Health Physicist 2 | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Health Physicist 2

What You Will Do

This position is for a Radiological Engineer who will be part of the Radiological Engineering Program within the Radiation Protection Programs (RP-PROG) Group. The successful candidate will:
  • Serve in a lead role representing radiological engineering and the Radiation Protection Programs organization in the radiological design of new and modified facilities, equipment, and activities to ensure that designs meet regulatory and laboratory radiological protection requirements;
  • Ensure that radiation protection concepts and policies are incorporated into Laboratory designs in order to protect workers, the public, and the environment;
  • Provide facility, equipment, and system design input required to achieve ALARA; and
  • Perform shielding, dose, and ALARA cost-benefit analyses using radiation transport codes and other methods.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Knowledge of the technical principles, theories, concepts, and techniques of health physics, including radiological engineering processes;
  • Experience in conducting research, investigating alternative solutions, and recommending solutions on problems affecting radiological safety/protection;
  • Ability to conceptualize and communicate fundamental elements of radiological safety/protection to both technical and non-technical personnel;
  • Advanced experience in the development and presentation of radiological safety/protection reports;
  • Experience with dose optimization (ALARA) processes;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Demonstrated experience with a variety of radiological controls and the surveillance of related safety measures and requirements;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide strong customer support to projects;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment; and
  • Working knowledge of legal requirements affecting radiological safety/protection.

Education/Experience: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree in Health Physics, Nuclear Engineering, Physical Science, and 2 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:
  • MS degree in Health Physics, Nuclear Engineering, or related discipline
  • Experience working with Monte Carlo transport codes (e.g., MCNP)
  • Working knowledge of health physics in plutonium facilities, accelerator facilities, or research and development settings
  • Working knowledge of computational fluid dynamics codes (e.g., Fluent)
  • Familiarity with coding programs/environments
  • ABHP Certification or progress towards an ABHP Certification

Note to Applicants:

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Reading vision; Ability to speak; Ability to hear in a normal range (500 to 3000 htz).

Work Environment: Use of protective clothing, including safety glasses and radiological anti-contamination clothing.

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

COVID Vaccine:

The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

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 childbirth 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)
Additional Details

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. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

*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: 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 Policy Policy P701 for 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 or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.Employment StatusFull Time