Los Alamos National Laboratory Process Engineer (R&D Engineer 1/2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Nuclear Materials Science Group (MST-16) provides multidisciplinary expertise in actinide materials science using a comprehensive suite of destructive and nondestructive analytical techniques; and characterization of new and aged pit construction materials, development of technologies for advanced actinide materials analysis, and performance of actinide materials science investigations in support of the United States national security mission.

MST-16 has a great opportunity for 2 outstanding, highly motivated candidates to assist with process engineering and research and development activities within a Category II nuclear facility. The successful candidates for this position will utilize engineering principles and theories to solve technical problems in support of MST-16’s scientific and programmatic deliverables. Job duties will entail equipment installation support, development of work authorizing documents (operating procedures, training plans, travelers, etc.), and operations support for a variety of equipment and processes within MST-16. In addition, the desired candidate will serve as the interface between the group and its safety and compliance stakeholders, and ensure that Conduct of Engineering, Conduct of Maintenance, and Conduct of Operations programs are properly implemented throughout all project phases. The successful candidate will work independently; work as part of a team; and contribute to continuous process improvements to ensure both short and long term success of MST-16’s research and development missions.

This position will be filled at either the R&D; Engineer 1 or 2 level, depending on the skills and experience of the selected candidate.

R&D; Engineer 1 ($78,400-$128,200)

The successful candidate will be responsible for assigned activities within an engineering discipline in support of engineering research and development (R&D;). The successful candidate will work with and support multidisciplinary teams and provide technical support to operations through the development and maintenance of safe and efficient production Systems and Sub-Systems. You will also be responsible for helping MST-16 meet its scientific and programmatic deliverables.

R&D; Engineer 2 ($86,000-$141,800)

The R&D; Engineer 2 will be expected to work independently to meet project/program objectives. Lead corrective/preventative/predictive maintenance activities as well as equipment installation/commissioning activities. Perform data analysis and author internal reports, progress reports to sponsors, or technical publications in peer-reviewed journals.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Knowledge of and experience in one or more of the following engineering disciplines: mechanical, electrical, chemical, or industrial engineering.

  • Familiarity with Conduct of Engineering, Conduct of Maintenance, and conduct of operations principles, in combination with the ability to develop work authorizing documents that follow these principles within a Category II nuclear facility.

  • Ability to recognize and assess technical problems, develop technical options, generate suitable solutions and effectively document and communicate results.

  • Familiarity with the research, design, testing, analysis, verification, and validation of engineering and technology solutions in support of engineering initiatives.

  • Knowledge of continuous improvement concepts and tools.

  • Ability to complete technical training and pass written and oral examinations towards a qualified technical position.

  • A Bachelor’s degree in mechanical, electrical, chemical or industrial engineering from an ABET accredited engineering college or university program.

  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance.

Additional Requirements for R&D; Engineer 2

  • Demonstrated commitment to technical and scientific excellence as well as timeliness of deliverables.

  • Ability to work with nominal supervision, as well as part of a team in a multi‐disciplinary environment, and to interact effectively with a variety of organizations and technical disciplines.

  • Advanced knowledge of Conduct of Engineering, Conduct of Maintenance and Conduct of Operations requirements or other equivalent industry codes and standards such as ASME, ASCE, etc.

  • Ability to recognize budget constraints, prioritize requirements, and identify limitations for the MST-16 organization and provide objectives for continuous improvement of MST-16 operations.

  • Experience with equipment configuration; developing maintenance procedures and plans; performing or assisting with post-maintenance activity tests and close-out;

  • Experience with leading corrective/preventative/predictive maintenance activities.

  • Experience with developing, qualifying and maintaining equipment and processes to repeatedly product high quality products.

  • Experience performing data analysis and interpretation.

  • Experience with developing new processes, project engineering and evaluating existing processes.

  • Demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills as evidenced by publications, presentations, or report development.

  • Advanced degree in mechanical, electrical, or industrial engineering from an ABET accredited engineering college or university program or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Notes to Applicants:

  • A cover letter addressing how you meet the required and desired skills.

  • A current C.V./resume with the minimum following information/sections is also required: Educational background, degree dates, GPA with scale.

Only complete applications with a cover letter and C.V./resume will be considered. References will not be contacted without permission from the applicant.

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.

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.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Work Telephone: 505-665-6726

Contact Name: Standifer, Robert Jeffrey (Jeff)

Organization Name: MST-16/Nuclear Materials Science

Email: jstandifer@lanl.gov

Job Title: Process Engineer (R&D; Engineer 1/2)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC57740