Metallurgy & Physical Properties Scientist (Scientist 2/3)
What You Will Do
The Nuclear Materials Science Group (MST-16) of the Materials Science and Technology Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking an outstanding and highly motivated candidate for the position of Scientist 2 with a focus on metallurgy and physical properties. As a member of MST-16, the successful candidate is expected to execute a variety of materials science investigations to expand our knowledge of plutonium metallurgy. The selected candidate will play key roles in the synthesis and characterization of materials and will be expected to integrate seamlessly with the group's technical endeavors.
MST-16 supports a variety of nuclear weapons programs, including Plutonium Sustainment, Pit Surveillance, and the Science Program, as well as Fuel Cycle Research & Development, nuclear forensics, and Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) projects. The group is an international leader in fundamental plutonium science while also focused on solving engineering problems that support national security. Using multidisciplinary expertise in actinide materials science, the group engages in a number of areas important to the weapons program, including phase stability, aging, electronic structure, corrosion, and surface science.
This position will be filled at either the R&D Scientist 2 or 3 level, depending on the skills and experience of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.
R&D Scientist 2
Research activities and responsibilities of the successful candidate will include the following:
* investigate the metallurgy of plutonium alloys, with an emphasis on phase stability and phase transformations
* perform physical properties measurements on plutonium metal, alloys, and compounds
* integrate results into internal reports, progress reports to sponsors, or technical publications in peer-reviewed journals, as appropriate to meet program objectives
* contribute to the completion of milestones associated with various core mission programs as well as fundamental research and development projects
* actively participate in professional societies and working groups
R&D Scientist 3
In addition to the responsibilities and activities listed above, the R&D Scientist 3 will:
* lead the design and installation of new equipment
* develop new projects in plutonium metallurgy and/or materials properties measurements
* contribute to the professional development of junior scientists and technicians
Where You Will Work
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.What You Will Need