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Nuclear Analysis Engineer - Sample Diagnostics (RPSD) (Early/Mid-Career) - ONSITE

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691910

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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 with amazing impact 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 work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)

  • Generous vacations, strong medical 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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

The Radiation Protection Sample Diagnostics (RPSD) laboratory is seeking a Nuclear Analysis Engineer to join the team.

On any given day, this staff member will be expected to:

  • Understand and perform routine laboratory operations including sample analysis, instrument calibration, Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) administration, quality control and internal assessments.

  • Lead and/or conduct special projects and laboratory improvement initiatives and assist the program leader with program development and day-to-day laboratory operational management.

  • Serve on technical teams to accomplish laboratory improvement projects that will keep the laboratory up to date with corporate and laboratory accreditation requirements, and serve the diverse needs of internal customers, particularly in the areas of Environment, Safety and Health.

  • Interact with customers to develop data quality objectives, assist them with the interpretation of radiological measurement data results and communicate technical information to them and other stakeholders.

  • Partner with researchers and RPSD team members to plan and provide customized laboratory analyses on special research and development projects.

  • Assist with the ongoing LIMS development project to automate new analytical methods and laboratory process and ensure new vendor software features are instituted into operations.

  • Work on special assignments to benefit the larger Radiation Protection Program and associated Radiation Protection Operational groups.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in Nuclear Engineering, Health Physics, Radiochemistry or related scientific field.

  • Ability to obtain DOE Radiological Worker II qualification.

  • Operational experience with radiological laboratory equipment, including gamma spectrometers, gas proportional counters, and liquid scintillation counters.

  • Understanding of radiation interactions with matter and other fundamental radiation detection principles.

  • Experience with the standard Windows IT environment including MS Office products.

  • Able to travel on occasion and present technical information at conferences and meetings.

  • Can obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Ability to clearly convey thoughts, concepts and directions both verbally and in writing.

  • Self-motivated and strong problem-solving abilities.

  • MS in Nuclear Engineering, Health Physics or a closely related scientific field.

  • Experience with databases and reporting software (e.g. SQL Server/Oracle, Crystal Reports, etc.).

  • Experience with configuring instrument control software for laboratory measurement equipment.

  • Experience with laboratory Quality Assurance processes and conduct of operations.

  • Experience in laboratory method verification and validation.

  • Experience with gamma and alpha spectroscopy data interpretation and analysis including nuclide identification and quantification.

  • Experience with performing calibrations on gamma spectrometers (including mathematical efficiency modeling), liquid scintillation counters and gas proportional counters.

  • Experience with troubleshooting and repair of radiation laboratory equipment hardware and software.

About Our Team:

The Radiation Protection organization supports the mission of Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) through development and implementation of sound radiation protection principles for the varied radiological activities performed at SNL. As a component of the Radiation Protection organization, the Radiation Protection Sample Diagnostics (RPSD) Laboratory provides internal and external customers with high-quality radiological and chemical analysis using state-of-the-art equipment and testing methods. RPSD customers include a variety of SNL programs and projects including the Radiation Protection operational groups, SNL Nuclear Facilities, and Pulsed Power Sciences divisions. The laboratory is responsible for the calibration of all detector systems and for maintaining a robust quality assurance program. RPSD also develops and maintains a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) to interface between the laboratory and its customers.

Posting Duration:

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

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.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Job ID: 691910

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  • Worklife Balance
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Exceptional 401K Savings Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Programs
  • On-site Amenities
  • Vacation Buy Plan
  • Telecommuting Arrangements*

*with management approval

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  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
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