Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Technical Project Manager 1/2 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 Fuels Research Laboratory (FRL) team in the MST-8 group at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) seeks a Technical Project Manager (TPM), Level 1 or 2, to support nuclear fuels research and development (R&D), particularly relating to production and property measurements. Ongoing increases in complex fuel processing in the FRL, comes with many requirements related to the safe handling and accounting of special nuclear material (SNM) and nuclear material (NM). While this position primarily involves nuclear materials control and accountability, additional activities involving quality control, milestone reporting, Materials and Test Equipment (MT&E), and purchasing may be involved.

The FRL and the new Low Enriched Fuel Fabrication Facility (LEFFF) require an experienced TPM who can own MBAs, assist in setting up new MBAs, support the critical safety envelope associated with a new fuel fabrication facility. The TPM must be able to participate in new activities, support R&D, and production in the FRL and LEFFF facilities. This may include assisting with data analysis, milestone tracking and submission, as well as other R&D support activities. Experience working with accountable material in a glovebox-based radiological laboratory and R&D environment is highly desired.

Core Responsibilities:
  • Primary Materials Balance Area (MBA) custodian.
  • Primary interface with the SAFE organization for inventory, Item Adjustments and other Nuclear Materials Control and Accountability (NMCA) activities.
  • MAR tracking within the FRL
  • Primary interface with shipping and tracking nuclear materials shipments.
  • Assistance in Quality Assurance and Control activities in the FRL and related activities.
  • Primary interface with NMCA, Criticality Safety and other related start-up issues for the LEFFF facility.

Technical Project Manager 1 $79,200 - $129,000

The TPM 1 will be expected to manage an MBA, coordinate with the NMCA group on material accountancy, manage MAR of subaccountable nuclear materials, and handle MT&E to track QA standards (e.g. balance weights). The job will also work with staff members to tracking IWDs to completion by interfacing with subject matter experts. The team member is also expected to be trained as a designated procurement representative with purchase card authorities.

Technical Project Manager 2 $96,100 - $159,000

In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this level, the TPM will assist in preparing and maintaining criticality safety documents as well as configuring and maintaining new MBA locations. The staff member will work closely with facilities engineering as well as radiological protection and industrial hygienist to facilitate bringing the LEFFF online. Other job descriptions include the ability to work with external customers at multiple institutions to coordinate non-technical activities.

What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Has ability to obtain a DOE Q clearance which usually requires US citizenship.
  • Experience with NMCA as well as MBA management and Mass Accountability Safeguards System (MASS) transactions and the Los Alamos Material Control and Accountability System (LAMCAS).
  • Experience with NMCA inventories, Materials at Risk (MAR) tracking and nuclear materials shipping and receiving.
  • Experience working in an R&D environment.
  • Ability to implement plans, logistics, scheduling, announcements, administrative facilitation of business, operational, and/or programmatic meetings and/or conferences.
  • Ability to understand and adhere to all Laboratory and regulatory guidance and governance specific to the project work.
  • Ability to foster a mutually respectful work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.

Additional Job Requirements for Technical Project Manager 2:

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:

Experience establishing new MBAs.
  • Experience with criticality safety and generation of critical safety limit approval (CSLA) and crit postings.
  • Ability to provide professional support for programs. This typically requires broad experience in the use of professional concepts and Laboratory objectives to resolve complex issues in creative and effective ways.
  • Experience interacting with partners/customers from multiple institutions and coordinating non-technical activities between them.
  • Ability to monitor performance and budget, especially identifying outliers in terms of either.

Education/Experience at lower level: This position requires a minimum of a bachelor's degree and at least two years of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Education/Experience at higher level:
  • This position requires a Bachelor's Degree and 5 or more years experience with NMCA, MBA ownership and Criticality Safety, as well as setting up MBAs or similar.
  • Demonstrated 5 years of ability and success in tracking samples in current LANL Local Area Nuclear Material Accountability Software (LANMAS) systems.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Assistance with program management (e.g., tracking work package generation and progress, as well as documenting and communicating major accomplishments).
  • Experience following Nuclear Quality Assurance (NQA-1), Weapons Reserve (WR), or other formal quality standards.
  • Experience with (MT&E) and other Quality Control experience.
  • Experience with glovebox-based R&D activities and data generation and tracking.
  • Experience with LANL reporting requirements for environmental compliance, material inventories, etc.
  • Experience with purchasing, P-card transactions, etc.
  • Knowledge of regulatory and Laboratory requirements related to the assigned project.
  • Ability to generate, renew and update integrated work documents (IWDs), Operating Procedures (OPs), New Activity Reviews (NARs), and other authorizing documents for activities in the FRL and in LEFFF.
  • Ability to develop and nurture effective customer relationships.
  • Ability to interact effectively with all levels of personnel (building trust, gaining consensus, and resolving conflicts).
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills.

Location: This position will be 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: For full consideration, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses how they meet the minimum job requirements, and any of the desired requirements of the position.
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 childbirth 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. 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.

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 Policy Policy P701 for 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.Employment StatusFull Time

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