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Sandia National Laboratories Health Physics Technologist (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


Are you passionate about your work? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves challenging issues for our nation's security? If so, you could be the Radiological Laboratory Technologist (i.e. Health Physics Technologist) Sandia National Laboratories is seeking to join our Radiation Protection Sample Diagnostics (RPSD) program. The successful candidate will be a motivated self-starter who can multi-task and work independently as well as in a large team environment.

On any given day, you may be asked to:

  • Login and prepare samples for counting.
  • Perform routine analyses, including field measurements, per approved procedures.
  • Perform calibration and quality control checks associated with all equipment.
  • Perform routine equipment maintenance and general laboratory work.
  • Prepare and analyze samples for radiological and chemical components.
  • Prepare waste for disposal and submit disposal requests per approved SNL processes.
  • Assist in the testing and modification of RPSD laboratory software applications.
  • Prepare/place RPSD facilities requests utilizing approved SNL processes.
  • Assist in developing and reviewing procedures and providing training.
  • Assist with preparing laboratory work planning, hazard controls and safety documentation.
  • Perform additional duties, corrective actions, technical studies, and special projects as directed by the RPSD Program Leader.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in a relevant technical field and at least 5 years of direct experience in a radiological and/or chemical laboratory performing radiochemical analysis.
  • Operational experience with gamma spectrometers, gas proportional counters, alpha spectrometers, and liquid scintillation counters.
  • Operational experience with sample preparation for radiochemical and/or chemical analyses.
  • Demonstrated computer skills including working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of general laboratory practices and the ability to implement detailed directions.
  • Able to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy Q-level security clearance.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in a relevant technical field and at least 10 years of direct experience in a radiological and/or chemical laboratory performing radiochemical analysis.
  • Operational experience using Mirion/Canberra and Perkin Elmer software applications such as GENIE, ECLIPSE, QUANTASMART and ALPHA APEX.
  • Operational experience using ICP-OES and ICP-MS instrumentation.
  • Experience with radiochemical and analytical chemistry methods.
  • Working knowledge of statistical methods and method validation.
  • Working knowledge of electronics hardware maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • Demonstrated self-motivation and ability to function in a team environment.
  • Self-directed and organized.
  • Current Department of Energy L-level or Q-level security clearance.

Department Description:

The Radiation Protection Sample Diagnostics (RPSD) program consists of a network of on-site analytical laboratories offering high quality radiological and radiochemical sample analysis capabilities. RPSD personnel work to provide compliant and legally defensible analytical services in support of permit and regulatory requirements, as well as research and development activities for internal SNL customers and external agencies. In addition, RPSD provides technical consultation and support to internal and external organizations that require radioactive and chemical sample analyses to fulfill their mission objectives.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Challenging work withamazingimpact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide
  • Extraordinary co-workers
  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
  • Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.