Research Technologist 1 | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Research Technologist 1

What You Will Do

Sigma-2, Finishing Manufacturing Science at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is seeking a highly motivated individual for the position of Welding Research Technologist 1. This exciting position will include a focus on developing welding techniques, part welding procedures, and completing both simple and complex welding activities to support a diverse program suite on the Welding & Joining team. The selected candidate will work with the team to creatively apply their welding experience to a growing number of research programs, support production operations at NNSA sites, develop process solutions to welding and joining challenges, and assist in maturing additive manufacturing techniques within the nuclear weapons complex. In this role, they will also directly interface with a variety of internal customers, including the weapons and global security programs at LANL, as well as external collaborators, including universities, private industry, and other government laboratories.

Sigma-2's Welding & Joining team oversees a wide variety of solutions to meet research and customer requirements; including, resistance welding, arc welding, laser welding, laser marking, laser additive manufacturing, electron beam welding, electron beam additive manufacturing, and brazing, as well as other novel methods. Team members often work in multiple disciplines and have the opportunity to learn new methods, as well as develop new techniques. Team research focuses on many exciting areas, including weapons and global security, nuclear energy, accelerator physics, fuel production methods, repair technologies, sensors, and more. The successful candidate will be expected to perform the following duties in this position:

  • Lead production-centric research and development activities in two or more of the main research areas
  • Develop and implement ideas with minimal supervision to optimize capability maintenance and growth in technology areas
  • Collaboratively develop and maintain authorizing documents to perform work safely and compliantly in the Sigma Complex
  • Use abilities as a subject matter expert to develop new techniques, principles, and concepts, and complete work in innovative and effective ways
  • Collaborate with technicians, technologists, and junior staff on research or manufacturing projects
  • Assignments are usually a significant portion of a total design or research project and require substantially more technical depth to provide solutions that are highly innovative and ingenious

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Demonstrated experience in high energy density welding and additive manufacturing
  • Demonstrated experience in working independently and within a team environment
  • Demonstrated expertise working with mechanical and electrical systems of large industrial equipment related to machining and welding areas
  • Demonstrated expertise of instrument troubleshooting and repair
  • Demonstrated expertise in meeting scheduled deliverables or milestones
  • Fluent in common software packages including Excel, Word, PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with technical and operations personnel
  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which typically requires U.S. Citizenship


Position requires a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution in a related field and 2 years related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience preparing welding procedures, reports, papers, or other scientific publications
  • Experience developing novel ideas written into proposals or presented to both internal and external customers
  • Understanding of Nuclear Weapons designs supported by LANL
  • Knowledge of Process Engineering principles
  • Knowledge of Classified Network Requirements and Restrictions
  • Experience developing novel ideas written into proposals or presented to both internal and external customers.
  • Experience in handling radioactive and/or hazardous materials
  • Experience working in a radiological or nuclear facility
  • Active or recent Q-clearance.

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 one year.

Note to Applicants:
  • When submitting your application electronically to this vacancy, please submit the following:
    • A cover letter addressing how you meet the required and desired skills.
    • A current C.V. or resume with the minimum following information: Educational background, work experience, relevant technical skills, relevant extracurricular activities, professional references and work areas of interest.
  • Only complete applications with a cover letter and C.V./resume will be considered. References will not be contacted without permission from the applicant.
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