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Los Alamos National Laboratory Measurement Specialist (Material Control & Accountability Specialist 2/3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Material Control & Accountability Specialist 2/3 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

Material Control & Accountability Specialist 2 $75,400 - $122,900

The Nuclear Material Control and Accountability group, (SAFE-NMCA) is seeking an energetic, interactive, customer‐focused professional to provide operational and programmatic support related to the measurement of nuclear materials. As a nuclear material Measurement Specialist, you will assure and enhance compliance with the overall requirements of the Nuclear Material Control & Accountability (NMCA) Program, directly support the non-destructive assay (NDA) instrument Measurement Control Program and work to improve operational efficiency. This position will often include duties in facilities where special nuclear material (SNM) is present. Additionally, you will be relied upon to evaluate NDA measurement results and uncertainties against statistically based criteria to determine acceptability.

Material Control & Accountability Specialist 3 $83,300 - $136,200

In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this level you will participate in the analysis of NDA and destructive analysis (DA) measurement data towards the evaluation of instrument performance, trend analysis, control limit evaluations, calibration, uncertainty (random and systematic variance evaluations) and propagation of variance (POV) on the active inventory. The MC&A Specialist 3 will also be expected to participate/contribute to the team reconciliation effort once POV operations are complete.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve and analyze data.

  • High‐level knowledge and understanding of non-destructive assay measurement methods, such as gamma‐ray spectroscopy, neutron counting, calorimetric assay and other non‐destructive and destructive assay techniques used for the quantification of special nuclear materials.

  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience in at least one of the following: Radiation detection, nuclear engineering, health physics or radiation physics.

  • Experience with Microsoft Office or a similar suite of applications for report generation, trending and presentations.

Additional Job Requirements for Material Control & Accountability Specialist 3:

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:

  • Demonstrated, advanced-level experience and working knowledge of DOE/NNSA Nuclear Material Control & Accountability requirements (DOE Orders).

  • Extensive experience with Microsoft Access and Excel for data analysis, report generation, presentation and trending.

  • Experience participating in the physical inventory of nuclear material.

Education/Experience at Material Control & Accountability Specialist 2 level: Position requires an Associate’s Degree and 6 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience directly related to the occupation. Additional consideration may be given to professionally recognized training and certifications in related fields.

Education/Experience at Material Control & Accountability Specialist 3 level: Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree and 8 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. Additional consideration may be given to professionally recognized training and certifications in related fields.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience generating concise and accurate reports, writing technical procedures, technical data interpretation and communicating technical information utilizing presentations for a diverse, technical and nontechnical audience.

  • Extensive knowledge of nuclear material accountability and control policies, practices and procedures.

  • Experience performing non-destructive assay measurements in both laboratory and in-situ settings.

  • In‐depth experience in at least one of the following: nuclear facility operations, nuclear material control and accountability, or chemical/physical processes associated with nuclear material.

  • Experience using statistical analysis software such as R or SAS JMP.

  • Experience in propagation of variance applications and reconciliation of inventory differences

Note to Applicants: Please include a cover letter addressing how your skills, knowledge, and abilities directly relate to each of the minimum job requirements and any of the desired skills.

Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.

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 maternity and parental leave

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

  • Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

  • Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, 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). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements

  • for access to classified matter.

  • 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. SeeDOE Order 472.2for additional information.

HRP: This position is subject to the requirements of the DOE Human Reliability Program as specified in 10 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 712, §712.11. These requirements include on going drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations. to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

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

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served at least one year of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the one year of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader.Please refer to LaboratoryPolicy P701for applicant eligibility requirements.

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 or preference, 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.

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Contact Name Land, Brandy Nicole
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Vacancy Name: IRC83365
Organization Name SAFE-NMCA/Nuclear Material Control & Accountability
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Req ID: IRC83365
Category: Security