The DARHT Physics, Pulsed Power, and Diagnostics Group, J-5, has ownership and responsibility for the two electron accelerators at the DARHT (Dual-Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test) facility. The group provides state-of-the-art accelerator physics, pulsed power, beam-target physics, and diagnostic capabilities in support of the Laboratory's hydrodynamic test mission. Core responsibilities of the group include: (1) designing, modeling, and verifying beam physics on Axis 1 and Axis 2; (2) simulating and experimenting beam-target interactions and warm dense matter physics; (3) designing, modeling, and verifying performance of relativistic electron diodes; (4) designing and fielding of diagnostics including pulsed power and non-invasive beam and plasma diagnostics; (5) system engineering support for the pulsed power and associated systems for Axis 1 and Axis 2; (6) designing and implementing pulsed power for existing and new systems; and (7) supporting ASD Scorpius, a new multi-pulse linear induction accelerator for radiographic testing. J-5 is seeking a Research Technologist 1.
The Research Technologist 1 will be assigned to the Diagnostics Team. Roles and responsibilities will include:
Develop, test, and calibrate optical and electrical diagnostics:
Perform non-invasive measurements of the beam and target plasma properties including X-ray detectors for beam generated radiation and backlighter systems, visible and UV spectroscopy, interference imaging, and other optical techniques.
Work on conventional accelerator and pulsed power diagnostics electrical systems such as E-dots, B-dots, resistive dividers, current transformers, high voltage probes, and other electrical systems.
Work with designers and engineers on mechanical designs of the diagnostics.
Operate ICCDs, fast-framing cameras, and lasers.
Maintain data acquisition systems for the DARHT accelerators and test stands.
Guide, mentor, and support graduate students and post-docs.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Two years of experience with optical or electrical diagnostics.
Interest in one or more of the following areas: (1) Accelerator Physics, (2) Warm Dense Matter Plasma Physics, (3) Non-invasive beam and plasma diagnostics, (4) X-ray diagnostics, (5) Conventional accelerator & pulsed power diagnostics.
Interest in computational programming languages such as FORTRAN, C++, IDL, MATLAB, Python etc, data analysis, and interpretation.
Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills as demonstrated by written technical documents, papers, or project presentations. Demonstrated experience interacting with all levels of personnel and customers. Strong teaming skills.
Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE “Q”-clearance.
Experience with ICCDs, fast-framing cameras, and lasers.
Experience with X-ray, UV, and visible spectroscopy.
Knowledge of electrical and mechanical systems.
Knowledge of computer operations, diagnostic control, and data acquisition.
Active DOE or DoD security clearance.
Education: Position typically requires a relevant bachelor's degree and a minimum of two years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Position requires at a least a bachelor’s degree in a STEM related field.
Notes to Applicants: In addition to applying online, interested candidates should send their inquiries, a detailed cover letter addressing all required and desired skills, CV and the names and contact information of three references to Joshua Coleman (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please save cover letter with job IRC number and name.
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. 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.
Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.
Internal Applicants: Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.
Internal Number: IRC69187
About Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.
Our diverse workforce enjoys a collegial work environment focused on creative problem solving, where everyone’s opinions and ideas are valued. We are committed to work-life balance, as well as both personal and professional growth. We consider our creative and dedicated scientific professionals to be our greatest assets, and we take ride in cultivating their talents, supporting their efforts, and enabling their successes. We provide mentoring to help new staff build a solid technical and professional foundation, and to smoothly integrate into the culture of LANL.
Full and part time Post Docs are eligible for Compensation Benefits, Competitive salaries, Choice of comprehensive health care plans, to include Medical, Dental..., Vision, Paid sick, holiday, and vacation time, Option of participating in Life, Dependent Life, AD&D, and Disability Insurances, 401k (100% match up to 6% + kicker), Fully vested in 401k on day one, Multiple options for work schedule, Exercise facility free for staff use.
Los Alamos, New Mexico enjoys excellent weather, clean air, and outstanding public schools. This is a safe, low-crime, family-oriented community with frequent concerts and events as well as quick travel to many top ski resorts, scenic hiking & biking trails, and mountain climbing. The short drive to work includes stunning views of rugged canyons and mesas as well as the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Many employees also live in the nearby state capital, Santa Fe, which is known for world-class restaurants, art galleries, and opera.