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Los Alamos National Laboratory Space Systems Engineer (R&D Engineer 4) 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 Space Systems Engineer. As a member of The Space Instrument Realization Group, ISR-5, and collaborative member of Project Leadership team(s), your role will be to translate sponsor needs into technical objectives and goals for complex science and national security space missions. This position will define technical requirements to meet mission objectives, and lead system integration efforts for advanced space systems including satellite space vehicles. The candidate is a recognized technical expert with experience in the development, testing, and operation of space systems. This position will provide reporting across all levels of internal external management on technical progress, and project execution, including technical collaboration with industry partners. The Space System Engineer 4 will develop innovative techniques and approaches to meeting mission requirements, and ensuring successful integration and mission functionality as required to deliver space instruments and capabilities. The individual candidate should have extensive experience leading activities across multiple engineering disciplines, setting strategic direction for an engineering/technical organization, and managing large, complex and/or high-risk projects. The candidate should have experience solving complex problems, defining and applying industry best practices, and setting engineering standards. The Space Systems Engineer collaborates with other experts in industry to influences the development of new skills consistent with state-of-the-art.

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 be called to:

  • Collaborate with team members to brainstorm and apply innovative solutions to complex and challenging technical problems. Define requirements to meet national level needs, influence strategic directions, and lead technical decision-making for large, complex projects.

  • Develop and implement project management plans for moderate to large high-risk projects. Lead the development of scope, schedule, and budget and define deliverables at project or program level. Manages large, complex and/or high-risk space projects, involving multiple task capabilities, and organizations.

  • Write and maintain requirements documentation, and coordinate integration activities across multiple contributors to any single space project.

  • Derive technical requirements from overall space 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 across organizations or disciplines and participates in external peer review.

  • Serves as technical resource and mentor to staff across the division.

  • Develop and implements plans for new and significant project development opportunities. Lead development of technical section of large, complex proposals.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Communication & Teaming:

Demonstrated ability to build effective, intellectually diverse teams and interact with internal and external networks. Interact effectively with senior-level management and sponsors. Superior written, oral, and presentation skills. Demonstrated record of fostering a mutually respectful and inclusive work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.

Technical Experience:

Expert knowledge and experience in one or more space engineering disciplines. Demonstrated ability to create and apply specialized, state-of-the-art engineering a nd scientific principles, techniques, methods, and tools to provide solutions for an extensive and diverse range of project deliverables. Extensive experience in trouble-shooting complex system-level problems.

Systems Engineering Expertise:

Expertise in defining and deriving requirements for technical solutions to space instrument and/or space vehicle systems. Demonstrated ability to set standards for documentation for complex project requirements, deliverables, and changes.

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:

Advanced knowledge of all aspects of project management of technical or operational work, including defining work scope, schedules, budgets, priorities, and performance milestones. Ability to direct strategic investments and guide successful completion of major programs.


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 12 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Expertise in developing, delivering, and operation of space systems

  • Candidate should a recognized expert in 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: IRC86293
Organization Name ISR-5/Space Instrument Realization
Minimum Salary 135800
Maximum Salary 235600
Req ID: IRC86293
Category: Engineering