Los Alamos National Laboratory Production Liaison Engineer (R&D Engineer 3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
The Weapon Systems Engineering (W) Division provides systems engineering and program management to ensure the safety, reliability, and security of our nation’s nuclear stockpile for the entire life cycle. W Division is responsible for leadership of activities in stockpile assessment, certification, and life extension projects.
The Production Liaison Group (W-8) is responsible for the definition and oversight of weapon production activities at the production agencies (PAs). W‑8 has duty stations onsite at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and offsite at Kansas City National Security Campus (KCNSC), the Pantex Plant (Tri-Lab Project Office), and the Y‑12 National Security Complex. W-8 partners with all legacy programs, Life Extension Programs (LEPs), and alteration programs (Alts). W-8’s portfolio also provides a platform to partner with both internal and external stakeholders. It is a very fast-passed and dynamic group. This position is located offsite at the Pantex Plant.
The successful candidate will primarily be responsible in support of the B61, W76, W78, and W88 weapons component production at the various Production Agencies. Activities may include assisting with hardware provisioning for local, joint, flight and hydro tests, and system engineering support for Product definition. They will work with and support PA’s in resolving issues relating to nuclear weapon production and integrity, participate in site reviews and Parts Status meetings, coordinate and approve PA procedure and process changes and provide the technical interface between the PA’s and the LANL Design Agency systems engineering and physics communities. Additionally, the selected candidate will provide detailed knowledge, information, and experience related to weapon component manufacturing methods to the Production Agency. They will also represent LANL at numerous programmatic meetings as the lead, participating and assisting in any special projects required by LANL management.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Thorough knowledge of engineering principles to provide solutions in one or more of the following disciplines; material science, mechanical engineering, or chemical engineering. Ability to interpret mechanical drawings and specifications. Functional knowledge of the B61, W76, W78, and the W88 Weapon Systems in regards to production and operation. Thorough experience with nuclear weapons production and production certification of special nuclear materials and components applicable to the various Los Alamos designed Weapon Systems. Demonstrated ability to meet schedule and deliverables for multiple concurrent projects with a range of priorities.
Weapons Complex Experience
Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with all levels of National Security Enterprise (NSE) personnel including internal and external customers to provide solutions to complex problems. Experience with PRTs during the concurrent engineering/process development, process prove-in, engineering evaluation, qualification and production phases. Experience mentoring less experienced personnel, team with other personnel across the NSE, and present work objectives and results at all levels to internal and external management and customers.
Thorough knowledge in the development and implementation of innovative process improvements that correct systemic production issues. Demonstrated and proven record of developing and fostering successful cross-organizational teams to solve complex problems.
Communication and Teamwork
Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimum supervision, as well as the ability to be an effective member of a multidisciplinary team. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
Education/Experience: Position requires a Master’s Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited institution and 6 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. At this level a Ph.D may be preferred.
Experience with the engineering authorization system, document management systems (e.g., PDM Link) and applications to stockpile maintenance.
Ability to interpret specifications and mechanical drawings including GD&T.
Demonstrated experience interacting with one or more NSE Production Agencies.
Derivative Classifier (DC) experience.
Active Q clearance.
Work Environment: Foreign/domestic travel;
Note to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the key requirements of this position.
Domestic Travel: Travel is required to perform required training and other activities at Los Alamos as well as observations at various production locations.
Location: This position will be physically located at Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas.
Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year.
Where You Will Work
Located at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas. Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:
PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network
Dental and vision insurance
Free basic life and disability insurance
Paid maternity and parental leave
Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)
Onsite gyms and wellness programs
Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.
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: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to PolicyPolicy P701for applicant eligibility requirements.
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 regard 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call1-505-665-4444 option 1. Appointment Type
Contact Name Maestas, Megan Sue Shannon
Vacancy Name: IRC85730
Organization Name W-8/Production Liaison
Minimum Salary 113100
Maximum Salary 190900
Req ID: IRC85730