Los Alamos National Laboratory Radiation Control Technician 3 / 4 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Radiation Control Tec 3 or 4 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

Radiation Control Tec 3 ($54,400-$86,400)

Opportunities to perform:

  • Routine contamination surveys for removable and total contamination.

  • External radiation surveys for deep gamma, shallow beta/gamma, and neutron radiation.

  • Surveys for release of items and equipment from radiological and radiological controlled areas.

  • Air sampling and operation of air monitoring equipment.

  • Planning of low- and moderate-hazard radiological work and some high-hazard work with minimal direction or supervision.

  • Planning of high-hazard radiological work and providing recommended controls to supervision and persons in charge (PICs).

  • Reviews of air sampling results and reporting abnormal conditions including performing appropriate immediate and follow-on actions.

Opportunities to routinely provide:

  • Radiation protection support for planned moderate- and high-hazard radiological work with minimal direction.

  • Effective and independent work under complex requirements including use of engineered controls such as localized ventilation, confinement, or temporary shielding.

  • Effective responses to control severe or complex off-normal radiological events (e.g., off-site contamination, contamination of multiple individuals, true CAM alarms with personnel exposures, contaminated wounds, etc.) with minimal oversight or supervision.

  • Mentoring to employees in on-the-job training in the areas of: group procedures for radiation monitoring, contamination control, external exposure control and emergency response, radiation work permits, and facility design.

  • Overtime work on an as-needed basis.

Radiation Control Tec 4 ($60,400-$95,900)

In addition to the duties outlined above, the RCT 4 level also provides opportunities to perform:

  • Planning of high-hazard radiological work and providing recommended controls to supervision and persons in charge (PICs).

  • Lead roles in implementing improvement actions directed by supervision in demonstrated actions and words.

Opportunities to routinely provide:

  • Assurance that radiological controls are correctly applied for radiological work, including high-hazard radiological work, by serving as authorized subject matter expert for development of radiological work control packages (RWCPs).

  • Service as an alternate PIC as needed for routine radiation protection activities.

  • Service as the primary point of contact for day-to-day coordination of work planning and execution for an assigned area, program, or facility including the coordination of efforts of RCTs assigned in the absence of RCT supervisor.

  • Effective response to unplanned or unscheduled conditions and other factors affecting work scheduling and resource utilization.

  • Adequate documentation and record keeping in assigned area.

  • Responsibility and accountability for ensuring that RP routine monitoring instructions, including requirements for their performance, documentation, change control, deviations/variances, communication of results, and reporting are completed.

  • Productive and effective coordination with RP supervision to ensure appropriate resources and work scheduling, as well as the resolution of problems/issues; communicates to RP supervision and appropriate non RP personnel problems/concerns that are beyond the control of the lead RCT.

  • Mentoring and assistance to employees in on-the-job training and in furthering the skills, knowledge, and abilities of RP co-workers. Sets an example for others to follow.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated ability to plan and perform high-hazard, complex radiological work including working knowledge of the basis and use of engineered controls (e.g., localized ventilation, temporary shielding, and containment devices).

  • Extensive demonstrated experience and technical working knowledge in radiation protection principles and practices.

  • Extensive demonstrated experience in radiation monitoring, personnel exposure control and other operational health physics activities.

  • Working knowledge of applicable Department of Energy (DOE) or Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) orders and regulations.

  • Demonstrated fully proficient experience in the use of protective clothing and respiratory protective equipment.

  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and work ethic including reliability as an independent worker, as a team member, and as a mentor of less-skilled RCTs.

  • Proficient written and oral communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability and desire to assume ownership and responsibility of assigned projects, areas, and tasks.

  • Proficient ability and experience in using computer based office applications such as e-mail and word processing applications.

Additional Job Requirements for Radiation Control Tec 4:

In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the RCT 4 level requires the following:

  • Demonstrated mastery of effectively managing competing demands in highly dynamic conditions.

  • Extensive experience in coordination of multiple complex activities, including high-hazard radiological work, while ensuring that radiation protection priorities and requirements are fully implemented.

  • Outstanding record-keeping, documentation, and organization skills.

  • Demonstrated outstanding interpersonal skills and work ethic including ability to resolve complex or difficult issues with customers and supervision.

  • Demonstrated ability and desire to assume ownership and responsibility for multiple simultaneous activities, including giving clear and concise direction to others, including peers, customers, etc.

  • Senior-level ability and experience in using computer based office applications such as e-mail and word processing applications.

Desired Skills:

Radiation Control Tec 3:

  • Formal education in math to include algebra.

  • Experience with databases or other information management systems.

  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams in challenging work environments.

  • Use of Health Physics computer applications such as Radiological Work Permit (RWP) generating systems.

  • Demonstrated experience responding to and effectively mitigating radiological incidents.

  • Associates degree in Radiation Protection or closely related field.

Radiation Control Tec 4:

In addition to the Desired Skills outlined above:

  • Extensive experience writing or authorizing Radiological Work Permits (RWPs).

  • Experience providing classroom or on-the-job training.

  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams in challenging work environments.

  • Demonstrated experience in a lead role during radiological emergencies.

  • Experience performing moderate or high hazard radiological work in LANL facilities.


Radiation Control Tec 3: Position typically requires a high school diploma and two-to-five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. At this level, additional training, certification, and/or education may be desirable.

Radiation Control Tec 4: Position typically requires a high school diploma and six to ten years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. At this level, additional training, certification, and/or education may be expected, including associate's degrees and graduation from technical institutions.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation):Depth perception, binocular vision, reading vision, ability to speak, ability to discriminate speech, ability to hear in a normal range (500 to 3000 hz), standing, walking, use stairs/ladders, lift 50 pounds and carry 35 pounds.

Work Environment:Work near sources of ionizing radiation and other non-radiological hazards, may include shift work.

Additional Details:

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.

*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.

HRP: This position is subject to the requirements of the DOE Human Reliability Program as specified in 10 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 712, §712.11. These requirements include on going drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations.

426.2:This position is subject to DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities, which establishes entry-level requirements to ensure candidates selected for specific positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job.

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:Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

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 regards 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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

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.

As key members of the LANL radiological safety effort, the Radiation Control Technicians (RCTs) help achieve the Radiation Protection (RP) Group’s mission to ensure radiological safety for workers and the public by responding to, managing, and mitigating radiological hazards. The RCTs provide operational support that is an integral part of successful research, development, and manufacturing programs at LANL. RCTs also assist LANL in achieving safe and compliant operations by performing radiological surveillance, providing radiological support for facility operations, and establishing and maintaining technically sound and compliant facility practices.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Christensen, Richard Fredrick Jr

Organization Name: DESHS-UIS / Utilities & Infrastructure Support

Email: rchristensen@lanl.gov

Job Title: Radiation Control Technician 3 / 4

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC69783