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Los Alamos National Laboratory Laser Safety Program Lead (ESH Professional 4) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

Reporting to the OSH Industrial Safety and Hygiene (ISH) IH Team Leader, the Environmental, Safety, Health & Quality Professional is responsible for developing, recommending, implementing, and maintaining programs, systems, and procedures necessary to ensure the overall safety and health of LANL employees and the community. One of the main programs will be leading the laser safety program and serving as a Laser Safety Officer. Other programs such as pressure safety and cryogen safety may be assigned. The ESHQ Professional will provide daily industrial hygiene program support to programmatic and facility organizations to ensure the protection of workers, compliance with Laboratory ISH requirements, and support mission success. The ESHQ Professional will use professional concepts and Laboratory objectives to resolve complex issues in creative and effective ways and contribute to the development of new theories and methods. The ESHQ Professional collaborates with the work force in developing solutions to complex health and safety problems that require in-depth analysis of work activities and data. The EHSQ Professional promotes safety, security, and quality in all operations; exercises prudent fiscal and property management; promotes teamwork within the organization and across the Laboratory; promotes a positive work environment; and delivers exceptional customer service. This position is an opportunity for a motivated, innovative, and customer focused professional to support the OSH-ISH Group.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Expert level knowledge in laser safety design and performance.

  • Expert level knowledge and experience implementing ESHQ related risk assessments and corrective actions.

  • Expert level knowledge in the identification, application and interpretation of federal codes, standards, and regulations in multiple ESHQ program areas, including laser safety, ventilation, chemical safety, beryllium, exposure assessment, non-ionizing radiation, asbestos, oxygen deficiency, confined spaces, and other IH areas.

  • Expert level knowledge and application of techniques and procedures for industrial hygiene exposure assessment (both qualitative and quantitative), to include sampling and sampling techniques/instrumentation, sample analysis, and selection/implementation of controls.

  • Expert level knowledge in the preparation and communication of industrial hygiene technical information to technical and non-technical personnel.

  • Expert level knowledge and ability to apply the hierarchy of controls to eliminate or mitigate hazards while ensuring mission success.

  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively within a team environment and provide excellent customer service.

Education/Experience: A bachelor's degree in related technical discipline and a minimum of twelve years of related experience or equivalent combination of relevant education and professional-level experience.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Expert level knowledge, and demonstrated application, of DOE and regulatory requirements related to industrial hygiene in a research environment.

  • Broad knowledge of Laboratory organizations, operations, activities, and data collection tools.

  • Experience using Class 3B or 4 lasers.

  • Past or current participation in an ANSI ASC Z136 subcommittee.

  • An advanced degree and relevant professional certification (CLSO, CIH, CSP).

  • Active Q clearance

Work Environment:

Work Location: The work location for this position is onsite and located in Los Alamos, NM. All work locations are at the discretion of management.

Work Schedule: Preferred is 9/80; 9 hours M-TH, 8 hours F with every other F off. Ability to work off shift or swing shift may be required.

Note to Applicants: Occasional travel to, and work in, other government and private facilities may be required.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year.

Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

  • PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

  • Dental and vision insurance

  • Free basic life and disability insurance

  • Paid childbirth and parental leave

  • Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

  • Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

  • Flexible schedules and time off (PTO and holidays)

  • Onsite gyms and wellness programs

  • Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2. Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Selected applicants will be subject to a background investigation conducted by or on behalf of the Federal Government, and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance. and obtaining such clearance requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon the position, additional authorization to access classified information may be required, which may or may not be available to dual citizens. Receipt of a Q clearance and additional access authorization ultimately is a decision of the Federal Government and not of Triad.

*Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing. Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use was pre-offer.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.

Incentive Compensation Program: Position is eligible to participate in the Triad Incentive Compensation Program. You must be in an eligible position for a minimum of 3 months, before July 1st and remain in an eligible position as of the end of the fiscal year, September 30th. The annual distribution is prorated based on the number of months in the eligible position.

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.