Los Alamos National Laboratory Jobs

NNSA Supplemental </em><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><a id="LPlnk523380" href="https://directives.nnsa.doe.gov/supplemental-directive/sd-0206-0002">Directive 206.2 </a></i><em>. </em><em>Please note th
d circumstances. See <a href="https://www.directives.doe.gov/directives-documents/400-series/0472.2-BOrder-chg1-pgchg">DOE Order 472.2 </a>for additional infor
refer to Laboratory <a href="https://int.lanl.gov/policy/documents/P701.pdf">Policy P701 </a>for applicant eligib
ase send an email to <a>applyhelp@lanl.gov </a>or call 1-505-665-44

Job Information

Los Alamos National Laboratory R&D Engineer 1 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The position is located in Los Alamos, NM.

You will work closely with a diverse group of engineers, scientists, technologists, and technicians on projects and programs for both internal and external customers. Interpersonal communication and teamwork are important elements of this work environment, as is a commitment to LANL’s safety and security culture.

You will become a member of Q-6 and work closely with a diverse set of engineers, scientists, and support personnel. This may be followed by a rotation to better familiarize themselves with group activities, or direct assignment to a team including leadership of a project.

The Group’s focus areas include: Stockpile Systems and Surveillance; Detonation Science; Timing, Firing, and Fire sets, Life Extension Programs; War-Reserve initiation system testing; and Integrated Testing & Advanced Characterization

Team with other Q-6 engineers/scientists in project areas such as detonator design, performance studies and modeling, detonator testing, implementation of new diagnostics, design and qualification of electrical fire sets.

Work with other organizations to ensure programs are supported and deliverables are met. Strong documentation (writing) skills and ability to present technical information to a wide audience through formal and informal technical interactions are crucial in this role. The successful candidate will work daily in a classified setting, and must demonstrate a strong commitment towards security. Domestic/Foreign travel is periodically required based on programmatic needs. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, with good communication, documentation, and teaming skills.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:


Excellent interpersonal skills (verbal and written), and experience interacting with personnel at all levels are essential to this position. The hired individual will have the ability to explain and present technical information, both verbally and in written form, to an audience with varied technical backgrounds. Demonstrated successful experience working in an integrated team environment and the ability to manage multiple tasks in an environment of shifting priorities are a must.

Technical Knowledge & Experience:

Design of energetic components depends the following engineering disciplines: mechanical design, fundamental electrical properties, thermal transport, material properties, and explosives engineering. Entry-level work experience and/or suitable coursework in at least three of these areas is required. Successful execution of complex tests and experiments, including publishing reports, as well as knowledge/experience of statistical analysis techniques is required.


A bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree from an ABET accredited engineering college or university program.

Desired Qualifications:

Weapons Experience:

Knowledge of the laboratory mission and how Q-6 supports the mission and knowledge of Laboratory structure and administrative policies and procedures and records management. Knowledge of nuclear weapons concepts and the U.S. stockpile or other weapon designs.

Technical Experience:

  • Experience integrating mechanical engineering with electronic/electrical engineering.

  • Experience or coursework in shock, detonation, and/or explosive initiation physics

  • Experience with computer programming languages such as C/C++, FORTRAN, Visual Basic, Matlab, Lab View, etc.

  • Experience with basic electrical engineering concepts

  • Experience with laboratory test equipment, including oscilloscopes, function generators, sensors, etc.

  • Ability to read and interpret electrical mechanical engineering design drawings, including GD&T.

  • Knowledge/experience of statistical analysis techniques.

  • Knowledge/experience with mechanical and electrical simulations using COMSOL, PSPICE, and other relevant modeling software.

Secure Work Environment & Clearance:

Demonstrated experience in secure work environment or working with sensitive or classified information and an active DOE Q clearance.

Note to Applicants:

For full consideration, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the key requirements of the position.

Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.

Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, 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)

Additional Details

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. SeeDOE Order 472.2for 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 at least one year of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the one year of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader.Please refer to LaboratoryPolicy 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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Appointment Type



Contact Details
Contact Name Salyer, Reyna Linda
Email reyna@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC83278
Organization Name Q-6/Detonation Science and Technology
Minimum Salary 83300
Maximum Salary 136200
Req ID: IRC83278
Category: Engineering