Los Alamos National Laboratory Software Controls Team Leader (R&D Engineer 3 or 4) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
This position will be filled at either the R&D Engineer 3 or 4 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.
Accelerator Operations Technology (AOT) Division provides systems engineering, program management and operational support to ensure the safety and reliability of the LANSCE accelerator complex. AOT Division is responsible for the operation, maintenance and engineering upgrades necessary to provide high quality beams to a variety of experimental and production facilities. The Instrumentation and Controls Group (AOT-IC) performs a number of technical functions in support of AOT Division goals. As the member of AOT-IC, the successful applicant for this position will be expected to work as the Team Leader of the Software Controls team whose primary responsibility is to support the operation of the instrumentation, control and data acquisition systems deployed at the LANSCE facility.
The successful applicant will be expected to provide technical leadership for automated accelerator control-system software development and control-system operational & maintenance support which will require interacting with controls engineers, physicists, operators, instrumentation and controls technicians and others. The LANSCE Control System incorporates Linux, RTEMS, VxWorks, Java, C, C++, Python, LabVIEW-based, EPICS tools, and legacy VMS-based control and application software.
Job responsibilities will include software engineering, maintenance and upgrades of current systems, documentation, and participation in evaluation, design and development of future control systems. The team leader position requires approximately 65% time spent on technical contribution and 35% management.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
R&D Engineer 3 ($110,000-$186,300)
Position requires a seasoned, experienced professional in a broad discipline or narrow, specialized field and has the ability to develop advanced concepts, techniques, and standards for specialized, state-of-the-art technologies and concepts.
Knowledge and proven ability in developing and implementing software solutions, and recommendation of solutions to technical problems for organizational and/or business unit initiatives.
Experience in recruiting, evaluating, mentoring and retaining talented undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, and staff (including promoting diversity and fostering teamwork).
Experience with applying and teaching software engineering design cycle principles such as: requirements gathering, design, implementation, debugging, testing, validating, and maintenance of large code base.
Display a substantial and significant record of achievement through reports, publications, intellectual property, and/or technical products.
Serve as a role model for effective and creative technical leadership within the organization or business unit.
Knowledge and experience of appropriate safe practices for technical work.
Availability for rotating on-call and working after hours when required.
Additional Job Requirements for R&D Engineer 4 ($132,500-$229,900):
In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:
Position typically requires a senior Engineer/Scientist in either a broad discipline or narrow, specialized field with the ability to translate national needs into technological objectives and goals.
Extensive experience leading and managing a software oriented group of people (functional and/or project management wise) in support of large Production and/or R&D facilities.
Documented authored reports and/or publications of major importance and/or frequently which provided considerable impact within the engineering/scientific community.
Leadership in identifying, promoting, and developing appropriate new organizational-wide technical capabilities.
Experience serving in a consultative role to senior-level management and/or governmental management representatives.
Advanced and/or broad knowledge about software principles for instrumentation and control systems.
Desired Qualifications R&D Engineer 3 & 4:
Programming experience with VxWorks or RTEMS.
Programming experience in Bash, Perl, Tcl/Tk, C, C++, Java, and LabVIEW.
Experience in Linux system management: creating accounts, configuring system characteristics, installation of software, etc.
Experience in network management: NIS, DNS, DHCP, etc.
Experience designing/developing automated control system software.
Experience with all aspects of project management.
Knowledge of relational databases theory.
Knowledge of control & data acquisition theory and instrumentation hardware.
Programming experience with the EPICS toolkit (Experimental Physics Industrial Control System).
Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires U.S. citizenship.
Education/Experience at R&D Engineer 3 & 4: Advanced degree from an ABET accredited engineering college or university program. M.S. or Ph.D. in computer science, electrical or controls engineering, physics or physical science, or related fields preferred.
Note to Applicants: Consideration for the position will be strictly limited to applicants that submit a comprehensive cover letter addressing, bullet by bullet, each of the required and desired skills listed below.
Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos.
Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Reading Vision, Sitting, Standing, Climbing stairs, Climbing ladders, reaching overhead, reaching horizontally, reaching down, Typing or keyboarding, lifting 30+ pounds.
Work Environment: working in widely ranging ambient temperatures, working overtime or irregular schedule, operation of motor vehicles, work in a noisy environment, work near electrical power supplies, work near sources of ionizing radiation, work near sources of non-ionizing radiation, and work near machinery with moving parts.
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 maternity 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)
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No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.
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.
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Contact Name Thompson, Larry Douglas
Vacancy Name: IRC83209
Organization Name AOT-IC/Instrumentation & Controls
Req ID: IRC83209