Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Tec 2/3 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

AMPP and PT Divisions are seeking hard working research technicians that are mechanically inclined, enjoy hands-on work, and that work well in a team environment. Research technicians work in a team environment within LANLs nuclear facility to manufacture product, support material movement, and support glove box operations. Processes in PF-4 are performed using detailed operating procedures and work requires detailed knowledge and expertise following Conduct of Operations, nuclear criticality safety, material control and accountability, radiological safety, and environmental compliance requirements. Most of the daily work is “hands-on” and will involve work with computers. Safety and security are a primary responsibility for all Laboratory employees. The successful candidate will maintain their required safety and security training, ensure compliance with safety and security requirements, and make safety and security an integral part of every task.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Performing manufacturing operations in one or more of the following areas: metal processing (furnace operations), metal recovery (aqueous operations), casting, vacuum equipment operation, welding, mechanical assembly, leak testing, equipment troubleshooting, and equipment maintenance

  • Understanding and adherence to all Laboratory and industry regulatory guidance and governance specific to installation, repair and maintenance

  • Providing general process and operational support, including nuclear criticality safety, material control and accountability, glovebox maintenance, radiological protection, perform respirator work

  • Participating in the development and implementation of new processes and procedures

  • Using a variety of typical hand tools and bench-top equipment

  • Ensuring all work, materials, processes and final product meet quality specifications and are completed according to established requirements

  • Collaborating with other facility representatives as required to support the safety/reliability of equipment/systems

  • Working with radioactive and hazardous materials

  • Writing and maintaining records, following detailed operating procedures and integrated work documents, writing concise progress reports, and frequent interaction with support organizations; reading and understanding written and/or verbal instructions, drawings, layouts, and other related specifications; performing transactions on the nuclear material tracking computer system

  • Building strong partnerships and interactive communications to ensure processing equipment and experiments are operated safely in accordance with Group, Facility and Laboratory policies and procedures

This position will be filled at either the Research Technician 2 or 3 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate(s). Additional responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate(s) is hired at the higher level.

Research Technician 2 ($45,500 - $70,000)

A Research Technician 2 works at the semi-skilled level and has basic understanding of the general and technical aspects of the job. This is essentially an entry level technician position and requires basic manufacturing process understanding. The selected candidate will work under the direct supervision and mentorship of senior technicians to learn one or more manufacturing processes and manufacturing in a nuclear facility. This position requires the ability to develop a basic understanding of the following: Conduct of Operations, nuclear criticality safety, material control and accountability, using common hand tools and power tools inside a glovebox system, using protective clothing and air purifying respirator and have the ability to work with radioactive and other hazardous materials as dictated by programmatic needs.

Research Technician 3 ($50,200 - $77,600)

In addition to the requirements of the Research Technician 2 position, a Research Technician 3 has direct manufacturing experience (at least 2 years) and has proven and demonstrated technical skills and knowledge, and is recognized as a specialist in one or more manufacturing competencies (specified below). The Research Technician 3 works under consultative direction with comprehensive understanding of the technical aspects of the job. The Research Technician 3 will work on more than one manufacturing process, provide input for process improvements, and is expected to develop basic functional and operational process and equipment knowledge.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Basic knowledge in one or more of the following manufacturing competencies: metal processing (furnace operations), metal recovery (aqueous operations), casting, vacuum equipment operation, pressure system operation, welding, mechanical assembly, leak testing, equipment troubleshooting, or equipment maintenance

  • Demonstrated experience working to technical objectives of assignments

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively, conscientiously and professionally in a high performance team environment that exhibits collaborative behavior

  • Proven knowledge and implementation of required safety practices for work assignments

  • Basic knowledge of computer systems and applications such as, MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

In addition to the job requirements outlined above, the Research Technician 3 requirements are as follows:

  • Knowledge investigating solutions to problems affecting project requirements, and recommend alternative approaches as appropriate

  • Knowledge and implementation of required safety, security, and quality assurance practices for the work assignment, including calibration concepts and protocols as appropriate

  • Competencies in one or more of the following:

  • Technical work, such as chemical synthesis; chemical, radiological materials handling; analytical procedures and methodology; materials characterization or testing; optical and laser systems; data acquisition systems; vacuum systems; pressure systems; fiber optics; electronic imaging; solid-state electronic design and assembly; mechanical systems; etc.

  • Test and design, such as reading drawings and schematics, using digital test equipment, data analysis, electromagnetic shielding, non-destructive assay techniques, high-speed data acquisition systems and software, ultrafast timing techniques, etc.

  • Specialized training and knowledge for working in hazardous environments such as those involving radiological, chemical, explosives, or fissile material

  • Experience writing or contributing to Integrated Work Documents, Detailed Operating Procedures, or other work planning documents

Desired Skills:

  • Fissile Material Handler Certified

  • Knowledge in working with Special Nuclear Materials handling/movement on the nuclear material tracking computer system

  • Demonstrated proficiency working in a glove box environment

  • Active Q clearance


Education Research Technician 2: Associate’s degree in a technical field such as chemical engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology, material science, radiological science, waste management, machining technology, or a minimum combination of 4 years of relevant education, training and experience working in a high risk – high consequence environment such as: Navy Nuclear, Commercial Nuclear, Navy Ship Yard, or DOE Nuclear Facility.

Education Research Technician 3: Associate’s degree in a technical field such as chemical engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology, material science, radiological science, waste management, machining technology plus 2 years of related manufacturing experience or a minimum combination of 5 years education, training, and experience working in a high risk – high consequence environment such as: Navy Nuclear, Commercial Nuclear, Navy Ship Yard, and/or DOE Nuclear Facility.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation):climbing stairs, climbing ladders, twisting the trunk or back, balancing, applying torque with hands or arms, use of both hands, use of both arms, use of both legs, use of both feet, carrying 10-20 pounds, lifting 30+ pounds.

Work Environment:Working overtime or irregular schedule, work near sources of ionizing radiation, work near machinery and moving parts, mask or respirator, domestic/foreign travel.

Notes to Applicants: For full consideration, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the key requirements of the position.

Additional Details:

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.

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 regards 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 call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Locatedin northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is primarily responsible for monitoring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile and conducting advanced research in numerous areas related to national security. Additionally, it is a center for research in a wide range of scientific disciplines, including space exploration, geophysics, renewable energy, supercomputing, medicine, and nanotechnology.

This position is being advertised through the Associate Directorate for Plutonium, Science, and Manufacturing (ADPSM). ADPSM provides world-class, safe, secure, and reliable special nuclear material research, process development, technology demonstration, and manufacturing capabilities that support the nation's defense, energy, and environmental needs. This advertisement is Research Technicians 2/3 to support operations in both Actinide Material Processing & Power (AMPP) Division and Pit Technologies (PT) Division. The successful candidates will be placed in the Division where their skills best match the needs of the Division.

The Actinide Materials Processing & Power (AMPP) and Pit Technologies (PT) Divisions support national security and science missions in the nations Plutonium Center of Excellence. AMPP and PT Division technicians support the development and production of nuclear weapons, non-proliferation missions, space and defense power supply missions, and actinide science.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Budge, Trevor L.

Organization Name: ADPSM/Plutonium Science & Manufacturing

Email: tbudge@lanl.gov

Job Title: Research Tec 2/3

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC63577