Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Technician 4 / 5 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Technician 4/5 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

This position is with theInorganic, Isotope, and Actinide ChemistryTeam.Responsibilities include performing chemical procedures, operational support of hot cell activities, and equipment refurbishment. Worker must be willing and able to work with radioactive materials, perform work with remote telemanipulators, and become respirator fit. The work involves using remote telemanipulators in hot cells to perform radioisotope separations for routine production of medical radionuclides. The worker must be able to conduct work within the constraints of a rigorous quality assurance program (FDA’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)). The worker will be part of a large team for routine production as well as R&D; related to production and purification of various radioisotopes. Responsibilities include performing existing chemical procedures and supporting staff in developing and testing new procedures for processing irradiated target materials and for recovering specific radionuclides.

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

The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Learn all aspects of the program and take on tasks as needed to help the program succeed

  • Complete extensive training to maximize technician contributions in all aspects of the program, including:

  • standard waste and chemical handling,

  • handling of radioactive materials

  • forklift and crane operation

  • routine production chemistry

  • preparing radioactive shipments

  • maintenance activities in full radiological personal protective equipment (PPE)

  • other duties as assigned

  • Accept dose, consistent with careful attention to ALARA.

  • Perform under tight deadlines while maintaining consistently high quality

  • Stand for long periods of time, performing physical work activities

Research Technician 5 – ($72,500-$118,200)

In addition to the duties outlined above, the Research Tec 5 will be required to be proficient in the operation of telemanipulators to remotely perform complex sample handling, wet chemistry operations and instrumentation operation.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Knowledge and experience in each item listed:

  • Experience in solution inorganic chemistry, (radio) chemical separations and/or analytical chemical measurements.

  • Demonstrated ability working to and adhering to detailed work control procedures or technical work plans. Must be detail oriented.

  • Successful experience working safely with hazardous or radioactive materials.

  • Experience performing as a productive member of a large and diverse team.

  • Experience working effectively with functional and operational direction from supervisor and staff.

  • Demonstrated ability to learn basic radioanalytical methods, particularly in measurement of gamma- and beta-emitting radionuclides.

  • Demonstrated ability to learn safe and responsible handling of highly radioactive and hazardous materials including the use of telemanipulators for remote handling in hot cells, Rad Worker II training, and respirator use.

  • Demonstrated ability to perform repetitive physical tasks in support of production activities.

Additional Requirements for Research Tec 5:

Advanced knowledge, proven ability and experience:

  • Extensive experience using telemanipulators to work with samples and equipment inside of hot cells.

  • Experience researching alternative approaches for execution of technical work plans in hot cells or other production environments.

  • Experience independently coordinating with internal and external organizations to determine approaches to demonstrating compliance with regulatory guidance.

  • Proven experience independently coordinating activities for yourself and others.

  • Experience setting up bench or pilot scale apparatus and/or wet chemistry systems

  • Additionally, extensive mechanical and/or electrical troubleshooting and repair of major facility equipment may be used to substitute for some of the above requirements.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with ICH Q7, PET drug regulation, NQA-1, or similarly rigorous QA/QC manufacturing programs

  • CDL

  • Experience with analytical chemistry instrumentation (such as ICP, FTIR, HPLC, pH…)

  • Mechanical and/or electrical maintenance experience.

Essential Job Functions: Lifting and Carrying heavy weight (30+ pounds), Gripping with the hands, Applying torque with hands or arms

Work Environment: Mask or respirator, Work near sources of ionizing radiation, Carcinogens, Toxic chemicals, Safety shoes, Head protection, Safety glasses or eye protection, Hand protection


Research Tec 4: Position typically requires an associate’s degree in a relevant field and four-to-six years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Research Tec 5: Position typically requires an associate’s degree in a relevant field and six-to-ten years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Additional Details:

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.

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.

Inorganic, Isotope, and Actinide Chemistry (C-IIAC) is a research group that integrates synthetic and analytical expertise in inorganic chemistry, isotope production and processing technology, and actinide molecular and environmental chemistry, to focus on innovative technical solutions to problems in biomedicine, energy security, defense, threat reduction and the environment. The Radioisotope Production and Distribution Program in C-IIAC produces and separates radionuclides for industry, medicine, environmental research, materials studies, and basic scientific investigations. The work involves routine production of radioisotopes on an aggressive schedule, with additional support for R&D; activities.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Duran, Andria M

Organization Name: C-IIAC / Inorganic Isotope & Actinide Chem

Email: amduran@lanl.gov

Job Title: Research Technician 4 / 5

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC61591