What Your Job Will Be Like
Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves challenging issues for our nation's security? If so, you could be the entry level to early-career Nuclear Analysis Engineer we are seeking.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
Perform routine laboratory operations including sample analysis, instrument calibration, Laboratory Information Management System administration, quality control and internal assessments.
Conduct special projects and laboratory improvement initiatives and assist the program leader with program development and day-to-day laboratory operational management.
Serve on technical teams to accomplish laboratory improvement projects that will keep the laboratory up-to-date with corporate and laboratory accreditation requirements and serve the diverse needs of Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) internal customers, particularly in the areas of Environment, Safety and Health.
Interact with customers to develop data quality objectives, assist them with the interpretation of radiological measurement data results and communicate technical information to them and other stakeholders.
Partner with SNL researchers and Radiological Protection Sample Diagnostics team members to plan and provide customized laboratory analyses on special research and development projects.
Assist with the ongoing Laboratory Information Management System development project to automate new analytical methods and laboratory process and ensure new vendor software features are instituted into operations.
Work on special assignments to benefit the larger Radiation Protection Department and sister Radiation Protection Operations Departments.
Serve as a member of the Federal Radiological Monitoring and Assessment Center Laboratory Analysis Division.
Duties would include serving on working groups to develop processes for the management and laboratory analysis of samples that would be collected in large-scale radiological incidents. Duties also include technical advisory and operational roles for laboratory analysis functions during national-level nuclear emergencies or training exercises.
This position may require the occasional travel to conferences and meetings to present technical information.
Qualifications We Require
Master's degree in Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Physics, Health Physics or a closely related scientific field.
Ability to obtain DOE Radiological Worker II qualification.
Operational experience with radiological laboratory equipment, including gamma spectrometers, gas proportional counters, and liquid scintillation counters.
Understanding of radiation interactions with matter and other fundamental radiation detection principles.
Ability obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.
Qualifications We Desire
Experience with gamma and alpha spectroscopy data interpretation and analysis including nuclide identification and quantification.
Experience with performing calibrations on gamma spectrometers (including mathematical efficiency modeling), liquid scintillation counters and gas proportional counters.
Experience with troubleshooting and repair of radiation laboratory equipment hardware and software.
Experience with configuring instrument control software for laboratory measurement equipment.
Experience with databases and reporting software (e.g. SQL Server/Oracle, Crystal Reports, etc.).
Experience with laboratory Quality Assurance processes and conduct of operations.
Participation in external agency proficiency testing programs (e.g. MAPEP, FERN, etc.).
Experience in laboratory method verification and validation.
Ability to clearly convey thoughts, concepts and directions both verbally and in writing.
Self-motivated and strong problem-solving abilities.
Ability to work on a technical team to solve complex and loosely-defined problems.
Experience with the standard Windows IT environment including MS Office products.
About Our Team
Responsible for Integrated Radiation Protection Program, Analytical Services, and Radiation Instrumentation.
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
Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
Flexible schedules, 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, disability, or veteran status.