Los Alamos National Laboratory Space Systems Engineer (R&D Engineer 2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
We are seeking an engineering professional with broad experience to join our collaborative and dynamic team in the role of Space Systems Engineer. As a member of the Space Instrument Realization Group, ISR-5, you will support scientific and national security missions executed by the Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division. This position will act independently to contribute to project requirements definition, coordination of technical progress, and to ensure successful integration and mission functionality as required to deliver space instruments and capabilities. The individual candidate should have a background in a specific engineering field, as well as professional experience across multiple engineering disciplines. The candidate should be able to creatively apply engineering principles to research, design, and development elements of the research and development process for space instruments, experiments, and processes. The candidate should have experience integrating multiple subsystems and debugging behavior issues, as well as familiarity with best practices in change control and related documentation. Works with project leadership to communicate the integration process, issues, and resolutions to other LANL stakeholders. The Space Systems Engineer works with the project leadership derive and document technical requirements, track any design or functionality changes, and forecast how changes may impact the overall project. The Space Systems Engineer 2 should demonstrate willingness to learn and receive mentorship outside their area of expertise or experience.
The Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been designing, building, and operating highly innovative ground, air and space-based measurement and detection systems for nearly 60 years. We solve some of the most challenging scientific and national security problems facing the world today. Our interdisciplinary teams of engineers, technicians, and scientists work, learn, and succeed through a highly creative and dynamic R&D environment. We build, fly, operate, analyze data from measurement systems deployed to space for verification of international nuclear treaties, and develop innovative sensors, ground, airborne, and space hardware/software systems for basic scientific missions, nuclear nonproliferation, space situational awareness and remote sensing. In addition, we lead experiments on NASA missions, including the Curiosity and Perseverance Mars Rovers, Van Allen Probes, and IBEX.
On any given day, you may:
Collaborate with team members to brainstorm and implement innovative solutions to complex and challenging technical problems.
Work with project leadership to derive/define requirements for new-start space projects or changes to baseline.
Lead specific project tasks and activities to meet scope, schedule, and budget.
Identify and communicate risk areas to project leadership and division management.
Contribute to requirements documentation, technical decision-making, and coordination of integration activities across multiple contributors to any single space project.
Evaluate the impact of changes to requirements to overall project scope and resource requirements.
Contribute to, and help implement, project management plans, including scope, schedule, and budget, for large projects.
Contribute to peer review for projects across ISR Division.
Pursue opportunities for additional certification or qualifications to continue growth in a given field. May participate in professional societies as a member or contributor.
Contribute to ideas for new proposals and business development opportunities.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Communication & Teaming:
Demonstrated ability to contribute to effective, intellectually diverse teams, and interact with colleagues with diverse professional and educational backgrounds. Effective written, oral, and presentation skills. Ability to effectively communicate project requirements across a multi-disciplinary team. Demonstrated record of fostering a mutually respectful and inclusive work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.
Thorough knowledge and experience in engineering disciplines. Demonstrated ability to apply and interpret specialized, state-of-the-art engineering and scientific principles, techniques, methods, and tools to contribute to an extensive and diverse range of project deliverables.
Systems Engineering Expertise:
Ability to interpret and derive requirements for technical solutions to space mission needs, and maintain body of documentation for complex projects. Completed project plans and systems requirements documentation will be reviewed by a supervisor.
Quality Engineering Experience:
Familiarity with quality engineering processes and best practices. Ability to execute processes and procedures that contribute to product quality and mission assurance.
Working knowledge of project management of technical or operational work, including defining work scope, schedules, budgets, priorities, and performance milestones. Works with project leadership to develop cost, scope, and schedule baselines; report cost and schedule variance; and manage change control and risk. Established skills for multi-tasking, displaying initiative, and problem solving.
Demonstrated record of commitment to safety, security, environment, and quality.
Education/Experience: Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, preferably from an ABET accredited institution, with at least 4 years of related experience; or, an advanced degree in Engineering.
Experience with space systems
Candidate should have a strong working knowledge of engineering best practices and project planning
Demonstrated ability to work with diverse team members to problem solve and identify solutions
Active Q and/or SCI clearance
Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.
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. 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)
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/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: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call1-505-665-4444 option 1. Appointment Type
Contact Name Wilson, Amber
Vacancy Name: IRC86296
Organization Name ISR-5/Space Instrument Realization
Minimum Salary 94100
Maximum Salary 155700
Req ID: IRC86296