Los Alamos National Laboratory Thermonuclear Plasma Experiments Research Technologist (Research Technologist 1) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
The Thermonuclear Plasma Physics group (P-4) in the Physics Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is seeking outstanding candidates for a Research Technologist to support the development and operation of advanced scientific instrumentation and diagnostics equipment, including gated neutron imaging systems, as well as gamma-ray and x-ray detectors. The successful candidate will work in interdisciplinary teams focusing on designing the systems/equipment and/or production processes, and ensuring that all work, materials, processes, and final products meet quality specifications and established requirements. These systems will be fielded at various research facilities at other institutions, and the candidate will be expected to travel in order to assist with installation, commissioning, troubleshooting, and operation of the instruments. Strong focus on implementing and following safe operation practices and regulations will be essential due to potential exposure to high consequences environments, such as high explosives, high power lasers, high magnetic fields, accelerators, high-energy capacitor banks, gas guns, or X-ray systems. The candidate will contribute to and communicate results through written reports/publications and presentations to sponsors, and will have the opportunity to contribute to the development of new principles and concepts.
P-4 is centered around one of our key competencies: the design, execution and analysis of experiments in extremely high-energy density conditions, inertial confinement fusion and magnetized plasmas, including the development of relevant detectors and cameras. The group frequently conducts experiments at the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester, the Z-Machine at Sandia National Laboratories, the Wendelstein 7-X Stellarator in Germany, and at Los Alamos facilities.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Experience in the development, commissioning, and operation of custom purpose-built diagnostic instruments
Experience in electronics design, manufacturing, and troubleshooting
Ability to work independently with initiative in an electronics lab environment
Proficiency in the use of electronic test instrumentation including ultra-fast oscilloscopes, pulsers, time-domain reflectometers, bench power supplies, and high voltage power supplies.
Ability to document project progress and/or completion in written reports, drawings, calculations, and presentations.
Ability to work productively on multiple projects as demonstrated by meeting concurrent deadlines, goals and requirements
Demonstrated ability to work well with others in diverse teams
Education/Experience: Position requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or electrical engineering technology and a minimum of two years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Understanding of theory and operation of Marx Bank circuitry and microchannel plate technology
Experience in the development, troubleshooting, and commissioning of x-ray, neutron, and gamma diagnostic instruments
Experience working with and around X-Ray producing equipment
Experience preparing hardware for, participating in, and recording data from experiments at large scientific facilities
Experience working in a cleanroom environment and maintaining cleanroom conditions
Possess a solid understanding of vacuum technology and system
Notes to Applicants: Evaluation of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.
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)
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Appointment Type Regular Regular
Contact Name Thalacker, Lindsay K.
Vacancy Name: IRC84895
Organization Name P-4/Thermonuclear Plasma Physics
Minimum Salary 77300
Maximum Salary 126000
Req ID: IRC84895
Category: Science/Eng Tech Support