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Los Alamos National Laboratory Characterization Scientist (Scientist 1/2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Scientist 1 or 2 level depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Addition job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

Los Alamos National Laboratory is looking for an exceptional Scientist to join our Weapons Production directorate. Our diverse workforce enjoys a collegial work environment focused on creative problem solving, where everyone’s opinions and ideas are considered.

The Advance Recovery and Integrated Extraction (ARIES) program (AMPP-3) in the Actinide Material Processing & Power (AMPP) Division in the Weapons Directorate provides complete, disassembly, conversion, characterization and packaging of the nation’s surplus nuclear material. In support of the ARIES mission, physical and chemical measurement development and sustainment along with nondestructive analysis are required for all plutonium, uranium, and other actinide material components. This is your chance to make a real difference while working on important research directly impacting national security.

Scientist 1 ($85,400 - $139,600)

You will provide technical support as the process engineer, assisting improving measurement, maintaining measurement control, troubleshooting and maintenance of equipment, and development of new measurement methodologies or systems. You will be responsible for assisting operations as needed to maintain equipment and ensure the operability of instruments to meet ARIES product needs. This role requires complex manipulation in a glovebox and open hood and handling of special nuclear materials. In this role, you will be interacting with multiple organizations to ensure compliance with Conduct of Operations, Conduct of Engineering, Conduct of Maintenance, Quality, and Safety Management programs. Specific tasks include procedure development, instruction and training of technicians, process improvement, and developing solutions for program needs.

Scientist 2 ($94,100 - $155,700)

In addition to the roles and responsibilities of a Scientist 1: You will ensure programmatic objectives are met by participation in planning and identification of challenges. You will develop and validate new methods and installation of associated equipment to address identified challenges. You will participate in the development of resource-loaded schedules to successfully complete program milestones, and balance multiple projects while ensuring process functions at required rate.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Instrumentation Experience: Operation, calibration, and maintenance activities of various instruments (thermogravimetric analyzer – mass spectrometry, differential scanning calorimetry, surface area analyzer, particle size distribution analyzer, laser induce breakdown spectrometer, and x-ray fluorescence spectrometer) located in gloveboxes, and non-destructive testing instruments (gamma spectroscopy, calorimetry, balance measurements, thermal neutron counting).

Communication: Demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills as evidenced by publications, presentations, and report development.

Project Development: Experience in design, planning, and executing research and development projects. Experience with continuous improvement concepts and tools.

Problem Solving Skills: Ability to recognize and define technical problems, measure variables, analyze the problem, implement and validate solutions, and control process.

Additional Job Requirements for Scientist 2:

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:

Project Development: Demonstrated experience in design, planning, and executing research and development projects. Familiarity with development of new methods, techniques or approaches to address critical technical problems.

Continuous Improvement: Experience with continuous improvement concepts and tools.

Problem Solving Skills: Demonstrated ability to recognize and define technical problems, measure variables, analyze the problem, implement and validate solutions, and control process.


Scientist 1 Level: Requires a Bachelor’s degree in a STEM field from an accredited college or university and 2 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Scientist 2 Level: Requires a Bachelor’ degree in a STEM field from an accredited college and university and 4 years of related experience, typically with post-doctoral research experience at a university or national lab or equivalent experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience and working knowledge in SNM material handling/movement.

  • Experience working with radioactive materials.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of industry, regulatory, DOE/National Nuclear Security Administration criteria and standards.

  • Experience performing work in manufacturing environment.

  • Experience with method validation and analysis of measurement uncertainty.

  • Experience with any of the following: Actinide Chemistry; Materials Characterization; performing work in regular/inert atmosphere gloveboxes; Familiarity with thermogravimetric analysis/Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Mass Spectrometry, Particle Size Distribution Analysis - Laser Diffraction, Surface Area - Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) theory, Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy, X-ray Fluorescence, Tapped density analysis; Non Destructive analysis.

  • Active Department of Energy Q Clearance and HRP.

Note to Applicants:

Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year.

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)

Additional Details

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. See DOE Order 472.2 for 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 the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to PolicyPolicy 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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

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Contact Details
Contact Name Tapia, Margaret L (Margie)
Email margiet@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC85812
Organization Name AMPP-3/ARIES
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Req ID: IRC85812
Category: Science