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Los Alamos National Laboratory R&D Engineer 4 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Weapon Systems Engineering (W) Division provides systems engineering and program management to ensure the safety, reliability, and security of our nation’s nuclear stockpile for the entire life cycle. (W) Division is responsible for leadership of activities in stockpile surveillance, assessment, certification, and life extension projects.

The successful applicant will work in the Weapon Systems Surveillance group (W-9) as a Detonator Cable Assembly (DCA) Surveillance Engineer. This position includes a fairly high degree of autonomy and periodic travel. The focus of this activity will be associated with the disassembly operations at the Pantax Plant followed by testing and analysis of DCAs at LANL, including communicating results to engineering and design stakeholders.

As a DCA surveillance engineer in W-9, the successful candidate will be responsible for the following:

  • Ensure and maintain the high quality DCA surveillance data collected.

  • Provide technical interface between the group and the production agency (PA), system engineering, and primary physics communities.

  • Qualify new and existing DCA surveillance tests and ensure that qualifications are maintained in accordance with Defense Programs Business Process System (DPBPS) requirements.

  • Ensure all data streams are annually evaluated and trended to support aging models and/or provide an understanding of the time-dependent state of health of DCA designs.

  • Report surveillance results as input to the Annual Assessment Reports and end-of-year surveillance briefings.

  • Provide input directed at addressing potential knowledge gaps on the state of health and aging of DCAs, evaluate and prioritize new evaluation tools that could help address such concerns.

  • Provide support as needed for current and future LEPs in advising on and planning for surveillance.

  • Communicate and work interdependently with weapon system surveillance engineers, weapon system engineers, DCA design, component, and production engineers, primary physicists, and W-Division management.

  • Lead the DCA Component Evaluation Program Planning Committee (CEPPC) by organizing twice annual meetings, establishing agendas, and evaluating proposed new tests and diagnostics for improved surveillance, documenting and publishing meeting results.

  • Interact with scientists and product engineers in the Detonation Science & Technology group to ensure surveillance test requirements are complimentary to baseline and qualification requirements. Make adjustments to the Surveillance program to maintain connection between production and surveillance.

  • Provide review and oversight of current and future experimental and modeling efforts aimed at understanding and predicting aging of DCAs.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Weapon Engineering Experience

Demonstrated working knowledge of nuclear weapon design, development, production, or stockpile requirements. Advanced knowledge of fundamental engineering and material science principles and practices. Demonstrated experience with DCAs and materials used in LANL DCA designs. Demonstrated experience in test fire and other means of characterizing DCAs.

Technical Leadership

Demonstrated ability in leading projects by assembling teams across multiple organizations, establishing project plans, assigning tasks to team members, and reporting progress. Proven ability to reach milestones and produce deliverables while remaining with budget constraints.

Problem Solving

Demonstrated ability to generate and apply innovative approaches to solve complex problems. Proven record of achievements in a technically-relevant field. Demonstrated ability to organize and track evaluations and completed work.

Communication and Teamwork

Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively verbally and through written documentation. Experience in communicating with coworkers, laboratory management and customers. Proven record of working effectively as a team member. Demonstrated ability to seek technical input from experts.Recognized and demonstrated ability to lead projects involving multiple team members across laboratory organizations


Position requires a Master’s Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited institution and 12 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation

Desired Qualifications:

  • Applicant must currently hold a Q Clearance with Sigma 15 authorization, or have the ability to obtain a Q clearance and Sigma 15 authorization.

  • General knowledge of the engineering authorization system and document management systems.

  • Working experience at one or more of the NNSA design labs or production plants.

  • Working knowledge of practices related to working with energetic materials and classified documents and parts.

Essential Job Functions : Occasional domestic travel

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

COVID Vaccine :

The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year.

Note to Applicants: Although the primary responsibilities of this position are associated with work at Los Alamos National Laboratory, occasional travel is required.

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 childbirth 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)

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. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

  • 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. SeeDOE 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 the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to PolicyPolicy P701for 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 call1-505-665-4444 option 1. Employment Status

Full Time

Appointment Type



Contact Details
Contact Name Maestas, Megan Sue Shannon
Email msmaestas@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC96583
Organization Name Surveillance Oversight/ W-9
Minimum Salary 135800
Maximum Salary 235600
Req ID: IRC96583
Category: Engineering