Radiochemistry Research Technician 4 (Research Tec 4) | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Radiochemistry Research Technician 4 (Research Tec 4)

What You Will Do

The successful applicant will perform standard analytical chemistry procedures for the characterization of nuclear materials. The work involves the hands-on processing and subsequent analysis of a variety of sample matrices and includes maintaining multiple types of radiometric counting instrumentation. We are seeking applicants who are committed to LANL safety and security standards and who have experience working in a radiological/nuclear facility. Successful candidates should be familiar with chemical laboratory operations and demonstrate an aptitude for continuing on-the-job cross-training. Work assignments will be directly related to national security objectives and requires the individual to protect and maintain sensitive or classified information.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Willingness and ability to perform hands-on operations with radioactive and nuclear material
  • Proven ability to learn analytical chemical methods and operation of radiometric instruments
  • Proven ability to follow written procedures and guidelines
  • Proven ability to use office productivity software (MS Office Suite, Adobe Acrobate, etc)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated work experience in a team environment while exhibiting collaborative behavior
  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q clearance, which usually requires US citizenship
  • Technical work experience, such as chemical, radiological materials handling; analytical procedures and methodology; materials characterization or testing; data acquisition systems; vacuum systems; pressure systems; etc.
  • Specialized training and knowledge working in hazardous environments such as those involving radiological or fissile materials, etc.

Education/Experience: Position requires a minimum of an Associates' Degree in a relevant field and 5 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of related education and experience.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated skills/experience/specialized training for working with nuclear material
  • Knowledge of and experience with one or more of the following analytical techniques: actinide sample preparation including chemical separations, alpha spectroscopy, gamma spectrocopy, liquid scintillation counting, or other analytical chemistry techniques
  • Experience working in a radiological area practicing ALARA
  • Glove box/open front hood experience
  • Active Q clearance
  • DOE Human Reliability Program approval
  • Certified as a Fissionable Materials Handler

Essential Job Functions(can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Lifting and carrying heavy weight (30 pounds +), climbing stairs

Work Environment:

  • Work near sources of ionizing radiation, near sources of non-ionizing radiation, and toxic chemicals
  • Work with safety glasses or eye protection, face shield, respirator, anti-C clothing, gloves, safety shoes, hood use

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. 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.

The Actinide Analytical Chemistry (C-AAC) Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory provides expertise in chemical and radiochemical analysis of materials where actinide elements make up a significant portion of the sample. These analyses range from assay of the major components down to trace analysis of impurities - spanning over seven orders of magnitude of chemical analysis capability. In support of these capabilities, the group has the key facilities, glove boxes, hoods, analytical instrumentation, and technical expertise for safely handling and analyzing milligram to kilogram quantities of special nuclear material.

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.

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 or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.Employment StatusFull Time