Nuclear Facilities Engineer 1 | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Nuclear Facilities Engineer 1

What You Will Do

Train to qualify as a nuclear criticality safety engineer under the LANL Nuclear Criticality Safety (NCS) Program that is compliant with ANSI/ANS 8.26. As a Nuclear Facility Engineer 1, you will be assisting qualified criticality safety engineers and the programmatic operating staff in the conduct of criticality safety evaluations for new or proposed changes to existing fissionable material operations. You will be mentored and trained in NCS policies and practices, and most importantly, you will spend time in nuclear facilities in order to build strong working relationships with supervisors and teams that perform hands-on work, and you will support the implementation of the NCS Program for their fissionable material operations. This job is for you if you like challenges and puzzles, and if are interested in supporting key national security missions by performing technical analyses, proposing logical arguments, and investigating alternative solutions to problems affecting NCS. In addition, you will be assisting in the preparation and presentation of NCS technical reports both internal to LANL and external to the criticality safety community (e.g., American Nuclear Society, etc.).

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Basic knowledge of and experience with nuclear physics in general, criticality physics, and accident kinetics, more specifically
  • Basic knowledge of and experience with criticality safety analysis tools such as MCNP or SCALE
  • Demonstrated technical writing skills and good oral communication skills

Education/Experience: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from an ABET-accredited college or university and 0 to 2 years of practical work experience necessary to perform the responsibilities outlined above. Advanced engineering or technical degree is highly desired. Current registration as an Engineer in Training (EIT) is highly desirable.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Qualified or training to qualify as a nuclear criticality safety engineer under a qualification program compliant with ANSI/ANS 8.26
  • Demonstrated support for operating organization personnel in the implementation of the LANL NCS Program
  • Assisted operating organization personnel and qualified criticality safety analysts in criticality safety evaluations for new or proposed changes to existing significant quantity fissionable material operations
  • Conducted research, investigated alternative solutions, and recommended solutions on problems affecting NCS
  • Assisted in the preparation and presentation of NCS technical reports both internal to LANL and external to the criticality safety community (e.g. American Nuclear Society, etc.

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 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)
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.

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 ongoing 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 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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.
Employment StatusFull Time