Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Technologist 1 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The DARHT Physics, Pulsed Power, and Diagnostics Group, J-5, has ownership and responsibility for the two electron accelerators at the DARHT (Dual-Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test) facility. The group provides state-of-the-art accelerator physics, pulsed power, beam-target physics, and diagnostic capabilities in support of the Laboratory's hydrodynamic test mission. Core responsibilities of the group include: (1) designing, modeling, and verifying beam physics on Axis 1 and Axis 2; (2) simulating and experimenting beam-target interactions and warm dense matter physics; (3) designing, modeling, and verifying performance of relativistic electron diodes; (4) designing and fielding of diagnostics including pulsed power and non-invasive beam and plasma diagnostics; (5) system engineering support for the pulsed power and associated systems for Axis 1 and Axis 2; (6) designing and implementing pulsed power for existing and new systems; and (7) supporting ASD Scorpius, a new multi-pulse linear induction accelerator for radiographic testing. J-5 is seeking a Research Technologist 1.

The Research Technologist 1 will be assigned to the Diagnostics Team. Roles and responsibilities will include:

  • Develop, test, and calibrate optical and electrical diagnostics:

  • perform non-invasive measurements of the beam and target plasma properties including X-ray detectors for beam generated radiation and backlighter systems, visible and UV spectroscopy, interference imaging, and other optical techniques.

  • work on conventional accelerator and pulsed power diagnostics electrical systems such as E-dots, B-dots, resistive dividers, current transformers, high voltage probes, and other electrical systems.

  • Work with designers and engineers on mechanical designs of the diagnostics.

  • Operate ICCDs, fast-framing cameras, and lasers.

  • Maintain data acquisition systems for the DARHT accelerators and test stands.

  • Guide, mentor, and support graduate students and post-docs.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Two years of experience with optical or electrical diagnostics.

  • Interest in one or more of the following areas: (1) Accelerator Physics, (2) Warm Dense Matter Plasma Physics, (3) Non-invasive beam and plasma diagnostics, (4) X-ray diagnostics, (5) Conventional accelerator & pulsed power diagnostics.

  • Interest in computational programming languages such as FORTRAN, C++, IDL, MATLAB, Python etc, data analysis, and interpretation.

  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills as demonstrated by written technical documents, papers, or project presentations. Demonstrated experience interacting with all levels of personnel and customers. Strong teaming skills.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE “Q”-clearance.

Desired Skills

  • Experience with ICCDs, fast-framing cameras, and lasers.

  • Experience with X-ray, UV, and visible spectroscopy.

  • Knowledge of electrical and mechanical systems.

  • Knowledge of computer operations, diagnostic control, and data acquisition.

  • Active DOE or DoD security clearance.

Education: Position typically requires a relevant bachelor's degree and a minimum of two years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Position requires at a least a bachelor’s degree in a STEM related field.

Notes to Applicants:Please submit a detailed cover letter with your resume addressing all required and desired skills. (Please save cover letter with job number and name).

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.

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 applyhelp@lanl.gov 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.

The LANL Integrated Weapons Experiments (J) Division addresses national security challenges by executing mission-driven, large-scale, integrated experiments, emphasizing sub-critical experiments, hydrodynamic tests, focused experiments, and tests of engineered systems. The Division develops the workforce, facilities, technologies, and systems necessary to generate, analyze, and disseminate unique, high-quality data with integrity and scientific excellence. J Division utilizes professional engineering management, and Formality of Operations and Conduct of Engineering processes, to effectively integrate high-fidelity test objects, multiple diagnostic technologies, sophisticated experiment design, and multi-disciplinary teams assembled across organizational boundaries. The Division executes its responsibilities in a sustainable, safe, secure, reliable, and environmentally responsible manner. J Division operates the Dual-Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test (DARHT) facility, and also operates or utilizes other LANL firing sites and facilities. The Division collaborates to execute sub-critical and other integrated experiments at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) and NNSA, DOE, and partner organization facilities as needed.

Maximum Salary: 118200

Minimum Salary: 72500

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Stults, Diane M

Organization Name: J-5/ DARHT Physics & Pulse Power

Email: dmstults@lanl.gov

Job Title: Research Technologist 1

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC69187