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

What You Will Do

The Space Data Science & Systems Group (ISR‐3) at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking qualified Embedded Software Engineers to participate in the execution of our portfolio of space and ground based programs. ISR-3 is an integral part of the Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division, and has its core capabilities in software development, mission operations, data exploitation, data systems development and integration.

Embedded software aspects of the program areas involve some of the following general types of work. This work may be in support of low (hardware interface), mid, or high (application) level software development:

R&D; Engineer 1 ($80,100-$131,000)

  • 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 interface used during the development, testing, and integration of the satellite payload onto the spacecraft

  • Write device drivers to interface with custom in-house designed hardware

  • Assist with proposals of hardware/software solutions and evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the proposals

  • Contribute to the development of progress reports for the project leaders, sponsors, and assist with defining project plans and milestones

  • Contribute to continuous software process improvement

  • Extract and define software requirements from system level requirements

  • Enhance technical and professional expertise through training

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

In addition to the duties outlined above, the R&D; Engineer 2 responsibilities include:

  • Provide leadership and help mentor other team members

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

  • Interface with end users, principle scientists, principle engineers, and fellow colleagues to understand payload requirements, deliverables and time-frames, coordinate resources, plan, track, and execute project plans

  • Contribute to peer review of others’ work across organizations or disciplines

  • Present results of work at programmatic meetings

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

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

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance

In addition to the job requirements above, qualification of the R&D; Engineer 2 requires:

  • Four years of professional software development experience or two years’ experience with advanced degree

  • Demonstrated ability to present software engineering issues and status to peers and management

Desired Skills:

  • Experience in formal software development processes

  • Experience with the development, deployment and operation of sensors

  • Experience with laboratory and/or field use of instruments

  • Experience with satellite sensors and programs

  • Experience in large data‐set management and exploitation

  • Unix/Linux experience

  • VHDL or Verilog experience

  • Test benches for FPGA or ASIC based design

  • Python programming experience

  • Experience estimating task completion effort

  • Experience with formal test plan development and test execution including unit testing and functional testing

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

  • Active "Q" Clearance


BS degree in engineering or related engineering discipline from an ABET accredited engineering college or university program is required. Higher-level degree or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience is desired.

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.

ISR is primarily responsible for the design and implementation of complex systems in secure and open environments in support of data acquisition and telemetry systems, large-scale data storage and archival, embedded systems, real-time control systems, computer-aided design, scientific programming and computing, high-performance computing, reconfigurable computing, machine learning, data exploitation, data product delivery, and distributed sensor networks.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Ditsworth, Samantha Aileen

Organization Name: ISR-3/Space Data Systems

Email: samanthad@lanl.gov

Job Title: Embedded Software Engineer (R&D; Engineer 1/ 2)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC70423