Los Alamos National Laboratory Nuclear Engineer (R&D Engineer 2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

The Advanced Engineering Analysis Group (W-13) strives to provide our customers with timely and accurate answers to complex engineering problems by creatively combining cutting-edge numerical tools. Our customers include the nuclear weapons program, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, among others. W-13 group expertise includes structural mechanics, structural dynamics, heat transfer, radiation transport, thermodynamics, hydrodynamics, probabilistic methods, mechanics of materials, and numerical analysis.

We have a need for expertise in radiation transport, and are seeking a candidate at the R&D; Engineer 2 level to perform some or all of the following tasks:

  • Model and evaluate radiation environment effects using radiation transport tools such as MCNP and PARTISN in complex geometries

  • Work with finite element analysts to assess engineering and multi-physics problems

  • Participate in brainstorming sessions with customers and other analysts to determine technical approaches and schedule

  • Interact with test engineers to inform validation experiments

  • Write formal reports and deliver presentations that clearly and effectively communicate analysis conclusions and supporting information

  • Work independently as well as be part of a team

  • Participate in collaborations with DOE, DoD, and international laboratories

  • Travel several times a year

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Five or more years'experience with Monte Carlo radiation transport codes

  • Documented record of technical achievement in a relevant engineering discipline, such as mechanical, structural, civil, nuclear, or aerospace engineering

  • Experience with the development and/or application of computational engineering methods and tools, particularly in parallel computing environments

  • Strong oral and written communication skills, particularly in technical reports and presentations

  • Experience meeting deliverable deadlines, both independently and as part of a team

  • Ability to perform analysis at an appropriate level for tasking ranging from hand calculations through complex modeling and simulation

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with unstructured mesh geometry in radiation transport codes such as MCNP

  • Experience with advanced variance reduction strategies in Monte Carlo codes

  • Experience with mesh generating tools such as Abaqus CAE or Cubit

  • Engineering experience at a DOE Laboratory, industry, or nuclear weapons enterprise

  • Experience with verification and/or validation of simulation results

  • Experience with statistical and/or probabilistic analysis

  • Experience leading interactions with customers or stakeholders

  • Experience with scripting and/or automated pre/post-processing

  • Active Q clearance or equivalent

Education: A minimum of a MS in Nuclear Engineering or Nuclear Physics from an Accreditation Board or Engineering and Technology (ABET) college or university program is required. A PhD in Nuclear Engineering or Nuclear Physics or a closely related discipline is strongly preferred.

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.

Weapons System Engineering Division (W Division/W Program) provides system engineering and program management to ensure the safety, reliability and security of our Nation's nuclear stockpile. W Division is responsible for Program Leadership and engineering design and analysis in support of the national security mission at Los Alamos National Laboratory. W Division is integral in providing programmatic and technical leadership for evaluation and maintenance of the enduring nuclear weapon stockpile, stockpile assessment, certification, and design and deployment of life extension projects.

Maximum Salary: 144800

Minimum Salary: 87800

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Work Telephone: 505-665-5993

Contact Name: Vonharders, Jeremy E

Organization Name: W-13 / Advanced Engineering Analysis

Email: jeremyv@lanl.gov

Job Title: Nuclear Engineer (R&D; Engineer 2)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC67101