Los Alamos National Laboratory Scientist 2 in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
The Hazardous Waste Management Group (NPI-6) is seeking a highly motivated, experienced individual with a focus on customer service to be a part of the HazMat Research & Planning Team. NPI-6 ensures safe, efficient and compliant waste management for waste generated at the TA-55 Plutonium Facility, the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research (CMR) building, the TA-50 Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility (RLWTF), the Radiological Laboratory Utility Office Building (RLUOB), the Transuranic Waste Facility (TWF) and the Radioassay and Nondestructive Testing Facility (RANT).NPI-6 ensures that all activities in these facilities are conducted in compliance with applicable environmental regulations and Laboratory policies.
The selected candidate will support operating groups at TA-55, CMR, RLW, and RLUOB by serving as the scientific expert on transuranic radioactive waste, low level waste, chemical regulated and unregulated waste, and/or nuclear material accountability/management of waste and apply scientific principles to address technical problems; develop novel techniques or principles; and analyze data or outcomes as it relates to issues such as chemical compatibility of waste.
The primary responsibilities for the candidate include adhering to scientific policies, programs, procedures and practices.You will participate in technical analyses and reviews of characterization data collected from a broad range of waste characterization techniques to develop, evaluate and/or support solutions to waste management or materials management problems. In addition, you will utilize scientific methods; participate in the investigation of the forensic origins of waste materials, researching historical records and information.As an AK Scientist 2, you will participate in formal networks involving coordination among groups and other key decision makers whileperforming and participating in internal, programmatic and regulatory audits and assessments. You will be developing technical approaches, using creativity in applying standard practices and procedures, and leads technical decision-making, including selections of technical alternatives, for assigned work. You will set direction and goals for well-defined tasks involving more than one person; scope tasks within a project and defines deliverables at task level; and lead specific project tasks to meet scope, schedule and budget. The candidate will maintain state-of-the-art technical expertise and knowledge within discipline, and develop new skills in related disciplines. Additional certifications and/or qualifications may be attained, which may include more advanced educational degrees.
NPI-6 provides plenty of opportunities to learn new things and a supportive environment when challenges arise.
You will never be bored and have a lot of fun in this dynamic environment.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
DOE Experience: Broad experience in a relevant technical discipline (chemistry, nuclear engineering, waste management nuclear materials management, etc.) at a DOE waste-generating/processing site.
Engineering/Scientific Background: Demonstrated scientific/engineering knowledge and successful experience to monitor and/or manage the accumulation, processing, movement, storage, or measurement of special nuclear material or regulated waste.
Knowledge of Waste Management: Extensive knowledge of the waste management and/or nuclear materials management industry, and ability to interpret regulatory, or DOE/NNSA technical codes, standards, and criteria pertinent to these industries.
Problem Solving: Demonstrated ability to work across organizational lines and conduct extensive research to resolve difficult issues.
DOE Order 426.2: This position is subject to DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities. This DOE Order establishes entry-level requirements to ensure employees in the positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job.
Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Chemical or Nuclear Engineering, Physics, Biology, or related engineering/science discipline from an accredited college or university. Advanced degree in Chemistry preferred.
Demonstrated familiarity with maintaining genealogical relationship of a material or waste, to ensure accurate RCRA designation.
Experience using waste and nuclear materials management databases such as the Waste Characterization and Tracking System (WCATS), LAMCAS and LANMAS or ability to become proficient within twelve months of hiring. Demonstrated familiarity with compliance with DOE (particularly the Carlsbad and the Los Alamos offices) waste requirements and New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Orders.
Working knowledge and experience of the latest version of TRAMPAC, TRUPACT II SARP, safety basis, nuclear criticality, or equivalent DOE, DoD, NRC documents.
Demonstrated familiarity with packing, marking, and labeling hazardous materials or waste. Advanced knowledge of waste assay/characterization technology.
Demonstrated familiarity with transuranic waste visual examination, non-destructive measurements (neutron vs. gamma), flammable gas sampling and analysis, procedure writing, auditing and walk downs.
Active Q clearance and ability to participate in the Human Reliability Program (HRP).
Note to Applicants:
For full consideration applicants should submita comprehensive resume or CVthat addresses the job requirements, job skills, and desired qualifications of the position.
Occasional travel may be required.
This vacancy will close on January 27, 2021, midnight Mountain Standard Time. Note, if it is determined that there is an adequate applicant pool prior to this date, the position may close as early as December 24, 2020
May require extended work hours or occasional shift work, work near sources of ionizing radiation, personal protective equipment such as safety glasses or eye protection, anti-contamination clothing, safety shoes, protective footgear or full-face respirators.
Essential Job Functions:
Reading vision, distance vision, ability to hear in a normal range (500 to 3000 htz),will require standing, walking and working on concrete surfaces for long periods of time, climbing stairs, and typing or keyboarding.
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)
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.
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 472.2for 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.
Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served at least one year of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the one year of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader.Please refer to LaboratoryPolicy P701for applicant eligibility requirements.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.
Vacancy Name: IRC83036
Organization Name NPI-6 / Hazardous Waste Management
Minimum Salary 91800
Maximum Salary 151400
Req ID: IRC83036