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

What You Will Do

The International Threat Reduction group (NEN-3) in theNuclear Engineering and Nonproliferation division is seeking several R&DEngineers; to support work associated with the Nuclear Smuggling Detection andDeterrence (NSDD) Program. The selected candidates for these positions mustpossess a strong technical background with experience in non-destructive assay(NDA) techniques and instrumentation, radiation detection, and materialsecurity. Selected candidates will plan, participate in, and lead effortsrelated to testing, calibration, and troubleshooting of NDA systems andelectronics at both LANL testbeds and international sites. Candidates will also provide technicalsupport in data analysis, database management, and evaluation andimplementation of system and network solutions in order to maximize portalmonitor efficiency and effectiveness. Travel is required both domestically and internationally potentially ona monthly basis if not more often.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Experience in non-destructive assay (NDA) techniques and instrumentation.

  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and follow through tocompletion on multiple tasks.

  • Excellent customer service skills and oral and writtencommunication skills.

  • Demonstrated experience in project leadership tools andthe ability to develop project plans, negotiate milestones and deliverables, aswell as track cost and budget.

  • An ability to work independently to identify, analyze,develop and implement creative and innovative solutions in planning andcompleting projects with conflicting and often changing priorities and deadlines.

  • Ability to interact effectively with all levels ofinternal and external personnel, including networking with key contacts fromother national laboratories as well as with NNSA sponsors, local and foreignsubcontractors and associated foreign country regulatory or site management personnel.

  • Awareness and experience in working within establishedsafety and quality controls for moderate to high hazard activities.

Desired Skills:

  • Active Q Clearance

  • Advanced degree


Bachelor’s degree from an ABET accredited engineering college or university program and a minimum of five years of related experience.

Work Environment:

Climbing Ladders, Work Outdoors, In widely ranging ambient temperatures, Domestic/Foreign travel, Work near electrical power supplies, Work near sources of ionizing radiation.

Notes to Applicants:

Along with a resume, a detailed cover letter addressing each of the Key Position Requirements is required.

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 International Threat Reduction Group (NEN-3) providestest readiness and deployment of radiological and nuclear materials detectionsystems for the Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence program (NSDD) insupport of national and international nuclear security and nonproliferationobjectives. The NSDD Program is a NNSA sponsored activity under the UnitedStates Department of Energy (DOE) that seeks to: detect, detour, and interdictillicit trafficking of special nuclear and other radiological materials. Thisis done by installing both fixed and mobile detection system in airports,seaports, and border crossings around the world. The LANL team members for NSDDsupport the testing, implementation, and sustainment of radiation detectionsystems in over 50 countries around the world.

Maximum Salary: 144800

Minimum Salary: 87800

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Ditsworth, Samantha Aileen

Organization Name: NEN-3/International Threat Reduction

Email: samanthad@lanl.gov

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

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC63862