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

What You Will Do_

Responsibilities for this position include:

  • Responsible for supporting System Engineering for B61 qualification and future B61 system studies. Activities may include serving as lead system engineer for hydrodynamic, local and joint test experiments in support of the B61 projects.

  • Supply technical support within the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) production enterprise 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-1 Group Leader.

  • Interface with colleagues at other Laboratories and Production Agencies, NNSA, Department of Defense (DoD), and principally the United States Air Force and their contractors.

  • Oversight of Systems data collection during surveillance testing at Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS) Pantex, Kansas City National Security Campus (KCNSC), and LANL Production Agency.

  • Represent LANL at the Air Delivered Project Officers’ Group (POG) subgroup(s) meetings as deemed necessary by the W-1 Group Leader.

  • Provide engineering expertise and resolving technical issues that arise during the Nuclear Certification Impact Statement process in coordination with Sandia National Laboratories.

  • Provide technical oversight during Laboratory Task Group (LTG) and Joint Task Group (JTG) activities.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in working and delivering multiple products on schedule.

  • Ability and experience to accomplish technical tasks while working independently or as part of a team with other engineers, scientists, and technicians.

  • Ability and experience to work on multiple projects concurrently and with changing priorities.

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

  • Work interactively with staff, designers, and technicians to ensure successful and timely completion of projects.

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

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience with one or more of the following: nuclear weapon design, development, qualification, certification, assembly/production, and surveillance.

  • Demonstrated experience with weapon assembly techniques and component fabrication.

  • 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.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimum supervision, as well as the ability to be an effective member of a multidisciplinary team.

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

Desired Skills:

  • Prior experience with the B61 or other weapon systems, production, surveillance, or high-explosives.

  • Familiarity with weapon systems mechanical and electrical interfaces.

  • Demonstrated experience with assembly practices applicable to the B61 or other weapon systems.

  • Knowledge of systems engineering principles and practices.

  • Knowledge of subsystem and system qualification testing practices.

  • Demonstrated experience interacting with one or more Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE) Production Agencies.

  • 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 Air Force 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: An advanced degree from an ABET accredited engineering college or university program.

Notes to Applicants:Candidates should submit a cover letter addressing the specific 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.

Weapons System 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.

The B61 Systems Engineering Group (W-1) has technical and programmatic responsibility for maintaining the safety, reliability, security, and certification of the stockpiled nuclear warhead for fielded B61 nuclear gravity bombs (the B61 Modifications (Mods) 3, 4, 7, 10, and 11). W-1 leads the Laboratory’s efforts for all B61 Legacy nuclear warhead activities and serves as the Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE) lead Design Agency. As such, W-1 has the technical and programmatic responsibility for the work of a diverse group of Laboratory scientists, nuclear weapons physics designers, and engineers in support of LANL’s mission to sustain the nuclear warheads in the B61 Legacy program. As part of its responsibilities, W-1 ensures that ongoing B61 Legacy stockpile activities are coordinated with B61-12 Life Extension Program (LEP) work to support the successful execution of the LEP. W-1 also serves as the Laboratory coordinator for all B61 Legacy external programmatic leadership activities with the National Nuclear Security Administration, Sandia National Laboratories, the US Air Force, and the Department of Defense.

Maximum Salary: 161300

Minimum Salary: 96600

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Work Telephone: 505-665-5993

Contact Name: Vonharders, Jeremy E

Organization Name: W-1/B61 System Engineering

Email: jeremyv@lanl.gov

Job Title: R&D; Engineer 3

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC70026