PC software, and Microsoft Oﬃce Suite including data manipulation, and use of databases.
Ability to interact eﬀectively with colleagues and external collaborators. Demonstrate superior verbal communication and teamwork.
Ability to follow written and verbal instructions, procedures, plans and Laboratory requirements.
Ability to follow safeguards and security procedures in accordance with the Laboratory policy.
Fosters a mutually respectful and inclusive work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.
Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires US citizenship
In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the Research Technologist 2 level requires:
Prepares research documentation including peer-review of documentation from other team members.
Experience managing daily laboratory operations.
Education for level 1: Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution and 2 years related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.
Education for level 2: Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution and 5 years related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.
Previous experience with hardness testing and/or image analysis software.
Experience in handling uranium and/or beryllium alloys.
Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation):Color discrimination, peripheral vision, depth perception, binocular vision, reading vision, Use of both hands, use of both arms, pushing with hands or arms, pulling with hands or arms, and lifting 10-20 pounds, Ability to hear in a normal range (500-3000 Hz).
Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.
COVID Vaccine: 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 .
Note to Applicants: Applicants are required to submit a cover letter addressing all requirements of the position.
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)
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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. Appointment Type
Contact Name Masterson, Clinton Thomas (Clint)
Work Telephone 505-396-0294
Vacancy Name: IRC90598
Organization Name Sigma-2/Finishing Manufacturing Science
Req ID: IRC90598
Category: Science/Eng Tech Support