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Los Alamos National Laboratory Embedded and Flight Software Engineer (R&D Engineer 1/2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

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 (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

We are seeking an innovative, results-driven embedded software engineer to join our dynamic team! The Space Data Science & Systems Group (ISR-3) at Los Alamos National Laboratory is the premier group responsible for deriving useful and actionable information from data acquired by measurement payloads built and deployed into space by ISR Division. Our highly collaborative teams span software development, mission operations, data exploitation, machine learning, and data systems development.

The Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been designing, building, and operating highly innovative ground, air and space-based detection and measurement systems for more than 60 years. We solve some of the most challenging scientific and national security problems facing the world today, and we are developing innovative solutions for emerging challenges of the future. Our interdisciplinary teams of engineers, technicians, and scientists work, learn, and succeed through a highly creative and dynamic R&D environment. We lead experiments on NASA missions, including the Curiosity and Perseverance Rovers, Van Allen Probes, and IBEX, as well as the upcoming IMAP Mission, NACHOS hyperspectral CubeSat, and BEAMPIE rocket experiment. We also build, fly, operate and analyze data from measurement systems deployed to space for national security missions, including verification of international nuclear treaties.

R&D Engineer 1 ($85,400 - $139,600)

The candidate will have a strong engineering background in the areas of software engineering, basic knowledge of electrical engineering, and an enthusiasm for creative problem solving and learning. They should also have technical initiative and experience in contributing to a project from an innovative concept to its use or application.

On any given day, the selected candidate will participate in one or more of the following activities:

  • Develop real-time embedded software following a rigorous software development process.

  • Develop flight software for use on radiation-hardened processors to control, process, acquire, and distribute data from scientific satellite payloads.

  • Develop embedded software for ground-based processors that simulate a satellite spacecraft/payload interfaces used during the development, testing, and spacecraft integration of payloads.

  • Write device drivers to interface with custom, Los Alamos- designed measurement systems.

  • Contribute to continuous software process improvement, and learn through collaboration with other team members.

  • Extract and define software requirements from system level requirements.

  • Interface with end users, scientists, engineers, and fellow colleagues to understand payload requirements and to develop software in parallel with payload development.

  • Present results of work at team and project meetings.

R&D Engineer 2 ($94,100 - $155,700)

In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this level

  • Enhance technical and professional expertise through coaching, mentoring, and training.

  • Define overall embedded software architecture and interfaces between different software components.

  • Develop Interface Control Documents (ICDs) and other system level requirements

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated basic knowledge and experience in one or more of the following electrical engineering or computer science focus areas:

  • Embedded Systems Application Programming

  • Real-Time Operating Systems

  • Real-Time Programming

  • Device Drivers

  • Digital Logic Design

  • Operating System Design

  • Computer Processor Architectures and Design

  • C/C++ experience

  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively in a team environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to express ideas clearly in written and oral communications.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

Additional Job Requirements for R&D Engineer 2:

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:

  • Assists in the development of technical products such as journal papers and reports, the development of intellectual property.

  • Developing mentoring skills to mentors junior staff and peers in technical and professional growth.

Education/Experience at lower level: Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, or another related field, and 2 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Education/Experience at higher level: Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, or another related field, and 4 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in formal software development processes

  • Experience with the development, deployment and operation of sensors or systems into the field or into space

  • Experience in large data‐set management and exploitation

  • Experience with remote sensing, digital image/signal processing techniques, and basic geography concepts such as map projections

  • Technical experience with any of the following:

  • Unix/Linux

  • Python

  • VHDL/Verilog and test benches for FPGA or ASIC based design

  • Active "Q" Clearance

Note to Applicants: In addition to submitting their CV, applicants are encouraged to include a cover letter describing their research interests and addressing the above requirements and qualifications.

This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year.

Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

  • PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

  • Dental and vision insurance

  • Free basic life and disability insurance

  • Paid maternity and parental leave

  • Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

  • Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

  • Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)

  • Onsite gyms and wellness programs

  • Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

Additional Details

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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. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

  • 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. SeeDOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

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: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to PolicyPolicy P701for applicant eligibility requirements.

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 regard 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 call1-505-665-4444 option 1. Employment Status

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Contact Name Wilson, Amber
Email amberw@lanl.gov
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Vacancy Name: IRC88231
Organization Name ISR-3/Space Data Science & Systems
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Req ID: IRC88231
Category: Engineering