Radiography and Radiation Effects Laboratory Support Technologist
Posted: 10/11/2021 8:48:12 PM
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Sandia National Laboratories
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What Your Job Will Be Like
The Nuclear Deterrent Materials and Radiation Effects department is committed to attracting, retaining, and cultivating an outstanding workforce representing a broad group of people and perspectives. We share this common vision by encouraging mutual respect among staff, post-docs, and interns from a diverse set of backgrounds. This hardworking team works together to accomplish outstanding results!
We are seeking a Laboratory Support Technologist to support radiography activities and radiation effects experiments. These activities would involve the operational oversight, maintenance and use of Sandia/CA’s radiography capabilities – including x-ray computed tomography systems, radiographic imaging, thermography, and x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy – to answer key questions from our scientific and engineering mission activities. This position would also entail the planning and execution of experiments to assess radiation effects on materials and components.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
• Use radiography capabilities to image and analyze materials, test devices and hardware important to our scientific and national defense missions
• Plan, set up and run experiments to explore the effects of ionizing radiation on materials and component functionality
• Design, assemble and test mechanical and electrical devices that support scientific experiments
• Develop instrumentation, electronics, and software controls
• Maintain and upgrade experimental equipment, develop operational procedures, perform experiments, analyze results, and prepare documentation on test results and conclusions
• Develop safety documentation and maintain a safe working environment
• Work with people outside the department, such as machine shop staff and external vendors
Your work will consist of providing laboratory support for focused, full-time projects of limited duration or multiple concurrent projects that compose the candidate’s full schedule. You will be able to accommodate either type of workload. You also need to have good oral and written communication skills and to work both independently as well as with a team.
Qualifications We Require
• Associate's degree in a STEM field (e.g., mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, materials science, physics) OR equivalent combination of education or experience
• Experience with laboratory operations
• Ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy Q-level security clearance or equivalent clearance from another federal agency
Qualifications We Desire
• Bachelor's degree in a relevant STEM field
• Experience with imaging technologies, including optical and electron microscopy
• Experience with data acquisition systems and/or computer control systems
• Ability to demonstrate independence and resourcefulness
• Strong skills at problem-solving
• Strong computer skills and experience with data analysis
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills
About Our Team
We are the Nuclear Deterrent Materials and Radiation Effects team! We provide expertise in materials and radiation sciences to support Sandia’s missions in nuclear deterrence, proliferation detection and energy. We steward radiography capabilities and exercise them to image and analyze the structure of materials and components. We develop and characterize organic and inorganic materials used as scintillators in radiation detection technologies. We perform detailed modeling, simulation, and experiments to characterize and analyze the effects of ionizing radiation on materials and components used in our engineered systems. All of this is accomplished by bringing to bear our advanced capabilities and the team’s expertise in materials science, chemistry, physics, computation, and engineering.
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: http://www.sandia.gov
*These benefits vary by job classification.
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.