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Los Alamos National Laboratory Material Research Technician (Research Tec 3/4) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

These positions will be filled at either the Research Tec 3 or 4 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.

The Nuclear Material Science Group (MST-16) is seeking Research Technicians to support Plutonium and other actinide materials science research. The successful candidates will provide mid-level (Research Tec 3) or skilled-level (Research Tec 4) technician support in one or more of the following areas: metallography, electron microscopy, materials characterization, materials synthesis and processing, materials properties measurements, and dynamic testing. Technicians will work under supervision and within established procedures, processes, requirements or specifications to perform work on a variety of tasks and projects. Technicians will conduct technical work in the laboratory space or work area with responsibilities that may include preparing small scale samples for analysis, operating and maintaining equipment, executing experiments, and other activities supporting MST-16 programs. These activities will typically require working in a gloveboxes in a radiological environment and, in some cases, the use of a respirator.

Research Tec 3 ($52,200 – $80,800)

The successful candidates for Research Tec 3 will provide mid-level technician support in one or more of the following areas:

  • Metallography

  • Materials characterization

  • Materials synthesis and processing

  • Materials properties measurements

  • Dynamic testing

Research Tec 4 ($62,800 - $99,800)

In addition to the responsibilities and activities listed above, the Research Technician 4 will be expected to perform at a skilled-level with direct experience in one of those areas. The Tec 4 will work independently to meet project deliverables.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Basic knowledge of and experience in computer systems and applications.

  • Basic knowledge of and experience with hand and power tools.

  • Ability to quickly learn new skills/techniques and adapt to changing environments.

  • Ability to work well in a team environment toward the accomplishment of common goals.

  • Ability to interact effectively with peers and management as required to complete work.

  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions, procedures, plans and Laboratory requirements.

  • Ability to pass and maintain required training.

  • Ability to follow safeguards and security procedures in accordance with the Laboratory.

  • Ability to perform routine tasks independently in a related technical specialty and exercise independent judgment.

  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance.

  • Ability to obtain HRP Certification.

Additional Requirements for a level 4:

  • Knowledge or experience related to metallography, electron microscopy, materials characterization, materials processing and properties measurements, mechanical and dynamic testing, and/or maintenance of scientific equipment.

  • Ability to work independently and initiate work.

  • Ability to perform non-routine tasks, exercising independent judgment.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience working with basic measurement equipment (multimeters, micrometers, balances, transducers, thermometers, etc.).

  • Experience working with vacuum, gas, and pressure systems in a research environment.

  • Experience in performing or supporting scientific experiments using analytical or research equipment (spectrometers, microscopes, etc.).

  • Experience in preparation and analysis of small samples for materials science analysis.

  • Experience in preparation of materials for electron microscopy characterization.

  • Experience working in glove boxes.

  • Specialized training and knowledge for working in hazardous environments such as those involving radiological or fissile materials, lasers, etc.

  • Experience in the safe handling of toxic/radioactive/reactive materials such as beryllium, uranium or plutonium.

Research Tec 3 Education Required: A.S. degree in a related field and three to five years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Research Tec 4 Education Required: A.S. degree in a related field and four to six years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Essential Job Functions: Peripheral vision, depth perception, reading vision and distance vision, ability to hear in a normal range (500 to 3000 Hertz), standing, walking, lifting 20‐30 pounds.

Notes to Applicants: For full consideration, applicants should submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the minimum job requirements and desired skills of the position along with a Resume/CV.

Additional Details:

C learance: 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.

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.

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

MST-16 is an international leader in plutonium science and engineering and supports a variety of functions fundamental to applied programs, including Plutonium Sustainment, Pit Surveillance, the Science Program, Life Extension Programs, Advanced Certification, global security programs, and Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) projects. MST-16 maintains multidisciplinary expertise in actinide materials science and engages in areas essential to Laboratory missions, including material characterization, phase stability, mechanical and dynamic properties, aging, electronic structure, corrosion, and surface science. Our work takes place in the Plutonium Facility (PF-4), the Radiological Laboratory/Utility/Office Building (RLUOB), the Target Fabrication Facility (TFF), and numerous other facilities at LANL and across the country.

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Contact Details
Contact Name Ditsworth, Samantha Aileen
Email samanthad@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC81950
Organization Name MST-16 Nuclear Materials Science
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Req ID: IRC81950
Category: Science/Eng Tech Support