Los Alamos National Laboratory Radio Frequency Sensing Scientist 1/2 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Scientist 1 or Scientist 2 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

The Space andRemoteSensingGroup (ISR‐2) at Los AlamosNational Laboratory is seeking qualifiedradio‐frequency (RF) remote sensing scientists to participateinthe executionof ourportfolioof RF‐based programs. These programs areas include: scientific studies in lightning science,ionospheric physics and radioastronomy; ground‐based and satellite‐based nuclearelectromagnetic pulse (EMP)monitoring; ground‐based detection and analysis of anthropogenic RFemissions;the development, deployment, and operationofRF remotesensing instrumentation;andthe developmentof signal processingand analysis techniques for RF data. We are specifically interested in applicants with exceptional skills in scientific and statisticalanalysis oflarge volume data sets.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:


Minimum Job Requirements for Scientist 1 ($78,400 - $128,200):

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experiencewith conducting basicand/or applied scientificresearch that is relevant to one or more of the above‐mentioned program areas

  • Some combinationof experience withapplied mathematics, scientific data analysis, andthe practical use of digital signal analysis (includingtime‐series, spectral, statistical, andhypothesis‐testing approaches, especially asapplied to large data sets)

  • Some experience with scientificcomputing and demonstrable knowledge of one ormore scientific programminglanguages (especiallyPYTHON, MATLAB, or IDL)

  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectivelyin a teamenvironment

  • Demonstrated ability to express ideas clearly in written and oral communicationsAbility to obtain and maintain a DOEQclearance(generally requires U.S.citizenship)

Additional Job Requirements for Scientist 2 ($86,000 - $141,800):

  • Professional scientific work experience relevant to one or more of the above‐mentioned program areas following a graduate degree (e.g., postdoctoral research) demonstrated by post-graduate publications

  • Significant professional experience with scientific computing and demonstrable knowledge of one or more scientific programming languages (especially PYTHON, MATLAB, or IDL)

  • State-of-the-art knowledge of signal processing and/or statistical analysis techniques, large data-set management and exploitation

Desired Skills:

  • Experience in atmospheric science, plasma physics, ionospheric physics, radio astronomy, astrophysics, or lightning science

  • Experience with the development, deployment and operation of RF sensors, antennas or measurement techniques

  • Experience with laboratory and/or field use of RF instrumentation

  • Experience with satellite sensors and programs

  • Active DOE/O clearance


Scientist 1: Master’s degree in physics/engineering or a related field, or Bachelor’s degree with equivalent work experience

Scientist 2: Graduate degree (PhD or Master’s in physics/engineering or a related field) followed by professional scientific work experience (e.g. postdoctoral research)

Notes to Applicants: In addition to a resume, candidates must submit a cover letter addressing the specific job requirements. Applications without this letter will not be considered.

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 Laoratory 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

ISR‐2 develops and applies remote sensing capabilities (RF, infrared,and optical) to support globalsecurity and conduct scientificresearch in related fields. The Group maintains multi‐disciplinaryprograms in theory, modeling, instrumentation, experimentation, field deployment, data analysisand data exploitation.

Located in northern NewMexico, LosAlamos NationalLaboratory (LANL)is a multidisciplinaryresearch institutionengaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhancesnational security by ensuring the safetyandreliability of the U.S.nuclearstockpile, developingtechnologies to reduce threats from weapons of massdestruction,and solvingproblems related toenergy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name: ISR-2/Space & Remote Sensing

Job Title: Radio Frequency Sensing Scientist 1/2

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC57512