Research Technician – Level 4 or 5
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in science and engineering on behalf of national security. The Isotope Program (IP) in C-IIAC produces and purifies radionuclides for medical and industrial applications, as well as for fundamental research. The IP Hot Cell Facility is a laboratory designed to handle high-dose rate radiological materials. We are seeking a Research Technician to be part of the team supporting routine production activities and research to develop new isotopes for therapy and imaging and programmatic maintenance within the facility.
The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting standard chemistry procedures and research with radiological materials that require material handling in hot cells. The work includes support and maintenance of the analytical and programmatic equipment within the general hot cell facility, develop and update technical and safety procedures, perform analyses of radioisotope final products for quality control and document the results in processing files or research records.
Duties for Levels 4 and 5:
You will serve as an IP processor to purify isotopes from targets, using tele-manipulators for remote handling and perform analysis of radioisotope products using standard analytical methods, including gamma spectroscopy and ICP-OES. You will also assist with hot cell and routine laboratory maintenance activities, work in radiation areas with contaminated and activated items (with consideration of ALARA) and develop and update technical procedures and documents.
Additional Duties for Level 5:
You will serve as SME for using tele-manipulators for remote handling of radioactive materials and train other team members in operating, maintaining and troubleshooting laboratory instrumentation such as ICP-OES, gamma spectrometers and Liquid Scintillation Counters. You will also participate in the development of quality control protocols for current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) or other QA/QC protocols, as well as in the development of safe work practices in a radiological area, based on ALARA principles.
- LEVEL 4: Associate’s degree in a STEM field (chemistry, biology or a related field) and at least 4-6 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of related education and experience
- LEVEL 5: Associate’s degree in a STEM field (chemistry, biology or a related field) and at least 6-10 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of related education and experience
- Ability to work with radioactive materials and perform work with remote manipulators
- Demonstrated experience performing chemical operations such as chemical separations and reagent preparation
- Ability to learn analytical methods, including gamma spectroscopy, inductively coupled plasma spectroscopy and other analytical techniques
- Demonstrated ability to develop, update and adhere to detailed technical and safety procedures
- Proven ability to learn safe and responsible handling of highly radioactive and hazardous materials
- Ability to work under a rigorous quality assurance program, including cGMP
Additional Qualifications Level 5:
- Experience operating, maintaining and troubleshooting laboratory instrumentation such as ICP-OES, gamma spectrometers and Liquid Scintillation Counters
- Experience with cGMP for drug manufacturing, NQA-1 or similarly rigorous QA/QC manufacturing programs
- Advanced experience working in a radiological area practicing ALARA
- Experience operating cranes and forklifts
- Experience performing radiological work in PPE (respirator, etc.)
- Experience with tele-manipulators
- CDL driver’s license with HAZMAT endorsement
- Active DOE Q Clearance (usually requires U.S. citizenship)
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