Los Alamos National Laboratory Mechanical Engineer (R&D Engineer 2/3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

J-3 is seeking a Mechanical Engineer (R&D; Engineer 2/3). This position will be filled at either the R&D; Engineer 2/3 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. The Mechanical Engineer will be responsible for various, and often times all, aspects of the engineering/experiment lifecycle including planning, integration, requirements definition, design, analysis, fabrication and inspection oversight, staging, assembly, testing, and finalizing documentation (presentations, specifications, plans, procedures, reports, final records collation, etc.) for various experimental structures, systems, and components. System examples include blast-resistant structures (shock and fragment mitigation stands and confinement and containment vessels), experiment support and alignment stands, and tooling and fixturing for experiment and diagnostic assembly and setup. The Mechanical Engineer will work closely with multi-disciplined and diverse personnel both internal and external to LANL.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

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

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in engineering design and working knowledge of the scientific method.

  • Engineering design, analysis, and testing (or some combination thereof) of statically or dynamically loaded structures, systems, and components (small, medium, and large scale).

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in developing and implementing technical requirements, specifications, plans, reports, and procedures.

  • Demonstrated experience working with, and contributing to the success of, an integrated team.

  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills.

  • Working knowledge of regulatory and Laboratory requirements.

  • Experience in using and applying consensus standards.

  • Experience with explosives or propellant testing.

  • Experience in acquiring and analyzing test data for mechanical or thermal test systems.

  • Experience in field engineering (e.g., pre-job site preparation, equipment staging, systems/structures assembly, test execution, post-job site clean-up, etc.).

  • Experience in small to large-scale design, fabrication, and inspection methods and processes.

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

  • Demonstrated experience with mechanical design (precision to large-scale structures, systems, and components).

  • Demonstrated experience in developing engineering specifications (e.g., design specifications, fabrication and inspection specifications, assembly specifications, test plans, etc.).

  • Demonstrated experience performing classical and numerical engineering analyses of simple and complex structures, systems, and components.

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully plan, organize, lead, monitor and bring to closure a project while effectively interacting with diverse levels of personnel; developing and nurturing effective customer and stakeholder relationships; building trust, negotiating, gaining consensus, and resolving conflicts.

  • Demonstrated experience working independently with minimal direction.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience in project planning (scope, schedule, budget development and reporting).

  • Experience in use and application of consensus standards (e.g., ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code Section VIII, Divisions 1, 2, and 3, API 579 Fitness for Service Code, AWS Welding Code, AISC and AISI Steel Codes, ASM International Materials Code, etc.).

  • Demonstrated experience in impact (penetration) and fracture mechanics for system design and re-use (fitness for service) purposes.

  • Demonstrated experience with 2-D and 3-D implicit and explicit finite element methods and analysis (FEM/FEA) and tools (e.g., Dassault Systèmes Simulia (ABAQUS), Dyna 3D, LS-Dyna, etc.).

  • Experience in precision to large-scale fabrication and inspection methods and processes.

  • Record of contributing to or authoring engineering/scientific publications.

  • Demonstrated experience in explosive experiment design, diagnostic integration, and securing high quality datasets.


R&D; Engineer 2: Position requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in engineering from an Accreditation Board or Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited engineering college or university program is required; advanced degree in engineering is strongly preferred.

R&D; Engineer 3: Position requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from an Accreditation Board or Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited engineering college or university and at least ten (10) years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A PE license is desired.

General Work Environment: Domestic/foreign travel

Notes to Applicants: Please submit a detailed cover letter with your resume addressing all required and desired skills. Please save the cover letter with the 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, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is responsible for solving national security challenges through scientific and engineering excellence and delivering science and technology to protect our nation and promote world stability. LANL’s core values include service, excellence, integrity, teamwork, stewardship, safety, and security.

The Integrated Weapons Experiments (J) Division accepts national security challenges by successfully executing mission-driven, large-scale, integrated experiments, emphasizing hydrodynamic tests, subcritical experiments, 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 various management systems and safety management programs to effectively plan, integrate, design, analyze, fabricate, assemble, stage, field, and execute complex and hazardous science and engineering experiments. The Division executes its responsibilities in a sustainable, safe, secure, reliable, and environmentally responsible manner. J Division operates the LANL Dual-Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test (DARHT) facility, and also operates or utilizes other LANL firing sites and facilities. The Division collaborates institutionally to design, fabricate, assemble, field, and execute sub-critical and other integrated experiments at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) and NNSA, DOE, and partner organization facilities, as needed.

J-3, the Focused Experiments Group, designs, fields, and executes energetic, hazardous, and complex system and sub-system experiments for the LANL Nuclear Weapons and Global Security Programs at various high explosive firing sites at LANL and at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). The Group works with a broad customer and stakeholder base in the research and development of energetic materials and dynamic response of materials and systems using various fast response time diagnostics and diagnostic suites. The Group is comprised of physicists, scientists, engineers, technologists, and specialists of varied backgrounds and disciplines.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Stults, Diane M

Organization Name: J-3/Focused Experiments

Email: dmstults@lanl.gov

Job Title: Mechanical Engineer (R&D; Engineer 2/3)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC68994