Los Alamos National Laboratory Radioanalytical Chemist (Scientist 4) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The successful applicant will be experienced in radioanalytical chemistry and methodology development, and in analyte detection and measurement using gamma-ray spectroscopy, beta decay counting, alpha spectrometry and/or mass spectrometry. Job responsibilities will include a significant leadership role in technical development of novel techniques needed for new analytes and program requirements, application streamlining, and maximizing sample throughput. The successful applicant will assume overall responsibility within the radiochemistry team for the development, implementation, and completion of project objectives and will communicate results through internal reports, progress reports to sponsors, peer reviewed publications, and formal presentations. In addition, the successful applicant will be responsible for mentoring an operational team in measurement procedures that are implemented in complex experimental projects and operational programs. The individual will be responsible for maintaining a robust Quality Assurance and Control structure required for specific projects and will have significant responsibility for safety/security. Work is directly related to national security objectives and requires the individual to protect and maintain sensitive or classified information.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Expert level experience with inorganic, analytical, and/or radioanalytical chemistry

  • Strong background in analytical method development

  • Demonstrated ability to lead a technical team of scientists and technical experts in logistically challenging measurement campaigns of short-lived radionuclides

  • Demonstrated ability to provide day-to-day technical support while maintaining progress on long term program development

  • Experience in securing new funding that leverages measurement capabilities and laboratory infrastructure

  • Experience in developing new program opportunities and interfacing with R&D; and operational sponsors outside of the laboratory

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires US citizenship

Desired Skills:

  • Experience in working and collaborating across organizational teams and institutions

  • Experience working in nuclear forensics, nuclear nonproliferation, treaty monitoring, or weapons program areas

  • Experience operating in facilities that have chemical and/or radiological hazards and/or limited security areas

  • Active clearance


Position requires an advanced degree in the physical sciences (Chemistry or Geochemistry) from an accredited college or university; a minimum of ten years of related experience is preferred.

Notes to Applicants

In addition to a current resume or Curriculum Vitae, candidates must submit a cover letter addressing how they meet the specific requirements. Applications without this letter will not be considered.

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

The Nuclear and Radiochemistry Group (C-NR) supports both operational missions and R&D; efforts in bioassay, nuclear forensics, nuclear nonproliferation, safeguards, treaty monitoring, and weapons programs. Basic research is conducted in areas of radiochemistry, radiometric measurements, materials characterization, mass spectrometry, nuclear chemistry and physics, spectroscopy, and actinide chemistry. Programmatic work supported by C-NR includes maintenance and stewardship of the nuclear stockpile, nuclear forensics, international safeguards, nuclear non-proliferation, treaty monitoring, and bioassay monitoring. C-NR addresses immediate to long-term mission needs for sponsors, and has established capabilities and facilities for handling and characterizing radiological materials over a wide range of radioactivity levels.

Maximum Salary: 197000

Minimum Salary: 116900

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Duran, Andria M

Organization Name: C-NR/ Nuclear & Radiochemistry

Email: amduran@lanl.gov

Job Title: Radioanalytical Chemist (Scientist 4)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC61228