Los Alamos National Laboratory Electrical Engineer (R&D Engineer 2/3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico


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

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name AOT-OPS/Accelerator Operations

What You Will Do

This Electrical Engineering position will be filled at either the R&D Engineer 2 or R&D Engineer 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.

Come join the best and brightest minds in the world at one of the most innovative and creative multidisciplinary research institutions engaged in strategic science on behalf of U.S national security. The work we do at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) matters to our country and the world.

At the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE), you can be part of a team that maintains, improves, and operates a one of a kind linear accelerator that accelerates protons to 84% the speed of light.

In addition to national security research, LANSCE has a vibrant research program in fundamental science, providing the scientific community with intense sources of neutrons and protons to perform experiments supporting civilian research and the production of medical and research isotopes.

The Acceleration Operations Group (AOT-OPS) is seeking an Electrical Engineer to join our team of dedicated problem solvers responsible for engineered personnel safety and machine protection systems involving system design, maintenance, operational, and technical support of beam delivery for LANSCE accelerator.

R&D Engineer 2 ($87,800 - $144,800)

The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Provide maintenance and design support for systems that are used to protect personnel and keep the accelerator from damaging itself.

  • Participate in the design, testing, implementation and documentation (including drawings and schematics) of new engineered systems, as well as modernization of legacy systems.

  • Actively design and troubleshoot a wide variety of digital, analog, and mixed signal devices. This may include working with PLCs, FGPAs, Microcontrollers, interface circuitry, PCB layout, and enclosure design.

  • Complete a formal qualification program in order to demonstrate proficiency regarding systems for which team is responsible.

  • Provide on-call support during accelerator operational periods on a rotating basis with other team members and occasionally work after hours.

  • Produce materials for technical reports, documents (including drawings and schematics), and presentations.

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

In addition to the duties outlined above, the (higher level title) will be required to:

  • Manage multiple projects, set priorities, and create detailed action plans.

  • Take the lead in designing, planning, and executing R&D projects. Will include schedule development, cost estimates, and project status reports.

  • Interact and collaborate effectively with internal and external colleagues, at the team, group, division, and laboratory levels.

  • Provide technical leadership and mentoring to technologists, technicians, and junior engineers.

  • Write and review technical documents such as system operating/testing procedures and engineering design changes.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Design experience as an electrical engineer in both analog and digital circuitry.

  • Demonstrated experience troubleshooting analog and digital systems using a variety of equipment (oscilloscopes, DVM’s, function generators, etc.) detailed drawings, diagrams and/or prints.

  • Experience working with PLCs, FGPAs, and/or Microcontrollers.

  • Ability to follow detailed procedures and requirements.

  • Experience with a major CAD or ECAD Program (AutoCad, Mentor Graphics, Altium, etc).

  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which typically requires U.S. citizenship.

Additional Job Requirements for R&D Engineer 3:

In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the R&D Engineer 3 level requires:

  • Ability to manage multiple projects, set priorities, and create detailed action plans.

  • Experience providing technical direction to technologists, technicians, and junior engineers.

  • Project management experience including schedule development, cost estimates, and project status updates.

  • Experience in writing and reviewing technical documents such as system operating/testing procedures and engineering design changes.

Desired Skills:

  • Extensive PLC experience, including formal training in Allen-Bradley networks, ladder logic, and PanelView interface control is desirable.

  • Experience in relay-based interlock system design.

  • Ability to translate electronic design projects to drawings and system/circuit description documents.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in electronic device life cycle. For example, initial requirement, simulation, prototype, testing, schematic, PCB layout, part sourcing, 3D fit and finish, acquisition and/or assembly of device, final installation, operational testing, technical documentation, and subsequent revisions/modifications.


R&D Engineer 2:

A minimum of a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from an accredited college or university.

R&D Engineer 3:

Typical requirement is an advanced degree from an accredited college or university or bachelor degree with equivalent experience. Master of Science in electrical engineering preferred.

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

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation):

Vision and Speech:

Color discrimination, peripheral vision, depth perception, reading vision, ability to speak, ability to discriminate speech, ability to smell, ability to hear in a normal range (500 to 3000 htz).

General Physical Mobility:

Sitting, standing, walking, climbing stairs, climbing ladders, bending, stooping, crouching, kneeling, crawling, twisting the trunk or back, balancing.

Specific Physical Mobility:

Reaching overhead, reaching horizontally, reaching down, applying torque with hands or arms, gripping with the hands, pressing with hands or arms, pushing with hands or arms, pulling with hands or arms, typing or keyboarding, fine motor control, use of both hands, use of both arms, use of both legs, use of both feet.

Weight Handling Requirements:

Lifting 30+ pounds, carrying 30+ pounds.

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.

Appointment Type Regular


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Contact Details

Contact Name Nelsen, Ashley Nicole

Email anelsen@lanl.gov

Work Telephone

Req ID: IRC70922