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 A-1/Information Systems & Modeling

What You Will Do

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 national security. The work we do at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) matters to our country and the world.

The Information Sciences and Modeling group (A-1) is looking for outstanding engineer candidates in the field of electrical engineering.

This 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.

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

Support projects that are focused on solving emerging and challenging problems in the areas of transmission and distribution system modeling, simulation, and analysis. The candidate is expected to work in an interdisciplinary environment with significant collaborative research. A successful candidate is expected to publish in peer reviewed journals and present their research at conferences and workshops.

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

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

  • Identifying, promote, and develop appropriate new Laboratory-wide technical capabilities

  • Mentor junior staff

  • Build multi-disciplinary teams

This position is part of LANL’s Advanced Network Science Initiative (ANSI). ANSI performs basic and applied research focused on modeling and understanding the nation's critical infrastructures, such as electric power and natural gas. Our expertise covers statistics, stochastic methods, machine learning, control theory, dynamical systems, discrete and continuous optimization, statistical physics, and graphical modeling. We ensure the scientific and technological validity of our approaches by working closely with physicists, engineers, mathematicians, statisticians, computer scientists, and economists through interdisciplinary collaborations. Our typical customers include DHS, DOE, DOD, and other national laboratories. Our work typically requires close collaborations within and outside the Laboratory. More details on ANSI can be found at https://lanl-ansi.github.io/ + National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC)–This is a project funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to conduct modeling, simulation, and analysis of the nation's critical infrastructure. NISAC analysts assess critical infrastructure risk, vulnerability, interdependencies, and event consequences.

  • Department of Energy—The candidate is expected to work with LANL’s applied energy program office and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity. Programs and projects include control and optimization of networks under uncertainty, analysis of extreme events, design of resilient networks, analysis of interdependent networks, and machine learning for infrastructure systems.

  • Departments of Homeland Security and Defense—The candidate is expected to contribute to LANL’s recent efforts to develop novel models electric power system behavior and response during extreme events such as geo-magnetic disturbances (GMD), hurricanes, and earthquakes.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

R&D Engineer 2

  • Proven publication record in power engineering

  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively in a collaborative and multi‐disciplinary scientific environment

  • Demonstrate excellent oral and written skills

  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q and SCI security clearances, which generally requires U.S. citizenship

R&D Engineer 3

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

  • Experience in program development

  • Experience mentoring and managing postdoctoral researchers and graduate students

  • Ability to identify, promote, develop and grow Laboratory-wide technical capabilities.

  • Demonstrated ability to influence large organization strategies and directions.

  • Ability to take a leadership role in scoping research; developing methods, directing tasks, and identifying strategic goals.

  • Ability to build existing institutional technical capabilities and contribute to the development of new capabilities.

Desired Skills:

  • Programming experience in Java, C++, Python, MATLAB, or Julia

  • Software engineering experience

  • Background in applied mathematics disciplines such as optimization, control theory, and machine learning

  • Experience in modeling power system control systems, esp. protection systems.

Education: A Ph.D. in electrical engineering from an ABET accredited university or a related engineering field.

Notes to Applicants: For further questions, please contact Sara Del Valle at sdelvall@lanl.gov . To apply, please use the “apply now” button below. Include a letter describing how you meet the requirements outlined above and your research interests, as well as a CV with 3 references listed.

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q/SCI (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 the beautiful Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in science and engineering on behalf of national security. Los Alamos provides access to activities like hiking, mountain biking, skiing, rock climbing, and camping and a local public school system that is consistently ranked amongst the best in the nation every year. The Advanced Network Science Initiative (ANSI) is one of the focal points for the Laboratory’s infrastructure optimization and control capabilities. ANSI is collaboration between the Laboratories’ Analytics – Intelligence and Technology (A), Computer – Computational and Statistical Sciences (CCS), Theory –Theoretical Division (T) Divisions, and the Center for Nonlinear Studies (CNLS).

Appointment Type Regular


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Contact Details

Contact Name Salyer, Reyna Linda

Email reyna@lanl.gov

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Req ID: IRC69098