Sandia National Laboratories R&D Laboratory Support Technologist (Early/Mid-Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art concepts to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves significant issues for our nation's security?

We are seeking a Technologist and invite you to apply for consideration in multiple research and development activities supporting the Nuclear Forensics and Nuclear Non-Proliferation missions. You will support science and engineering research, development, and engineering (RD&E) activities which are characterized primarily by their nonroutine, prototypical nature. You will help RD&E technical staff realize their ideas and designs and accomplish project goals. Working in a laboratory or facility, you operate and maintain experimental equipment, perform experiments, maintain a safe environment, and make, record, and document observations. Additionally, the individual performs a variety of technical procedures with minimal direction.

On any given day, you may be asked to:

  • Conduct chemical, radiological, or physical experiments to assist scientists and engineers in the performance of RD&E, and performs qualitative and quantitative analyses for work involving experimental, theoretical, or practical applications of science or technology
  • Develop new experimental processes, utilizes novel analytical techniques, establishes new characterization methods, optimizes existing laboratory and characterization techniques, and performs experiments
  • Develop, build, modify, repair, or maintain a wide variety of laboratory apparatus and equipment, and interfaces this equipment for data acquisition
  • Develop and maintain material and process specifications to support engineering and scientific processes and works with key suppliers
  • Perform data analysis and interpretation, statistical error analysis, materials characterization, and information extraction, and formally document results for the customer
  • Support documentation and publication efforts, including the preparation of information for scientific and engineering publications
  • Perform work in a safe and compliant manner, seeks out domain expert advice as needed, and maintains the necessary documentation

Required:

  • You have an Associate’s degree or Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, physics, nuclear engineering, optical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or a STEM discipline
  • Your background includes lab experience, such as experiment design, detector setup, noise reduction, testing, monitoring/troubleshooting, debugging analogue electronics and detector calibrations, and data analysis
  • You possess an understanding of the scientific method and experimental procedures
  • You can obtain a DOE Q clearance

Desired:

Ideally, your background will also include:

  • Active L or Q security clearance
  • Skill and knowledge in one or more areas of physics, chemistry, computer science, materials science, lasers, optics, engineering, radiation
  • Willingness to participate in field tests and experiments
  • Ability to apply analytical and computer skills
  • Experience designing, building and working with high precision optical setups
  • Ability to interface equipment to data acquisition systems
  • Knowledge of utilization of instrumentation to measure and observe physical phenomena and effects
  • Ability to develop expert knowledge of laboratory equipment and processes to enable adjusting when necessary and to recognize when equipment malfunctions
  • Ability to conceptualize and communicate major elements of experimental design and results and to represent to other staff, management, and visitors, the scientific and engineering principles being investigated or developed
  • Experience and demonstrated skill in conducting research, investigating anomalies and alternative solutions, and recommending solutions on problems
  • Ability to work independently with minimal guidance, as well as collaboratively as part of a team
  • Ability to write operating procedures, methods of analysis, and laboratory procedures
  • Some interest or experience in mentoring student interns
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to constructively work with teams to successfully execute complex projects

Department Description:

We are responsible for program management and cutting-edge research, design, and analysis in the development of novel detection and measurement systems that advance the nation’s technical nuclear forensics and non-proliferation capabilities. Specifically, the department focuses on developing expertise, modeling tools, and technologies for characterizing nuclear weapons outputs, detecting nuclear activities and radiation detection and measurement. The group is a key contributor to the national security mission, and regularly interacts with collaborators in academia, as well as at other national labs and international partners.

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: http://www.sandia.gov

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

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 the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in 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.

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Selected applicants will be required to pass a Job Placement Assessment before beginning the job to ensure that they can perform the essential physical requirements, with or without accommodations.