Los Alamos National Laboratory Metallography Research Technicians (Research Tech 3/4) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

The Nuclear Materials Science Group (MST-16) provides multidisciplinary expertise in actinide materials science using a comprehensive suite of destructive and nondestructive analytical techniques within a category I nuclear facility and other radiological facilities. These activities include the characterization of new and aged pit construction materials, the development of technologies for advanced actinide materials analysis and synthesis, and actinide materials science investigations. Technical work is primarily performed in PF-4, however, MST-16 supports and performs experiments at numerous other LANL and off-site experimental facilities.

MST‐16 is seeking a number of Research Technicians to support metallography research. The successful candidates will provide mid‐level or skilled‐level technician support in metallography and materials characterization. Technicians will work under supervision and within established procedures, processes, requirements or specifications to perform work on a variety of tasks and projects. Technicians will conduct technical work in the laboratory with responsibilities that may include preparing small scale samples for analysis, operating and maintaining equipment, executing experiments, and various other activities supporting MST‐16 programs. These activities will require working in a radiological environment and will include respirator and glove box work. Components may be classified and most work takes place in a classified environment.

These positions will be filled at either the Research Tech 3/4 level, depending on the skills and experience of the selected candidates. Additional job responsibilities will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

Research Tec 3 ($50,200-$77,600)

The successful candidates will provide mid-level technician support in the following areas:

  • Metallography

  • Materials Characterization

Responsibilities for the selected candidate will include:

  • work under supervision and within established procedures, processes, requirements or specifications to perform work on a variety of tasks and projects

  • conduct technical work in the laboratory space or work area with responsibilities that may include preparing small scale samples for analysis, operating and maintaining equipment, executing experiments, and various other activities supporting MST-16 programs

Research Tec 4 ($60,400-$95,900)

In addition to the responsibilities and activities listed above, the Research Technician 4 will:

  • Expected to be a skilled-level worker with direct experience in one of the areas outlined above. The Tec 4 will work independently to meet project deliverables.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Basic knowledge of computer systems and applications.

  • Basic knowledge of and experience with hand and power tools.

  • Ability to interact effectively with peers and management as required to complete work.

  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions, procedures, plans and Laboratory requirements.

  • Ability to pass and maintain required training.

  • Ability to follow safeguards and security procedures in accordance with Laboratory requirements.

  • Ability to perform routine tasks independently in a related technical specialty and exercise independent judgment.

  • A.S. degree in a related field and three to five years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance.

  • Ability to obtain HRP Certification.

Additional Requirements for a Research Tec 4:

  • Knowledge or experience related to gas‐surface reactions, metallography and materials characterization, materials processing and properties measurements, dynamic testing, and/or maintenance of scientific equipment.

  • Ability to work independently and initiate work.

  • Ability to perform non‐routine tasks, exercising independent judgment.

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and work ethic including ability to resolve complex or difficult issues with customers and supervision

  • A.S. degree in a related field and four to six years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience working with basic measurement equipment (multimeters, micrometers, balances, transducers, thermometers, etc.).

  • Experience working with vacuum, gas, and pressure systems in a research environment.

  • Experience in performing or supporting scientific experiments using analytical or research equipment (spectrometers, microscopes, etc.).

  • Experience in preparation of small samples for materials characterization.

  • Experience in characterizing materials utilizing equipment such as but not limited to optical light microscopes and microindenters.

  • Experience working in glove boxes.

  • Specialized training and knowledge for working in hazardous environments such as those involving radiological or fissile materials, lasers, etc.

  • Experience with toxic/radioactive/reactive materials such as beryllium, uranium, or plutonium.

Essential Job Functions: Peripheral vision, depth perception, reading vision, distance vision, ability to hear in a normal range (500 to 3000 htz), standing, walking, lifting 20 - 30 pound.

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.

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.

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.

Come 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 U.S national security. The work we do at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) matters to our country and the world.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name: MST-16 / Nuclear Materials Science

Job Title: Metallography Research Technicians (Research Tech 3/4)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC67024