Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Technician 4/5 in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
This position will be filled at either the Research Technician 4 or 5 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.
The Isotope Program (IP) in C-IIAC produces and purifies radionuclides for medical and industrial applications as well as for fundamental research. We are looking for Research Technicians to be part of the team supporting routine production activities, research to develop new isotopes for therapy and imaging, and programmatic maintenance within the Hot Cell Facility.
The Research Tec is responsible for conducting standard chemistry procedures and research with radiological materials that requires remote material handling in hot cells. The work includes support and maintenance of the analytical and programmatic equipment within the general hot cell facility. The successful candidate will develop and update technical and safety procedures, perform analyses of radioisotope final products for quality control, and document the results in processing files or research records. The successful candidate must be able to work with radioactive materials, perform work with remote manipulators, work in a team environment and become respirator fit.
The Isotope Program (IP) Hot Cell Facility is a laboratory designed to handle high dose rate radiological materials. It has hot cells equipped with telemanipulators to remotely handle high dose rate materials along with general laboratory space.
Research Technician 4 ($64,400 - $102,300)
Serve as an IP processor to purify desired isotopes from targets, using telemanipulators for remote handling.
Perform analysis of radioisotope products using standard analytical methods including gamma spectroscopy and ICP-OES.
Assist with hot cell and routine laboratory maintenance activities.
With consideration of ALARA, work in radiation areas with contaminated and activated items, including work requiring respiratory protection.
Develop and update technical procedures and documents. Record and review lab records to ensure accuracy and completeness.
Research Technician 5 ($77,300- $126,000)
In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this level:
Serve as SME for using telemanipulators for remote handling of radioactive materials
Train other team members in operating, maintaining and troubleshooting laboratory instrumentation such as ICP-OES, gamma spectrometers and Liquid Scintillation Counters
Participate in the development of quality control protocols for current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP), or other QA/QC protocols
Participate in the development of safe work practices in a radiological area, based on ALARA principles.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Demonstrated experience performing chemical operations such as chemical separations and reagent preparation.
Ability to learn analytical methods including gamma spectroscopy, inductively coupled plasma spectroscopy and other analytical techniques
Demonstrated ability to develop, update, and adhere to detailed technical and safety procedures, including producing and verifying records of work.
Ability to assist in the maintenance and upkeep of the facility including working in radiation areas with proper PPE and respirators.
Proven ability to learn safe and responsible handling of highly radioactive and hazardous materials, including the use of manipulators for remote handling of materials in hot cells.
Proven ability to meet deliverables in a fast paced and dynamic team environment.
Ability to work under a rigorous quality assurance program including current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP).
Additional Job Requirements for Research Technician 5:
In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:
Experience operating, maintaining and troubleshooting laboratory instrumentation such as ICP-OES, gamma spectrometers and Liquid Scintillation Counters
Experience with current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) for drug manufacturing, NQA-1, or similarly rigorous QA/QC manufacturing programs.
Advanced experience working in a radiological area practicing ALARA.
Education/Experience at lower level: Position requires a minimum of an Associates’ Degree in a STEM field (chemistry, biology or a related field) and 4-6 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of related education and experience.
Education/Experience at higher level: Position requires a minimum of an Associates’ Degree in a STEM field (chemistry, biology or a related field) and a minimum of 6-10 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of related education and experience.
Experience operating cranes and forklifts
Experience performing radiological work in PPE (respirator etc.).
Experience with tele-manipulators.
CDL Driver’s license with HAZMAT endorsement.
Active Q clearance or the ability to obtain a Q clearance which usually requires U.S. citizenship
Note to Applicants: Please provide a cover letter of interest in the position and a resume detailing specific experience as it applies to the required and desired criteria of this job ad.
Location: The position is 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.
Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Lifting and Carrying heavy weight (30 pounds +), Climbing stairs, Crawling
Work Environment: Mask or respirator, Work near sources of ionizing radiation, Carcinogens, Toxic chemicals, Safety shoes, Headgear and Head protection, Safety glasses or eye protection, Gloves and Hand protection, in confined space,Working overtime or irregular schedule
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)
Chemistry Division (C) serves the Laboratory's core national security mission areas of weapons science and threat reduction with innovative chemical science and technology. Our capabilities are also essential for the emerging mission areas of energy security, civilian-sector R&D, and industrial partnering. Chemistry capabilities include analytical chemistry and measurement science; physical chemistry and molecular spectroscopy; isotope and actinide science; nuclear and radiochemistry; nanoscience; material processing and characterization; and chemical engineering.
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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.
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 472.2for 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.
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Contact Name Duran, Andria M
Vacancy Name: IRC84073
Organization Name C-IIAC/Inorganic Isotope & Actinide Chem
Req ID: IRC84073