Los Alamos National Laboratory Electrical Design Engineer for Space-Based Detection Systems (R&D Engineer 3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

Space Electronics and Signal Processing (ISR-4) is looking for an experienced electrical engineer to lead in the development of custom instrumentation for various space-based systems. These systems can include:

  • Systems being developed for the High Altitude and Space Monitoring program in support of the nonproliferation and nuclear event detection missions

  • Systems for planetary science missions

  • Smallsat and cubesat systems

Responsibilities include the specification, design, modeling, implementation, verification and testing of electrical subsystems, modules/circuit cards or FPGAs. Emphasis is on self-initiative and technical leadership in a small team environment of rapid prototype, high quality electrical assemblies.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Experience developing and leading original module or circuit designs in at least one of the following areas: Analog, Digital, and/or RF/Microwave Design

  • For Analog design engineers

  • Demonstrated experience with low noise analog design particularly for use with sensors

  • Demonstrated experience with mixed analog/digital systems

  • Demonstrated experience with High speed analog to digital conversion (gigasample)

  • For RF/Microwave design engineers

  • Demonstrated experience with RF/microwave components and their system applications (amplifiers, receivers, synthesizers)

  • Demonstrated experience with fabrication and packaging for RF/microwave circuits and systems

  • Demonstrated experience with transmission lines, impedance matching, and signal integrity

  • Demonstrated experience designing various antenna topologies

  • For digital design engineer

  • Synchronous design, synthesis, routing, simulation, testing, and technical documentation of FPGA or other digital circuits

  • VHDL or Verilog

  • Test benches for FPGA or ASIC based design

  • Digital circuit card design

  • Demonstrated experience with advanced design & analysis tools, such as schematic capture tools, analog or digital simulation tools, electromagnetic design tools, and/or printed circuit board layout and signal integrity analysis tools

  • Demonstrated experience with advanced system design and data analysis tools, such as Matlab

  • Demonstrated experience integrating and debugging analog or digital subsystems

  • Demonstrated experience in the design of analog and digital interfacing circuits for processing signals captured by various types of transduction elements.

  • Experience with signal integrity analysis particularly as it pertains to very low noise designs

  • Knowledge of PC board layout practices as it pertains to critical stack up and controlled impedance designs

  • Good oral, written and presentation communication skills

  • This position requires a Q access authorization. Applicants must have the ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires U.S. citizenship

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with space flight and high reliability hardware development and testing methods

  • Experience leading a small team of junior engineers and skilled technicians from design concept through to completed systems

  • Experience with RHA (Radiation Hardness Assurance programs) and Military Standard parts, such as those called out in DSCC (Defense Supply Center Columbus) and what that means for specifying electronic parts are desired

  • Knowledge of digital communication systems and/or other digital signal processing

  • Knowledge of configuration management and formal verification methods

  • Experience leading small projects including financial responsibility

  • Active DOE Q Clearance


Bachelors or Master’s degree from an ABET accredited college or university in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or similar field with 6-8 years of experience or a PhD in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or similar field with 4-6 years of experience.

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.

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.

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.

ISR-4 is a space electronics and signal processing group that specializes in space based radiation measurement and basic science missions. ISR has been developing, building, and operating space based systems for over 50 years. In addition, the group develops electronics for terrestrial and airborne scientific and national security applications along with the requisite ground support and test equipment. The group’s projects receive funding and requirements from various government agencies including the DOE, DOD, and NASA. Projects are executed through a close interaction between all disciplines of engineers, technicians, and scientists, which fosters a highly creative and dynamic research and development environment. Projects within ISR division are developed from concept to fully tested and delivered instruments ready for launch or field deployment. For more information, see the ISR-4: Space Electronics and Signal Processing home page.

Maximum Salary: 157800

Minimum Salary: 94500

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Johnson, Dana Elizabeth

Organization Name: ISR-4/Space Electronics & Signal Processing

Email: danaj@lanl.gov

Job Title: Electrical Design Engineer for Space-Based Detection Systems (R&D; Engineer 3)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC57541