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Radiological Control Technician

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technicians/IT
Job ID: 103510
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Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We have and opening for a Radiological Control Technician (RCT) in the ES&H Directorate to support the National Ignition Facility (NIF) and Photon Sciences Principal Directorate. You will complete qualifications as a DOE RCT through the LLNL RCT training program and provide radiological control functions, health physics counting lab support and operation and maintenance of radiological monitoring equipment in support of multi-shift operations; perform radiological and beryllium surveys and measurements; oversee radiological aspects of work performed by NIF technicians; perform decontamination and maintenance on equipment contaminated with radioactive materials and/or beryllium.

This position will be filled at either the 571.2 or 571.3 level depending on your qualifications.  Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.
 
Essential Duties
- Provide general technical support, guidance and monitoring in radiation protection, to assist programmatic personnel in the safe performance of facility and experimental operations. Monitor and assist NIF radiation workers in safe radiological work practices.
- Perform radiological surveys and measurements to ensure adequate radiological safety Maintain appropriate radiological postings.
- Operate and maintain radiological detection and sampling equipment including hand-held meters, electronic dosimeters, swipe counters, liquid scintillation counters, gamma spectroscopy detectors, stack and area air monitoring systems and sample collectors, neutron bubble detectors, etc.  Review measurement data to determine basic safety compliance with an established design or a standard procedure.
- Obtain, prepare and assist with analyses of radiological samples. Handle, package, and transport radioactive and beryllium contaminated materials.
- Initiate appropriate corrective action to assure adherence to procedures and design criteria.  Keep the Radiation Safety Officer/Deputy Radiation Safety Officer (RSO/DRSO) informed of changes in radiological conditions or systems through regular communication.
- Respond and participate in radiological emergency response activities or off-normal events.
- Conduct field training and training evaluations in support of NIF worker qualifications.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the NIF Radiation Safety Officer (RSO).
 
In Addition at the 571.3 Level
- Calibrate radiological detection and sampling equipment.
- Observe, interpret and take measurements of, and analyze data from advanced radiological monitoring equipment, systems, or operations to determine safety compliance with an established design or a standard procedure.
- Assist in the writing and preparation of safety policies and procedures including safety controls, Radiation Work Permits (RWP), IWS’s and safety routine requirements.
 
Qualifications
- Associate degree in Occupational Safety or Radiation Protection with related experience or equivalent combination of education and extensive experience in Occupational Safety, Radiation Protection or related scientific area.
- Demonstrated intermediate technical knowledge, ability to acquire and analyze basic data, experience in the maintenance and operation of radiological detection and analytical instrumentation and equipment, and practical radiological contamination control practices.
- Experience operating and maintaining radiological sampling and detection equipment, or other analytical equipment of similar complexity.
- Effective, high-quality interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills to provide technical guidance and write technical documentation.
- Demonstrated analytical, decision making, and problem solving skills including the ability to interpret and report results.
- Ability to complete formal DOE Radiological Control Technician qualifications.
- Ability to work independently and in a team environment in a fast-paced, schedule-driven environment.
- Ability to work various shifts in support of around the clock operations.
 
In Addition at the 571.3 Level
- Demonstrated advanced technical knowledge, ability to acquire and analyze complex data, experience in the maintenance and operation of radiological detection and analytical instrumentation and equipment, and practical radiological contamination control practices.
- Demonstrated independent analytical, decision making, and problem solving skills.
 
Desired Qualifications
- Knowledge of and experience with NIF policies and procedures.
- Current DOE RCT certification. Current or former qualification as a DOE beryllium worker or equivalent.
- Experience performing radiological controls involving tritium, depleted uranium, and/or transuranics.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam:  A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.
 

Anticipated Clearance Level:  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 information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  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 an At Will appointment.  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 $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 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.