Technician - C/MS

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550

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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 technician/technologist. You will work under general supervision to provide general technical support in the area of metallography, sample preparation and radiological decontamination, microscopy, physical metallurgy, and materials characterization for a variety of projects at LLNL.  You will perform some of this work on radioactive materials in an inert-atmosphere glovebox. This position is in the Materials Characterization Group in the Materials Science Division.  This position will be filled at either the 504.1 or 504.2 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level. Essential Duties- Provide basic technical support to personnel in the Materials Science Division service center.- Prepare a wide variety of samples for various microscopy techniques, including use of precision lapping and polishing techniques, and repair and maintain instrumentation and mechanical systems; much of the work will be performed on radioactive materials in inert atmosphere gloveboxes (on-the-job training will be provided).- Prepare, decontaminate, and load diamond anvil cells for physics experiments.- Conduct measurements; operate laboratory equipment; assemble, repair, and maintain experimental apparatus. - Work as an integral part of a results-oriented team on an ongoing basis. - Work under general direction on well-defined small projects and contribute to larger multi-disciplinary projects. - Solve basic technical problems, analyze, and interpret basic data, document work in lab notebooks and reports, and report results to principal investigators. - Properly handle laboratory and radioactive waste. - Perform other duties as assigned.In addition at the 504.2 Level- Provide solutions to moderately complex technical problems, such as designing and fabricating mechanical systems.- Write and maintain safety documentation for laboratory work.- Use of computer aided design (CAD) software in support of MSD Service Center Staff, e.g., for generating designs for laser cutting.  Qualifications- AA/AS in science, engineering, or chemistry, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.- Knowledge of basic microscopy (including optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy).- Knowledge of basic sample preparation and polishing techniques.- Computer skills, including abilities in a variety of standard software programs. (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Teams).- Effective analytical skills to trouble-shoot and solve problems and recommend solutions. - Working knowledge of mathematics. - Proficient communication skills, both verbal and written.- Ability to work both independently and in a diverse team environment with scientific and technical personnel. In addition at the 504.2 Level- Experience working in a chemistry or materials science laboratory.- Ability to work on multiple projects while meeting programmatic deadlines.- Experience working with hazardous (e.g., radioactive) materials.Desired Qualifications- Experience using scanning electron microscopy, or certificate in electron microscopy.- General knowledge of mechanical equipment, such as vacuum systems and laboratory instrumentation, experience working with radioactive material, and experience working in a glovebox.- General knowledge of chemistry and materials science, and/or experience with CAD software tools.

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.

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.  For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2

Note:   This is an At Will appointment. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position. If final candidate is a Career Indefinite employee, Career Indefinite status may be maintained [should funding allow].

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.


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Technician - C/MS

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Livermore, CA 94550

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