Electrical Systems Engineer (R&D Engineer 1 /2) | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Electrical Systems Engineer (R&D Engineer 1 /2)

What You Will Do

The Technology Applications Group (A-3) is a multidisciplinary group that uses a broad range of engineering and scientific expertise to support the Groups contributions toward national programs surrounding non-proliferation, counterterrorism and counterproliferation. Among A-3's core technical areas of expertise are development efforts focused on advanced RF systems, electromagnetic effects, electrical and mechanical reverse engineering, mechanical design and evaluation, cyber-physical analysis and guiding lower TRL efforts into functional solutions.

To support these mission goals, A-3 currently has two openings as Electrical Systems Engineers for individuals interested in working in a multidisciplinary group consisting of engineers, scientists, technicians, machinists working to transform concepts and designs into deliverable products to meet Global Security mission deliverables. The desired candidates primary functions will be utlizaiton of core engineering principles to design, construct, prototype, test and analyze electrical systems. The successful candidate will work both independently and as part of a team typically operating on short operational timescales. Most project work is conducted at the Q and SCI levels.

This position will be filled at either the R&D Engineer 1 or 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.

R&D Engineer 1 ($87,200 - $142,500)

To support the mission of the duties outlined above, the R&D Engineer 1 will be required to:
  • Contribute to the development, design, testing, fabrication, and installation of R&D projects including schedule development, cost estimates, and project status reports.
  • Collaborate with team members on designs with internal and external colleagues at the project team and group level.
  • Produce materials for technical reports, documents (including drawings and schematics), and presentations.

R&D Engineer 2 ($96,100 - $159,000)

In addition to the duties outlined above, the R&D Engineer 2 will be required to:
  • Take the lead in design, testing, fabrication, and installation of R&D projects including schedule development, cost estimates, and project status reports.
  • Lead collaboration on designs with internal and external colleagues at the project, team and group level.
  • Provide technical leadership and mentoring to team members.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

R&D Engineer 1

The successful candidate will be required to collaborate and apply technical skills within a multidisciplinary operational environment

Research & Collaboration
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct basic engineering research, both independently and on teams.
  • Ability and desire to learn new skills and become an expert in new areas of interest.

Technical Skills
  • Familiarity with one or more of the following subjects: Electronic systems, embedded systems programming, signal processing, microwave systems, RF systems, electromagnetic effects, electronic and/or mechanical and/or firmware reverse engineering, mechanical design and evaluation.
  • Experience with making measurements in at least one of the following fields: mechanical, electromagnetic, RF, radiographic, and/or optical.
  • Demonstrated success designing, constructing and troubleshooting hardware systems
  • Strong organizational skills for maintaining equipment, lab space, and software

R&D Engineer 2

Additional Job Requirements for R&D Engineer 2:

The successful candidate will be required to collaborate and apply technical skills within a multidisciplinary operational environment

Research & Collaboration
  • Demonstrated ability to lead components of basic engineering research, both independently and on teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently identify and develop new skills and become an expert in new areas of interest.
  • In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires technical expertise in one or more of the bulleted topic areas

Technical Expertise
  • Technical expert in one or more of the following subjects: Electronic systems, embedded system programming, signal processing, microwave systems, RF systems, electromagnetic effects, electronic and/or mechanical and/or firmware reverse engineering, mechanical design and evaluation.
  • Expertise in modeling one or more of the above phenomenologies noted above being measured
  • Demonstrated experience formulating work plan, identifying project resources and executing R&D project.


Education/Experience at lower level: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited institution related to the occupation. Up to 2 years of related experience may be desired.

Education/Experience at higher level: 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:

In addition to the minimum job requirements, candidates with expanded qualifications in any of the following areas are viewed favorably.
  • Operational experience in one or more of these topics: microcontrollers, software-defined radio, antennae design and operation, electromagnetics, signal processing, Field-programmable gate arrays, VHSIC Hardware Description Language (VHDL), material-electronic systems integration, reverse engineering of electronic systems and/or firmware, and software engineering
  • Experience with computer-based data-acquisition systems acquiring and analyzing data during experiments (e.g. LabView and/or MATLAB).
  • Expertise in signal processing, data acquisition technologies, and statistical detection theory
  • Demonstrated modeling and programming experience with Python, Matlab, C, or C++.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of applied technology development and testing
  • Advanced degree in engineering or related STEM field
  • Active Q/SCI clearance


Clearance: TS//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. This position requires a TS//SCI clearance which requires US Citizenship. 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.

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 one 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/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. 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