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Radiological Control Technician

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Environmental, Safety & Health | livermore, CA | 05/03/2024

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Company Description

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Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is important for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range
$39.98 - $59.49 Hourly
$39.98 - $49.65 Hourly for the 571.2 level
$47.93 - $59.49 Hourly for the 571.3 level
Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

We have an 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 level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

You will

  • 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. Collect samples for analysis. 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.

Additional job responsibilities, 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.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Additional qualifications at the 571.3 level 

  • Advanced technical skills and 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.
  • Independent analytical, decision making, and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience in evaluating safe performance of maintenance and operations, identifying problems, and providing solutions.
  • Experience as an instructor for on-job-training, establishing appropriate work methods, initiating corrective actions, and setting work priorities.

Qualifications We Desire

  • 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.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Security Clearance

This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.  If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. 

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam

A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

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