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

What You Will Do

The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Provide mechanical engineering support for the maintenance, design, testing, and fabrication of electromechanical accelerator components for the LANSCE accelerator complex including: RF accelerating cavities, high power targets, mechanical beam diagnostics, industrial scale vacuum systems, industrial scale de-ionized water systems, accelerator metrology systems, and charged particle ion sources.

  • Work interactively with staff, designers, and technicians to ensure successful and timely completion of projects.

  • Collaborate with other Group and Division personnel to ensure mechanical components and beam delivery systems are operational.

  • Provide mechanical engineering technical leadership for accelerator operations and projects.

  • Assist with coordination and supervision of maintenance team activities in order to enable the teams to accomplish their maintenance objectives.

  • Lead the design efforts of small multi-discipline teams.

  • Provide schedule development, cost estimates, and project status to program offices.

  • Develop and maintain design and maintenance records and engineering documentation that fulfill the needs of AOT Division.

  • Participate in the development and implementation of institutional initiatives, develop technical presentations, and contribute to the development of and presentation of technical publications.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following mechanical-engineering subject matter areas: mechanical design, heat transfer, fluid flow, material science, and use of thermal and structural finite element design and analysis codes.

  • Expertise in one or more of the technical thrust areas of the Group, namely, the design and operation of; particle accelerator structures, DC and superconducting magnets, high vacuum systems, industrial de-ionized water systems, electro-mechanical beam diagnostic instruments, and high energy physics beam targets.

  • Demonstrated excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.

  • Demonstrated skills and experience in leading technical teams, planning and completing projects on schedule, and managing multiple projects of varying scopes and schedules.

  • Demonstrated experience with ensuring mechanical components are designed according to Laboratory and national codes.

  • Experience reviewing and approving of formal design drawings.

  • Experience developing and supporting preliminary and final engineering design reviews; tracking fabrication and procurements for quality and functionality.

  • Must be willing to work occasionally at odd hours and be on call for troubleshooting and repair of accelerator equipment during LANSCE beam operations, which will require work in radiation areas.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience in one or more of the following specialty areas: ion sources and injectors, charged-particle beam-line components, design and maintenance of industrial scale fluid systems, and optical tooling and laser alignment technology, cryogenics, and superconductivity.

  • Experience designing magnet coils; that is calculating water flow and conductor current carrying capacity.

  • Demonstrated relevant experience in mechanical engineering design, testing and fabrication of electromagnets.

  • Experience aligning systems using optical and laser alignment techniques.

  • Experience writing and using LabVIEW applications for data acquisition and analysis.

  • Experience working with superconducting magnets.

  • Working knowledge of designs incorporating radiation-resistant materials.

  • Mechanical engineering skills applicable to design of high-voltage systems.

  • Knowledge of CNC manufacturing and inspection.

  • Knowledge of welding/brazing technology.

  • Experience in the supervision of technicians and/or designers and engineers.

  • Experience in the areas of design and implementation and maintenance of electro-mechanical hardware.

Education:Master’s degree in mechanical engineering or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Registered professional engineer desired.

Notes to Applicants:Each applicant must submit a cover letter describing his/her experience and skills in terms of the job requirements.

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 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 Accelerator Operations and Technology – Mechanical Design Engineering (AOT‐MDE) Group provides expertise, operational support, and technical leadership in accelerator mechanical engineering and computer‐aided design. AOT‐MDE’s primary focus is the design and implementation of mechanical accelerator related hardware including: RF accelerating cavities, electromagnets, high power target design, mechanical beam diagnostics, vacuum systems, de-ionized water systems, metrology, and ion sources for the LANSCE User Facility. This includes participation in current and future accelerator related projects. AOT’s secondary focus is to share its expertise and experience with organizations within the Laboratory as well as external partners and sponsors. Along these lines, AOT‐MDE has worked on R&D; 100 award-winning projects utilizing its knowledge base while incorporating cutting edge technology. Additionally, the group fosters and participates in worldwide collaborations, workshops, and conferences in the interest of exploring and pushing the frontiers in RF structures, diagnostic instrumentation, and accelerator target technology.

Maximum Salary: 161300

Minimum Salary: 96600

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Nelsen, Ashley Nicole

Organization Name: AOT-MDE/Mechanical Design Engineering

Email: anelsen@lanl.gov

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

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC66677