Los Alamos National Laboratory TRU Waste Sciences Manager 2/3 (Chemical Physics Specialist) in Carlsbad, New Mexico
What You Will Do
The RSO in Carlsbad NM is seeking individuals interested in creative application of scientific principles to problem resolutions within the nuclear waste management complex. The position involves development of chemical and heat transfer models that help define mechanisms that are the foundation of energetic reactions and resolutions to waste as they are encountered at TRU waste generator sites and within the National TRU program. The diverse workforce within the Difficult Waste Team (DWT) enjoys a work environment focused on creative problem solving, where everyone’s opinions and ideas are considered. Accordingly, you must be able to work both independently and as a part of a team, apply broad and diversified knowledge of chemical, chemical engineering and physical principles in preparation of solutions to Department of Energy (DOE) TRU waste issues and be a skilled professional with proven expertise crossing several technical and regulatory areas. You must utilize scientific and chemical engineering technology to accomplish work and continuously improve products for our DOE customer needs.
This position will be filled at either the Chemical Physics Specialist 2/ Chemical Physics Specialist 3 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.
Chemical Physics Specialist 2 ($94,100 - $155,700)
The successful candidate will support implementation of innovative concepts within a disciplined and highly regulated industry. Implementation of successful concepts are in alignment with DOE orders, policies and procedures as applied to identification of TRU waste, collection of information on it, resolution of issues with it and ultimately packaging, characterization, certification, and shipment to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. In addition Laboratory requirements, requirements from other waste generator sites requesting assistance and federal, state and local requirements must be understood and met. In addition, the successful candidate will be able to contribute to development of heat transfer models used to gain understanding of energetic materials interactions. Participate in technical analyses and reviews of characterization data collected from a broad range of waste characterization and assay methods to determine whether waste meets shipping, acceptance, and/or processing criteria. Participate in various working groups within the DOE complex and at waste generator sites. Perform and participate in internal, programmatic, and regulatory oversight and assessments when requested by CBFO. Model a mutually respectful work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment and that supports cooperation, teamwork, and resource sharing within the LANL-CO office and on behalf of our DOE customer.
Chemical Physics Specialist 3 ($103,500 - $172,800)
In addition to the duties outlined above, qualification at theChemical Physics Specialist3 level requires the successful candidate be responsible in contributing to, leading, and developing projects ranging from heat transfer within various waste materials to radiological dose expected from radionuclides within these materials. Participate in developing waste-related analyses, policies, procedures, technical and regulatory reports and presentations. Lead and coordinate the development of technical products such as journal papers, reports presentations and concepts. Possibly contributing to technical transfer.
What You Need
Location: This position will be physically located in Carlsbad NM.
Minimum Job Requirements:
Knowledge of nuclear waste processing, certification, and shipment.
Understanding of heat transfer principles and application of expected reaction enthalpies within TRU waste material.
Understanding of legal requirements and environmental impacts affecting facility operations and administration.
Demonstrated ability to communicate well (verbally and written).
Demonstrated excellence working independently and as a member of a team, with an emphasis on self-initiation and technical leadership to rapidly develop high quality and well-researched solutions for waste processing, treatment, packaging, and transportation.
Strong interpersonal and teaming skills and the ability to lead multi-disciplinary projects.
Understanding of quality assurance practices and principles related to TRU waste packaging, disposition, shipping and environmental management.
Additional Job Requirement for Chemical Physics Specialist 3:
In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the Chemical Physics Specialist 3 level requires:
Comprehensive understanding of materials and chemical reactions expected within various waste materials in transuranic (TRU) waste.
Demonstrated experience in chemical engineering or chemical physics as applied to nuclear operations and waste management.
Thorough knowledge of and experience with analytical tools and instrumentation as applied to chemical and physical composition of waste.
Active involvement in professional societies and organizations such as American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Nuclear Society, or professionals within the Department of Energy Weapons and TRU waste generation complex.
Education/Experience at lower level: Typicallyanundergraduatedegreeinscience,environmentalmanagement,engineering,mathematicsorcomputerinformation scienceand5+yearsofrelevantexperienceoranadvanceddegreewith2+yearsofrelevantexperience.
Education/Experience at higher level: Typicallyan advanced degree in science, environmental management, engineering, mathematics or computer information science and 5+ years of relevant experience.
Advanced degree in chemical engineering, physics or chemistry with emphasis on application to processes and chemical systems, dynamics and reactions with 5 or more years of practical work experience.
Demonstrated working knowledge of DOE standards and orders related to implementation of solutions to difficult waste issues and knowledge of regulatory compliance specific to TRU waste management and disposal.
Experience with COMSOL, CHETAH, MicroShield, MCNP or equivalent chemical, physics and nuclear modeling platforms.
Understanding of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant policies, practices and procedures.
Note to Applicants:
The primary work location for this position is Carlsbad, NM. The RSO program is located in Carlsbad, NM.For full consideration, please submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the minimum requirements and any desired qualifications.
Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Ability to speak, Sitting, Standing, Walking, Typing or keyboarding
Work Environment: Occasional domestic travel required
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)
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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.
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.
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Contact Name Gonzales, Christine J
Work Telephone 505-667-8695
Vacancy Name: IRC82963
Organization Name ESH-RSO/Environment, Safety & Health - Repository Science & Operations
Req ID: IRC82963