Los Alamos National Laboratory R&D Engineer 1/2/3 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at the R&D; Engineer 1, R&D; Engineer 2 or R&D; Engineer 3 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. As a member of the AOT-RFE high power RF Engineering team, the successful candidate will, working closely with other engineers and technicians, be responsible for the operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of the LANSCE 201 and 805 MHz high power RF vacuum tube amplifier systems, including associated electronics and high voltage power supplies, and for providing power electronics expertise to all segments of the group, particularly in areas related to vacuum tube amplifiers and the equipment required to operate them. The position also involves planning and implementing future RF system upgrades, e.g., amplifiers to enable the installation of an RFQ, supporting LANSCE physicists and scientists on special projects, and analyzing RF system data to inform design enhancements for improving reliability and performance. The successful candidate is also expected to provide ‘on call’ support for the LANSCE high power RF amplifier systems after hours and on weekends. The ‘on-call’ assignment will typically be for one week per month while the accelerator is operating (approximately 7 months per year).

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

R&D; Engineer 1 ($80,100 - $131,000)The successful candidate will:

  • Demonstrated undergraduate training in electrical engineering fields that support competency in microwave engineering, high voltage engineering or the design of RF amplifier systems, microwave and RF components, RF transmitters, or RF transport systems.

  • Demonstrated experience in effectively producing written documents and successful oral communication skills

  • Demonstrated ability to read and understand schematics

  • BSEE

Additional Job Requirements for R&D; Engineer 2 ($87,800- $144,800) In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the R&D; Engineer 2 level requires:

  • Demonstrated record of contributions to the design, development, testing, and installation of high power RF vacuum tube based amplifier systems.

  • Demonstrated experience in developing concepts for RF vacuum tube based amplifier systems.

  • Demonstrated technical abilities in the design and development RF vacuum tube based amplifier systems.

  • Demonstrated experience working as part of a team to develop RF amplifier systems.

  • BSEE and 4 years of experience or MSEE and 1 year of experience (Master’s Thesis and/or relevant internships would be considered)

  • Demonstrated recent and successful hands on troubleshooting, installation, and testing experience for high power RF systems.

Additional Job Requirements for R&D; Engineer 3 ($96,600- $161,300) In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the R&D; Engineer 2 level requires:

  • Demonstrated record of leading the design, development, testing, and installation high power RF vacuum tube based amplifier systems

  • Demonstrated technical leadership in developing advanced concepts for high power RF vacuum tube based amplifier systems.

  • Demonstrated record of developing innovative high power RF vacuum tube based amplifier systems concepts.

  • Demonstrated record of conducting engineering design in accordance with defined procedures for conduct on engineering.

  • Demonstrated skills in applying the system engineering process to defining requirements and translating those requirements into designs that meet customer expectations.

  • BSEE and 8 years of experience or an MSEE and 4 years of experience.

Desired Skills:

  • Operations experience at an accelerator facility

  • Experience with programmable logic controllers

  • Experience with pulsed power

  • Experience with high voltage systems

Essential Job Functions: Ability to speak, ability to hear in a normal range, standing, walking, reaching overhead, reaching horizontally, reaching down, gripping with hands, typing or keyboarding

Education:R&D; Engineer 1, 2 & 3 Education Required:Typical educational requirement is a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree from an ABET accredited engineering college or university program. Preference may be given to Electrical Engineering Degrees.

Notes to Applicants:For full consideration, applicants MUST submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the key requirements of the position.

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 (AOT) Division provides leadership in accelerator science, engineering, and operations in support of National User Facilities and in solving national security challenges. A principal element of the division's portfolio is operation, maintenance, and improvement of the accelerator, injector, beam transport, linear accelerators, proton storage ring, and targets of the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE), a multipurpose National User Facility that provides intense neutron and proton pulsed beams to support multidisciplinary fundamental and applied research and medical radioisotope production. AOT’s Radio Frequency Engineering (AOT-RFE) Group provides expertise, support, and technical leadership in high power RF systems, high voltage systems, pulsed power systems, low level RF feedback and feedforward systems, and magnet power supply systems. AOT-RFE’s primary focus is the design, development, and maintenance of these systems for the LANSCE User Facility. This includes participation in current and future projects such as the MaRIE, the Matter-Radiation Interaction in Extremes experimental facility which leverages the existing LANSCE proton linear accelerator and requires the installation of a new 12 GeV electron linear accelerator for a 42 keV free electron laser (FEL).

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name: AOT-RFE/RF Engineering

Job Title: R&D; Engineer 1/2/3

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC65857