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Job Information

Los Alamos National Laboratory Explosives Tec 4 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Detonator Technology Group (Q-6) is the design authority for primary detonators and gas transfer actuators on current Los Alamos nuclear weapon stockpile systems. Q-6 provides engineering and design support to the production plants during production of War Reserve detonators and performs R&D on new initiation systems for future replacement stockpile systems including enhanced surety detonators and actuators. Q-6 operates a detonator test laboratory utilizing high-speed diagnostics. In addition, Q-6 supports multiple explosive firing sites in designing, deploying, and maintaining timing, firing, and integrated safety systems, as well as, provides technical detonator support in fielding and executing integrated weapon experiments. Q-6 also provides instrumentation and data acquisition to support the weapons program.

The successful candidate will become a member of Q-6 and work closely with a diverse set of engineers, scientists, and support personnel. This may be followed by a rotation to better familiarize themselves with group activities, or direct assignment to a team including leadership of a project.

The Group’s focus areas include:

  • Stockpile Systems and Surveillance

  • Detonation Science

  • Timing, Firing, and Fire sets

  • Life Extension Programs

  • War-Reserve initiation system testing

  • Integrated Testing & Advanced Characterization

The successful candidate will team with other Q-6 personnel in project areas such as:

  • Local explosives testing at Q-6 firing sites – small and midscale tests in support of production lot qualification, surveillance and subsystem qualification activities

  • Large scale test support at other LANL firing sites

  • Implementation of new diagnostics and novel testing strategies

  • Lab scale R&D testing

  • Design, qualification and fielding of capacitive discharge units, specialized electrical connectors and cables, firing systems, and test fire diagnostics.

The successful candidate will work daily in a classified setting, and must demonstrate a strong commitment towards security. Domestic travel is periodically required based on programmatic needs. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, with good communication, documentation, and teaming skills.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Technical Experience:

Firing site leader and person-in-charge qualification at high explosive experiment sites. Demonstrated skill in the setup and execution of high explosives experiments with mechanical, electronic, and optical techniques used for assembly and diagnostics. Expert experience in the assembly, calibration, operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of electronic measurement systems and subsystems including one-of-a-kind instruments. Extensive demonstrated ability in the use of process controls and integrated systems (e.g. experience in the use of computer-interfaced control systems, firing systems, and/or measurement systems). Demonstrated extensive experience with adherence to safety-significant work instructions such as those implemented for explosive component handling and assembly, standard operating procedures, and emergency procedures. Thorough knowledge of DOE and LANL test policies, practices, and procedures. Evidence of a strong safety record in previous work assignments. Experience testing and verifying safety critical interlock systems used with explosive and high-energy pulsed power experimental systems.


Ability to communicate and work effectively with scientists, engineers, technicians, and customers. Demonstrated skill to communicate the components of an explosive test and prepare/present explosive test results. Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team, including proven ability to contribute to team efforts and accomplish team objectives. Demonstrated ability to consult and advise with experimenters and independently recommend experimental configurations. Demonstrated ability to recognize anomalies in experiments and quickly/effectively communicate them to engineers.


This position will require the ability to travel domestically.


Requires an Associate’s Degree in a relevant field and a minimum 5 years of experience in the common mechanical, electronic, and optical techniques used in explosive testing; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. At this level, additional training and/or certification may be expected.

Must be HE qualified and be deeply experienced in assembling explosive experiments.

Desired Qualifications:

Weapons Experience:

Knowledge of the laboratory mission and how Q-6 supports the mission and knowledge of Laboratory structure and administrative policies, procedures and records management. Knowledge of nuclear weapons concepts and the U.S. stockpile or other weapon designs.

Technical Experience:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of systems engineering and requirements management principles and processes.

  • Experience with Stockpile return hardware.

  • An intermediate or expert understanding of detonator operation and function.

  • Experience with weapon component design, fabrication and assembly techniques, as well as advanced fabrication processes.

  • Experience fielding and operating rotating mirror camera (“streak camera”) hardware.

  • Training and qualification in the use of high-power laser systems.

  • Experience with pressure systems and leak checking techniques.

  • Familiarity with a wide variety of mechanical hand tools and machines such as: drill press, chop saw, etc.

  • Experience in the application of strain gauges, accelerometers and pressure transducers

  • Experience in the implementation of LabVIEW control and instrumentation systems

  • Experience in mechanical design and precise assembly of mechanical hardware.

  • Experience in formal drafting requirements

  • Experience with cryogenic-based cooling systems.

  • Experience participating in hazard analysis reviews.

  • Knowledge of arming, fusing, and firing systems.

  • Experience with inventory management systems used for explosives and chemical tracking.

  • Training and qualification in waste stream generation, storage, and disposition.

Secure Work Environment & Clearance:

Demonstrated experience in secure work environment or working with sensitive or classified information. Active DOE Q Clearance highly preferred.

Note to Applicants:

For full consideration, a comprehensive cover letter addressing your qualifications against the minimum and desired skills requirements is required.

Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

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. SeeDOE Order 472.2for additional information.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served at least one year of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the one year of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader.Please refer to LaboratoryPolicy 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 call1-505-665-4444option 1.

Appointment Type



Contact Details
Contact Name Vonharders, Jeremy E
Email jeremyv@lanl.gov
Work Telephone 505-665-5993
Vacancy Name: IRC82283
Organization Name Detonation Science & Technology / Q-6
Minimum Salary 62800
Maximum Salary 99800
Req ID: IRC82283
Category: Science/Eng Tech Support