Computer Scientist/Software Engineer | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Computer Scientist/Software Engineer

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Scientist 1/Scientist 2 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.

Scientist 1 ($85,400- $139,600)

Do you have software engineering and/or computer science experience with high performance computing, including GPU expertise? XCP-3 (Monte Carlo Codes Group) is looking for talent to help develop, maintain, and deploy our primary software products, MCNP® and MCATK. Join our team to develop Monte Carlo particle transport codes that must run performantly on some of the largest HPC systems in the world.

XCP-3 provides the Monte Carlo particle transport capability needed to accurately predict the interaction of radiation with matter. Our work supports a variety of Laboratory missions, including stockpile stewardship, nonproliferation, threat reduction, and energy and environmental sciences. We deliver technology, methods, production quality codes, and training to sponsors, primarily U.S. federal agencies, through research, development, and maintenance of high-quality software and documentation. Our predictive capability is the nation's foremost predictive tool for nuclear criticality safety simulations and plays a central role in tying nuclear weapon simulations to the nuclear test database.

Scientist 2 ($94,100-$155,700)

In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this level you will be expected to mentor junior staff as well as students and postdocs. You will be expected to lead small development efforts, present your results at external scientific conferences, and publish results in scientific publications.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Technical Knowledge

For this role, you will technical knowledge and experience working with programming languages such as C, C++, and Fortran, program development and software engineering.

Engineering/Scientific Background

You must have advanced knowledge in Computer Science or Software Engineering with significant software development expertise.

Programming

For this role you will need proficiency in a programming language such as Fortran, C/C++, CUDA C/C++, and/or Python.

Collaboration

Team work is essential to the success of our group. As such, you will need to have demonstrated the ability to function effectively in a team environment with a willingness to learn new skills and be flexible in work assignments. This includes exhibiting professional conduct in interactions with co-workers and supervisors.

Communication

Communication skills within the software development team are critical to this position. You will be expected to be able to effectively communicate plans, progress, and software designs. You will be expected to write documentation targeted towards end-users and towards other software developers. You will be expected to present at both internal and external scientific conferences. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required.

Additional Job Requirements for Scientist 2:

Technical Knowledge

For this role, you will need advanced technical knowledge and experience working with programming languages such as C, C++, and Fortran, program development and software engineering.

Engineering/Scientific Background

You must have advanced knowledge in Computer Science or Software Engineering with significant software development expertise.

Education/Experience at lower level: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree in a STEM field from an accredited college or university related to the occupation. Up to 2 years of related experience may be desired.

Education/Experience at higher level: Position requires a Bachelor' degree in computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, or a STEM field from an accredited college and university and 4 years of related experience, typically with post-doctoral research experience at a university or national lab or equivalent experience directly related to the occupation. Preference may be given for a Ph.D.

Desired Qualifications:

Software Parallelism

It would be great if you had experience in with software parallelism using OpenMP, MPI, C++ Threads, and/or CUDA C/C++.

Continuous Integration and Testing

It would be a plus if you had experience with modern continuous integration and testing tools.

Note to Applicants:

Applicants should submit a CV, and a comprehensive cover letter describing your qualifications and how you meet the required and desired (as appropriate) requirements for the position.

We welcome a broad pool of candidates from a diverse background. No applicant is expected to have all the desired qualifications. Please submit an application if you feel you meet the minimum requirements.

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

COVID Vaccine:

The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

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 (paid sick, vacation, 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.

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. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

*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 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 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.Employment StatusFull Time