Los Alamos National Laboratory Hydrodynamic Test Diagnostic Scientist (Scientist 3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

The Diagnostic Scientist (Scientist 3) will support the effort of developing, building, and fielding multiple diagnostic systems to measure and characterize an implosion hydrotest, with particular emphasis on the Multiplexed Photonic Doppler Velocimetry system(s). This job encompasses building, fielding, acquiring diagnostic data, and analyzing that data from DARHT and focused firing site experiments. These diagnostics include the MPDV, CFBG, and TOAD systems. The primary diagnostic supported by this position will be the MPDV systems, which include the Generation II and Generation III systems. The focus of this position is experimental work, in a laboratory environment, at the DARHT facility, and at other firing sites. Roles and responsibilities include:

  • Support installation and metrology of diagnostics into complex high explosive assemblies

  • Support all aspects of the fielding of optical diagnostics at DARHT and the “focused” firing sites (i.e. Lower Slobovia, Eenie, R306).

  • Analyze data from optical diagnostics used on DARHT hydrotests and focused experiments, provide data summaries, and prepare presentations and reports.

  • Become the primary expert and support the fielding of the MPDV systems.

  • Provide hardware and software maintenance of the MPDV system.

  • Ensure that MPDV systems are ready and functional for all hydrotests that require an MPDV measurement.

  • Provide support to all phases of hydrotest experiments.

  • Engage collaboratively with other divisions at LANL to incorporate new, advanced diagnostic systems for dynamic experiments and support the fielding of these systems at DARHT and the focused firing sites.

  • As experience and knowledge grow, the candidate should develop into a “Lead Experimenter,” who is the person in J-4 that coordinates all of the diagnostic integration and much of the execution of a DARHT hydrotest.

  • Engage collaboratively with other diagnosticians and lead experimenters to support multiple experiments happening simultaneously and various firing points.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Primary/Minimum Requirements for this position include but are not limited to:

  • Thorough knowledge and experience with the design, construction, calibration, and fielding of laser-based or optical measurement systems including laser interferometric systems and short pulse laser systems.

  • Thorough knowledge and experience in the metrology of optical diagnostics.

  • Thorough knowledge of industrial laser and optical systems used for telecommunications (the technological basis for the DARHT diagnostic systems).

  • Thorough knowledge and experience obtaining low-noise diagnostic data from either electrical or optical measurement systems.

  • Thorough knowledge of electronics and electronic instrumentation for the purpose of scientific data acquisition.

  • Thorough of and experience in the analysis of measurement data from optical or laser-based systems.

  • Thorough of knowledge and experience in software programming for scientific data analysis, using languages such as PYTHON, C++, MATLAB, or Mathematica.

  • Thorough knowledge of and experience delivering a product on schedule while working on multiple projects with shifting priorities.

  • Demonstrated experience in technical leadership.

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to interact with all levels of personnel and customers, as evidenced in part by a strong publications record.

  • Demonstrated experience in effective decision-making and creative problem solving.

  • Ability to obtain a DOE “Q” clearance. Active Q clearance preferred.

Desired Skills:

  • Thorough knowledge of and experience in data acquisition for dynamic experiments (e.g. hydrotests, explosive tests, or pulse power systems).

  • Familiarity with standard hydrotest diagnostic systems such as MPDV, TOAD, or CFBG.

  • Experience with at least some aspects of the U.S. dynamic testing program, which could include testing, fielding, or diagnostics.

  • Fundamental knowledge of nuclear weapons and the U.S. stockpile including their design, development, qualification, and certification.

  • Thorough knowledge of and experience working in environments with a high level of operational formality.

Education: MS in Electrical Engineering, Optical Engineering, or Physics, Ph.D. preferred.

Essential Job Functions: Reading vision, ability to speak, ability to discriminate speech, sitting, standing, climbing ladders, bending, crouching, gripping with hands, typing or keyboarding, fine motor control, lifting 1-5 pounds.

Notes to Applicants: Please submit a detailed cover letter with your resume addressing all required and desired skills. (Please save cover letter with job number and name).

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.

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.

The LANL Integrated Weapons Experiments (J) Division addresses national security challenges by executing mission-driven, large-scale, integrated experiments, emphasizing sub-critical experiments, hydrodynamic tests, focused experiments, and tests of engineered systems. The Division develops the workforce, facilities, technologies, and systems necessary to generate, analyze, and disseminate unique, high-quality data with integrity and scientific excellence. J Division utilizes professional engineering management, and Formality of Operations and Conduct of Engineering processes, to effectively integrate high-fidelity test objects, multiple diagnostic technologies, sophisticated experiment design, and multi-disciplinary teams assembled across organizational boundaries. The Division executes its responsibilities in a sustainable, safe, secure, reliable, and environmentally responsible manner. J Division operates the Dual-Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test (DARHT) facility, and also operates or utilizes other LANL firing sites and facilities. The Division collaborates to execute sub-critical and other integrated experiments at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) and NNSA, DOE, and partner organization facilities as needed.

J-4, the DARHT Experiments and Diagnostics Group, conducts experimental design, fielding, and analysis of DARHT hydrotests. It is responsible for developing, deploying, analyzing data from a broad spectrum of optical, radiographic, and electrical diagnostics that provide the entire data set from a DARHT hydrotest. The group is roughly divided between a radiographic team that operates the gamma-ray, radiographic cameras and a diagnostics team that fields, maintains, and operates optical and laser-based diagnostic systems such as the Multiplexed Photonic Doppler Velocimetry (MPDV), Chirped Fiber Bragg Grating (CFBG), and Time Of Arrival Diagnostic (TOAD). Electrical diagnostics such as Manganin probes and foil switches are also fielded. The group is also responsible for the DARHT Detection Chamber (DDC), which controls the timing and firing of the explosives tests as well as collecting much of the relevant hydrotest data.

Maximum Salary: 161300

Minimum Salary: 96600

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Stults, Diane M

Organization Name: J-4 / Darth Experiments and Diagnostics

Email: dmstults@lanl.gov

Job Title: Hydrodynamic Test Diagnostic Scientist (Scientist 3)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC67582