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Los Alamos National Laboratory Space Instrument Research Technologist 2 / 3 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Research Technologist 2 or 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.

We are seeking an Research Technologist to join our collaborative and dynamic team! The ideal candidate will be a skilled hands-on worker, self-motivated, and a proficient multi-tasker with a strong desire and capacity to learn. The Space Instrument Realization Group (ISR-5) provides engineering and technical expertise to develop and deploy high-quality, innovative measurement systems to space for national security applications and NASA missions. ISR-5 is composed of electrical and mechanical engineers, systems engineers, technicians, project control specialists, and technical project managers, all of whom engage on interdisciplinary, high performance project teams that span conceptual development to deployment. The Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has been designing, building, and operating highly innovative ground, air, and space-based measurement and detection systems for nearly 60 years; including space-based measurement systems for verification of international nuclear treaties, basic scientific missions, nuclear nonproliferation, space situational awareness, and remote sensing. In addition, we lead experiments on NASA missions, including the Curiosity and Perseverance Mars Rovers, Van Allen Probes, IBEX, and the upcoming IMAP, NACHOS, and BeamPIE missions.

This position includes two major roles:

Multidisciplinary Technologist : Perform wide variety of hands-on work in the ISR laboratories, in particular two ion beam facilities for testing and calibration of space plasma spectrometers and space neutral atom imagers at energies up to 100 keV, as well as experimental research. Tasks will include testing hardware, maintaining equipment, developing mechanical designs, reading schematics, troubleshooting hardware and facility systems, and interfacing with colleagues. On any given day, specific types of work include the following, often in close collaboration with scientists, engineers, and technicians:

  • Assembly and operation of ion and electron detector systems and their associated electronics, including microchannel plates (MCPs), channel electron multipliers (CEMs), and Faraday cups

  • Using and maintaining Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) systems and their components, using cleanliness standards typical of UHV systems as required for space flight instruments. Vacuum pumps (cryo, turbo, and ion), roughing pumps, Temperature controlled Quartz Crystal Microbalances (TQCM)s, Residual Gas Analysers (RGAs)

  • Development and use of custom data acquisition systems based on, for example, Labview or Python

  • Use, maintenance, and periodic upgrade of ion and electron beam systems and components, including charged particle sources and beam control using charged particle optics

  • Basic analog electronic skills such as reading and understanding schematics

  • Basic mechanical design for custom vaccum components and fixturing using, for example, Solidworks/CREO

  • Installing and testing space instruments or innovative experiments for next-generation space payloads

  • Material and supply procurement for test hardware and facility work

ISR Cleanroom Manager : Responsibilities include serving as the point of contact for the ISR division cleanrooms, which are typically Class 10,000 or better; facilitating cleanroom operations, maintenance, and certification; develop and maintain a training program for staff and visitors to use the cleanroom; and performing work in the cleanroom.

Research Technologist 2 ($85,400 - $139,600):

Uses engineering, math and science principles and theories to solve technical problems in support of space instrument research. Supports ISR projects in the performance of complex and demanding assignments requiring initiative and independent judgment. Responsible for assigned activities in support of facilities, design, operation, maintenance, project and/or research-based engineering, and performing the work within a strong safety and security program. May provide direction to technicians. Able to work independently and as part of a team. Utilizes engineering and computer technology to accomplish work. Continuously improves work processes to meet customer needs.

Research Technologist 3 ($94,100 - $155,700):

In addition to the responsibilities outlined above, the Research Technologist 3 will be expected to apply fundamental understanding and strong skills to lead the performance of complex assignments. Mentor technicians, technologists, and junior staff on research or projects.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Communication & Teaming:

Demonstrated ability to contribute to effective, intellectually diverse teams, and interact with colleagues with diverse professional, educational, and experience backgrounds. Effective written and oral skills. Demonstrated record of fostering a mutually respectful and inclusive work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.

Work Approach :

Enthusiastic willingness to learn in a highly supportive environment. Adaptive, creative, and collaborative approaches to solving problems, overcoming obstacles, and handling uncertainty. Effective use of soft skills and a persistence to navigate the institutional systems and processes to meet goals in a timely manner. Collabora tive and communicative style, proactive in asking questions in order to learn and perform work. This position offers a rich opportunity to both learn and teach.

Technical Experience :

Experience in at least one of the following areas is required: high voltage systems, cleanrooms, charged particle beam systems, lasers, or ultra-high vacuum systems. This position involves many technical skills, and the expectation is that the successful candidate will start with some basis of experience and then grow into other areas with mentoring from engineers, scientists, and technicians in ISR. Passion for learning and applying new skills and knowledge is important for this position.


Safety and security are the highest priority for executing work at Los Alamos. Candidate must have demonstrated record of commitment to safety, security, environment, and quality.

Additional Job Requirements for Research Technologist 4:


Ability to independently coordinate test campaigns, including leading test planning activities in collaboration with scientists and engineers.

Education/Experience at lower 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 this occupation.

Education/Experience at higher level :Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution and 8 years related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. At this level, post graduate course work may be desirable.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with Python, Labview, Solidworks, CREO, RAD shield sources, lasers, ultraviolet light sources, space-flight hardware, contamination control, and schematic reading.

  • Active Q clearance.

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 .

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. 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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1. Appointment Type



Contact Details
Contact Name Wilson, Amber
Email amberw@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC93494
Organization Name ISR-5/Space Instrument Realization
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Req ID: IRC93494
Category: Science/Eng Tech Support