Los Alamos National Laboratory Target Fabrications Technolgist 1/2 (Research Technologist 1/2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

The Engineered Materials Group (MST-7) is seeking an outstanding, highly motivated candidate to assist in the fabrication of targets for Inertial Confined Fusion (ICF) and High Energy Density Physics (HEDP) campaigns.The selected candidate (in consultation with senior engineers) will be responsible for the overall concept and oversight of fabrication for several target designs for (ICF) and (HEDP). Many of these campaigns involve targets and parts that are millimeter or sub-millimeter in size, and therefore require tolerances that are at the limit of what is technically feasible. This also requires analysis of the final parts (through metrology, microscopy, OCMM or other analysis techniques) and comparison to the required design to determine quality of the produced target. The documentation of work performed in peer reviewed journals, presentations, and internal reports is strongly encouraged. Ideas on research endeavors to improve capabilities of the group with the goal of improving target fabrication are encouraged. Interfacing with individual physicists, theoreticians, machinists, materials scientists and technicians, and other assembly team members within LANL and other DOE facilities will be necessary. A moderate amount of travel will be required.

This position will be filled at either the Research Technologist 1 or the Research Technologist 2 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.

R&D; Technologist 1 ($72,500-$118,200)The successful candidate will:

  • Manage and coordinate manufacturing operations throughout LANL and at external suppliers to build the targets in the three month design cycle

  • Meet with researchers to determine a minimal risk design for producing the needed targets and translate the requirements into assembly and fabrication drawings

  • Keep current on the status of the fabrication processes and help solve any problems while coordinating technician assembly operations

  • Perform any fabrication processes for which he/she is responsible

  • Help field the targets at the experimental facilities (these facilities are at LANL, the University of Rochester, Sandia National Laboratory, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

Research Technologist 2 ($80,100-$131,000) In addition to the duties outlined above, the (higher level title) will be required to:

  • Develop and implement new precision assembly, fabrication, and metrology techniques needed for the production of these targets

  • Documentation of work performed in peer reviewed journals, presentations, and internal reports

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Working knowledge of 3D Computer aided design software such as: Autocad Inventor, Solid Works, Pro-engineer, or Creo

  • Demonstrated operational knowledge of and working with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T;)

  • Ability to handle and assemble delicate mm size parts

  • Strong skills and initiative in organization, planning, teamwork, customer interactions, and interpersonal communications.

  • Must be able to obtain a Q clearance (this generally means that the candidate must be a U. S. citizen)

Additional Job Requirements for Research Technologist 2: In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the (higher level title) level requires:

  • Working knowledge of fabrication and metrology technologies with dimensional errors of less than 200 nm

  • Demonstrated ability to work productively on multiple tasks with minimal supervision

  • Experience in conducting scientific work while complying with ES&H; requirements and using appropriate administrative controls, engineering controls, and personal protective equipment

  • Experience with ultra-precision fabrication techniques

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with AutoCad Inventor Computer Aided Design software

  • Characterization experience with tools such as: interferometry, electron microscopy, optical microscopy, Optical Coordinate Measuring Machine (OCMM), Computed Tomography (CT) and other dimensional metrology techniques

  • Knowledge of LANL’s ICF/ HED program mission

  • Experience with Labview and/or Matlab software


Research Technologist 1 Education Required: A physical sciences or engineering degree at the B.S., in Mechanical Engineering, engineering technology or equivalent experience.

Research Technologist 2 Education Required: A physical sciences or engineering degree at the BS in Mechanical Engineering or related field and 3 year’s experience or MS degree in Mechanical Engineering

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.

Internal Applicants:Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

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.

The Engineered Materials Group (MST-7) provides multidisciplinary expertise in materials science ranging from polymers and foams to ceramic nuclear fuels and materials discovery. This expertise is focused on delivering technology solutions for national security missions. The target engineering team applies its specialties in fields in engineering and its unique machining capabilities to produce very complex ICF/HEDP targets.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name: MST-7/Polymers & Coatings

Job Title: Target Fabrications Technolgist 1/2 (Research Technologist 1/2)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC66941