Computational Mechanics Code Developer (R&D Engineer 2)

What You Will Do
R&D Engineer 2 ($101,700 - $168,200)
MST-8 is seeking an R&D Engineer 2 to lead the development and support of a suite of computational mechanics tools. The successful candidate will join the MST-8 group and be a member of the Materials Science in Radiation and Dynamics Extremes Modeling (REDM) team. The models to be supported allow for the study of the mechanical response and microstructure evolution of metals and metallic components subjected to extreme environments (mechanical loads, thermal loads, and irradiation). The REDM team focuses on multi-scale modeling and analysis of steels and advanced metals. Thus, the numerical tools to be supported range from discrete dislocation dynamics simulations codes, cluster dynamics codes, crystal plasticity-based polycrystal modeling tools and finite element simulation methods.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of metals deformation behavior.
  • Documented record of technical achievement in a relevant engineering discipline, such as mechanical engineering.
  • Strong knowledge of finite element method/analysis.
  • Strong knowledge of constitutive modeling such as crystal plasticity formalisms methods.
  • Experience in algorithm development (e.g., using Fast Fourier Transform based methods).
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, particularly in technical reports and presentations.

Education/Experience: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited institution and 4 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Materials Science, Engineering, Physics, or related discipline and typically post-doctoral research experience at a university or national lab, or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.
  • Experience in GPU based programming.
  • Experience in parallel program development/computing.

Note to Applicants: For technical questions related to this position contact L. Capolungo (

Work Location: The work location for this position is onsite and located in Los Alamos, NM. All work locations are at the discretion of management.

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 childbirth and parental leave
  • Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
  • Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
  • Flexible schedules and time off (PTO and holidays)
  • Onsite gyms and wellness programs
  • Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
Additional Details

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.

No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

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. Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use was pre-offer.

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 Policy Policy P701 for 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, 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 or call 1-505-664-6947 option 2.