17. September 2018 - MST-8, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Scientist 2
Instrument Scientist Position for Energy-Resolved Neutron Imaging at LANSCE
17. September 2018 - MST-8, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Scientist 2
Instrument Scientist Position for Energy-Resolved Neutron Imaging at LANSCE
MST-8, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos, NM, US


The MST-8 Scattering Team at LANL is looking for an instrument scientist for the energy-resolved neutron imaging beamline at LANSCE.

Description of Institution

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.

Job description

The position resides in the Scattering Science Team and interfaces with various DOE programs. The successful candidate will carry out research relevant to material characterization using thermal and epithermal neutron radiography and tomography, in particular energy-resolved neutron imaging techniques, as well as material characterization with neutron absorption resonance spectroscopy and others as necessary. One focus is the continued development of Advanced Pre- and Post Irradiation Examination (APIE) of nuclear fuels to accelerate science-base development of advanced nuclear fuels for the DOE-NE mission. Applying at least basic knowledge of the related imaging and neutron transmission detectors to improve data quality and develop capabilities is required. The ability to contribute to material characterization using cold and ultra-fast neutron radiography, phase contrast imaging, and neutron as well as synchrotron X-ray scattering are desirable. This position will be filled at the Scientist 2 level.

The Scientist 2 will be responsible for contributing to and leading research areas and activities across scientific disciplines in support of research and development (R&D) science related to nuclear energy, scintillator development, and other LANL mission relevant fields. Scientist 2 will lead technologists, students, and/or postdocs and contribute to deliverables such as milestone reports. The candidate will need to be able to apply scientific principles under the scientific method to address technical problems; or to develop novel techniques or principles; or to analyze data or outcomes from experiments (in the real world or in the computational domain) or from observational procedures in the context of the underlying scientific principles or models. Scientist 2 is a capable professional with knowledge in several relevant disciplines or in a narrow, specialized field. The position will require direct interface with customers, writing reports, and providing program updates.

Requested Profile

Minimum Job Requirements:

Understanding of neutron science such as neutron imaging, neutron resonance spectroscopy, or neutron scattering or a related field (e.g. X-ray imaging).
Basic knowledge of neutron imaging and neutron transmission detectors as well as associated hard- and software to lead improvement and develop new capabilities.
Develops new methods, techniques or approaches to address critical technical problems. Develops new technical capabilities.
Develops technical products such as journal papers and reports. Contributes to the development of intellectual property leading to publications, copyrights, and/or patents.
Contributes to the completion of milestones on multiple projects. Contributes to the achievement of programmatic objectives.
Sets direction and goals for well-defined tasks involving more than one person. Scopes tasks within project and defines deliverables at task level. Leads specific project tasks to meet scope, schedule and budget.
Applies and interprets, on a broad basis, existing scientific principles, techniques, methods and tools to provide solutions for a wide assortment of complex problems.
Contributes to the design, testing, analysis, verification, and validation of scientific solutions in support of R&D initiatives.
Develops technical approach, using creativity in applying standard practices and procedures, and leads technical decisions, including selections of technical alternatives, for assigned work.
Shown ability to work in a laboratory environment and has demonstrated laboratory skills.
Ph.D. in Engineering, Material Science, Physics, or related discipline.

Desired Skills:

Demonstrated technical expertise in neutron radiography/tomography or resonance data analysis as indicated through high quality publications, reports, and presentations.
In depth knowledge of neutron imaging and neutron transmission detectors as well as associated hard- and software to lead improvement and develop new capabilities.
Ability to develop data acquisition software for real time processing of detector events.
Expertise in material characterization.
Leads the development of technical products such as journal papers, reports, presentations, and concept papers. May develop intellectual property leading to publications, copyrights, and/or patents. May contribute to technology transfer.
Demonstrated record of successful proposal writing, as evidenced by a history of internal or external research funding and demonstrated success in managing research programs and budgets.
Demonstrated record of user program development or activities in scientific societies such as symposium organization.
Knowledge of the DOE nuclear weapons program structure, Laboratory’s financial management systems, and an aptitude for forward thinking and strategic planning.
Experience in working in small teams.
Experience in mentoring of technical personnel, including but not limited to PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.
Experience with project management with budget and milestones.
Contributed to partnering with industry and multi-institutional programs and experience with multidisciplinary collaboration.
Experience with projects/tasks requiring quality assurance levels greater than laboratory R&D.
Knowledge and experience with pilot and/or prototype scale processing.

Education: A Ph.D. completed in engineering, materials science, physics, or a related field.


Chacon, Amy Sara



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