Clean Chemistry Environmental Radiochemist (Research Technologist 1/2)

Employer
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Location
Los Alamos County, New Mexico, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Apr 28, 2021
Closes
Jun 03, 2021
Ref
2137982748
Discipline
Other
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Salary
What You Will Do
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 1, $77,300 - $126,000
The successful applicant will, under the guidance of a senior technologist or engineer/scientist, perform advanced chemical separations of elements from a variety of matrices (primarily environmental) in support of national security projects. The technologist will maintain a focus on routinely providing the highest purity separated samples for analysis by thermal ionization and inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry, while maintaining the low background cleanliness of the laboratories. Working with peers, the technologist will be responsible for the development, implementation, and completion of project objectives and will communicate results through internal reports, progress reports to sponsors, or formal presentations. The technologist will have significant responsibility for the safety/security and the QA envelope of the project. The technologist will perform work and follow the procedures in accordance with all applicable safety and security practices. Work is directly related to national security objectives and requires the individual to protect and maintain sensitive or classified information.Occasional work exercises may require working extended hours.
Research Technologist 2, $85,400 - $139,600
In addition to the duties outlined above, the Technologist 2 will, in collaboration with a senior technologist or engineer/scientist, perform technical work requiring advanced knowledge of radiochemical separations procedures and isotope dilution techniques. The Technologist 2 will contribute to the growth and productivity of the team by developing novel techniques for new analytes, streamlining operations to maximize sample throughput, and designing/executing experiments to test method improvements.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
- Demonstrated experience with inorganic, analytical and/or radiochemistry
- Proven ability to develop scientific solutions for analytical problems
- Proven ability to work independently with initiative
- Proven ability to provideday-to-day operational sample processing and technical support while maintaining progress on long term experimental tasks
- Basic computer skills including use of Microsoft office products
- Demonstrated experience with data validation, analytical data report generation, and in meeting programmatic QA/QC requirements
- Ability to obtain a DOE Q clearance, which normally requires US Citizenship
- A cover letter and resume/CV addressing your background as it fulfills the job requirements and desired skills must be included.
Additional Job Requirements for Research Technologist 2:
- Background in analytical method development
- Ability to prepare research documentation and provide peer-review of documentation
- Ability to contribute ideas to scientific proposals and co-author scientific publications
- Demonstrated technical leadership in area of expertise.
Education/Experience for Technologist 1:
Position requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and a minimum of 2 years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience in Chemistry, Physical or Life Sciences, Nuclear Engineering, or related field.
Education/Experience for Technologist 2:
Position requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and 5 years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience in Chemistry, Physical or Life Sciences, Nuclear Engineering, or related field.
Desired Qualifications:
- Experience working in a cleanroom environment
- Familiarity with thermal ionization mass spectrometry and/or inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry
- Experience chemically separating actinides from environmental or nuclear matrices
- Working knowledge of ion exchange, solvent extraction, and/or other chromatographic techniques
- Familiarity with ISO 17025, the QSM, MARLAP, and/or other QA/QC certifications and standards
- Experience developing standard operating procedures
- Experience with optical microscopy
- Experience with isotope dilution calculations
- Experience with radiometric decay calculations
- Understanding of uncertainty concepts and the Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement
- Q clearance
Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Ability to discriminate speech, Ability to hear high-pitched sounds, Ability to smell, Ability to hear in a normal range (500 to 3000 htz), Sitting, Standing, Walking, Climbing stairs, Bending, Stooping, Crouching, Kneeling, Twisting the trunk or back, Reaching overhead, Reaching horizontally, Reaching down, Applying torque with hands or arms, Gripping with the hands, Pressing with hands or arms, Pushing with hands or arms, Pulling with hands or arms, Typing or keyboarding, Fine motor control, Use of both hands, Use of both arms, Use of both legs, Lifting 1-5 pounds, Lifting 5-10 pounds, Lifting 10-20 pounds, Lifting 20-30 pounds, Carrying 1-5 pounds, Carrying 5-10 pounds, Carrying 10-20 pounds, Carrying 20-30 pounds.
Location: This position will be physically 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 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 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 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.
- 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.
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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.
Appointment Type
Regular
Regular
Contact Details
Contact Name Duran, Andria M
Email amduran@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC84944
Organization Name C-NR/Nuclear & Radiochemistry
Minimum Salary
Maximum Salary
Req ID: IRC84944
Category: Science

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