Los Alamos National Laboratory Engineering Technologist 3 (Military Liason) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

The role of W-10 Military Liaison Team is to provide the interface for certain military activities to the LANL weapon system and component groups. The LANL Military Liaison Team shares responsibility with Sandia National Laboratory military liaisons, to help coordinate Department of Defense (DoD) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) interfaces regarding nuclear weapon fielding and component exchange operations and issues in support of the US Air Force and US Navy. The activities related to how nuclear weapons are maintained, and how any issues/problems are resolved, while they are in military custody, are paramount to keeping the United States (US) nuclear stockpile reliable and safe.

The successful candidate will work with the LANL military liason team leader and engineering staff to support the team’s mission. The candidate will assume a lead or supporting role for completing specific tasks, which may include any of the following:

  • Represent LANL to external organizations, including providing briefings and input at Technical Interchange Meetings (TIMs), Lab Task Groups (LTGs), Joint Task Groups (JTGs), and weapon system specific Maintenance and Logistics (M&L;) meetings; and coordinate additional LANL resources to support these activities as necessary;

  • Provide comments and input for Special Procedures, Product Change Proposals and Retrofit Orders and coordinate approvals with LANL weapon system managers;

  • Perform H-Gear/tooling evaluations as necessary;

  • Provide technical expertise and support to resolve technical and programmatic issues associated with the nuclear weapon stockpile;

  • Produce high quality documentation/deliverables;

  • Resolution of routine Unsatisfactory Reports (URs) and Priority URs. Coordinate with weapon system managers, component group managers, and other subject matter experts (SMEs) as necessary;

  • Follow up on UR resolution with coordination of changes to Technical Publications and Source Data and providing input for Special Weapons Ordnance Publications;

  • Coordinate and provide LANL position for weapon specific and non-weapon specific documents in accordance with Joint Nuclear Weapon Publication System (JNWPS);

  • Interface with LANL Weapon System Managers and SMEs, including engineers from various weapon system groups, gas transfer systems, nuclear explosive safety, detonator design, surveillance and production, to ensure that the LANL position is developed through a process of coordination;

  • Interface with the United States Air Force and the United States Navy and their contractors through Sandia National Laboratory’s (SNL) Military Liaison Department and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA);

  • Interface with other laboratories and Production Agencies and the NNSA

  • Participate in local and joint activities such as serving as an advisor to Nuclear Explosive Safety Study Groups, serving as a technical advisor to a NNSA voting member at Nuclear Weapon Safety Study Group (NWSSG) Operational Safety Reviews (OSRs).

  • Use professional concepts and Laboratory objectives to resolve complex issues in creative and effective ways; and

  • Contribute to the development of new methods and approaches

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Understanding of the US Nuclear Weapons Enterprise;

  • Expert-level knowledge of weapon systems, subsystems and components, detonators, or explosive components;

  • Expert knowledge of industry, regulatory, or DOE/NNSA complex procedures, standards, guides, and criteria pertinent to the military liaison function;

  • Expert-level technical writing skills and overall strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills;

  • Demonstrated ability to work with a high level of formality;

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively plan and organize assignments, and meet schedules and deliverables for multiple concurrent projects with a range of priorities;

  • Demonstrated ability to identify, address, and resolve technical problems;

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimum supervision, as well as effectively as part of a team in a multi-discipline environment and interact effectively with a variety of organizations.

  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with all levels of management and personnel, including internal and external customers and stakeholders.

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience with one or more of the following: nuclear weapon design, development, qualification, certification, assembly/production or surveillance;

  • Knowledge of weapon systems’ mechanical and electrical interfaces;

  • Demonstrated experience with limited life component exchange operations as performed at the US Air Force and/or the US Navy;

  • Experience with the Joint Nuclear Weapon Publication System and the documents contained therein;

  • Demonstrated experience interacting with the other National Laboratories and Production Agencies;

  • Experience interacting with and presenting to upper level LANL management, NNSA, DoD and DTRA;

  • Active Q clearance.

Education:Position typically requires a baccalaureate degree in engineering, engineering technology, or equivalent years of relevant experience in lieu of degree requirement; and at least 8 years of relevant experience preferred.

Notes to Applicants:

  • A moderate amount of travel is required because of frequent interactions with SNL, NNSA, DTRA, and DoD; occasional foreign travel may also be required.

  • For full consideration, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the key requirements of the position.

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.

HRP: This position is subject to the requirements of the DOE Human Reliability Program as specified in 10 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 712, §712.11. These requirements include on going drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations.

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.

Weapon Systems Engineering Division (W Division/W Program) provides system engineering and program management to ensure the safety, reliability and security of our Nation's nuclear stockpile. W Division is responsible for Program Leadership and engineering design and analysis in support of the national security mission at Los Alamos National Laboratory. W Division is integral in providing programmatic and technical leadership for evaluation and maintenance of the enduring nuclear weapon stockpile, stockpile assessment, certification, and design and deployment of life extension projects.

The Weapon Response and Military Liaison Group (W-10) supports the overarching line and programmatic goals of the Nuclear Weapons Program in three functional areas. 1) It contributes to ensuring nuclear weapon safety certification by continually evaluating and updating LANL’s nuclear detonation safety analysis and technical basis; 2) It develops weapon response information used to determine risk in nuclear explosive operations and used in identifying the need for, and development of, appropriate risk mitigating controls; and 3) It provides military liaison support for all LANL nuclear weapon systems and the United Kingdom Trident Program.

One of W-10’s major areas of responsibility is the development of LANL Nuclear Weapon Response information that conforms with internal and external standards and requirements. LANL Nuclear Weapon Response information is used in the quantification of unmitigated and mitigated risk for nuclear explosive operations and the derivation of associated engineered and administrative controls.


Maximum Salary: 144800

Minimum Salary: 87800

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Work Telephone: 505-665-5993

Contact Name: Vonharders, Jeremy E

Organization Name: W-10/Weapon Surety And Military Liaison

Email: jeremyv@lanl.gov

Job Title: Engineering Technologist 3 (Military Liason)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC68502