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Senior System Operator



Work city:

Los Alamos, NM



SENIOR System operator




SUPERVISES:                NONE

LOCATION:                  LANL


Pajarito Scientific Corporation (PSC) is actively seeking a Sr. System Operator interested in challenging career opportunities in the nuclear instrumentation and waste characterization field.

The Senior System Operator position includes knowledge and involvement with aspects of NDA data and other duties as qualified and assigned: Independent technical data review (ITR); Instrument calibration, testing, quantification, documentation, and operations as prescribed; Test matrices by mixing materials and placing source tubes according to physics specifications to simulate waste in various containers; Order materials for preparing matrices and for on-site portable and mobile systems; Prepare dose maps to determine where radiation boundaries should be placed; Accurately position radioactive sources for measurement; Use forklifts and dollies to maneuver materials and matrix containers; and Operate radiation generating devices and sealed radioactive sources safely.

This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. Pay is based on experience.


Successful Candidate Qualifications

Successful experienced candidates will have working knowledge in the following areas:

  • Operation of radiation detection and measurement instruments;
  • Collection and generation of radiological assay data and test results;
  • Preparing test plans, procedures and technical reports;
  • Client on-site calibration, testing, and operations;
  • Using forklifts and dollies to maneuver materials and matrix containers;
  • Operation of large scale mechanical handling systems with some maintenance experience;
  • Procedure development and validation;
  • Supervisory responsibilities of NDA operations in accordance with on-site customer policies, PSC policies, and applicable laws;
  • Computer literacy is required especially with MS operating systems and MS Excel.

Additional knowledge in the following areas, while not required, would be beneficial:

Configuring, operating and troubleshooting radiation detectors and instruments in laboratory and field environments. Candidate must be able to obtain a clearance.


Required Education

A Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree in a science related field, plus a minimum of one year’s NDA experience; or High School diploma and two years NDA experience; or five equivalent years of experience in the NDA field.


Essential Skills

Effective team working skills and practical hands on approach are important qualities for this role.

PSC offers an extensive benefits package. Benefits include:

  • 4 weeks paid time off (PTO) accrued annually for the first five years of employment, then increasing to 5 weeks;
  • Comprehensive medical, vision, and dental insurance;
  • Life insurance equal to your annual base salary;
  • Short and long term disability insurance;
  • 401K plan with 5% employer matching and no vesting period;
  • Eight paid holidays each calendar year;
  • Authorized travel reimbursement and authorized relocation allowance is available.


PSC is an equal opportunity employer.


WORKING CONDITIONS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to regularly stand, walk, and use hands to lift or handle objects tools or controls. The employee may be occasionally required to bend or kneel or sit for an extended period of time. The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.