Los Alamos National Laboratory Surface Science Technologist (Research Technologist 1/2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
The Nuclear Materials Science Group (MST-16) of the Materials Science and Technology Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking an outstanding and highly motivated person for the position of Research Technologist 1 or 2 in plutonium surface science. This position will support a variety of MST-16’s fundamental and applied science-based actinide programs, including Production Modernizaton, Pit Surveillance, Directed Stockpile Work, Office of Experimental Science, Office of Engineering and Technology Maturation, various Global Security programs, and Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) projects. Our work takes place in the Plutonium Facility (PF-4), the Radiological Laboratory/Utility/Office Building (RLUOB), the Target Fabrication Facility (TFF), and numerous other facilities at LANL and across the country.
As a member of MST-16, the successful candidate will work with actinide alloys and compounds, specifically those involving plutonium, and related materials tied to programmatic work. The successful candidate will work both collaboratively and independently on MST-16 projects. The successful candidate will be expected to integrate seamlessly with the group’s technical endeavors while leading, or contributing to, the development and execution of surface science measurements.
This position will be filled at either the Research Technologist 1 or 2 level, depending on the skills and experience of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.
Research Technologist 1 ($77,300 - $126,000)
Responsibilities will include:
Support surface properties measurements, using techniques/instruments such as: X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Auger election spectroscopy (AES), Time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS), optical profilometry, reflectometry, and spectroscopic ellipsometry.
Maintain compliance with conduct of operations, safety, security, and environmental regulations. Perform work within established procedures, processes, requirements, or specifications. The successful candidate will be required to work on multiple tasks and projects.
Perform independent operations and maintenance on surface science instruments, including vacuum and electronics troubleshooting, and coordinating diagnostics/repair with equipment vendor service engineers when appropriate.
Contribute to data analysis and interpretation.
Work with radiological and other programmatically relevant materials in glovebox environments as well as ultra-high vacuum (UHV) instruments.
Hands-on sample preparation and shipping (including coordination/logistics) of actinide materials, including technique development for preparing difficult materials in gloveboxes and open-front hoods.
Interface with various LANL support organizations including radiation protection, facilities operations directors, and shipping to coordinate and facilitate radiological work.
Contribute to internal reports, progress reports to sponsors, conference proceedings, and technical publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Research Technologist 2 ($85,400 - $139,600)
In addition to the responsibilities and activities listed above, the Research Technologist 2 will:
Lead day-to-day operations of the surface science instruments.
Lead method development efforts for surface properties measurements.
Lead data analysis, interpretation, and report writing.
Interact with program management, line management, and scientific staff to support ongoing facility funding.
Provide guidance on new equipment selection and installation
Provide mentorship and contribute to the professional development of new and junior staff.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Experience with surface science measurements, such as XPS, AES, ToF-SIMS, profilometry, reflectometry, or ellipsometry.
A positive attitude and a willingness to learn new skills.
Previous experience in preparing samples for surface science investigations.
Experience with data analysis software tools and standard office software such as e-mail, Excel, and Microsoft Word.
Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to interact effectively with staff, technical, and facility personnel.
Ability to follow written and verbal instructions, procedures, plans and Laboratory requirements.
Ability to pass and maintain required training.
Ability to follow safeguards and security procedures in accordance with Laboratory policy.
Ability to obtain DOE Q clearance (usually requires U.S. citizenship) and HRP certification.
In addition to the above job requirements outlined for a Research Technologist 1, the Research Technologist 2 requirements are:
Experience with managing daily laboratory operations.
Experience providing direction, guidance, and training of laboratory procedures to laboratory users of surface science instruments.
Experience in modifying and customizing Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) systems
Education/Experience at lower level : A Bachelor’s Degree in science or engineering from an accredited institution and 2 years related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to this job.
Education/Experience at higher level : A Bachelor’s Degree in science or engineering from an accredited institution and 5 years related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to this job.
Experience in developing and conducting experiments with actinides.
Ability to balance requirements of multiple projects simultaneously.
Documented record of working safely and responsibly in a nuclear facility or with special nuclear materials.
Experience working in glove boxes
Experience in working with classified documents and items.
DOE Q clearance and HRP certification.
Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Carrying 20-30 pounds, Lifting 20-30 pounds.
Note to Applicants: For full consideration, your application must include a cover letter that addresses how you meet the required and desired skills and a full resume.
Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.
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. 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.
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. Appointment Type
Contact Name Masterson, Clinton Thomas (Clint)
Work Telephone 505-396-0294
Vacancy Name: IRC86061
Organization Name MST-16/Nuclear Materials Science
Req ID: IRC86061