Measurement Specialist (Material Control & Accountability Spec 2/3) - Military Veterans

at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

Join Nuclear Material Control and Accountability (NMCA) and bring your passion for precision measurements, statistics, and knowledge of radioactive materials to help deter and detect theft and diversion of accountable special nuclear materials. Radiation measurement science experience and the ability to think like the 'bad guy' is a plus. No two days will be the same in this fast-paced and challenging position that directly contributes to Los Alamos National Laboratory's nuclear material safeguards mission. This position will often include duties in nuclear facilities where special nuclear material (SNM) is present. We are a growing organization that values employees, diversity, and a work-life balance.

This position will be filled at either the Material Control & Accountability Specialist 2/3 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.

Material Control & Accountability Specialist 2 $79,200 - $129,000

The Nuclear Material Control and Accountability group (SAFE-NMCA) is seeking an energetic, interactive, customer-focused professional to provide operational and programmatic support related to the measurement of special nuclear materials. The Measurement Control Specialist is an essential function that provides independent verification and validation of non-destructive assay (NDA) measurements used to demonstrate nuclear material control and accountability; support the qualification of measurement systems used to perform measurements of accountable nuclear materials, and support response to facility operational events involving accountable nuclear material.

Material Control & Accountability Specialist 3 $87,200 - $142,500

At the higher level, the Material Control Specialist will participate in the analysis of NDA and destructive analysis (DA) measurement data towards the evaluation of instrument performance, trend analysis, control limit evaluations, calibrations, uncertainty development (random and systematic variance evaluations) and propagation of variance (POV) on the active inventory. The MC&A Specialist 3 will also be expected to participate/contribute to the team nuclear material inventory difference reconciliation effort once POV operations are complete.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Demonstrated ability to creatively resolve complex nuclear material measurement issues using technically defensible methods to analyze data.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of NDA measurement methods, such as gamma-ray spectroscopy, passive/active neutron counting, calorimetric assay and other non-destructive and destructive assay techniques used for the quantification of special nuclear materials.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience in at least one of the following: Radiation detection and quantification, nuclear engineering, health physics or radiation physics.


Additional Job Requirements for Material Control & Accountability Specialist 3:

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:
  • Demonstrated, advanced experience and working knowledge of DOE/NNSA Nuclear Material Control & Accountability requirements (DOE Orders).
  • Experience using statistical analysis software, such as SAS JMP and R-integration.
  • Experience participating in the physical inventory of nuclear material.


Education/Experience at Material Control & Accountability Specialist 2 level: Position requires an Associate's Degree and 6 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience directly related to the occupation. Additional consideration may be given to professionally recognized training and certifications in related fields.

Education/Experience at Material Control & Accountability Specialist 3 level: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree and 8 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. Additional consideration may be given to professionally recognized training and certifications in related fields.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience performing non-destructive assay measurements in both laboratory and in-situ settings.
  • Working knowledge of nuclear material accountability and control policies, practices and procedures.
  • Experience working in one of the following: nuclear facility operations, nuclear material control and accountability, or chemical/physical processes associated with nuclear material.
  • Experience generating concise and accurate reports, writing technical procedures, technical data interpretation and communicating technical information utilizing presentations for a diverse, technical and nontechnical audience.
  • Experience in the development and understanding of measurement uncertainties and propagation of variance applications and the reconciliation of inventory differences.


Note to Applicants:

Please include a cover letter addressing how your skills, knowledge, and abilities directly relate to each of the minimum job requirements and any of the desired 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.
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. Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use was pre-offer.

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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