Los Alamos National Laboratory Nuclear Facilities Analytical Chemist (Scientist 3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
The successful candidate will plan and execute analytical chemistry tasks in Radiochemistry. The successful candidate will work in a collegial manner with other contributors and stakeholders within C-AAC and in other organizations. The primary focus of this position is to provide radioanalytical measurement results supporting Los Alamos production and research missions. Production and research missions include the 30 pit per year effort, Pu-238 heat source production, Americium production, Nuclear Forensics, and other national priorities. The successful candidate will work well in a highly regulated nuclear environment, satisfying safety and security requirements while producing high quality data in support of nuclear stockpile certification and other LANL efforts. The successful candidate will oversee, support, and mentor junior staff and contribute to the progress of a growing and dynamic analytical chemistry organization.
Influences organizational, project, and program strategies and directions. Leads technical decision-making at task level within a project. Makes decisions and/or recommendations that influence the achievement of key programmatic objectives.
Provides leadership within a technical team and works across technical areas to achieve mission objectives.
Develops and executes technical plans in response to customer requests.
Develops, validates, and implements modern radioanalytical techniques to support group and mission objectives.
Contributes in a lead role to community building activities, including (but not limited to) mentoring, peer review, meeting organization, team scientific goals and pursuing career enhancement opportunities.
Fosters a mutually respectful and inclusive work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.
Serves as technical resource and mentor to staff across the group.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Thorough knowledge and experience in one or more technical research disciplines.
Demonstrated experience in adhering to and advocating for principles of scientific integrity.
Demonstrated experience in leading teams to develop and implement new methods.
Hands-on experience in radioactive material handling, radioanalytical separations, chromatography, or radiometric counting techniques.
Thorough knowledge and experience in developing and implementing technical research and development projects, including the formulation and testing of hypotheses, investigation of alternative solutions, and recommendation of solutions to technical problems.
Thorough knowledge and experience of appropriate safe practices for technical work.
For full consideration, please submit a comprehensive resume and cover letter reflective of your relevant experience to the job requirements and desired skills.
Education/Experience: Position requires a Master’s degree in a STEM field from an accredited college or university and 6 years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation .
Demonstrated experience working in Radioactive Buffer Areas
Demonstrated experience leading technical teams
PhD in Chemistry or other related field
Experience with actinide chemistry
Active Q clearance
Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation):Ability to discriminate speech, reading vision, walking, standing, bending, stooping, applying torque with hands and arms, gripping with the hands.
Work Environment: Wear safety glasses or eye protection, anti-Cs, gloves or hand protection, safety shoes.
Location: This position will be physically 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 and cover letter reflective of your relevant experience to the job requirements and desired skills stated above.
Evaluation of applicants will commence immediately.
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.
The Actinide Analytical Chemistry (C-AAC) Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory provides expertise in chemical and radiochemical analysis of materials where actinide elements make up a significant portion of the sample. These analyses range from assay of the major components down to trace analysis of impurities – spanning over seven orders of magnitude of chemical analysis capability. In support of these capabilities, the group has the key facilities, glove boxes, hoods, analytical instrumentation, and technical expertise for safely handling and analyzing milligram to kilogram quantities of special nuclear material.
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)
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. SeeDOE 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 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 email@example.com or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.
Contact Name Duran, Andria M
Vacancy Name: IRC90859
Organization Name Actinide Analytical Chemistry (C-AAC)
Minimum Salary 113100
Maximum Salary 190900
Req ID: IRC90859