Criticality Safety Analyst 5
Los Alamos National Laboratory - Los Alamos, NM

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Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.
The Safety Basis-Criticality Safety Group is responsible for providing written technical guidance to assist operations in mitigating the consequences associated with inadvertent, self-sustaining nuclear chain reactions by analyzing normal and abnormal conditions for new or changed significant quantity fissile/fissionable material operations. The Group provides general guidance on the implementation of criticality safety limits, the physics of criticality and criticality accidents, training and assistance to operational pe rsonnel and guidance to members of safety basis core and field services concerning safety basis authorization information and activities.

Detailed Description
Individual participates/leads in the performance of nuclear criticality safety evaluations. Assists in the reviews of new or proposed changes to existing significant quantity fissile/fissionable material operating procedures and assists in making recommended changes or additions to guidelines and limits to mitigate the consequences of inadvertent nuclear criticality. Works with the operating organization personnel and senior criticality safety engineer to reach consensus agreement as to the normal and credible abnormal process conditions. Ensures all nuclear criticality safety results, materials, processes and final products meet quality specifications and are completed according to established requirements.
The Criticality Safety Analyst 5 will be expected to have expert level knowledge on the use and meaning of all of the criticality national standards. In addition, this level specialist should be an expert in the use of the data from any reference such as LA-10860-MS and the Nuclear Safety Guides. (Analyst will be expected to have completed numerous criticality safety evaluations, technical reports, or published papers related to criticality safety. The level of technical difficulty, as judged by a peer, should be generally from moderate to extremely complex for those evaluations and papers produced in the out years of her or his career). Interfaces with the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Transportation (DOT), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) for criticality safety issues and matters. Provides input to federal and state regulators directly or through trade associations and industry groups for the writing and revision of regulations. Assists in the development of criticality safety technical proposals, project cost/schedule documentation, and provides technical leadership to resolve issues, including conferring with project officials to resolve situations where hazards are beyond acceptable levels. Mentor staff and advise the deputy division leader, the Division Leader, and the Associate Director-NHHO on all matters affecting criticality safety .

Job Requirements

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Demonstrated extensive senior-level experience in DOE or commercial nuclear environment performing and evaluating criticality safety analytical and operation tasks in accordance with ANSI/ANS national standards
  • Extensive experience with criticality safety analysis tools
  • Demonstrated experience with qualitative and quantitative accident analysis techniques
  • Ability to develop and implement criticality safety strategies
  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skill and the ability to clearly present nuclear criticality safety technical reports and evaluations
  • Demonstrated senior-level interaction with customers (DOE/DNFSB/NRC)
  • Extensive knowledge of legal requirements affecting nuclear safety
  • Master's or PhD in nuclear engineering, nuclear physics, or related discipline or equivalent experience
Desired Skills:
  • Extensive experience mentoring/coaching staff
Additional Details
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.

  • 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 ongoing drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations.
426.2: This position is subject to DOE Order 426.2, Personne lSelection, 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.
Pre-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a pre-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 a regular status only with approval of the cognizant Principal Associate Director.
Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. We welcome and encourage applications from the broadest possible range of qualified candidates. 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 company website or call 1-505-665-5627.

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Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national...