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

Vacancy Name: IRC73742


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

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name A-3/ Technology Applications

Minimum Salary

Maximum Salary

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 ($89,900 – $148,300)

The successful candidate will:

  • Perform electrical engineering functions such as circuit design, prototype development, component and assembly testing and analysis, and debugging/troubleshooting.

  • Demonstrate a willingness and ability to learn and develop skills across the EE field in areas that may be lacking.

  • Help to field experiments, collect and analyze data, and coordinate related activities.

  • Work interactively with technical staff, designers, and technicians to ensure successful and timely completion of project tasks.

  • Must be willing to partake in hands-on work and to occasionally work extended hours including travel.

  • Work will potentially include related hazards such as high voltage, RF, magnetic fields, radiation work, pressure/vacuum, and other lab-based experimental hazards. The person must understand and adhere to policy governing such work, and be comfortable in a laboratory or field test environment.

R&D Engineer 3 ($98,900 – $165,100)

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

  • Lead the research, design, testing, analysis, and verification/validation of novel electrical engineering R&D.

  • Provide technical peer review, contribute ideas for new proposals and business development opportunities, and enhance the development of junior staff through mentorship and training.

  • Develop advanced concepts, solving complicated technical challenges requiring expertise spanning the electrical engineering disciplines, and experience working externally with broader scientific and engineering disciplines to successfully execute.

  • Perform as part of a team or independently with emphasis on self-initiative and technical leadership in a small team environment of rapid prototype, high quality electrical, optical, and/or electromechanical assemblies.

  • Help to establish safety/security boundaries and ensure project staff remain within those boundaries throughout a project cycle.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

R&D Engineer 2

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

  • Analog Design

  • Power Systems/Power Electronics and Power Supply Design

  • Pulsed Power and Electromagnetics

  • RF/Microwave

  • Embedded Systems

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with Time and Frequency Domain Acquisition (Oscilloscopes, Network Analyzer, Spectrum Analyzer, TDR) and Analysis Techniques.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with advanced design & analysis tools, such as analog simulation tools, electromagnetic design tools, schematic capture, printed circuit board layout and signal integrity analysis tools such as ADS/Genesys, REMCOM/CST/COMSOL, or Mentor Graphics/Altium.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with advanced system design and data analysis tools, such as Matlab.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team with emphasis on self-initiative and technical leadership in a small team environment of rapid prototype, high quality electrical, optical and/or electromechanical assemblies.

  • Experience debugging & troubleshooting circuits/prototypes, including fault analysis.

  • Excellent oral, written and presentation communication skills.

R&D Engineer 3

In addition to the requirements outlined above, the R&D Engineer 3 must:

  • Demonstrated, applied expertise in three or more of the focus areas listed below through either coursework and advanced studies, or previous experience in the following: o Analog Design o Power Systems/Power Electronics and Power Supply Design o Pulsed Power and Electromagnetics o RF/Microwave o Embedded Systems

  • Demonstrated ability and experience leading teams of junior staff conducting related work.

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

  • Experience providing technical peer review.

Desired Skills:

  • Active Q/SCI clearance

  • Laboratory experience with pulsed power and HV systems

  • Experience writing C or C++ code

  • Experience with digital communication systems and communication theory

  • Experience with automated test and data acquisition software (LabView or other)

  • Experience with free-field and fiber optic system design, diode and fiber lasers, and diode laser driver design and optimization

  • Knowledge of digital design, embedded systems, digital signal processing and FPGAs

  • Knowledge of high speed digital layout techniques

  • Knowledge of IPC/IEC standards governing PCBs and Pick and Place board population techniques

  • Knowledge of 3D CAD software (Solidworks/Creo)

  • Knowledge of mechanical fabrication techniques (CNC milling, 3D Printing, injection molding, etc)


Bachelor’s degree from an ABET accredited college or university program in Electrical or Computer Engineering (or similar engineering discipline) and at least 4 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The R&D Engineer 3 position requires a degree from an ABET accredited college or university program with at least 8 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. An advanced degree is preferred at the R&D Engineer 3 level.

Notes to Applicants: In addition to a resume, applicants must submit a cover letter addressing each of the minimum requirements, including detail on their knowledge and experience within technology focus areas.

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 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 Technology Applications Group (A-3) uses a broad range of engineering and scientific expertise to support nuclear counter proliferation (NCP), nuclear counter terrorism (NCT), nuclear emergency response (ER) missions, defense, intelligence, and emerging technologies. A-3 has a very diverse customer and program base. The Group contributes to national programs intended to protect, deter, and respond to weapons of mass destruction through tailored training and by using specialized applied electromagnetic solutions, rapid prototyping, designing/building/testing/delivering tools and trainers along with novel safing technologies, RF solutions, and cyberphysical applications.

Appointment Type Regular


Contact Details

Contact Name Thalacker, Lindsay K.

Email lthalacker@lanl.gov

Work Telephone

Req ID: IRC73742