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Dynamic and Mechanical Testing Research Technician (Research Tec 4)

Company: Los Alamos National Laboratory
Location: Los Alamos
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

What You Will Do Materials, Science, & Technology (MST) Division is the Laboratory's focal point for structural materials research, development, and application at the Laboratory. TheNuclear Materials Science (MST-16) Group is an international leader in plutonium science and engineering and supports a variety of applied programs, including Plutonium Modernization, Pit Surveillance, the Office of Experimental Sciences programs, Life Extension Programs, Advanced Certification, various global security programs, and Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) projects. MST-16 maintains a multidisciplinary expertise in actinide materials science and engages in areas important to Laboratory missions, including material characterization, phase stability, mechanical and dynamic properties, aging, electronic structure, corrosion, and surface science. Our work takes place in the Plutonium Facility (PF-4), the Radiological Laboratory/Utility/Office Building (RLUOB), the Target Fabrication Facility (TFF), and numerous other facilities at LANL and across the country. MST-16 is seeking a Research Technician to support basic and applied research. The successful candidate will provide skilled-level technician support for the Dynamic and Mechanical Testing team. This work includes operation of a Load Frame, Kolsky Bar, High Explosive/Gas guns, small sample preparation, materials characterization, materials processing, and materials properties measurements. Technicians will work under supervision and within established procedures, processes, requirements or specifications to perform work on a variety of tasks and projects. Technicians will conduct technical work in the laboratory space or work area with responsibilities that may include preparing samples, operating and maintaining equipment, executing experiments, glovebox maintenance, and various other activities supporting MST-16 programs. These activities will typically require working in gloveboxes in a radiological environment, and often require the use of a respirator. What You Need Minimum Job Requirements: Basic knowledge of computer systems and applications. Basic experience with hand and power tools. Ability to interact effectively with peers and management as required to complete work. Ability to follow written and verbal instructions, procedures, plans and Laboratory requirements. Ability to pass and maintain required training. Ability to follow safeguards and security procedures in accordance with the Laboratory. Ability to perform routine tasks in a related technical specialty and exercise independent judgment. Demonstrated experience working with small sample preparation or sample management, especially in a highly regulated, radiological, or high hazard environment. Ability to work independently and initiate work. Ability to perform non-routine tasks, exercising independent judgment. Ability to obtain a Q clearance. Ability to obtain HRP Certification. Desired Qualifications: Knowledge or experience related to the handling of high explosives. Experience with hoisting and rigging equipment, such as crane operations. Experience with maintenance or installation of scientific and mechanical equipment. Experience with machining, CAD experience, or custom part design. Experience working with basic measurement equipment (multimeters, micrometers, balances, transducers, thermometers, etc.). Experience working with vacuum, gas, and pressure systems in a research environment. Experience in performing or supporting scientific experiments using analytical or research equipment (spectrometers, microscopes, etc.). Experience in preparation and analysis of small samples for materials science analysis. Experience working in glove boxes. Specialized training and knowledge for working in hazardous environments such as those involving cryogenic, radiological or fissile materials, lasers, etc. including the appropriate use of Personal Protective Equipment such as Anti-C and respirator. Experience in the safe handling of toxic/radioactive/reactive materials such as beryllium, uranium or plutonium. Experience working in a respirator. Education: A.S. degree in a related field and four to six years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Peripheral vision, depth perception, reading vision, distance vision, ability to hear in a normal range (500 to 3000 Hertz), standing for four or more hours, walking, lifting 20-30 pounds. 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 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. 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 maternity 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 SupplementalDirective 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. 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. SeeDOE Order 472.2for 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. 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 PolicyPolicy P701for 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. Appointment Type Regular Regular Contact Details Contact Name Masterson, Clinton Thomas (Clint) Email Work Telephone 505-396-0294 Vacancy Name: IRC84473 Organization Name MST-16 / Nuclear Materials Science Minimum Salary 64400 Maximum Salary 102300 Req ID: IRC84473 Category: Science/Eng Tech Support

Keywords: Los Alamos National Laboratory, Santa Fe , Dynamic and Mechanical Testing Research Technician (Research Tec 4), Other , Los Alamos, New Mexico

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