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

What You Will Do

The W76 Systems Engineering Group (W-2) is responsible for technical and programmatic oversight of matters pertaining to the W76 Nuclear Weapon Systems (W76-0, W76-1, and W76-2) and the UK Trident Program. The selected candidate will serve as a System Engineer within the W76 System Engineering Group. Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Support of System Engineering for W76 qualification and future W76 system studies. This includes existing and new programs such as JTA3, D5LE2, SSNT, etc.

  • Serve as support or lead system engineer for hydrodynamic, local and joint test experiments in support of the W76 project.

  • Provide technical support to all complex communities as needed to assure WR production, surveillance, JTA production, and WR warhead sustainability is achieved per relevant directives.

  • Provide engineering expertise and resolving technical and programmatic issues as deemed appropriate by the W-2 Group Leader.

  • Interfacing with colleagues at other Laboratories and Production Agencies, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Department of Defense (DoD), and principally the United States Navy and their contractors.

  • May provide support at the Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) Warheads Project Officers’ Group (POG) subgroup(s) meetings as deemed necessary by the W-2 Group Leader.

  • A frequent amount of travel may be required due to programmatic complexity and frequent interactions with various National Security Enterprise (NSE) Production Agencies (PAs) and NNSA and Navy customers.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Working knowledge of nuclear weapons and the U.S. stockpile.

  • Minimum of 4 years’ experience with one or more of the following: nuclear weapon design, development, qualification, certification, assembly/production, surveillance, or equivalent.

  • Demonstrated record of meeting schedules and deliverables for multiple concurrent projects with a range of priorities.

  • Demonstrated record of developing and fostering successful cross-organizational teams to solve complex problems.

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to interact effectively with all levels of Laboratory personnel including internal and external customers, as well as experience with conflict resolution.

  • Thorough knowledge of relevant classification guidance and demonstrated commitment to Laboratory goals in assuring the security of classified information.

Desired Skills:

  • Prior experience with the W76 or other weapon systems detailed design and testing including ground testing, hydrodynamic testing, or materials testing including high explosives, etc.

  • Weapon system engineering or physics analysis.

  • Demonstrated experience with weapon assembly techniques and component fabrication.

  • Familiarity with weapon systems mechanical and electrical interfaces.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of systems engineering principles and practices.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of subsystem and system qualification testing practices.

  • Demonstrated experience interacting with one or more NSE PA.

  • Demonstrated experience developing and managing execution of program plans using standard project controls' principles.

  • Experience interacting with and presenting to upper level LANL management, NNSA and US Navy customers.

  • Experience with small and large scale experiments including hydrodynamic test activities. Project management training and/or prior experience with planning, executing, and completing complex activities within scope, schedule, and budget.

  • Demonstrated experience with the engineering authorization system, document management systems (e.g., PDM Link) and applications to stockpile maintenance.

  • Derivative Classifier (DC) experience.

  • Active Q clearance

Education: A minimum of a BS in engineering from an Accreditation Board or Engineering and Technology (ABET) college or university program is required, MS or PhD in an engineering field applicable to weapons is preferred.

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.

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.

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 Weapon Systems Engineering Division (W Division/W Program) provides system engineering and program management to ensure the safety, reliability, and security of our Nation’s nuclear stockpile. W Division is responsible for Program Leadership and engineering design and analysis in support of the national security mission at Los Alamos National Laboratory. W Division is integral in providing programmatic and technical leadership for evaluation and maintenance of the enduring nuclear weapon stockpile, stockpile assessment, certification, and design and deployment of life extension projects.

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory is primarily responsible for monitoring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile and conducting research into new defense programs. It is a center for research in a wide range of scientific disciplines, including space exploration, geophysics, renewable energy, supercomputing, medicine, and nanotechnology.

Appointment Type



Contact Details
Contact Name Vonharders, Jeremy E
Email jeremyv@lanl.gov
Work Telephone 505-665-5993
Vacancy Name: IRC78003
Organization Name W-2/ W76
Minimum Salary 101000
Maximum Salary 168600
Req ID: IRC78003
Category: Engineering