Thermonuclear Plasma Experiments Research Technician (Research Tec 3) | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Thermonuclear Plasma Experiments Research Technician (Research Tec 3)

What You Will Do

The P-4 Thermonuclear Plasma Physics group in Physics Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is seeking a Research Tec Level 3to support experimental research in intense radiation sources, magneto-inertial fusion, laboratory astrophysics, and basic plasma science. The successful applicant will be expected to work on multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, small-team environment. They will contribute to research in discovery and applied plasma science, build credentials for a career in the national laboratories, academic labs, or technical industry, and gain broad experience in experimental design and operations. There may also be opportunities to collaborate with other ongoing P-4 efforts at facilities both at LANL and off-site (see "Where you will work" below).

What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:

The successful applicant will work with team members to build and execute plasma physics experiments and manage lab spaces for safe and efficient operations. They will be expected to:
  • Work in a team environment and exhibit collaborative behavior, coordinating with administrative and lab facilities, shipping and receiving, academic collaborators, subcontractors, etc.
  • Build experimental mechanical infrastructure, which includes the use of hand and power tools, lifting and carrying heavy objects (30+ pounds), climbing stairs and ladders
  • Use mechanical material handling equipment such as pallet jacks, dollies, carts, etc., and be capable of obtaining forklift/crane certifications
  • Maintain and organize scientific instruments, tools, and laboratory spaces
  • Work on electrical systems including wiring, cable runs, soldering, working with circuits, troubleshooting, etc.
  • Work on electromechanical systems including vacuum systems, pressure systems, control systems, relays, interlocks, etc.
  • Understand hardware and quality requirements, interface with vendors and machine shops to ensure hardware and quality needs are met
  • Understand and adhere to all LANL and industry regulatory guidance and governance specific to experimental activities (e.g., when undertaking work that requires control for safety and security, ensuring work complies with required standards/code, maintain lab safety-related work authorization with accompanying documentation, training, and signage)
  • Maintain security training and ensure work is being done in a secure manner
  • Provide functional and operational direction to R&D support staff and other workers (e.g., students, laborers, salvage operations, etc.)

Education/Experience: Position typically requires an Associate's degree in a relevant field and three years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Qualifications:

If the applicant does not currently possess these skills, it is anticipated that learning will take place on-the-job. They will eventually be expected to:
  • Use computer design tools such as CAD
  • Work with team members to stand up and maintain data systems, security cameras, etc.
  • Participate in the hardware design process with team members, investigate alternative approaches and recommend solutions to problems
  • Design and construct electromagnetic shielding and harden electronic systems
  • Build and safely operate pulsed power systems
  • Set up and safely work with intense lasers and radiation sources
  • Build and maintain diagnostics and experimental subsystems (e.g., electrical and magnetic probes, optical systems, cables and shielding), organize and integrate subsystems into the overall experiment

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:

Interested candidates should apply online. Application material should include a cover letter, resume, and contact information of three references. The cover letter should describe how the candidate's past experience and skills address the required/desired skills and duties listed above. To receive full consideration, please ensure that your application package provides all of the information requested. Evaluation of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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