Sigma Operations Research Tec (Research Tec 3)

What You Will Do

The Sigma Operations Group (Sigma-OPS) is seeking an energetic, customer-focused individual to join our Programmatic Operations Support team. The Research Technician will provide support to all aspects of the Programmatic Operations Support team including, but not limited to, corrective and preventative maintenance activities, chemical inventory, pressure safety, and salvage.

Sigma Division focuses on materials science and engineering, emphasizing metallurgical processes and research in support of the experimental testing program at Los Alamos. Sigma-OPS is a customer-based group that supports the programmatic operational needs of Sigma Division.

As a Research Technician 3, you will be responsible for assisting with electrical and mechanical equipment repairs, corrective and preventative maintenance, assembly and disassembly of related equipment, and logistical support for programmatic maintenance. You will work alongside experienced technicians through maintenance manuals and/or diagrams to troubleshoot and maintain various maintenance systems. In this position, you will assist in further developing a maintenance program for programmatic equipment to ultimately serve operational efficiency and customer satisfaction.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Intermediate interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to interact with all levels of personnel and customers.
  • Solid understanding of technical concepts and designs.
  • Has sufficient knowledge in following policy and procedures.
  • Recommends solutions to problems affecting project requirements.
  • Knowledge and implementation of required safety, security, and quality assurance practices for the work assignment, including calibration concepts and protocols as appropriate.
  • Demonstrated experience with working to a set of defined requirements and regulations (e.g. chemical management and pressure safety policies).
  • Ability to obtain a Q-clearance which typically requires US citizenship.

Research Technician 3 Education/Experience: Position requires an Associate's Degree and 3 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Basic knowledge/experience performing corrective, predictive, and preventative maintenance.
  • Experience working with data entry regarding basic maintenance input.
  • Familiarity with Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS).
  • Basic knowledge of tools and supporting equipment.
  • Experience working to a schedule and preventative maintenance plans.
  • Experience with CNC Machine Maintenance.
  • Familiar with theory of operation on electrical and mechanical systems and basic supporting subsystems.
  • Active DOE Q clearance.

Note to Applicants: For full consideration, please submit a resume and a comprehensive cover letter addressing the minimum requirements and experience related to the responsibilities and activities outlined above.

Work Environment

Work Location:The work location for this position is onsite and located in Los Alamos, NM. All work locations are at the discretion of management.

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 (PTO 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). Selected applicants will be subject to a background investigation conducted by or on behalf of the Federal Government, and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance. and obtaining such clearance requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon the position, additional authorization to access classified information may be required, which may or may not be available to dual citizens. Receipt of a Q clearance and additional access authorization ultimately is a decision of the Federal Government and not of Triad.

*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. Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use was pre-offer.

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 1-505-664-6947 option 2.