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Los Alamos National Laboratory Space Architecture Team (Scientist 2/3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

Vacancy Name: IRC74042


Job Title Space Architecture Team (Scientist 2/3)

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name CCS-7/Applied Computer Science

Minimum Salary

Maximum Salary

What You Will Do

The Applied Computer Science group (CCS-7) is the Laboratory’s vanguard research organization for scientific applications at extreme scale. The four focus areas of the group are (1) applications, algorithms, and hardware co-design; (2) collaborative programming and development of scientific applications; (3) programming models, runtime systems and tools; and (4) data science and visualization at scale. Projects are funded by a variety of federal funding agencies and typically involve collaborations inside and outside of the Laboratory, in line with the group’s commitment to engage with theoretical, experimental, and computer-systems scientists to develop integrated, cross-disciplinary solutions. The Space Architectures Team provides integrated solutions for satellite applications, developing custom hardware/firmware co-design for missions of national importance. The team includes expertise in hardware design, software and firmware engineering, real time signal processing and algorithms, and systems analysis.

CCS-7 invites applicants for a position of Scientist 2 or 3 to join the Space Architecture Team and strengthen our existing software, firmware, and hardware efforts in the design and development of the next generation of satellite-based sensing, signal processing, and computing, as well as supporting technologies for both emerging processor architectures, high-performance system architectures, heterogeneous environments for high-performance computing; including the convergence of edge, cloud, and data-centric computing.

This position will be filled at either the Scientist 2/3 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.

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

The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Conduct research and development in one or more of the following areas: embedded software and firmware development, software engineering, data analysis, software and hardware test infrastructures

  • Work both independently and collaboratively with other members of the team after receiving initial direction and requirements from technical project leads

  • Deliver results based on direction received, for example, provide reference and eventually hardened implementations for techniques described in a research paper or a technical report, or improve the efficiency / performance of a section of code within a larger code base

  • Conduct a literature search to find prior research related to an idea and/or topic area

  • Work with team members to make modifications and additions to existing compilers, tools, and runtime infrastructures

  • Work with team members to document, design and implement new ideas, approaches and algorithms as well as improve upon existing techniques

  • Present the results of research at conferences, workshops, and meetings

Scientist 3 ($98,900 - $165,100)

In addition to the duties of a Scientist 2, the successful candidate will be required to:

  • Contribute to proposals, and execute research and development efforts in one or more of the following areas: custom compute architectures, co-designed hardware and firmware systems, advanced signal processing algorithms, and mission design

  • Interact with people from other teams, groups, divisions, directorates, and programs to create collaborations

  • Work with limited direction, for example, execute work based on a fragment of an idea or a half-formed idea and carry it to completion

  • Mentor junior scientists and students

  • Represent LANL and the DOE at workshops and meetings

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Demonstrated ability to code in Python and C/C++ Demonstrated ability in embedded software development including microcontrollers in C

  • Demonstrated ability to program FPGA devices in VHDL or Verilog

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative and multidisciplinary scientific environment

  • Demonstrated ability to accept initial direction and requirements from technical project leads

  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively to complete deliverables by a deadline

  • Evidence of strong interpersonal and communication skills

Additional Job Requirements for Scientist 3:

In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the Scientist 3 level requ i res:

  • Significant experience in signal processing algorithm design and development

  • Hardware (analog and digital) design experience

  • Skills in the use and design of RF equipment to characterize and test RF devices and sensors in laboratory and open-air environments

  • Fusion of data from multiple sources and development of algorithms for data analysis

  • Demonstrated experience writing proposals

  • Demonstrated experience presenting the results of research at conferences, workshops, and meetings

Desired Skills

  • Ability to hold a DOD TOP SECRET clearance

  • Knowledge of the DOE and NNSA complex

  • Experience with GPU and/or accelerator programming (e.g., CUDA, OpenCL, etc.)

  • Experience working with, designing and debugging complex software systems

  • Experience with data-centric and machine learning programming systems, frameworks, languages, etc.

  • Experience with programming for IOT, edge-, fog- or cloud-based systems. This can include embedded and/or distributed computing systems.


  • Minimum of an M.S. in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering or a related field from an accredited college or university, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience

Notes to Applicants:

  • A cover letter addressing each of the minimum job requirements is required, as well as a CV or resume

  • Working on some of the group’s projects requires a Q clearance. 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.

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 Computer, Computational, and Statistical Sciences (CCS) Division is a scientific research and development organization working in five principal mission areas of Los Alamos National Laboratory: basic science and technology research programs; climate and energy programs; global security programs; the nuclear weapons program; and information science and technology. The division is comprised of scientists focused on impactful research and development in fundamental computer science, computational physics, statistics, and applied mathematics. CCS Division bridges the computational sciences that are central to scientific discovery and innovation with external partners and laboratory programs to solve complex and fundamental problems ranging from metagenomics to nuclear energy.

Appointment Type Regular


Contact Details

Contact Name Broge, Margaret Ann

Email mbroge@lanl.gov

Work Telephone

Req ID: IRC74042