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Los Alamos National Laboratory Space Systems Engineer (R&D Engineer 3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

We are seeking a skilled professional with diverse experience to join our collaborative and dynamic team in the role of Systems Engineer. As a member of The Space Instrument Realization Group, ISR-5, you will have a central role as a Systems Engineer to support projects executed by the Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division on behalf of the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense. This position serves to define requirements, coordinate technical progress, and ensure successful integration and mission functionality as required to deliver instruments and capabilities for national security missions. The individual candidate should have a background in a specific engineering field, as well as experience leading activities across multiple engineering disciplines. The candidate should be able to creatively apply scientific principles to research, design, and development elements of the research and development process for instruments, machines, experiments, processes, theories or technologies. The candidate should have experience integrating multiple subsystems and debugging behavior issues, as well as the demonstrated ability to document and communicate the integration process, issues, and resolutions. The Systems Engineer works directly with the project leadership, program manager, and sponsors to define and document technical requirements, and track any design or functionality changes, and forecast how changes may impact the overall project.

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, and analyze data from measurement systems deployed to space for verification of international nuclear treaties, and develop innovative sensors and 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.

  • Define requirements for new-start projects or changes to baseline.

  • Identify and communicate risk areas to project stakeholders including technical and program management, external sponsors, and upper levels of Laboratory management.

  • Write and maintain requirements documentation, lead technical decision-making, and coordinate integration activities across multiple contributors to any single project.

  • Derive technical requirements from overall mission requirements. Evaluate derived requirements impact to overall project scope and resource requirements.

  • Develop and implement project management plans, including scope, schedule, and budget, for large projects. Defines deliverables for these projects.

  • Lead peer review for assigned projects; participate in peer review for other projects across ISR Division

  • Mentor and train junior staff.

  • Develop ideas for new proposals and business development opportunities. Lead development of small to moderate proposals.

  • Provide technical direction to diverse staff.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Communication & Teaming:

Demonstrated ability to build effective, intellectually diverse teams and interact with directorate-wide networks. Interact effectively with middle- and senior-level management. Excellent written, oral, and presentation skills. Ability to present project requirements concisely and compellingly to sponsors and non-technical stakeholders. Demonstrated record of fostering a mutually respectful and inclusive work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.

Technical Experience:

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 provide solutions for an extensive and diverse range of project deliverables.

Systems Engineering Expertise:

Ability to independently derive requirements for technical solutions to mission needs, and maintain body of documentation for complex projects.

Quality Engineering Experience:

Experience with quality engineering processes and best practices. Expertise in applying and creating processes and procedures that contribute to product quality and mission assurance.

Project management:

Demonstrated experience in all aspects of project management of technical or operational work, including defining work scope, schedules, budgets, priorities, and performance milestones; developing cost, scope, and schedule baselines; reporting cost and schedule variance; and managing 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 Master’s Degree in Engineering, preferably from an ABET accredited institution, and at least 6 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and related experience.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience or working knowledge developing, delivering, and operation of military or 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)

Additional Details

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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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call1-505-665-4444 option 1. Appointment Type



Contact Details
Contact Name Wilson, Amber
Email amberw@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC86295
Organization Name ISR-5/Space Instrument Realization
Minimum Salary 113100
Maximum Salary 190900
Req ID: IRC86295
Category: Engineering