Los Alamos National Laboratory NDA Specialist 1/2 (Environmental Professional 1/2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
NDA Professional 1 ($64,400 - $102,000)
The EPC-ES Nondestructive Assay and Green-Is-Clean Program performs non-destructive assay (NDA) processes and methods that are essential to supporting waste characterization and material control and accountability for waste operations across the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The position of NDA Specialist performs analysis, calibration, physical measurements, or data review using NDA equipment, methods, results, or techniques.
A successful candidate will report to and receive direction from the Analysis, Prevention, and Reduction Team Leader and EPC-ES Group Management. This position involves the setup, operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of characterization equipment including high purity germanium detectors, sodium iodide detectors, phoswich detectors, and neutron detectors. You will work closely with waste generators and waste management coordinators to consult on NDA matters and schedule work in response to requests to characterize radioactive waste. Other responsibilities include data collection, analysis of assay results, maintaining QA/QC records, maintaining databases, contributing to the generation of Detailed Operating Procedures and other documents, hazardous and radioactive waste management, and waste handling.
NDA Professional 2 ($77,300 - $126,000)
In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this level the NDA Professional will be able to execute most matters of nondestructive assay independently and have the skills set and abilities to act as a lead person or technical adviser on small to medium projects related to radioactive waste assay and analysis.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Particle detection and related spectroscopy
Basic knowledge of nondestructive assay principles, theories, concepts, and techniques.
Basic knowledge of operational nondestructive assay including assay of radioactive waste, assay analysis, and assay equipment operation and maintenance, plus related software applications.
Communication: Analysis, consultation and reporting on characterization issues
Basic skills in performing expert technical analyses and/or reviews of characterization data and preparation and presentation of technical reports related to those analyses.
Basic skills to conceptualize and communicate fundamental elements of nondestructive assay to technical and non-technical personnel.
Basic skills to consult on NDA matters and provide innovative solutions to radioactive waste characterization problems. This requires the ability to work well with a diverse project team spanning several skill levels, as well as the willingness and ability to interface with multiple levels of management.
Wastes and nuclear operations
Demonstrated experience handling hazardous, mixed, and radioactive waste in the context of a nuclear facility.
Additional Job Requirements for the NDA Professional 2:
In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:
Working knowledge ofnondestructive assay principles, theories, concepts, and techniques.
Working knowledge of operational nondestructive assay including assay of radioactive waste, assay analysis, and assay equipment operation and maintenance, plus related software applications.
Experience performing analysis, calibration, physical measurements, or data review using NDA equipment, methods, results, or techniques
Education/Experience at lower level: Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in physical science or engineering or 2 years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.
Education/Experience at higher level: Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in physical science or engineering and a minimum of 5 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.
Knowledge of the facility safety, security, and compliance envelopes, including experience with waste management policies and procedures and regulatory compliance and tracking for waste.
Equipment and custodian operations
Experience operating forklifts and forklift attachments, and demonstrated experience working with radioactive sealed sources, cryogenic materials, and vacuum pump systems. Experience with Source Custodian duties and coordination of the movement and storage of radioactive sealed sources.
Familiarity with special materials associated with NDA
Experience working with special nuclear materials (plutonium, uranium, etc.) and other common nuclear materials, such as tritium and activation products.
Note to Applicants:
Along with your resume, please include a cover letter explaining how you meet each of the minimum requirements and any of the desired qualifications.
Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos.
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 maternity 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)
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No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.
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 PolicyPolicy P701for applicant eligibility requirements.
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Contact Name Gonzales, Christine J
Work Telephone 505-667-8695
Vacancy Name: IRC84484
Organization Name EPC-ES/Environmental Protection & Compliance - Environmental Stewardship
Req ID: IRC84484
Category: Env Safety Health