Los Alamos National Laboratory Scientist 4 in Los Alamos, New Mexico


Job Title Scientist 4

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name C-AAC/Actinide Analytical Chemistry

What You Will Do

The Actinide Analytical Chemistry Group seeks scientists who are experienced in inorganic analytical chemistry method development and applications for nuclear or radiological materials. The successful applicant will be responsible for analyte detection and measurement using high-precision coulometric or titrimetric assay; radioanalytical chemistry; isotope mass spectrometry; plasma spectrometry (including laser ablation, inductively-coupled plasma and direct-current arc methods); ion chromatography, X-ray Fluorescence spectroscopy, and related methods.

Job responsibilities will include significant leadership roles toward the development of novel analytical approaches to address program requirements, and the streamlining of existing applications for improved sample throughput. The successful applicant will assume overall responsibility for the development, implementation, and completion of project objectives. The individual will communicate results through internal reports, progress reports to customers, peer reviewed publications, and formal presentations. In addition, the successful applicant will be responsible for mentoring an operational team with a world-class quality assurance program while managing significant safety, security, and compliance responsibilities. Work is directly related to national security objectives and requires the individual to protect and maintain sensitive or classified information.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Expert level knowledge and proven experience with inorganic analytical chemistry or radioisotope chemistry, including sample preparation and instrumental analyses that are relevant to the Group mission.

  • Demonstrated strong background in analytical method development and validation.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead a technical team of scientists and technologists/technicians in a rigorous operational environment with complex radiological and/or chemical hazards.

  • Proven experience in securing new funding that leveraging measurement capabilities and laboratory infrastructure

  • Proven experience in developing new program opportunities and interfacing with R&D and operational sponsors outside of the laboratory

  • Proven strong leadership and organizational skills with attention to quality-affecting detail

  • Proven strong oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires US citizenship

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience in working and collaborating across organizational teams and institutions

  • Demonstrated experience working in nuclear stockpile stewardship; nuclear material safeguards measurements; nuclear material recovery or reprocessing; nuclear forensics and nonproliferation; or environmental management programs.

  • Demonstrated work experience or formal training in technical leadership, project management, and/or quality improvement.

  • Active Q clearance and/or SCI clearance.

Education : Position requires an advanced degree in Chemistry or Geochemistry from an accredited college or university; a minimum of ten years of related work experience is preferred.

Notes to Applicants: In addition to a current resume or Curriculum Vitae, candidates must submit a cover letter addressing how they meet the specific requirements.

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 Actinide Analytical Chemistry Group (C-AAC) supports a variety of nuclear defense and other national security programs, focusing on the chemical and radiochemical analysis of materials consisting primarily of plutonium or other actinide elements. Typical samples may consist of gram-to-milligram quantities of actinide metals, oxides and alloys that are comprehensively analyzed for their bulk, minor and trace constituents. C-AAC occupies laboratory space in the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research (CMR) and TA-55 nuclear facilities, and in the recently constructed Radiological Laboratory Utility Office Building (RLUOB), a best-in-class actinide research facility, as well as TA-59. The successful applicant will serve as a technical leader in sample preparation and analysis, developing and validating new analytical chemistry methods, standing up and qualifying new instrumentation, evaluating data and preparing technical reports. C-AAC scientists also develop and lead collaborative R&D projects in areas such as nuclear forensics, nuclear proliferation detection; fieldable instrumentation; nuclear material aging and structural chemistry; and next-generation plutonium process chemistry.

Appointment Type Regular


Minimum Salary 116900

Maximum Salary 197000

Contact Details

Contact Name Duran, Andria M

Email amduran@lanl.gov

Work Telephone

Req ID: IRC69066