Los Alamos National Laboratory Health Physicist 3 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Environmental Protection and Compliance Division, Compliance Programs (EPC-CP) Group leads site compliance activities across LANL, through close collaboration with Laboratory programs, DOE, and regulators. The Air Quality Compliance team and Radionuclide NESHAP program within EPC-CP manage environmental compliance requirements established by the Clean Air Act for DOE facilities. These regulations include criteria for measuring airborne emissions from monitored stacks; measuring concentrations of radionuclides in the ambient air; calculating emissions based on operational data; modeling off-site doses and public exposures using computer models; reviewing new and modified projects for Radionuclide NESHAP requirements; and design of new sampling systems. The Radionuclide NESHAP compliance program also supports LANL’s Emergency Operations Center during incidents, develops Pre-Construction applications (permits) for new LANL facilities, performs inspection and maintenance on sampling systems, and maintains an extensive quality assurance program to meet EPA requirements.

This is a Health Physicist 3 position that will provide operational and technical support to the Radionuclide NESHAP compliance program. The successful applicant will: perform radionuclide air emissions calculations for new and existing facilities; develop permit applications for facilities; design, install, and test new sampling systems; run dose assessment models for LANL air emissions; prepare monitoring and compliance reports for EPA; prepare and publish Group level procedures; assist facilities with compliance assurance programs; and interact with state and federal regulators on issues related to Radionuclide NESHAP compliance.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Knowledge of Radionuclide NESHAP and associated Clean Air Act regulations

  • Experience with stack monitoring and ambient air monitoring programs

  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to high quality and customer service approach to regulatory compliance issues

  • Experience making regulatory determinations and compliance decisions

  • Experience with environmental program development and/or implementation

  • Knowledge of air emissions and/or dose assessment related engineering calculations

  • Ability to become a Certified Health Physicist

  • Ability to obtain Q Clearance

  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment

  • Experience with MS Office (Word, Excel and Access)

  • Effective interpersonal and oral/written communication skills

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with CAP88 radionuclide emissions modeling & dose assessment software

  • Experience with LANL organization, facilities and operations

  • Experience reviewing new projects for Radionuclide NESHAP requirements

  • Knowledge of federal Air Quality regulations, especially EPA Methods for air emissions calculations

  • Experience with the emergency management & response protocols and protective action guidelines

  • Programming in MS Access, including advanced query development and using Visual Basic code for calculations

Education:Position requires a degree in health physics or nuclear/radiological engineering, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and at least 8 years of relevant professional experience.

Notes to Applicants:Please submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the key requirements of the position.

Additional Details:

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.

*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.

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 regards 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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Located in 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.

Maximum Salary: 144800

Minimum Salary: 87800

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Work Telephone: 505-667-8695

Contact Name: Gonzales, Christine J

Organization Name: EPC-CP / Water Quality & RCRA

Email: cjg@lanl.gov

Job Title: Health Physicist 3

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC62517