Research Technologist 2
Los Alamos National Laboratory - Los Alamos, NM

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Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory is primarily responsible for monitoring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile and conducting research into new defense programs. It is a center for research in a wide range of scientific disciplines, including space exploration, geophysics, renewable energy, supercomputing, medicine, and nanotechnology.

Weapons Experiments (WX) Division supports National Security through the invention and application of energetic materials and application of our dynamic compression science capability for understanding dynamic material response to address conventional, nuclear, and homeland defense needs. We operate the Dual Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test (DARHT) facility and use penetrating radiography and advanced diagnostics to enhance predictive capability for the certification of the current and future nuclear weapon stockpile.

WX-3, the Focused Experiments Group, concentrates on complex experiments associated with nuclear weapons subsystems, weapon systems safety experiments, and fundamental and applied experiments using the Laboratory's firing sites and the proton radiographic (pRad) dynamic testing facility while adhering to conduct of operations. The group works with a broad customer base in the application of energetic materials and dynamic experiments supporting a wide range of nuclear weapons focused experiments and conventional/unconventional applications. WX-3 delivers data for understanding metal/ high explosive interactions, supports Life Extension Programs and other Nuclear Weapon Program efforts, and develops advanced high speed diagnostics. The Group is seeking a Research Technologist .

Detailed Description
The Research Technologist will provide support to all aspects of fielding and firing explosive experiments and work independently executing explosive experiments at WX Division firing sites. Tasks may include: set-up and use of various types of diagnostic and recording equipment including PDV, oscilloscopes, high-speed cameras, pin/switch circuits, temperature control circuits, etc.; design, assembly, and operation of electronics; preparation of explosive assemblies; and design, fabrication, and alignment of various shot and diagnostic stands. In addition, the Research Technologist will perform precision optical and/or mechanical alignment of assemblies and precision mechanical and electrical measurements while preparing experiments.

Job Requirements

Minimum Job Requirements:
Primary/Minimum Requirements for this position include but are not limited to:

Expert-level experience with diagnostics instruments including lasers, oscilloscopes, digitizers, delay generators, pressure sensors, and microcontrollers.

Demonstrated experience working to a set of defined requirements and regulations (e.g. high explosive safety).

Hands-on experience with design and fabrication of unique assemblies utilizing CAD software and precision tools.

Demonstrated experience in technical leadership.

Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to interact with all levels of personnel and customers; strong teaming skills.

Record of contributing to or authoring scientific publications.

Demonstrated experience working independently without much direction.

Desired Skills:
Familiarity with safe handling methods for experimentation with high explosives.

Knowledge of DOE Standard 1212 (Formerly the DOE Explosives Safety Manual).

Demonstrated experience performing electronics troubleshooting and repair.

Position typically requires a relevant bachelor's degree and a minimum of five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Essential Job Functions:
Lifting 30+ pounds; Carrying 30+ pounds

Work Environment:
Outdoors; In confined spaces; At heights; In a cold environment; Working alone; Working overtime or irregular schedule; Working off-shift/rotating schedule; In a very hot environment >100 F; In a hot environment 90-100 F; In widely ranging ambient temperatures; In a wet or humid environment; In dry environment; Domestic/ foreign travel; Operation of motor vehicle; Work in a noisy environment; Work under unusual light conditions; Work near electrical power supplies; Work near sources of ionizing radiation; Work near sources of non-ionizing radiation; Work with weapons or explosives; Work with vibrating equipment or machinery; Work near machinery with moving parts; Toxic chemicals; Irritant chemicals; Dusts or powders; Fumes; Headgears or head protection; Safety glasses or eye protection; Facial shield or facial protection; Mask or respirator; Level B HAZMAT suit/anti-C hearing protection; Gloves or hand protection; Safety shoes or protective footwear

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.
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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