Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Technologist 1 / 2 in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
This position will be filled at either the Research Technologist 1/2 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 Research Technologist will work with supervision to specific instructions, and within established procedures, processes, requirements or specifications to perform work on well-defined tasks and projects for the Plutonium Oxide Characterization team. The Research Technologist will provide operational and technical guidance, established though hands-on processing experience gained through participation at the production floor level, reporting to the First Line Manager. Duties will include but are not limited to operation, calibration, and maintenance activities of various instruments (thermogravimetric analyzer – mass spectrometry, surface area analyzer, particle size distribution analyzer, laser induce breakdown spectrometer, and x-ray fluorescence spectrometer) located in gloveboxes, and non-destructive testing instruments (gamma counting using solution assay instrument, balance measurements, thermal neutron counting of solid samples).
Research Technologist 1 ($73,800 - $120,400)
The Research Technologist 1 will work as a technical consultant to establish procedures, processes, requirements or specifications to perform work on tasks/projects. Duties may include but are not limited to, calibration, and maintenance activities of various instruments (thermogravimetric analyzer – mass spectrometry, surface area analyzer, particle size distribution analyzer, laser induce breakdown spectrometer, and x-ray fluorescence spectrometer) located in gloveboxes, and non-destructive testing instruments (gamma counting using solution assay instrument, balance measurements, thermal neutron counting of solid samples).
Research Technologist 2 ($81,600 - $133,400)
In addition to the duties outlined above, the Research Technologist 2 should have demonstrated independence and the ability to directly support laboratory capabilities, document work by producing regular reports, assist in writing papers for final product verification and certification, and will maintain Laboratory notebooks on all work performed.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in any of the following: operation, calibration, and maintenance of analytical equipment; physical characteristics of powders; performing work in fume hoods and/or regular/inert atmosphere glovebox.
Demonstrated knowledge of scientific principles, mathematical formulas, computations and data gathering methods.
Demonstrated experience maintaining and operating instruments to collect data.
Demonstrated technical leadership in area of expertise.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively as an individual or part of a team in a multi-discipline and formal environment; specifically working with First Line Managers, Process Engineers, Quality Engineers, and Technicians.
Experience ensuring work, materials, processes and products meet quality specifications and are completed according to established requirements.
Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing.
In addition to the duties outlined above, the Research Technologist 2 will be required to:
Experience developing new methods, techniques, or approaches to address critical technical or manufacturing problems.
Demonstrated experience providing day-to-day technical support and supervision while maintaining progress on long-term tasks.
Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to interact with internal and external customers.
Demonstrated experience analyzing data, summarizing results, and writing reports.
Experience and working knowledge in SNM material handling/movement.
Experience working with radioactive materials.
Demonstrated knowledge and application of industry, regulatory, DOE/National Nuclear Security Administration criteria and standards.
Experience performing work in manufacturing environment.
Experience with method validation and analysis of measurement uncertainty.
Experience with any of the following: Actinide Chemistry; Materials Characterization; performing work in regular/inert atmosphere gloveboxes; Familiarity with thermogravimetric analysis/Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Mass Spectrometry, Particle Size Distribution Analysis - Laser Diffraction, Surface Area - Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) theory, Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy, X-ray Flucorescence, Tapped density analysis;
Demonstrated knowledge of industry, regulatory, DOE/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) complex codes, standards and criteria pertinent to the particular area of research.
Ability to obtain a Q Clearance and HRP
Research Technologist 1 Education Required: Position typically requires a bachelor’s degree or higher in Chemistry, Environmental Science, Materials Science, Engineering (ABET accredited) or related technical Discipline or eight or more years related experience.
Research Technologist 2 Education Required: Position typically requires a bachelor’s degree or higher in Chemistry, Environmental Science, Materials Science, Engineering (ABET accredited) or related technical Discipline with two or more years related experience. Advanced degrees may be counted towards experience.
Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Color discrimination, Peripheral vision, Depth perception, Binocular vision, Reading vision, Distance vision, Ability to speak, Ability to discriminate speech, Ability to hear high-pitched sounds, Ability to smell, Ability to hear in a normal range (500 to 3000 htz), Sitting, Standing, Walking, Climbing stairs, Climbing Ladders, Bending, Stooping, Crouching, Kneeling, Twisting the trunk or back, Balancing, Reaching overhead, Reaching horizontally, Reaching down, Applying torque with hands or arms, Gripping with the hands, Pressing with hands or arms, Pushing with hands or arms, Pulling with hands or arms, Typing or keyboarding, Fine motor control, Use of both hands, Use of both arms, Use of both legs, Use of both feet, Carrying 30+ pounds, Lifting 30+ pounds.
Work Environment: Domestic travel, Work near sources of ionizing radiation, Work near machinery and moving parts, Mask or respirator, Safety glasses or eye protection, Safety shoes or protective foot gear.
Notes to Applicants: For full consideration, please provide a cover letter addressing each of the requirements (minimum and desired) noted in the job posting individually. You can copy and paste the minimum and desired qualification and then add sub-bullets with your commentary.
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.
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: Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.
Where You Will Work
Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.
AMPP-3 provides plutonium engineering and science solutions supporting the mission requirements of the Actinide Material Processing and Power (AMPP) Division for the Advance Recovery and Integrated Extraction System (ARIES). These activities include maintaining current capabilities, design and implementation of new capabilities, process safety, security, and quality improvements. The group primarily based at LANL TA-55 (PF-4). We safely and efficiently process plutonium, uranium, and other actinide materials to meet national program requirements while expanding the scientific and engineering basis of nuclear weapons-based manufacturing while producing the next generation of nuclear engineers and scientists.
Contact Name Vigil, Jessica Marlene
Vacancy Name: IRC78589
Organization Name AMPP-3/ARIES
Req ID: IRC78589