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Los Alamos National Laboratory Satellite Operations Scientist (Scientist 2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

Vacancy Name: IRC74106


Job Title Satellite Operations Scientist (Scientist 2)

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name ISR-3/Space Data Systems

Minimum Salary 89900

Maximum Salary 148300

What You Will Do

The Space Data Science & Systems Group (ISR-3) is seeking candidates for Satellite Operations Scientist positions within its Satellite, Payload, Ground Systems & Operations Team. This team is responsible for the design, implementation, and sustainment of satellite ground systems and software to facilitate payload development, testing, integration, and operations and maintains the capability to support and operate internally developed ground systems and payloads.

Successful candidates will bring their experience in space systems, mission operations, data management, and data analysis and work as part of a multidisciplinary team of engineers, scientists, and solutions architects to provide a well-managed and resilient mission-aligned satellite and payload operations capability at multiple classification levels. Some non-standard working hours and travel may be required.

Scientist 2 ($89,900 - $148,300)


  • Monitor operation of space and ground-based data collection assets

  • Coordinate collection campaigns with internal subject matter experts and external mission partners

  • Develop and schedule command plans to configure data collection assets

  • Operate data archival and data processing pipelines

  • Utilize sensor-specific tools to provide analysis of collected data sets

  • Analyze system and payload data for anomalous behavior and provide necessary remediation

  • Troubleshoot processing systems and connectivity to ensure data flow, data capture, and analysis capability

  • Assist with development of CONOPS and mission operations procedures

  • Participate in process, project, and resource planning with senior team members

  • Provide accurate status reporting on all assigned tasking

  • Enhance technical and professional expertise through self-directed and formal training

  • Mentor junior team members

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Knowledge of space systems, basic orbital mechanics, and satellite/payload operations

  • Experience with space mission management and planning activities

  • Experience with satellite/payload mission ground systems including functional operations and data management

  • Knowledge of enterprise Linux environments (RHEL/Centos, etc.), command-line utilities, and shell scripting

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with commitment to providing quality documentation for team members and customers

  • Work effectively as an individual and with team members and stakeholders at all levels

  • Experience working on advanced multi-organizational projects

  • Familiarity with project management skills including planning, execution, monitoring and closeout

  • Ability to consistently set goals and direction for multiple projects for yourself and other staff

  • Ability to attain & retain a DOE Q and TS/SCI clearance which generally requires a US citizenship

Education :

Bachelor’s degree in a related Science or Math discipline. Advanced Degree preferred.

Note to Applicants: Please provide a comprehensive cover letter that details how you meet the minimum job requirements for the position.

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 mission of the Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division is to create, deliver, support and exploit innovative sensing systems for space-based, airborne, and ground-based applications to address critical national security and scientific challenges.

Space Data Science & Systems (ISR-3) capabilities include embedded flight software and flight processing critical to every major ISR satellite program; satellite operations, data acquisition, ground processing and data management; machine learning and data exploitation, next generation payload architectures and system engineering, field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA) research for on-board processing and radiation effects mitigation, information technology infrastructure support, system development and integration.

Appointment Type Regular


Contact Details

Contact Name Broge, Margaret Ann

Email mbroge@lanl.gov

Work Telephone

Req ID: IRC74106