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

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

What You Will Do

Are you interested in a job where your contributions will become part of what makes DOE a science, technology and engineering powerhouse for the nation? As a Engineer 1/2 you will play a key role in supporting national security through the NEN-2 mission. How we do the job is as important as the work we do. You have the opportunity to work in a dynamic team environment where communication, teamwork, initiative, and follow through are essential.

These positions will be filled at either the 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.

Our Team:

The Advanced Nuclear Technology Group (NEN-2) conducts research, development, training and operations in the application of passive and active nuclear measurement techniques, as well as radiography. Applications of primary interest to the group include emergency response programs, countering weapons of mass destruction, stockpile stewardship support, intelligence support activities, and international treaty verification. NEN-2 also conducts nuclear criticality experiments at the National Criticality Experiments Research Center (NCERC), located at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) and operated by LANL, in support of basic research in nuclear chain-reacting systems and contributing to nuclear criticality safety, fundamental nuclear data characterization, nuclear energy, arms control and treaty verification, safeguards and nuclear material accounting. NCERC maintains a substantial special nuclear material (SNM) inventory and expertise to support a variety of nuclear security missions, including nuclear criticality safety research and training, nuclear emergency response, nuclear nonproliferation, and support for other government agencies requiring hands-on access to significant quantities of nuclear material in numerous configurations. NEN-2 works closely with NCERC Facility Operations (NCERC-FO) and Mission Support and Test Services, LLC (MSTS) at the Nevada National Security Site to execute unique nuclear critical and subcritical experiments.

A key component of the NEN-2 mission is to teach a wide variety of personnel from within the lab and national security partner organizations how to safely handle, detect, characterize, and manage nuclear materials. NEN-2 staff members conduct classes in criticality safety, nuclear materials handling methods, and nuclear instrumentation.

Your Role:

You have the opportunity to strive for excellence while performing these key responsibilities:

Engineer 1 ($85,400 to $139,600):

Apply rigorous engineering practices to R&D projects focused on the mission areas of NEN-2 given above:
  • Implement the engineering design process to R&D applications.
  • Develop CAD models for prototypical experiment hardware.
  • Prepare detail, assembly, schematic, and installation type 2D drawings in accordance with LANL standards.
  • Perform thermal, structural, mechanical, electromagnetic, and other analyses for experiment designs.
  • Assist staff with creating, testing, and installing prototypical hardware and software.

Engineer 2 ($94,100 to $155,700):

In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, these are the key responsibilities at this level:
  • Develops new methods, techniques or approaches in R&D engineering design to address critical technical problems.
  • Sets individual and/or team direction and goals for well-defined tasks within a project. Scopes tasks within a project and defines deliverables at task level. Leads specific project tasks to meet scope, schedule and budget.
  • Mentors junior staff and peers in technical and professional growth. May mentor students and/or post-docs.
  • Contributes to medium to large scale proposals. May write small scale proposal for internal and/or external funding. May acquire funding support for self and for others.
  • Maintains state-of-the-art technical expertise and knowledge in engineering design and calculations and develops new skills in other areas of design/calculations. Performs peer review within own organization/discipline.
  • Actively participates in professional societies, institutional-level committees, special assignments and/or special interest groups.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Demonstrated experience developing design solutions for mechanical hardware using commercial software (e.g. SolidWorks, Creo, Fusion 360).
  • Demonstrated experience creating engineering drawings.
  • Demonstrated experience using multiphysics software (e.g. ANSYS, COMSOL) and the ability to verify the results using hand calculations.
  • Familiarity with operating instrumentation and/or data acquisition systems for measuring temperature, pressure, strain, and/or vibration.
  • Demonstrated experience planning and executing engineering research projects.
  • Demonstrated experience working successfully in a high consequence environment that demands excellent attention to detail, conduct of operations, and safe work practices.

Additional Job Requirements for Engineer 2:

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:
  • Expertise in at least one design system software.
  • Expertise in at least one multiphysics software or analysis method.

Education/Experience for Engineer 1:

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. Master's degree in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or similar field preferred.

Education/Experience for Engineer 2:

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. Research experience at a university or national lab desired. Advanced degree in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or similar field preferred.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience with working with various U.S. Government agencies and departments.
  • Ability and inclination to contribute to a wide range of basic-research and mission-science programs as needs and opportunities evolve.
  • Experience with implementation of experimental/prototype designs in an operational environment.
  • Experience with R&D designs for hostile environments, such as high radiation fields.
  • Experience programming microcontrollers (e.g. Arduino, Raspberry Pi) and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) in the fields of robotics, controls, and mechatronics.
  • Experience creating virtual interfaces in data acquisition software (e.g. LabVIEW).

  • Demonstrated experience in scheduling, execution, and meeting milestones.
  • Demonstrated experience in effective communication, both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively in a team.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance (generally requires US citizenship).
  • Ability to obtain and maintain Human Reliability Program certification.
  • Familiarity with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)


Willingness to do domestic and limited international travel. Travel may be up to 15-20% time.

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 (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.

HRP: This position is subject to the requirements of the DOE Human Reliability Program as specified in 10 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 712, §712.11. These requirements include on going drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations.

426.2: This position is subject to DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities, which establishes entry-level requirements to ensure candidates selected for specific positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job.

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 or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.Employment StatusFull Time