Los Alamos National Laboratory Instrumentation and Controls Engineering (R&D Engineer 2/3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico


Job Title Instrumentation and Controls Engineering (R&D Engineer 2/3)

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name DARHT Physics and Pulse Power (J-5)

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the R&D Engineer 2/R&D Engineer 3 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.

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is responsible for delivering a new National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) flash X-ray radiography capability at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) for the Advanced Sources and Detectors Project (ASD). This radiography capability is a multi-pulse linear induction accelerator nicknamed Scorpius to be commissioned at the NNSS’s U1a Complex by 2024. A national project team comprised of LANL, SNL, LLNL, NNSS, as well as academic and industrial partners, will research, design, build, install, and commission Scorpius to fulfill the subcritical experiment program mission needs. The ASD-Technical Development office (ASD-TECH) is responsible for coordinating and executing these activities.

ASD-TECH is seeking an R&D Electrical Engineer to integrate into the technical team responsible for the development and implementation of Scorpius Global Systems, which includes instrumentation and controls. This role will require effective, sustained interactions across a diverse national project team comprised of accelerator physicists, R&D engineers, scientists, project engineers, U1a facility engineers, and the subcritical experiment program.

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

The successful candidate will:

  • Serve as a key member of integrated R&D teams to address electrical engineering challenges related to Scorpius process instrumentation and controls systems.

  • Research, analyze, design, test, and verify engineering and technology solutions.

  • Plan, schedule, and coordinate the preparation of activities or documents related to the project.

  • Interface with multi-disciplinary teams from across the Laboratory and other institutions

  • Independently present engineering projects at internal and external meetings.

  • Adapt to evolving R&D requirements while meeting safety, security, compliance, and schedule imperatives.

R&D Engineer 3 ($96,600 - $161,300)

In addition to the duties outlined above, the R&D Engineer 3 will be required to:

  • Lead and execute engineering projects with responsibility for scope definition, schedule development (planning), budget estimating, and work performance management.

  • Oversee installation, testing, and validation of a fully-integrated Global Systems controls and data acquisition system architecture at the NNSS, encompassing engineered systems from Scorpius’ partner laboratory.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience in implementation, operation, troubleshooting and maintenance of engineering systems;

  • Demonstrated experience with a range of modern process instrumentations systems;

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment consisting of diverse and multi-disciplinary scientists, engineers, technicians, and operations personnel;

  • Strong interpersonal skills in both verbal and written communications and the ability to effectively communicate with all levels of management and staff;

  • Ability and willingness to travel;

  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q clearance, which normally requires US citizenship.

Additional Job Requirements for (R&D Engineer 3):

In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the R&D Engineer 3 level requires:

  • Demonstrated experience designing and implementing systems for instrumentation, monitoring, control, and data acquisition at industrial plants and/or large experimental facilities.

  • Demonstrated experience implementing national and industry standards for process instrumentation and control systems at industrial plants and/or large experimental facilities.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience analyzing, designing, and implementing process monitoring and controls systems associated with particle accelerators, such as beam transport magnets, vacuum systems, fluids & gas control systems, GHz timing control and data acquisition systems;

  • Experience with linear induction accelerators, high voltage, and pulsed power;

  • Experience planning and directing the work of designer/drafters and technicians.

  • Demonstrated experience successfully leading technical projects or teams.

  • Active Q clearance.

R&D Engineer 2 Education Required: Typical educational requirement is a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree from an ABET accredited engineering college or university program. An advanced degree is highly preferred.

A minimum of Bachelors degree from an ABET accredited engineering college or university required in an Engineering, Applied Physics, or related field.

R&D Engineer 2 Education Required: Typical educational requirement is an advanced degree from an ABET accredited engineering college or university program.

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.

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, LANL is primarily responsible for monitoring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile and conducting research into new defense programs. It is a center for research in a wide range of scientific disciplines, including space exploration, geophysics, renewable energy, supercomputing, medicine, and nanotechnology.

ASD-TECH (ASD Technical Development), partnering with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, and the Nevada National Security Site, coordinates and executes the scope and breadth of technical activities to research, design, build, install, and commission the Scorpius radiographic capability in order to fulfill the subcritical program mission needs.

Appointment Type Regular


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Contact Details

Contact Name Johnson, Dana Elizabeth

Email danaj@lanl.gov

Work Telephone

Req ID: IRC71341