Embedded and Flight Software Engineer (R&D Engineer 1 / 2) | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Embedded and Flight Software Engineer (R&D Engineer 1 / 2)

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the R&D Engineer 1/2 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.

Are you passionate about contributing to a high functioning, inter-disciplinary team to address the challenging issues of national interest? We are seeking a creative and highly motivated Embedded and Flight Software Engineer to join our collaborative and dynamic team! As an R&D Engineer 1 or 2, you will work on a portfolio of exciting, challenging, and cutting-edge scientific and national security space missions. The Space Data Science & Systems Group (ISR-3) is an integral part of the Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and has core capabilities in software development, mission operations, data exploitation, data systems development and integration.

ISR Division has been designing, building, and operating highly innovative ground, air and space-based measurement and detection systems for over 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 lead experiments on NASA missions, including the Perseverance and Curiosity Rovers, Van Allen Probes, IBEX, IMAP Mission, NACHOS hyperspectral CubeSat, and BEAMPIE rocket experiment. We also build, fly, operate and analyze data from measurement systems deployed to space for verification of international nuclear treaties, and develop innovative sensors, ground, airborne, and space hardware/software systems for basic scientific missions, nuclear nonproliferation, space situational awareness and remote sensing.

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

Candidates at this level have an engineering background in the areas of software engineering, basic knowledge of electrical engineering, and an enthusiasm for creative problem solving and learning. They should also have technical initiative and experience in contributing to a project from an innovative concept to its use or application. Responsibilities and Roles at this level include:
  • Assists in developing real-time embedded software following a rigorous software development process
  • Assists in developing flight software for use on radiation-hardened processors to control, process, acquire, and distribute data from scientific satellite payloads
  • Assists in developing embedded software for ground-based processors that simulate a satellite spacecraft/payload interfaces used during the development, testing, and spacecraft integration of payloads
  • Assists with writing device drivers to interface with custom, Los Alamos designed measurement systems
  • Contributes to continuous software process improvement, and learn through collaboration with other team members
  • Assists in extracting and defining software requirements from system level requirements
  • Interfaces with end users, scientists, engineers, and fellow colleagues to understand payload requirements and to develop software in parallel with payload development
  • Presents results of work at team and project meetings
  • Enhances technical and professional expertise through coaching, mentoring, and training
  • Assists in developing Interface Control Documents (ICDs) and other system level requirements

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

In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this level you would be performing the responsibilities above as a fully-functioning self-sufficient professional. In addition, responsibilities and roles at this level also include:
  • Lead small projects and/or technical development as a Subject Matter Expert
  • Contribute to programmatic proposals for new projects and funding

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Technical Experience

Demonstrated basic knowledge and experience in one or more of the following electrical engineering or computer science focus areas:
  • Embedded Systems Application Programming
  • Real-Time Operating Systems
  • Real-Time Programming
  • Device Drivers
  • Digital Logic Design
  • Operating System Design
  • Computer Processor Architectures and Design


C/C++ experience


Demonstrated ability to interact effectively in a team environment and express ideas clearly in written and oral communications


Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a team

Additional Job Requirements for the R&D Engineer 2:

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:

Technical Products

Assists in the development of technical products such as journal papers and reports, and the development of intellectual property


Developing mentoring skills to mentor junior staff and peers in technical and professional growth

Education/Experience at lower level: Position requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, or another related field, and 2 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Education/Experience at higher level: Position requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, or another related field, and 4 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience in formal software development processes
  • Experience with the development, deployment and operation of sensors or systems into the field or into space
  • Experience with remote sensing or digital image/signal processing techniques
  • Technical experience with any of the following:
    • Unix/Linux
    • Python
    • VHDL/Verilog and test benches for FPGA or ASIC based design

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.

Note to Applicants:

Interested applicants must include a cover letter and resume detailing how they meet the minimum requirements of the position.

Please note this position may require travel.

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.

*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