Operations Supervisor (Operations Specialist 2/3) | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Operations Supervisor (Operations Specialist 2/3)

What You Will Do

The Engineering, Operations, and Physics (J-6) Group is in need of an Operations Supervisor to support the The Dual-Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test (DARHT) Facility. The DARHT Facility consists of two large x-ray machines that produce freeze-frame radiographs (high-powered x-ray images) of materials that implode at speeds greater than 10,000 miles an hour. Such radiographs help scientists ensure that weapons in the stockpile are safe and effective and that-if ever necessary-they will perform as designed.

J-6 is responsible for developing and maintaining operational readiness and efficiencies at DARHT. Included in operations is the maintenance and upkeep of Facility components, support of capability and facility upgrades, and creation of engineering solutions to unique accelerator specific issues. An Operations Supervisor is expected to supervise areas involving high consequences for safety; e.g., radioactive materials, accelerators, and high-energy devices.

Operations Specialist 2 ($71,000-$112,700)

The successful candidate:
  • Obtains and maintains DARHT Operations Supervisor qualifications;
  • Supervises operations and leads maintenance of the accelerator and support equipment;
  • Contributes to solutions to a variety of technical problems of moderate scope and complexity;
  • Ensures safe operations of the accelerator systems in accordance with approved policies and procedures;
  • Prepares and/or reviews lock-out/tag-out plans that ensure specific instructions for the isolation and/or de-energization of various mechanical or electrical sources according to established procedures;
  • Assists in developing training for accelerator operator qualifications;
  • Adheres to the principles of Formality of Operations including Conduct of Operations, Conduct of Maintenance, Conduct of Engineering, and Conduct of Training.

Operations Specialist 3 ($77,300-$126,000)

In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this level the Operations Specialist 3 must have:
  • Demonstrated experience working independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to the development of new theories and methods as a process improvement.
  • Advanced experience in conducting research, developing alternative solutions, and developing solutions on problems affecting operations and administration in creative ways for complex problems.
  • Advanced understanding of work hazards, safety practices, operating configuration, and lock-out/tag-out policies and procedures.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:


Experience, specialized training, and/or knowledge of operations in a radiological or accelerator facility, including a demonstrated commitment to safety and security.

System Use and Maintenance:

Demonstrated experience contributing to solutions to a variety of technical problems of moderate scope and complexity.

Formality and Conduct:

Demonstrated experience adhering to the principles of Formality of Operations.

Team Dynamics:
Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse team of professionals, including the ability to leverage ingenuity, creativity, and personal independence to support multiple concurrent team tasks with changing programmatic priorities.

Education/Experience for Operations Specialist 2: Position requires an Associate's Degree and 4 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Education/Experience for Operations Specialist 3: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree and 5 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. At this level, post graduate course work may be desirable.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience as a qualified Linear Induction Accelerator Operator or Accelerator Operations Supervisor.
  • Has demonstrated technical knowledge and record of operating integrated complex systems or facilities (e.g., accelerators, nuclear power plants, or other experimental facilities).
  • DOE Q clearance.

Essential Job Functions(can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Sitting, Standing, Walking, Climbing stairs, Climbing ladders, Bending, Lifting 30+ pounds, Carrying 30+ pounds

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.

Note to Applicants: For Best Consideration: Please submit a detailed cover letter with your resume addressing all required and desired skills. (Please save cover letter with job number and name).
Where You Will Work

The Integrated Weapons Experiments (J) Division conducts experiments to generate high-quality data necessary to maintain a safe and reliable nuclear stockpile and to support global security. The Division fields, diagnoses, and conducts subcritical experiments, hydrodynamic tests, and focused high-explosive experiments at local firing sites and at the Nevada National Security Site. J Division also operates the Dual Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test (DARHT) Facility, the nation's premier hydrodynamic testing resource. The Division continually works with the Nevada National Security Site, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, the Department of Energy, and other partners to enhance the capabilities necessary to certify and ensure the safe, secure, and reliable performance of nuclear weapons' components, materials, and systems.

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 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 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