Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

Join the best and brightest minds in the world at one of the most innovative and creative multidisciplinary research institutions engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) builds careers that routinely result in international recognition. The work we do at LANL matters to our country and the world.

You will be part of a research and development (R&D) team within LANL's nuclear facility contributing to the development of corrosion studies with stainless steel containers used for storage of plutonium materials, and to the design of gas generation studies with plutonium oxide materials. This role works in a team environment within LANL's nuclear facility to manufacture product, support material movement and support glove box operations. Most of the daily work is "hands-on" glove box work in the purification and generation of actinide oxides and metal involving Pu239/242, or Am241, or U235. Work at LANL's nuclear facility is performed using detailed operating procedures and requires extensive knowledge of and expertise in following Conduct of Operations, nuclear criticality safety, material control and accountability, radiological safety, and environmental compliance requirements.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

You will assist in the development of solutions for complex problems, design and execute experiments, present results to program sponsors and program review, and publish data in peer-review journals. Work will be accomplished with limited direction, on all but the most complex problems and solutions.

Scientific Background: Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in one or more of the following disciplines: electrochemistry, mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance, corrosion chemistry, large scale chemical transformations, purifications and recovery, and other chemical processes, or, materials processing (oxides, ceramics, and dissolution), chemistry, nuclear engineering, separations science, thermodynamics, or other scientific field of relevance.

Problem Solving: Demonstrated ability to work across organizational lines and conduct extensive research to resolve difficult issues.

Project Development: Knowledge of and experience in designing, planning and executing research and development projects. Familiarity with development of new methods, techniques, or approaches to address critical technical problems. Experience meeting deliverables on schedule.

Communication: Demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills as evidenced by publications, presentations, and report development.

Education/Experience: Position requires a bachelor's degree in chemistry (Ph.D. preferred) or a STEM field from an accredited college and university and 4 years of related experience. Advanced degree with research experience at a university or national lab or equivalent experience directly related to the occupation preferred.

DOE Order 426.2: Requires a Bachelor of Science degree in science or engineering or related science, 2 years of job-related experience and 1 year of nuclear experience.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of quality implementation
  • Knowledge of existing NNSA/DOE requirements related to nuclear and high hazard facility operations
  • Experience working in gloveboxes or atmosphere-controlled boxes
  • Knowledge and familiarity with troubleshooting process equipment
  • Knowledge of project management and project controls
  • Familiarity with Good Laboratory Practices (Conduct of Maintenance, Conduct of Operations)
  • An active DOE Q clearance is highly desired

Essential Job Functions(can perform with or without reasonable accommodation):

Ability to discriminate speech, sitting, standing, bending, balancing, use of both hands, use of both arms, use of both legs and use of both feet.

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.
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 a 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 (PTO 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.

HRP: This position is subject to the requirements of the DOE Human Reliability Program as specified in 10 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 712, §712.11. These requirements include on going drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations.

426.2: This position is subject to DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities, which establishes entry-level requirements to ensure candidates selected for specific positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job.

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

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Continue the Mission with Los Alamos National Laboratory, one of the world’s most innovative multidisciplinary research institutions. We focus on strategic science initiatives to uphold national security and ensure the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile along with other defense and research-oriented programs.

Los Alamos National Laboratory is a natural fit and next career for veterans and transitioning personnel from all branches of the military. You don’t need to be a scientist or engineer to work with us; we offer a vast array of career opportunities and need veterans’ unique and technical skillsets as we continue to grow. Hands-on and continuing education will equip you for your next mission.


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