User Program Research Technologist Pulsed Field Facility

Category and Level: Research Technologist (Level 1 or 2 depending on qualifications)

Organization Name: MPA-MAGLAB, Materials Physics and Applications Division, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

What You Will Do

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has immediate openings for technically excellent and highly motivated Research Technologists for experimental physical science in ultra-high magnetic fields. The work is a mixture of technical operations, user support, maintenance, and development: operating some of the world’s strongest pulsed magnets, supporting scientific users from around the world, maintaining precision measurement equipment, and developing new measurement techniques. The selected candidates will work in a dynamic team environment where communication, teamwork, initiative, and follow through are essential. They will play a key role in ongoing improvements to laboratory organization and systematic planning.

These open positions are in the Magnet Operations and Scientific Techniques (MOST) Team, part of the MAGLAB Group and the Materials Physics and Applications Division (MPA). The MOST Team has a central and critical role in high magnetic field experiments, with responsibilities for the operation of pulsed magnets with peak fields up to 100 tesla; precision measurement of materials properties in pulsed fields (e.g. magnetization, resistivity, length or volume change, optical spectra, thermal parameters, etc.); instrumentation to control sample environments (e.g. inert atmosphere or vacuum, low or high temperature, high pressure or strain); and safe operation of experiments with potential for explosive failure.

Research Technologist Level 1

  • Operate, support, maintain, and improve high magnetic field experiment cells with pulsed magnets reaching 65-100 tesla.
  • Support MagLab scientists and external facility users doing experiments
  • Maintain, design, and build instrumentation and equipment for use in pulsed magnetic fields
  • Learn the principles and practice of pulsed magnetic field science, apply that knowledge, and develop expertise at least one core measurement technique or technology
  • Sustain and improve the organization of pulsed magnetic field laboratories and the systematic planning of magnet cell operations

Research Technologist Level 2

In addition to the work outlined above:

  • Collaborate and participate in MagLab and external user scientific activities
  • Lead facility or scientific capability improvements

Qualifications We Require

For Technologist Level 1:

  • Demonstrated experience with scientific instrumentation, for example, installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, or analysis of experimental data
  • Demonstrated experience with vacuum and cryogenic systems
  • Demonstrated experience with hands-on technical work, for example, use of hand tools, machining, device fabrication or assembly, electronics, computer networking, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience organizing technical work, for example, supplies, equipment, labs, schedules
  • Ability to formulate and implement innovative approaches and solutions to problems
  • Either (1) a bachelor’s degree in science, engineering, or similar field and two years of related experience or (2) an equivalent combination of education and experience

Additional requirements for Technologist Level 2:

  • Demonstrated experience developing and building instrumentation in physical science, engineering, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated mentoring skills of students, technicians, or other technologists.
  • Demonstrated experience planning the work of a team or for a complex activity
  • Either (1) a bachelor’s degree in science, engineering, or similar field and five years of related experience or (2) an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Demonstrated experience in a measurement technique similar to those in use at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Pulsed Field Facility (NHMFL-PFF) or similar labs, e.g. voltage-current characteristics ("transport"), magnetization, optical spectroscopy, or similar techniques.
  • Demonstrated experience with designing or building electronic circuits, especially for low-noise, high-precision measurement.
  • Strong computer skills, for example, data acquisition, experiment control, programming, or data management.
  • Either (1) a graduate degree in physical science, engineering, or a related field, or (2) equivalent track record of experience in academic, laboratory, or industrial research and development.
  • Ability and inclination to contribute to a wide range of basic-research and mission-science programs as needs and opportunities evolve with time
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance (generally requires US citizenship).

Note to Applicants

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Formal applications should be submitted at job number IRC82618 For full consideration, applicants must submit a cover letter that addresses each of the key requirements of the position as well as a resume.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Climbing stairs, walking, lifting 20-30 pounds

Work Environment: In a widely ranging ambient temperatures, work in a noisy environment, work near electrical power supplies, work near machinery with moving parts, safety glasses or eye protection, hearing protection, safety shoes or protective footgear.

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. The Materials Physics and Applications Division (MPA) enables the development of new technologies that solve pressing national energy and security challenges by exploring and exploiting materials and their properties, developing practical applications of materials, and providing world-class user facilities.

LANL 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)

No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

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.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Last modified on 13 November 2020