Los Alamos National Laboratory Inorganic and Radiochemistry Technician (Research Tec 4) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
The Nuclear and Radiochemistry Group is seeking an outstanding candidate with extensive inorganic/analytical chemistry or related laboratory experience to support ongoing programs focused in the field of radiochemical separations. This work is related to nuclear security missions. The successful candidate will run chemical separation procedures to rigorously purify elements of interest from complex matrices. The job will involve a focus on bench ‘wet’ chemistry laboratory work, with additional elements of maintaining Quality Assurance and Control records required for specific projects, ordering and preparing reagents and labware, and performing data entry and review. The selected candidate will work with team members including staff members and experienced technicians and technologists to determine viable process alternatives and improvements, manage and adjust deadlines and deliverables, and complete assignments to achieve high quality results and maximize productivity. The candidate must be willing and able to work within a team environment and help with the execution of both large technical experiments and small team/individual R&D experiments. This work is related to nuclear security missions, and is directly related to national security objectives that requires the individual to protect and maintain sensitive or classified information. Occasional work exercises may require working extended hours. Training with respect to the safe manipulation of radioactive materials will be provided as, and when, required.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
A demonstrated strong background and hands-on experience with laboratory work in chemistry or a related discipline (such as biology or geochemistry)
Demonstrated experience in applying sample preparation methods including working with strong acids and bases
Proven ability to conduct complex laboratory procedures, including being able to read documented procedures and reduce them to laboratory practice
Proven ability to work as part of a team
Basic computer skills including use of Microsoft office products
Demonstrated strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires US citizenship
Education/Experience : Position requires a minimum of an associate’s degree in physical or life sciences or equivalent experience and five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred.
Demonstrated chemical analysis using standard spectroscopic, analytical and/or radio analytical techniques.
Demonstrated experience with data validation, analytical data report generation, and in meeting programmatic QA/QC requirements.
Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.
COVID Vaccine : The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.
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 .
Note to Applicants: Along with your resume, please include a detailed cover letter explaining how you meet each of the minimum requirements and any of the desired qualifications.
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.
The Nuclear and Radiochemistry Group supports both operational missions and R&D efforts in bioassay, nuclear forensics, nuclear nonproliferation, safeguards, treaty monitoring, and weapons programs. Basic research is conducted in areas of radiochemistry, radiometric measurements, materials characterization, mass spectrometry, nuclear chemistry and physics, spectroscopy, and actinide chemistry. Programmatic work supported by C-NR includes maintenance and stewardship of the nuclear stockpile, nuclear forensics, international safeguards, nuclear non-proliferation, treaty monitoring, and bioassay monitoring. C-NR addresses immediate to long-term mission needs for sponsors, and has established capabilities and facilities for handling and characterizing radiological materials over a wide range of radioactivity levels. Current major sponsors include the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, Strategic Partnerships (Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, and other federal agencies), and LANL institutional support.
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. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.
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 472.2 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: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1. Employment Status
Contact Name Griego, Maria C
Vacancy Name: IRC95275
Organization Name C-NR/Nuclear & Radiochemistry
Minimum Salary 64400
Maximum Salary 102300
Req ID: IRC95275
Category: Science/Eng Tech Support