Los Alamos National Laboratory R&D Systems Engineer 2 (R&D Engineer 2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do
  • Primary responsibility will be in support of System Engineering for W88 Alteration 370 qualification and W88 future system studies. The system engineer is a key team member on the Design Agency team responsible for the providing a qualified weapons design and then overseeing implementation at the relevant Production Agencies. Activities may include assisting with hardware provisioning for local, joint, and hydro tests, system engineering support for Product definition, and leading small scale experiments in support of the W88 Alt 370 and any future system studies.

  • Within the NNSA production complex, the system engineer will supply technical support to all complex communities as needed to assure WR Production, surveillance, JTA production, and WR warhead sustainability is adhered to.

  • Providing engineering support to resolve technical and programmatic issues associated with this warhead as deemed appropriate by the Group Leader.

  • Interfacing with comparable colleagues at other Design Agencies and Production Agencies, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Department of Defense (DoD), and the United States Navy and associated contractors.

  • May represent LANL at the SLBM Warheads Project Officers’ Group (POG) subgroup(s) meetings as deemed necessary by the Group Leader.

  • May participate in local and joint activities such as the Hydrodynamic testing and joint testing experiments with, SNL and the US Navy and their contractors to accomplish relevant tasking.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Basic knowledge of nuclear weapons and the U.S. stockpile.

  • Familiarity with one or more of the following: nuclear weapon design, development, qualification, certification, assembly/production, and surveillance.

  • Familiarity with weapon material and component manufacturing.

  • Demonstrated project management skills and abilities to meet schedule and deliverables for multiple concurrent activities with a range of priorities.

  • Demonstrated record of developing and fostering successful cross-organizational teams to solve complex problems.

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to interact effectively with all levels of personnel and internal and external customers

Desired Skills:

  • Prior experience with the W88 or other weapon systems, production, surveillance, or high-explosives.

  • Familiar with weapon systems mechanical and electrical interfaces.

  • Familiar with assembly practices applicable to the W88.

  • Derivative Classification (DC) experience.

  • Active Q Clearance

Education:Minimum BS degree (MS or PhD preferred) in Mechanical, Aerospace, or other engineering discipline from an ABET accredited engineering college or university program.

Notes to Applicants:

  • A frequent amount of domestic and/or foreign travel may be required.

  • For full consideration, applicants are required to submit a comprehensive cover letter detailing knowledge, skills and abilities against the required skills.

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.

The Weapon Stockpile Modernization Division (Q) provides the system engineering, program management, component technology development and system and sub-system testing necessary to field the modernizations authorized to extend the life of the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s assets in the active United States nuclear stockpile. Currently, these modernizations are directed at the B61 and the W88. This role demands expertise in design, engineering, fabrication and testing of multiple components using state-of-the-art computational simulation tools and engineering test facilities. The Division works in close liaison with the several production facilities across the nuclear security complex as well as with the customers in the US Navy and Air Force. The Division is also tasked with broadly anticipating the scope of possible future modernizations and with enabling the various technology advances that they might require.

TheW88 Alteration and Refresh Programs Group (Q-17) has technical and programmatic responsibility for executing the W88 ALT 370, and the Conventional High Explosive Refresh (CHE-R) and supports the ALT 940 Program. This group serves as the Design Agency for the ALT and Refresh programs and directs the work of a diverse group of scientists, designers, and engineers. Q-17’s technical work ranges from modeling and simulation to Product Realization Teams and engineering ground & flight tests of all aspects of the W88 ALT 370 and CHE-Refresh development while coordinating with Sandia National Laboratories, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Production Agencies (KCNSC, Pantex, Y-12, SRS, LANL-PA), the U.S. Navy and Department of Defense.

Maximum Salary: 141800

Minimum Salary: 86000

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Vonharders, Jeremy E

Organization Name: Q-17/ W88 Alteration And Refresh Program

Email: jeremyv@lanl.gov

Job Title: R&D; Systems Engineer 2 (R&D; Engineer 2)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC58265