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Los Alamos National Laboratory R&D Engineer 1/2 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the R&D Engineer 1 or 2 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

The Plasma Physics group (P-24) is seeking an R&D Engineer to provide engineering support for the development, design, fabrication, and commissioning of advanced scientific instrumentation and diagnostics. Example equipment includes neutron imaging systems, gamma-ray detector systems, and gated x-ray detectors. These systems are fielded at such facilities as National Ignition Facility, the Omega laser facility, and the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE).

R&D Engineer 1 ($83,300-$136,200)

The successful candidate will:

  • Perform research, design, testing, and analysis to develop state-of-the-art scientific diagnostics for use in plasma physics research.

  • Interact with customers to communicate project status and review engineering designs.

  • Oversee fabrication and assembly of diagnostic systems.

  • Document results in formal engineering drawings, calculations, reports, technical journals, and presentations.

R&D Engineer 2 ($91,800-$151,400)

In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this level the successful candidate will:

  • Lead project tasks from concept through to completion.

  • Oversee installation of diagnostic systems.

  • Provide guidance to technologists, students, machinists, and other engineers.

  • Interact with customers to develop project requirements.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Experience in the design, fabrication, and assembly of electrical and mechanical devices.

  • Excellent verbal, written, presentation, and interpersonal skills.

  • Experience with mechanical design and analysis tools, such as Solidworks, Matlab, and finite element analysis software.

  • Ability to document project progress and/or completion in written reports, engineering drawings, formal calculations, and peer-reviewed publications.

Additional Job Requirements for R&D Engineer 2:

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:

  • Experience with proper application and interpretation of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T).

  • Ability to scope tasks within a project and define deliverables at task level.

  • Ability to lead specific project tasks to meet scope, schedule and budget.

  • Ability to contribute to the completion of milestones on multiple projects.

Education/Experience at lower level:

Requires a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree from an ABET accredited engineering college or university program. Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from an ABET accredited engineering program is preferred.

Education/Experience at higher level:

Requires a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree from an ABET accredited engineering college or university program. Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from an ABET accredited engineering program with a minimum of two years of relevant job experience or a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from an ABET accredited engineering program is preferred.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with precision fabrication techniques.

  • Experience with precision measuring tools.

  • Experience with LANL’s Inertial Confinement Fusion/High Energy Density Physics program mission.

  • Experience conducting scientific work while complying with ES&H requirements and using appropriate administrative controls, engineering controls, and personal protective equipment.

  • Experience with the principles of electrical safety and knowledge of pressure systems.

  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance which normally requires U.S. citizenship.

Note to Applicants: A cover letter addressing the minimum and desired skills is required to be considered.

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. 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 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 Laboratory Policy P701 for 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.

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)

Appointment Type



Contact Details
Contact Name Thompson, Larry Douglas
Email larrydtho@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC80378
Organization Name P-24/Plasma Physics
Minimum Salary
Maximum Salary
Req ID: IRC80378
Category: Engineering