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Los Alamos National Laboratory R&D Engineer 4/5 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

Vacancy Name: IRC76363


Job Title R&D Engineer 4/5

Location Los Alamos, NM, US


Minimum Salary

Maximum Salary

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the R&D Engineer 4/5 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.

Los Alamos National Laboratory leads a continuing series of space payloads for treaty verification related to nuclear explosions, as well as research instruments on NASA scientific missions. The Intelligence & Space Research (ISR) Division seeks an innovative, dynamic Chief Systems Engineerto lead a highly integrated systems engineering team working on a broad portfolio of national security and scientific space missions of high national impact. The selected candidate will:

R&D Engineer 4 ($119,700 - $201,700)

The successful candidate will:

  • Provide technical expertise and leadership in the development, implementation, and integration of systems engineering principles, practices, and processes throughout the Division;

  • lead a growing Systems Engineering Integration & Test Team, currently comprised of 11 technical staff working in Systems Engineering, Integration & Testing, Radiation Effects, Reliability Assessment, and Environmental Testing,

  • Implement systems engineering and coordination activities to support the design, development, deployment, and operation of space payloads to ensure the system‐wide integration of mechanical, electrical, and software subsystems, through effective risk management that ensures reliability, maintainability, safety, security, and other program requirements.

  • Coordinate with line and program management to ensure the team is appropriately resourced and provides high quality, timely and technically independent support to projects and programs.

  • Support and influence, through senior-level guidance, a >$100M/yr portfolio of multidisciplinary programs related to the development and fielding of space-based systems;

  • Through mentoring and workforce development, lead and inspire the next generation of technical staff across the organization;

  • Lead technical peer review across Los Alamos space programs;

  • Actively engage in national and international technical communities, including participation in professional societies;

  • Work with Los Alamos program and project leadership to interface with internal and external stakeholders, partners, and customers to advance program objectives, identify and manage risk, and resolve issues related to systems engineering disciplines.

  • Foster a mutually respectful, learning work environment that enables the success of high performance teams

R&D Engineer 5 ($144,000 - $249,400). Additional job responsibilities of the R&D Engineer 5 include participation in program strategy for the future as well as external interactions with program sponsor and stakeholders:

  • Lead the planning, implementation, and insertion of new technologies and system approaches to meet evolving sponsor requirements and expectations.

  • Work with program and line leadership, as well as sponsors and customers, to define and implement Los Alamos strategy for new and evolving national programs; guide the development of long-term capabilities needed for these programs.

  • Participate in external peer review of technical systems, projects, programs, and capabilities of collaborating organizations

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Experience in the application of modern Systems Engineering principles and practices to solve complex technical problems.

  • Demonstrated experience with development, integration, and test of space-based, airborne, or similarly complex systems.

  • Demonstrated experience in identifying and managing risk for a project or program having a complex risk landscape.

  • Demonstrated expert knowledge of and experience in failure or root cause analysis.

  • Experience managing and leading a diverse team composed of a wide variety of technical skills.

  • Experience working across multidisciplinary, high performance teams toward a common goal.

  • Demonstrated track record of successfully mentoring junior staff.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q and SCI clearance.

Additional Job Requirements for R&D Engineer 5:

In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the R&D Engineer 5 level requires:

  • Demonstrated ability to lead projects and research teams in broad, multidisciplinary areas of expertise while effectively collaborating with scientists and managers across Los Alamos as well as sponsors, customers, and collaborators.

  • Experience in managing and leading a project through a complex risk landscape that spans multiple organizations

  • Demonstrated experience leading the maturation of high risk, innovate technical solutions from inception to deployment on a space-based, airborne, or similarly complex system.

Desired Skills:

  • Systems engineering experience with satellite‐based sensor systems.

  • Experience performing mission, functional, and cost‐benefit analysis.

  • Experience managing budget, scope, and schedule aspects of technical projects.

  • Experience integrating payloads onto spacecraft, as well as the associated command and control (ground) systems.

  • Experience with Model‐Based Systems Engineering concepts.

  • Active Q and/or SCI clearance.


Advanced degree in Electrical, Computer, Mechanical, or Systems Engineering or related technical field.

R&D Engineer 4: 8+ years of directly related experience (or equivalent combination or education and experience).

R&D Engineer 5: 12+ years of experience (or equivalent combination or education and experience). Engineering degree from an ABET accredited university is desired.

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q/SCI (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 Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory conducts $140M/yr of multidisciplinary research and development in several national security and scientific mission areas. This includes a significant portfolio of space-based systems for advanced sensing, communications, and other activities. A technically accomplished individual is sought to apply and advance systems engineering rigor across this organization in the context of broadly enhancing mission assurance.

Appointment Type Regular


Contact Details

Contact Name Frary, Suzanne R

Email suzannef@lanl.gov

Work Telephone

Req ID: IRC76363