Los Alamos National Laboratory System Engineer (R&D Engineer 2/3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the R&D; Engineer 2 or R&D; Engineer 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.

The Process Modeling and Analysis Group (E‐2) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is seeking systems engineers. E‐2 is part of the Design Engineering and Technology Division (E). E‐2 provides engineering support, systematic analyses, and integrated planning for a diverse portfolio of projects, with systems engineering being a key expertise within the group. The successful candidate will apply systems engineering skills to a wide variety of problems, ranging from assisting customers in requirements management, evaluation of options, program planning, risk management, monitoring, process improvement, and execution.

This position will be focused on interfacing with organizations from across the laboratory engaged in the enduring stockpile stewardship mission to understand their systems engineering needs and provide the necessary systems engineering expertise required by each customer to make their program successful. The production of high‐quality work within scheduled constraints, the ability to work effectively within diverse teams, and demonstrated self‐motivation and individual initiative for the benefit of the group, are expected.

R&D; Engineer 2 ($87,800 - $144,800)

The successful candidate will:

  • Provide systems engineering expertise to customers from across the Laboratory including those customers engaged in plutonium sustainment, detonator production, and stockpile stewardship, among others.

  • Assist customers with a wide range of systems engineering challenges associated with requirements management, programmatic planning, risk management, and process analysis (development, characterization, and improvement).

  • Support the generation of planning documents, reports, and presentations as required to support customer deliverables.

  • Serve on crosscutting technical teams or project teams in support of the enduring stockpile stewardship mission.

R&D; Engineer 3 ($96,600 - $161,300)

In addition to the duties outlined above, the R&D; Engineer 3 will be required to:

  • Serve as a subject matter expert in the area of systems engineering on cross‐organizational, high performing teams established to accomplish significant milestones and deliverables in support of the enduring stockpile stewardship mission.

  • Engage program managers and other customers to define work scope and assist managers with fiscal year planning.

  • Support programmatic and technical reviews including the briefing of upper lab management and external customers on complex or high visibility projects (technical writing, presentations).

  • Provide guidance and leadership to junior staff and mentor junior staff in the area of systems engineering.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Experience developing measurable requirements or evaluating the quality of requirements.

  • Experience supporting customers with programmatic planning.

  • Risk management experience with understanding of risk management processes.

  • Ability to translate elicited data into effective requirements and planning assumptions.

  • Effective written and oral communication skills (technical writing, presentations).

  • Effective analysis skills (interpreting and presenting analysis results).

  • Ability to recognize and assess technical problems, develop technical options and, if necessary, togenerate suitable solutions and effectively document and communicate results.

  • Ability to work with nominal supervision, as well as part of a team in a multi‐disciplinary environmentand to interact effectively with a variety of organizations and technical disciplines.

Additional Job Requirements for R&D; Engineer 3:

  • Advanced systems engineering experience on complex or large‐scale projects.

  • Advanced experience in defining system requirements and translating into planning documents.

  • Advanced experience in requirements analysis, validation, and verification.

  • Advanced experience conducting trade studies and cost‐benefit analyses.

  • Advanced experience in process improvement tools and methodologies.

  • Specialized knowledge of statistical concepts.

  • Subject matter expert knowledge of and experience in one or more of the following engineering disciplines:mechanical, manufacturing, industrial, chemical, electrical, or nuclear engineering.

  • Technical leadership and knowledge of key interface areas supporting nuclear facilities operations including, but not limited to, Conduct of Engineering, readiness assessments, high‐hazard operations, waste management, analytical chemistry, metal operations, inspection, quality control, and equipment maintenance.

  • Specialized experience in formalized project risk assessments.

  • Advanced experience using Microsoft Excel and Oracle Crystal Ball Monte Carlo software, or similar.

Desired Skills:

  • Formal systems engineering training or certification.

  • Knowledge of DOE O 413.3b.

  • Advannced experience identifying project risks and developing mitigation strategies and corrective actions.

  • Active DOE Q clearance (or similar) or DOE Q clearance investigation in process.

Education for R&D; Engineer 2: A minimum of a BS in engineering from an Accreditation Board or Engineering and Technology (ABET) college or university program and 3 years of experience, advanced degree is preferred.

Education for R&D; Engineer 3: A minimum of a BS in engineering from an Accreditation Board or Engineering and Technology (ABET) college or university program and 6 years of experience, advanced degree is preferred.

Essential Job Functions: Reading vision, distance vision, ability to speak, ability to discriminate speech, ability to hear in a normal range, siting, standing, walking, climbing stairs, typing or keyboarding.

Notes to Applicants: A cover letter addressing each of the required skills is required along with a resume.

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q (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 Design Engineering & Technology Division (E) develops and applies a diverse set of Research and Development (R&D;) engineering capabilities to provide solutions that enable the Laboratory's scientific and national security mission.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Work Telephone: 505-665-5993

Contact Name: Vonharders, Jeremy E

Organization Name: E-2/ Process Modeling & Analysis

Email: jeremyv@lanl.gov

Job Title: System Engineer (R&D; Engineer 2/3)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC69455