Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



NEST Nuclear Diagnostician

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Global Security
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 107144
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 2 (SES.2)
Date Posted: June 04 2020

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Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have an opening for a Nuclear Diagnostician to support Global Security’s Nuclear Emergency Support Team (NEST) and Nuclear Counter Terrorism and Counter Proliferation (NCTCP) Programs. You will work as part of a dynamic and diverse team to provide computational and modeling support to the NEST research efforts and operations. You will be required to work at LLNL in Livermore, and travel to offsite locations and facilities. This position will report programmatically to the NEST Nuclear Diagnostics Lead and administratively to the Nondestructive Evaluation Group (NDE) within the Materials Engineering Division (MED).
 
Essential Duties
- Model radiation detector responses of nuclear systems and communicate results to experts and non-experts in this field.
- Perform experiments and interpret results to validate existing models and build new detector models and response functions.
- Participate in measurement and training campaigns employing significant quantities of nuclear material in subcritical experiments and benchmarks.
- Train non-expert emergency response personnel on diagnostic tools within the context of their operational procedures.
- Under limited direction effectively manage concurrent technical projects with competing priorities in a multi-disciplinary team environment, ensuring commitments and deadlines met are important to project success.
- Provide diagnostic support to various programmatic tasks in collaboration with scientist, engineers, technicians.
- Travel domestically and internationally up to 25% time, for support and customer interaction.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
 
Qualifications
- Master’s Degree in nuclear engineering, relevant scientific discipline (nuclear physics, particle physics, radiochemistry), or the equivalent combination of education and prior relevant experience.
- Relevant experience programming in C, C++, Python, or related languages.
- Experience in the application of statistics and/or machine learning to data interpretation and analysis.
- Broad understanding of non-destructive analysis techniques, nuclear spectroscopy, Feynman variance-to-mean analysis, or other analytical methods and techniques.
- Experience with radiation detection equipment and interpretation of particle interactions in diverse materials and environments.
- Proficient verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills necessary to effectively collaborate in an interdisciplinary team environment and present technical information to external sponsors and customers.
- Ability to devise solutions for unique and complex problems in situations that may not be well defined.
- Ability to reprioritize and change programmatic direction depending on emergent requests and in collaboration with a variety multidisciplinary teams and external organizations.
 
 
 
Desired Qualifications
- Prior experience working with nuclear material and radiation safety techniques.
- Prior experience working with particle transport codes such as GEANT or MCNP.
- Prior experience working in an emergency response environment at the state or local level, or within Federal agencies such as: DoD, DoJ, or DHS.
 
 
 

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.  This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance:  This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.  Also, you must have the ability to obtain and maintain Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access.
 
If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

Note:   This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 employees.

 

LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.