Los Alamos National Laboratory 805 High-Power RF Engineer (R&D Engineer 2/3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
This position will be filled at either the R&D Engineer 2 or 3 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 Accelerator Operations and Technology Division (AOT), Radio Frequency Engineering (RFE) group is seeking a high-power RF engineer.
The AOT division maintains, operates, and upgrades all accelerator systems used at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) complex. These consist of two 750-keV Cockcroft-Walton-based injector systems (H+ and H– systems), a 201.25-MHz drift tube linear accelerator utilizing high-power diacrode tubes, an 805-MHz coupled cavity linac utilizing klystrons as the primary power source, a proton storage ring, and roughly a kilometer of beam transport lines that feed beam to the five independent research programs. The RFE group is principally responsible for all RF systems, pulsed power systems, and high-power DC power supplies used to operate magnets on the beam transport lines. Low-level RF (LLRF) control and monitoring of the various RF sources used to drive the beam is critical to the high performance and successful operation of the accelerator.
R&D Engineer 2 ($94,100 - $155,700)
As a member of the AOT-RFE high power RF Engineering team, the successful candidate, working closely with other engineers, technologists and technicians, will be contribute to the operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of the LANSCE 805 MHz high power RF (HPRF) systems, including high-voltage power supplies and associated electronics, and high-power RF test stand development and operation.
The position will also involve working under the direction of senior engineers to plan and implement RF system upgrades, e.g., klystron amplifiers and associated high-voltage pulsed power systems; klystron modulator data collection, analysis and control systems; and accelerator cavity resonance control systems.
The successful candidate will also provide on-call support for the LANSCE high power RF systems after hours and on weekends. The on-call assignment will typically be for one seek per month during accelerator operations (approximately 7 months per year).
R&D Engineer 3 ($113,100 - $190,900)
In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, the position at this level will be responsible for planning and managing maintenance activities; analyzing RF system data to inform design enhancements for improving performance and reliability; planning, designing, implementing, and managing RF system upgrade projects, e.g. high-voltage convertor modulator power systems; klystron modulator monitoring and control systems; cavity resonance controls systems.
The successful candidate will also provide power electronics expertise to all segments of the group, particularly in the areas related to vacuum tube amplifiers and the equipment required to operate them. There will also be opportunities to support LANSCE physicists and scientists on special projects.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Along with a resume/CV, applicantsmust submit a comprehensive cover letter addressing, bullet by bullet, each of the required and applicable desired skills listed below.
R&D Engineer 2
Demonstrated ability to read and understand schematics.
Demonstrated undergraduate training in electrical engineering fields that support competency in microwave engineering such as high-voltage and pulsed-power engineering, RF power amplifiers and transmitters, DC and pulsed-power systems, microwave and RF components, or RF transport systems.
Demonstrated experience in effectively producing written documents and successful oral communication skills.
Demonstrated record of contributions to the design, development, testing, and installation of high-power RF vacuum tube-based amplifier systems, high-voltage or pulsed power systems.
Demonstrated experience working as part of a team to develop RF amplifier and/or high-voltage systems.
Demonstrated recent and successful hands-on experience troubleshooting, installing, and testing of high-power RF or pulsed power systems.
Additional Job Requirements forR&D Engineer 3:
Demonstrated record of leading the design, development, testing and installation of high-power RF vacuum tube-based amplifier systems and high-voltage systems.
Demonstrated technical leadership in developing advanced concepts for high-power RF vacuum tube-based amplifier systems and high-voltage systems.
Demonstrated record of conducting engineering design in accordance with best practices and/or conduct on engineering principles.
Demonstrated skills in applying best practices and system engineering processes to requirement’s definition and translating those requirements into designs that meet customer expectations.
Desired Qualifications for both R&D Engineer 2 and 3:
Experience with high-voltage DC and pulsed-power systems.
Experience with computer-based circuit layout simulation (PSpice, Multisim, LTSPice, etc.)
Experience with NI LabView and LabView/FPGA programming.
Experience with matrix algebra and block diagram simulation software (Matlab/Simulink, Scilab/Xcos, etc.).
Operations experience at an accelerator facility.
Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which typically requires U.S. citizenship.
Education/Experience at R&D Engineer 2 level:
Position requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited institution and 4 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.
Education/Experience at R&D Engineer 3 level:
Position requires a minimum of a Master’s Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited institution and 6 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. A Ph.D. is preferred.
Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation):
Physical Job Requirements: Ability to speak, ability to hear in a normal range, standing, walking, reaching overhead, reaching horizontally, reaching down, gripping with hands, typing or keyboarding.
Note to Applicants:
Consideration for theposition will be strictly limited to applicants that submit a comprehensive cover letteraddressing, bullet by bullet, each of the required and desired skills listed below.
This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.
Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year.
Where You Will Work
The Accelerator Operations and Technology – Radio Frequency Engineering (AOT‐RFE) Group provides expertise, support, and technical leadership in all aspects of RF engineering including gridded tube amplifiers and klystrons as well as RF control systems and RF accelerator cavities. AOT‐RFE’s primary focus is the design, and implementation of RF systems for the LANSCE User Facility. This includes participation in current and future projects. AOT’s secondary focus is to share its expertise and experience with organizations within the Laboratory as well as external partners and sponsors. Along these lines, AOT‐RFE has worked on national accelerator and global security projects utilizing its knowledge base while incorporating cutting edge technology. Additionally, the group fosters and participates in worldwide collaborations, workshops, and conferences in the interest of exploring and pushing the frontiers in RF technology.
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.
Our generous benefits package includes:
PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network
Dental and vision insurance
Free basic life and disability insurance
Paid maternity and parental leave
Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)
Onsite gyms and wellness programs
Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
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Contact Name Thalacker, Lindsay K.
Vacancy Name: IRC88460
Organization Name AOT-RFE/Radio Frequency Engineering
Req ID: IRC88460