Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in science and engineering on behalf of national security. The Nuclear Materials Science (MST-16) group at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking a qualified and highly motivated person for the position of Research Technologist with a strong background in X-ray diffraction (XRD). This position requires leadership and coordination with staff members to provide maintenance and operational support for X-ray diffractometers used in the characterization of plutonium alloys and compounds. You will develop, integrate, operate and maintain state-of-the-art X-ray scattering instruments, as well as lead or contribute to the development of X-ray scattering characterization techniques that enable advanced actinide materials research.
- Independently operate and maintain X-ray diffraction instruments and supporting systems Troubleshoot and coordinate updates and repairs with vendors and support personnel Integrate with scientists to develop/maintain the X-ray diffraction systems and execute experiments Work with radiological and other programmatically relevant materials in glovebox environments Prepare and ship actinide materials, addressing technique development for preparing difficult sample environments in gloveboxes and open-front hoods Contribute to data analysis, interpretation and formal technical reporting Initiate and lead method development and improvement efforts of X-ray scattering systems Proactively assess instrument performance and reliability, generate improvement ideas and propose integration of new equipment or capabilities
- A bachelor’s degree in science or engineering and 2-5 years of related experience; an advanced degree preferred Experience in X-ray diffraction, X-ray powder/polycrystalline materials characterization and sample preparation for X-ray scattering measurements Experience with data analysis software tools and standard office software Ability to obtain DOE Q clearance (usually requires U.S. citizenship) and HRP certification
- Experience with different X-ray scattering techniques such as GIXRD, SAXS, material stress/texture and pair distribution function (PDF) analysis Experience leading/managing daily laboratory operations Experience modifying, customizing and developing X-ray scattering systems, including auxiliaries (vacuum systems, non-ambient temperature systems) Experience providing direction, guidance, training and mentorship to other laboratory users Experience developing and conducting experiments with actinides Experience working in gloveboxes
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