Los Alamos National Laboratory Vault Operator (Research Tec 2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Nuclear Process Infrastructure (NPI) Division, Nuclear Material Support Service (NPI-9) is seeking a Research Technician 2 to join its Vault Operations Team which is responsible for the day-to-day support of the SNM storage vault. The team is responsible for providing safe and secure storage for nuclear materials (NM) inventory and for the receipt and removal of NM at the request of customers.

Specific responsibilities include but not limited to the following:

  • Monitor and control vault access

  • Coordinate vault access with requesting organizations

  • Assess the status of available storage locations

  • Perform material move transactions using the Los Alamos Materials Control and Accountability System (LANMAS)

  • Participate in annual NM inventories

  • Handle NM

  • Interact with Vault customers to address issues and/or concerns

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience using computer software such as Microsoft Office and data software

  • Ability to read and understand written or verbal instructions, drawings, layouts, and other related specifications

  • Experience and demonstrated skill in conducting research, investigating alternative solutions and recommending solutions to problems.

  • Ability to work independently and as well as collaboratively as part of a team

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated customer service

  • Ability to work with radioactive and hazardous material

  • Demonstrated commitment in the areas of safety, security, quality and environment

  • Ability to pass required training and to maintain current on all required training

  • Ability to self-initiate assignments

  • Ability to follow directions that are very specific and detailed and can execute work to established procedures for routine work

Desired Skills:

  • Current RAD Worker II Training or the ability to obtain

  • Ability to obtain Fissile Material Handler (FMH) Certification

  • Working knowledge and experience in SNM material handling/movement using the LANMAS system.

  • Experience working in a glovebox environment with radioactive materials


  • Position typically requires a high school diploma and a minimum three-to-five year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience

  • This position may be subject to DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities. This DOE Order establishes entry-level requirements to ensure employees in the positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job.

Essential Job Functions: Ability to speak, reading vision, sitting, standing, climbing stairs, climbing ladders, bending, kneeling, balancing, applying torque with hands or arms, typing or keyboarding, use of both hands, use of both legs, use of both feet, carrying and lifting 10-20 pounds.

Work Environment: Working overtime or irregular schedule, working near sources of ionizing radiation, work near machinery with moving parts, safety glasses or eye protection, mask or respirator, gloves or hand protection, hearing protection, safety shoes or protective footgear

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.

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. Theserequirements 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.

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.

Maximum Salary: 70000

Minimum Salary: 45500

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Swoboda, Roseanne

Organization Name: NPI-9 / Nuclear Material Support

Email: rswoboda@lanl.gov

Job Title: Vault Operator (Research Tec 2)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC62537