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Los Alamos National Laboratory Diagnostics Research and Development Engineer (R&D Engineer 1/2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

Vacancy Name: IRC72674


Job Title Diagnostics Research and Development Engineer (R&D Engineer 1/2)

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name J-5/ Darht Physics & Pulse Power

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the R&D Engineer 1 or 2 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

The Diagnostics R&D Engineer will be a member of the Diagnostics Team. Specifically, the team is responsible for (a) troubleshooting, maintaining, and upgrading the accelerator diagnostics systems, (b) designing, modeling, developing, and implementing new beam and target diagnostics systems related to the accelerators at DARHT.

R&D Engineer 1 ($81,600 -$133,400)

The R&D Engineer 1 (Diagnostics) will be responsible for the following:

  • Operate, test, and calibrate optical and electrical diagnostics.

  • Partner with designers and engineers on mechanical designs of the diagnostics.

  • Operate ICCDs, fast-framing cameras, and lasers.

  • Maintain data acquisition systems for the DARHT accelerators and test stands.

  • Provide support for graduate students and post-docs.

R&D Engineer 2 ($89,900-$148,300)

In addition to the duties outlined above, the R&D Engineer 2 (Diagnostics) will be responsible for the following:

  • Develop, test, and calibrate optical and electrical diagnostics. o The primary purpose of the optical diagnostics are to performnon-invasive measurements of the beam and target plasma properties. These non-invasive diagnostics include X-ray detectors for beam generated radiation and backlighter systems, visible, and UV spectroscopy, interference imaging, and other optical techniques. o The electrical systems consist of conventional accelerator and pulsed power diagnostics: E-dots, B-dots, resistive dividers, current transformers, high voltage probes, and other electrical systems.

  • Troubleshoot optical diagnostic systems, triggering systems, and pulsed power diagnostic systems.

  • Troubleshoot and design laser diagnostics systems.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

The primary/minimum requirements for this position include but are not limited to:

  • Four years of experience with optical or electrical diagnostics.

  • Interest in one or more of the following areas: (1) Accelerator Physics, (2) Warm Dense Matter Plasma Physics, (3) Non-invasive beam and plasma diagnostics, (4) X-ray diagnostics, (5) Conventional accelerator & pulsed power diagnostics.

  • Interest in computational programming languages such as FORTRAN, C ++ , IDL, MATLAB, Python, and data analysis and interpretation.

  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills as demonstrated by written technical documents, papers, or project presentations. Demonstrated experience interacting with all levels of personnel and customers. Strong teaming skills.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance.

Additional job requirements for the R&D Engineer 2 :

  • Demonstrated expertise in fielding complex diagnostic systems and analyzing the data from this system. This may include synchronizing electrical diagnostics with a fast imaging or spectroscopy system.

  • Experience troubleshooting and possibly upgrading a complex diagnostic system.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with ICCDs, fast-framing cameras, and lasers.

  • Experience with electrical diagnostics and oscilloscopes.

  • Experience with X-ray, UV, and visible spectroscopy.

  • Knowledge of electrical and mechanical systems.

  • Knowledge of computer operations, diagnostic control, and data acquisition.

  • Active DOE or DoD security clearance.


  • The R&D 1 position requires at least a Bachelor’s degree in electrical, mechanical, or chemical engineering and a minimum of four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • The R&D 2 position requires at least a Master’s degree in electrical, mechanical, or chemical engineering and a minimum of four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • The engineering degree must be from an ABET accredited engineering college or university program. In both positions, electrical engineering is strongly preferred.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Color Discrimination, Reading Vision, Ability to Speak, Ability to discriminate speech, Ability to hear high-pitched sounds, Ability to hear in a normal range (500 to 300 htz), Sitting, Standing, Walking, Climbing stairs, Climbing Ladders, fine motor control, Lifting 20-30 pounds

N otes to Applicants: Please submit a detailed cover letter with your resume addressing all required and desired skills. (Please save cover letter with job number and name).

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.

Internal Applicants: Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

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 is primarily responsible for monitoring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile and conducting research into new defense programs. It is a center for research in a wide range of scientific disciplines, including space exploration, geophysics, renewable energy, supercomputing, medicine, and nanotechnology.

The Integrated Weapons Experiments (J) Division conducts experiments to generate high-quality data necessary to maintain a safe and reliable nuclear stockpile and to support global security. The Division fields, diagnoses, and conducts subcritical experiments, hydrodynamic tests, and focused high-explosive experiments at local firing sites and at the Nevada National Security Site. J Division also operates the Dual Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test (DARHT) Facility, the nation’s premier hydrodynamic testing resource. The Division continually works with the Nevada National Security Site, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, the Department of Energy, and other partners to enhance the capabilities necessary to certify and ensure the safe, secure, and reliable performance of nuclear weapons’ components, materials, and systems.

The DARHT Physics, Pulsed Power, and Diagnostics (J-5) Group within Integrated Weapons Experiments (J) Division, has ownership and responsibility for the two electron accelerators at the Dual-Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test (DARHT) facility. J-5 provides state-of-the-art accelerator physics, pulsed power, beam-target particle physics, and diagnostic capabilities in support of the Laboratory's hydrodynamic test mission. Core responsibilities of include: (1) designing, modeling, and verification of beam physics on Axis 1 and Axis 2 of DARHT; (2) simulating experiments of beam-target interactions and warm dense matter physics; (3) designing, modeling, and verifying relativistic electron diodes; (4) designing and fielding diagnostics including: pulsed power and non-invasive beam and plasma diagnostics; (5) providing system engineering support for the pulsed power and associated systems for Axis 1 and Axis 2; (6) designing and implementing pulsed power for new and existing systems, and (7) supporting ASD Scorpius, a new multi-pulse linear induction accelerator for radiographic testing. J-5 is seeking a Diagnostics Research and Development Engineer .

Appointment Type Regular


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Contact Details

Contact Name Stults, Diane M

Email dmstults@lanl.gov

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Req ID: IRC72674