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Research Technologist 1 - IRC112010

Research Technologist 1

What You Will Do

Join the best and brightest minds in the world at one of the most innovative and creative multidisciplinary research institutions engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. The work we do at Los Alamos National Laboratory matters to our country and the world.

This role works in a team environment within LANL's nuclear facility to manufacture product, support material movement and support glove box operations. Daily work is "hands-on" glove box work in support of plutonium processing and production. Processes at Los Alamos National Lab are performed using detailed operating procedures and work requires extensive knowledge and expertise following Conduct of Operations, nuclear criticality safety, material control and accountability, radiological safety and environmental compliance requirements.

AMPP-6, in the Actinide Materials Processing & Power Division provides world-class plutonium science, processing, surveillance, characterization and production to support the national missions of defense and space exploration. We operate using the highest standards of accountability to ensure a safe environment for ourselves, our colleagues, and the public. AMPP-6 is seeking highly motivated Research Technologists to work in the plutonium facility at TA-55. Duties include, but are not limited to:

Working as a technical consultant to establish procedures, processes, requirements or specifications to perform work on tasks/projects.

Performing calibration, and maintenance activities of various instruments (thermogravimetric analyzer - mass spectrometry, surface area analyzer, particle size distribution analyzer, laser induce breakdown spectrometer, and x-ray fluorescence spectrometer) located in gloveboxes, and non-destructive testing instruments (gamma counting using solution assay instrument, balance measurements, thermal neutron counting of solid samples).

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in any of the following: operation, calibration, and maintenance of analytical equipment; physical characteristics of powders; performing work in fume hoods and/or regular/inert atmosphere glovebox.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of scientific principles, mathematical formulas, computations and data gathering methods.
  • Demonstrated experience maintaining and operating instruments to collect data.
  • Demonstrated technical leadership in area of expertise.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as an individual or part of a team in a multi-discipline and formal environment; specifically working with First Line Managers, Process Engineers, Quality Engineers, and Technicians.
  • Experience ensuring work, materials, processes, and products meet quality specifications and are completed according to established requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing.

Education / Experience: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree (Chemistry, Environmental Science, Materials Science, Engineering, or related technical discipline) from an accredited institution and 2 years related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

DOE Order 426.2: Requires a High School Diploma.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience and working knowledge in SNM material handling/movement.
  • Experience working with radioactive materials.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of industry, regulatory, DOE/National Nuclear Security Administration criteria and standards.
  • Experience performing work in manufacturing environment.
  • Experience with method validation and analysis of measurement uncertainty.
  • Experience with any of the following: Actinide Chemistry; Materials Characterization; performing work in regular/inert atmosphere gloveboxes; Familiarity with thermogravimetric analysis/Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Mass Spectrometry, Particle Size Distribution Analysis - Laser Diffraction, Surface Area - Braeuer-Emmett-Teller (BET) theory, Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy, X-ray Fluorescence, Tapped density analysis.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of industry, regulatory, DOE/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) complex codes, standards, and criteria pertinent to the particular area of research.
  • Active DOE Q Clearance and HRP

Work Environment:

Domestic travel, Work near sources of ionizing radiation, Work near machinery and moving parts, Domestic travel, Mask or respirator, Safety glasses or eye protection, Safety shoes or protective foot gear.

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 full consideration, please submit a comprehensive resume or CV reflective of your relevant experience to the job requirements and desired skills stated above.
  • Evaluation of applications will commence immediately
  • While the posted salary range for this position is broad, it is highly unusual for selected applicants to be hired at the top end of the range and more common for selected candidates to grow into the full salary band over time.
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.

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