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

What You Will Do

J-3 is seeking an R&D; Engineer 2 to provide technical and operational support for all aspects of designing, planning and executing explosives experiments at J Division firing sites, primarily the firing site at the pRad (proton radiography) facility at LANSCE. Responsibilities include: work with multiple customers to design mechanical and electro-optical assemblies; complete structural analysis calculations on shot structures; prepare experiment-specific procedures; precision fabrication and alignment of explosive assemblies; assist and provide oversight to the site team in shot day execution. The Engineer is responsible for supporting test execution from compliance basis to field operations, working closely with the J-3 pRad Team Leader and project teams from across the Laboratory. The Engineer is expected to support the Team Leader in championing and ensuring formality, discipline, safety, security, and compliance. The Engineer will primarily support pRad’s diverse explosives test schedule and related projects as priorities dictate. The Engineer will report to the J-3 pRad Team Leader.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in engineering design and working knowledge of the scientific method.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in field engineering (e.g., pre-job site preparation, equipment staging, systems/structures assembly, test execution, post-job site clean-up, etc.).

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in developing and implementing technical requirements, specifications, plans, reports, and procedures.

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully plan, organize, lead, monitor and bring to closure a project while effectively interacting with diverse levels of personnel; developing and nurturing effective customer and stakeholder relationships; building trust, negotiating, gaining consensus, and resolving conflicts.

  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills.

Desired Skills:

  • Engineering design, analysis, and testing (or some combination thereof) of statically and dynamically loaded structures, systems, and components (small, medium, and large scale).

  • Working knowledge of regulatory and Laboratory requirements.

  • Working knowledge of DOE and Institutional Safety Management Programs (e.g., Integrated Work Management, High Explosives Safety, Hoisting and Rigging, Conduct of Engineering, Conduction of Operations, Conduct of Maintenance, Configuration Management, Quality Assurance, etc.)

  • Working knowledge of Nuclear Safety and Nuclear Operations.

  • Experience with explosives testing.

  • Experience in acquiring and analyzing test data for mechanical or thermal test systems.

  • Experience in small to large-scale design, fabrication, and inspection methods and processes.

  • Record of contributing to or authoring engineering and/or scientific reports and publications

  • Q clearance.

Education: Position requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in engineering from an ABET accredited engineering college or university. Advanced degree in engineering is preferred.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation):Color discrimination, Peripheral vision, Depth perception, Binocular vision, Reading vision, Distance vision, Ability to speak, Ability to discriminate speech, Ability to hear high-pitched sounds, Ability to smell, Ability to hear in a normal range (500 to 3000 htz), Sitting, Standing, Walking, Climbing stairs, Climbing Ladders, Bending, Stooping, Crouching, Kneeling, Twisting the trunk or back, Balancing, Reaching overhead, Reaching horizontally, Reaching down, Applying torque with hands or arms, Gripping with the hand, Pressing with hands or arms, Pushing with hands or arms, Pulling with hands or arms, Fine motor control, Use of both hands, Use of both arms, Use of both legs, Use of both feet, Carrying 30+ pounds, Lifting 30+ pounds, Carrying 20-30 pounds.

Work Environment:Outdoors, In confined space, At heights, In a cold environment, Working alone, Working overtime or irregular schedule, In a hot environment 90 – 100 F, Operation of specialized heavy equipment, In a widely ranging ambient temperatures, In a wet or humid environment, Domestic travel, Operation of motor vehicles, Work in a noisy environment, Work under unusual lighting conditions, Work near electrical power supplies, Work near sources of ionizing radiation, Work near sources of non-ionizing radiation, Work with weapons or explosives, Work with vibrating equipment/machinery, Work near machinery with moving parts, Toxic chemicals, Irritant chemicals, Dusts or powders, Fumes, Carcinogens, Headgear or head protection, Face shield or facial protection, Mask or respirator, Level B HAZMAT suit/anti-C, Hearing protection, Gloves or hand protection, Safety shoes or protective footgear.

Notes to Applicants:Please submit a detailed cover letter with your resume addressing all required and desired skills. Please save the cover letter with the job number and name.

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.

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_

The Integrated Weapons Experiments (J) Division accepts national security challenges by successfully executing mission-driven, large-scale, integrated experiments, emphasizing hydrodynamic tests, subcritical experiments, focused experiments, and tests of engineered systems. The Division develops the workforce, facilities, technologies, and systems necessary to generate, analyze, and disseminate unique, high-quality data with integrity and scientific excellence. J Division utilizes various management systems and safety management programs to effectively plan, integrate, design, analyze, fabricate, assemble, stage, field, and execute complex and hazardous science and engineering experiments. The Division executes its responsibilities in a sustainable, safe, secure, reliable, and environmentally responsible manner. J Division operates the LANL Dual-Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test (DARHT) facility, and also operates or utilizes other LANL firing sites and facilities. The Division collaborates institutionally to design, fabricate, assemble, field, and execute sub-critical and other integrated experiments at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) and NNSA, DOE, and partner organization facilities, as needed.

J-3, the Focused Experiments Group, designs, fields, and executes energetic, hazardous, and complex system and sub-system experiments for the LANL Nuclear Weapons and Global Security Programs at various high explosive firing sites at LANL and at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). The Group works with a broad customer and stakeholder base in the research and development of energetic materials and dynamic response of materials and systems using various fast response time diagnostics and diagnostic suites. The Group is comprised of physicists, scientists, engineers, technologists, and specialists of varied backgrounds and disciplines.

Maximum Salary: 144800

Minimum Salary: 87800

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Stults, Diane M

Organization Name: J-3/Focused Experiments

Email: dmstults@lanl.gov

Job Title: R&D; Engineer 2

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC67941