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Electron Microscopy (EM) Technologist (Research Technologist 2)

What You Will Do

The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) is seeking a technologist to support our nanoscience user community and basic science research in the area of electron microscopy (EM). We will consider candidates of entry- and mid-level careers. CINT is a national user facility funded by the DOE Office of Science to provide research capabilities in nanoscale science to a worldwide community of users. Scientific thrusts in CINT include: Nanophotonics and Optical Nanomaterials; Quantum Materials Systems; Soft, Biological and Composite Nanomaterials; and In-Situ Characterization and Nanomechanics. Additional information on the user facility is available at

Successful candidates should have hands-on experience in sample preparation, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). The individual must be self-motivated, resourceful and a problem solver. The successful candidate will work alongside research staff and users operating CINT's distinguishing EM capability. The candidate will be primarily responsible for the day-to-day operation of the instruments, including maintenance, training, and data analysis. CINT's electron microscopy facilities currently have two staff scientists and over 8 postdocs working to support user proposals on topics related to nanoparticle assembly, nanoparticle synthesis, interfacial charge transfer, batteries, corrosion, fracture, degradation, ion beam irradiation, ion implantation, annealing, chemical reactions, phase transformations, and new capability developments. This is an opportunity to rapidly immerse within a highly-productive collaborative network of nanoscientists.

Many unique tools are available within CINT's microscopy facilities including a Tecnai F30, an aberration-corrected monochromated Environmental TEM with a Gatan K2-IS camera and Protochips Axon software, a highly modified JEOL 2100 for in-situ ion irradiations, two environmental JEOL SEM for in-situ mechanical and radiation testing, a low voltage Talos L120C for Cryo TEM, a Scios FIB/SEM with Leica cryogenic stage and transfer tools for air-free and cryo transfer to the TEMs. The technologist will assume responsibility for service and maintenance of the instruments, training users and laboratory environmental safety and health. We seek a candidate with a strong current background in both using and training others in electron microscopy, and the desire to learn new techniques and tools.

This position is located in Albuquerque, NM

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

You have, or are pursuing a BS in Materials Science & Engineering, Physics, Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related field and possess a bachelor's in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM)
Strong interpersonal skills and oral and written communication skills
Experience with nanoscale materials characterization and electron microscopy
Experience with scanning and transmission electron microscopy, and micrograph image analysis
Experience training users of electron microscopy instruments
Education/Experience: Bachelor's Degree in Materials Science & Engineering, Physics, Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related field from an accredited institution and 5 years related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:

You have, or are pursuing a MS in Materials Science & Engineering, Physics, Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related field.
Experience in in-situ SEM and TEM experiments, such as, in-situ heating, cryo-EM, liquid-cell, electrochemistry, Environmental TEM, electrical biasing, irradiation, implantation, and/or mechanical property testing
Interest in exploring relationships between processing-structure-properties in nanostructured metals
Experience in using electron microscopy for diffraction analysis and defect analysis
Experience in a range SEM and TEM sample preparation techniques (including focused ion beam lamella, microtome, probe etching, electropolishing, and MEMS platform)
Able to acquire and maintain a DOE security clearance
Location: This position will be physically located in Albuquerque, NM.

COVID Vaccine: The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year.
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. Our generous 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) Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2. Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

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. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

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: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.

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 [email protected] or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.
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