Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Technologist 1 in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
The Advanced Nuclear Technology Group (NEN‐2) conducts research, development, training and operations in the application of passive and active nuclear measurement techniques, as well as radiography. Applications of primary interest to the group include emergency response programs, countering weapons of mass destruction, stockpile stewardship support, intelligence support activities, and international treaty verification. NEN‐2 also conducts nuclear criticality experiments at the National Criticality Experiments Research Center (NCERC), located at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) and operated by LANL, in support of basic research in nuclear chain‐reacting systems and contributing to nuclear criticality safety, fundamental nuclear data characterization, nuclear energy, arms control and treaty verification, safeguards and nuclear material accounting. NCERC maintains a substantial special nuclear material (SNM) inventory and expertise to support a variety of nuclear security missions, including nuclear criticality safety research and training, nuclear emergency response, nuclear nonproliferation, and support for other government agencies requiring hands-on access to significant quantities of nuclear material in numerous configurations. NEN‐2 works closely with NCERC Facility Operations (NCERC‐FO) and Mission Support and Test Services, LLC (MSTS) at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) to execute unique nuclear critical and subcritical experiments.
A key component of the NEN‐2 mission is to teach a wide variety of personnel from within the lab and national security partner organizations how to safely handle, detect, characterize, and manage nuclear materials. NEN‐2 staﬀ members conduct classes in criticality safety, nuclear materials handling methods, and nuclear instrumentation. The selected candidates will work in a dynamic team environment where communication, teamwork, initiative, and follow through are essential. They will play a key role in supporting national security through the NEN-2 mission.
As a Research Technologist Level 1 in NEN-2, you may:
Operate, support, maintain, and troubleshoot/repair a variety of radiation detection equipment, both gamma-ray and neutron based
Operate, support, maintain, and troubleshoot/repair a variety of low-to-high energy radiography instruments
Qualify as a Certified Fissile Material Handler (FMH) to perform hand-on experimental operation with significant quantities of SNM
Support NEN-2 scientists/engineers and trainees in doing experiments or conducting training at LANL and/or NCERC
Acquire, analyze and report data from a variety of instruments
Mentor and lead other technologists, technicians and personnel in safe work execution
Maintain, design, and build instrumentation and equipment for use in radiation detection or radiography
Learn the principles and practice of radiation measurements or radiography, and develop subject-matter expertise in at least one core measurement technique or technology
Sustain and improve the work authorization and work execution for NEN-2 operations
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Demonstrated experience with radiation detection instrumentation or radiography instruments, for example, installation, operation, maintenance, troubleshooting, or analysis of experimental data
Demonstrated experience with hands-on technical work, for example, use of hand tools, machining, device fabrication or assembly, electronics, computer networking, etc.
Demonstrated experience organizing technical work, for example, supplies, purchases, shipping, equipment, labs, schedules
Ability to formulate and implement innovative approaches and solutions to problems
Demonstrated experience working successfully in a high consequence environment that demands excellent attention to detail, conduct of operations, and safe work practices
The ability to obtain and maintain Human Reliability Program (HRP) certification
The ability to obtain a DOE Q Clearance
Demonstrated experience with more than one major radiation detection or radiography technique (for example experience with Golden X-ray instruments and neutron detectors)
Demonstrated experience with teaching, especially to audiences of various backgrounds
Fissile material handling experience
Strong computer skills, for example, data acquisition, experiment control, programming, or data management
Ability and inclination to contribute to a wide range of basic-research and mission-science programs as needs and opportunities evolve with time
An active DOE Q clearance
An active Human Reliability Program (HRP) certification
Education/Experience: Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in science, engineering, or similar field from an accredited institution and 2 years related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.
Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation):
Color discrimination, Peripheral vision, Depth perception, Binocular vision, Reading vision, 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, 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, Carrying 30+ pounds, Lifting 1-5 pounds, Lifting 5-10 pounds, Lifting 10-20 pounds, Lifting 20-30 pounds, Carrying 1-5 pounds, Carrying 5-10 pounds, Carrying 10-20 pounds, Carrying 20-30 pounds.
Outdoors, Working alone, Working overtime or irregular schedule, Domestic/foreign travel, Operation of motor vehicles, Work in a noisy environment, Work near electrical power supplies, Work near sources of ionizing radiation, Work near sources of non-ionizing radiation, Work near machinery with moving parts, toxic chemicals, Irritant chemicals, Fumes, Carcinogens, Headgear or head protection, Safety glasses or eye protection, Face shield or facial protection, Mask or respirator, Hearing protection, Gloves or hand protection, Safety shoes or protective footgear, Hood use.
Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos
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)
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. SeeDOE Order 472.2for 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.
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.
Contact Name Frary, Suzanne R
Vacancy Name: IRC84017
Organization Name NEN-2/Advanced Nuclear Technology
Req ID: IRC84017
Category: Science/Eng Tech Support