Los Alamos National Laboratory Pulsed Magnetic Field Science Technologist / Research Technologist 1/2 in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
This position will be filled at either the Research Technologist 1/Research Technologist 2level, 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.
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has immediate openings for technically excellent and highly motivated Research Technologists for experimental physical science in ultra-high magnetic fields. The work is a mixture of technical operations, user support, maintenance, and development: operating some of the world’s strongest pulsed magnets, supporting scientific users from around the world, maintaining precision measurement equipment, and developing new measurement techniques. The main purpose of our work is to understand how materials respond to extremely high magnetic fields and use that knowledge for basic research and mission science. The selected candidates will work in a dynamic team environment where communication, teamwork, initiative, and follow through are essential. They will play a key role in ongoing improvements to laboratory organization and systematic planning.
Research Technologist Level 1 ($75,400 - $122,900)
Operate, support, maintain, and improve high magnetic field experiment cells with pulsed magnets reaching 65-100 tesla.
Support MagLab scientists and external facility users doing experiments
Maintain, design, and build instrumentation and equipment for use in pulsed magnetic fields
Learn the principles and practice of pulsed magnetic field science, apply that knowledge, and develop expertise at least one core measurement technique or technology
Sustain and improve the organization of pulsed magnetic field laboratories and the systematic planning of magnet cell operations
Research Technologist Level 2 ($83,300 – $136,200)
In addition to work outlined above, the Research Technologist 2 will:
Collaborate and participate in MagLab and external user scientific activities
Lead facility or scientific capability improvements
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Demonstrated experience with scientific instrumentation, for example, installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, or analysis of experimental data
Demonstrated experience with vacuum and cryogenic systems
Demonstrated experience with hands-on technical work, for example, use of hand tools, machining, device fabrication or assembly, electronics, computer networking, etc.
Demonstrated experience organizing technical work, for example, supplies, equipment, labs, schedules
Ability to formulate and implement innovative approaches and solutions to problems
Either (1) a bachelor’s degree in science, engineering, or similar field and two years of related experience or (2) an equivalent combination of education and experience
Additional requirements for Research Technologist 2:
Demonstrated experience developing and building instrumentation in physical science, engineering, or a related field.
Demonstrated mentoring skills of students, technicians, or other technologists.
Demonstrated experience planning the work of a team or for a complex activity
Education/Experience at lower level: Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution and 2 years related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.
Education/Experience at higher level: Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution and 5 years related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.
Demonstrated experience in a measurement technique similar to those in use at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Pulsed Field Facility (NHMFL-PFF) or similar labs, e.g. voltage-current characteristics (“transport”), magnetization, optical spectroscopy, or similar techniques.
Demonstrated experience with designing or building electronic circuits, especially for low-noise, high-precision measurement.
Strong computer skills, for example, data acquisition, experiment control, programming, or data management.
Either (1) a graduate degree in physical science, engineering, or a related field, or (2) equivalent track record of experience in academic, laboratory, or industrial research and development.
Ability and inclination to contribute to a wide range of basic-research and mission-science programs as needs and opportunities evolve with time
Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance (generally requires US citizenship).
Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Climbing stairs, walking, lifting 20-30 pounds
Work Environment: In a widely ranging ambient temperatures, work in a noisy environment, work near electrical power supplies, work near machinery with moving parts, safety glasses or eye protection, hearing protection, safety shoes or protective footgear
Note to Applicants: For full consideration, applicants must submit a cover letter that addresses each of the key requirements of the position.
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No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.
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.
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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)
These open positions are in the Magnet Operations and Scientific Techniques (MOST) Team, part of the MAGLAB Group and the Materials Physics and Applications Division (MPA). The MOST Team has a central and critical role in high magnetic field experiments, with responsibilities for the operation of pulsed magnets with peak fields up to 100 tesla; precision measurement of materials properties in pulsed fields (e.g. magnetization, resistivity, length or volume change, optical spectra, thermal parameters, etc.); instrumentation to control sample environments (e.g. inert atmosphere or vacuum, low or high temperature, high pressure or strain); and safe operation of experiments with potential for explosive failure.
All of this exciting work is part of running the Pulsed Field Facility (PFF), LANL’s contribution to the U.S. National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL). The NHMFL is a scientific user facility dedicated to basic research, with initiatives in materials, energy, and life sciences. Major scientific themes at the PFF include quantum matter, topological materials, superconductivity, two-dimensional materials, magnetic materials, actinide science, and new systems for quantum information science. The primary sponsor of the NHMFL PFF at LANL is the National Science Foundation (NSF), with additional support from the Department of Energy (DOE).
LANL provides unique capabilities for the NHMFL PFF: the 1.4 gigawatt pulsed power generator, the 60 Tesla Long-Pulse Magnet (60T LPM), the 100 Tesla Multi-Shot Magnet (100T MSM), several capacitor-bank-driven pulsed magnets with peak magnetic fields of 60-75T, and state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities for materials science research. The 100 T MSM holds the world record for the highest magnetic field for a non-destructive magnet. In addition to supporting scientific users from around the world, the PFF develops magnet technology and advances science and technology using high magnetic fields in support of NSF, DOE and LANL goals.
Further information on the NHMFL, the PFF, and LANL is available at the following websites: nationalmaglab.org , nationalmaglab.org/user-facilities/pulsed-field-facility , and www.lanl.gov .
Contact Name Ditsworth, Samantha Aileen
Vacancy Name: IRC82618
Organization Name MPA-MAGLAB / MPA-MAG LAB NHMFL Group
Req ID: IRC82618
Category: Science/Eng Tech Support