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Inorganic and Radiochemistry Research Technologist (Research Technologist 1/2) - Military Veterans

at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Job Title Inorganic and Radiochemistry Research Technologist (Research Technologist 1/2)
Location Los Alamos, NM, US
Organization Name C-NR/Nuclear & Radiochemistry
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What You Will Do

The Chemistry Division, Nuclear and Radiochemistry Group (C-NR) is seeking an outstanding candidate with extensive inorganic/analytical chemistry or related laboratory experience to support multiple programs focused on the field of actinide science and radiochemical analysis. This work is related to nuclear security missions. Funding for this work will be jointly provided by sponsors supporting both C-NR and the AMPP-4 group (Materials Recovery & Recycle), but with the entire role being undertaken in the same laboratory spaces and working with the same core team of people. Work will be conducted in support of two main mission areas related to plutonium processing and nuclear forensics. Support for plutonium processing will include a focus on surveillance and monitoring programs directed to the safe storage of actinide materials, with nuclear forensics efforts including target material manipulations - both pre- and post-irradiation.

Research Technologist 1 ($81,700 - $133,100)
The successful candidate will engage with project implementation as related to actinide chemical manipulations in both fume hoods and glove boxes as well as bench 'wet' chemistry laboratory work. Laboratory experimental tasks will include actinide sample dissolutions and radioisotope analyses, radioactive shipment packing/unpacking, transuranium stock solution and material sample preparations. Techniques to analyze samples to include NMR, x-ray powder diffraction, UV-Vis spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy, gamma and beta counting (training will be provided in all of these techniques). Once fully trained the job will include passing on knowledge and helping train new postdocs, technicians, and students as part of workforce pipeline development.

This work is related to nuclear security missions and is directly related to national security objectives that requires the individual to protect and maintain sensitive or classified information. Occasional work exercises may require working extended hours. The required training with respect to the safe manipulation of radioactive materials will be provided as needed.

This position will be filled at either the Research Technologist 1 or 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.

Research Technologist 2 ($90,000 - $147,100)
Responsibilities will extend to coordinating experimental work in multi-user laboratory spaces, and managing efforts as related to short- and medium-term sponsor requirements. There will be additional responsibilities relating to maintaining Quality Assurance and Control records required for specific projects, ordering, and preparing reagents and labware, and performing data entry and review. The selected candidate will work with team members including staff members, technicians, technologists, post-docs and students to deliver scientific and technological advances, manage and adjust deadlines and deliverables, and complete assignments to achieve high quality results and maximize productivity. The candidate must be willing and able to work within a team environment and help with the execution of large technical experiments and lead small team/individual R&D experiments.

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

§ Paidchildbirth 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.

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 or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.
Employment Status Full Time
Appointment Type Regular

Los Alamos, NM

Los Alamos National Laboratory

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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