Los Alamos National Laboratory Electrical 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. R&D; Engineer 2 ($87,800 - $144,800)

The successful candidate will be required to:

The successful candidate will become a member of the Q-6 and assigned to one of six teams. This may be followed by a rotation to better familiarize themselves with group activities, or direct assignment to a team including leadership of a project.

The successful candidate will team with other Q-6 engineers/scientists in such areas as:

  • Initiation system design

  • Performance studies and modeling

  • Detonator & integrated system testing

  • Implementation of new diagnostics

  • Design and qualification of firesets

The successful candidate will work with other organizations to ensure programs are supported and deliverables are met. Strong documentation (writing) skills and ability to present technical information to a wide audience through formal and informal technical interactions are crucial in this role. The successful candidate will work daily in a classified setting, and must demonstrate a strong commitment towards security. Domestic/Foreign travel is periodically required based on programmatic needs. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, with good communication, documentation, and teaming skills.

R&D; Engineer 3 ($96,600 - $161,300)

_In addition to the duties outlined above, the R&D; Engineer 3 will be required to:


The successful candidate will become a member of the Q-6 and assigned to one of six teams. Once established, this will progress to leadership of a team, mentoring of fellow staff, development and leadership of an existing project, and/or program development.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated aptitude through either coursework and advanced studies, or previous experience in 1 or more of the following areas:

  • Detonator Firing Systems (design, qualification, hardening, or troubleshooting)

  • Software design applicable to system control

  • Pulse Power research, design, application

  • Analog Design

  • Development and implementation of advanced diagnostic techniques associated with detonator firing systems and detonators

  • Time and frequency domain acquisition (oscilloscopes, network analyzer, signal generators, spectrum analyzer, TDR) and analysis techniques.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of LabVIEW and National Instrument hardware (primarily cRIO and sbRIO components)

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with design & analysis tools, such as simulation tools, electromagnetic design tools, schematic capture, printed circuit board layout and signal integrity analysis tools.

  • Demonstrated experience with data analysis tools, such as Matlab and LabVIEW.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team with emphasis on self-initiative and technical leadership to develop high quality and proven solutions for customer needs.

  • Provide technical peer review, contribute ideas for new proposal and business development opportunities.

  • Excellent oral, written and presentation communication skills. Demonstrated successful experience working in an integrated team environment.

  • Ability to read and interpret electrical engineering design drawings and effectively apply fundamental problem analysis skills.

  • Knowledge of, and experience with, quality requirements

Additional Job Requirements for R&D; Engineer 3: In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the (higher level title) requires:

  • Advanced degree in a relevant field and/or extensive experience in the areas identified within the minimum requirements section. (Consideration will be given to B.S. level engineers with relevant experience.)

  • Demonstrated leadership of teams executing complex tests and experiments, including formalization through published reports and presentations.

  • Working interactively with line management, sponsors, and program managers to include financial tracking and responsibility.

  • Demonstrated experience mentoring students, postdocs, or junior staff

Desired Skills:

Experience with the following:

  • analog circuit design

  • high voltage switch trigger design

  • multipoint initiation systems

  • processing and analysis of experimental data sets

  • error analysis of diagnostics

  • detonator modeling in particular electrical modeling of detonator bridges

  • debugging & troubleshooting circuits/prototypes, including fault analysis

  • high voltage safety

  • modeling of pulse discharge components in particular nonlinear dependencies upon voltage, current, action, frequency, etc.

  • spark gaps, surface discharge switches and/or pulse power semiconductor switches

  • high voltage capacitors

  • electromagnetic design (cavities, transmission lines, waveguides)

  • Experience modeling with SPICE for circuits and electromagnetic field simulation software

  • Experience designing high current/high voltage pulse discharge circuits

  • Experience in system miniaturization, e.g. MEMS

  • Experience utilizing and/or developing signal-processing techniques of dynamical systems.

  • Knowledge of the NNSA Enterprise design laboratory and plant interactions and operations.

  • Demonstrated experience in secure work environment or working with sensitive or classified information

  • Understanding and/or experience with LANL Weapons Quality Assurance Program and Engineering Authorization System

  • Knowledge/experience of software quality assurance and source code configuration management practices.

  • Active Q clearance.

R&D; Engineer 2 Education Required: A minimum of a BS in engineering from an Accreditation Board or Engineering and Technology (ABET) college or university program is required; advanced degree in engineering is strongly preferred.

R&D; Engineer 3 Education Required: Typical requirement is an advanced degree from Accreditation Board or Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited college or university. Master of Science in electrical engineering preferred

Work Environment:Office and laboratory settings, including some outdoor activities. Domestic, and occasionally foreign travel, will be required.

Notes to Applicants:For full consideration, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the key requirements of the position.

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 (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.

Weapon Stockpile Modernization Division (Q Division) provides systems engineering and program management to develop and field qualified engineering solutions to improve the safety, reliability and security of our Nation's nuclear stockpile throughout the weapon life cycle. Q Division is responsible for leadership of activities in LANL weapons program life extension and alternation projects, as well as in projects to increase technological options for customers’ future stockpile requests or needs.

The Detonator Technology Group (Q-6) is the design authority for detonator designs, high-explosive initiation system research and development, advanced detonator diagnostic development, detonator qualification testing, and associated surety and surveillance activities. Q-6 operates and maintains explosives and electronic test laboratories and focuses on ensuring programmatic and operational excellence throughout the organization.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Work Telephone: 505-665-5993

Contact Name: Vonharders, Jeremy E

Organization Name: Q-6/Detonation Science & Technology

Email: jeremyv@lanl.gov

Job Title: Electrical Engineer (R&D; Engineer 2/3)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC67907