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 pursuing a Research Technician 2 to join its Vault Operations Team that 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. Administrative tasks make up 50% percent of the job responsibilities. Those administrative tasks are to support safety compliance with criticality safety, radiation control, and Nuclear Material Control & Accountability (NMC&A;) requirements.

Specific responsibilities include but not limited to the following:

  • Handle Nuclear Materials

  • Schedules and coordinate calendars for vault activities

  • Handle Classified Matter

  • Prepare items for storage and/or retrieval

  • Coordinate, monitor and control 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 Nuclear Material inventories

  • Interact with various TA-55 Vault customers to address and resolve issues and/or concerns

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

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

  • Ability to read and understand written or verbal instructions.

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

  • Experience working independently as well as collaborating in team environment, including interacting with all levels of internal and external customers.

  • Demonstrate exceptional written and oral communication skills and attention to detail.

  • Familiarity with dealing with radioactive and hazardous material

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

  • Demonstrated experience researching, analyzing, and resolving problems and issues both independently and as a team member.

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

  • Required to wear appropriate PPE (anti-c, full-face respiratory protection, safety shoes, etc.).

  • Proven ability to take initiative, organize and prioritize tasks, and assume responsibility for tasks from inception to completion with focus on accuracy, consistency, and thoroughness.

  • Effectively work well under pressure with frequent interruptions and changing deadlines.

  • Knowledge of inventory control

  • Demonstrate excellent customer service

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 Special Nuclear Material (SNM) handling/movement using the LANMAS system.

  • Experience working in a glovebox environment with radioactive materials

  • Classified matter protection and control (CMPC) training.

Education: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

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation):

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. 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: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.

Maximum Salary: 70000

Minimum Salary: 45500

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Swoboda, Roseanne

Organization Name: NPI-9/ Nuclear Material Support Services

Email: rswoboda@lanl.gov

Job Title: Vault Operator (Research Tec 2)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC66197