Engineering Technologist (Engineering Technologist 2/3) | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Engineering Technologist (Engineering Technologist 2/3)

What You Will Do



This position will be filled at either the Engineering Technologist 2 or 3 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 levels.

The Accelerator Operations and Technology Division (AOT), Radio Frequency Engineering (RFE) group is seeking an Engineering Technologist for the High Power RF (HPRF) team.

The AOT division maintains, operates, and upgrades all accelerator systems used at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) complex. These consist of two 750-keV Cockcroft-Walton-based injector systems (H+ and H- systems), a 201.25-MHz drift-tube linear accelerator (LINAC) utilizing high-power diacrode tubes, an 805-MHz coupled cavity LINAC utilizing high-power klystrons as the primary power source, a proton storage ring, and roughly a kilometer of beam transport lines that deliver beam to the five independent research programs. The RFE group is principally responsible for all radio frequency (RF) systems, all pulsed-power systems, and all high-power DC power supplies used to operate magnets on the beam transport lines. The group consists of three teams: one team is focused on Low-Level RF (LLRF) real-time phase and amplitude controls; a second team is focused on DC and pulsed-power systems; and the third team is focused on high-power RF (HPRF) systems. The HPRF team is responsible for the multi-megawatt RF systems that drive the 201.25 MHz linac and the 805 MHz linac. These include the RF generating systems (klystrons and diacrodes) and the high-power high-voltage systems that support them. In addition, the team is responsible for the Electronics Test Laboratory (ETL) that supports the development, assembly and testing of the 805-MHz high-power klystrons and high-voltage modulators.

Engineering Technologist 2 ($87,200 - $142,500)



The successful candidate, working closely with other engineers, technologists and technicians, will contribute to the operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of the LANSCE 201.25-MHz and 805-MHz high-power RF (HPRF) systems, including high-voltage power supplies and associated electronics, and high-power RF test stand development and operation.

The position will also involve working with High Voltage and RF engineers to plan and implement RF system upgrades, e.g., new klystron amplifiers and the newest solid-state high-voltage pulsed power systems. The position will involve prototype testing, data collection and analysis for design refinement of klystrons and modulators.

The successful candidate will also provide on-call support for the LANSCE high power RF systems after hours and on weekends. The on-call assignment will typically be for one week per month during accelerator operations (approximately 7 months per year).

Additionally, the position at this level will be responsible for planning and managing maintenance activities; analyzing RF system data to inform design enhancements for improving performance and reliability; planning, designing, implementing, and contribute to RF system upgrade projects, e.g. high-voltage convertor modulator power systems and klystron modulator monitoring and control systems.

The successful candidate will also provide power electronics expertise to all segments of the group, particularly in the areas related to vacuum tube amplifiers and the equipment required to operate them.

Engineering Technologist 3 ($96, 100- $159,000)



In addition to what was outlined at the lower Technologist 2 level, the position at this level will be responsible for working with senior RF engineers in the specification development and procurement of new klystron amplifiers and the newest solid-state high-voltage pulsed power systems. The applicant will be responsible for leading the installation of a new High Power RF test stand at LANSCE.

What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience in electrical engineering fields that support competency in microwave engineering such as high-voltage and pulsed-power engineering, RF power amplifiers, DC and pulsed-power systems, microwave and RF components, or RF transport systems.
  • Demonstrated electrical, electronics, and mechanical skills in an industrial or laboratory setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to read and understand schematics, work from documentation, diagrams, rough sketches, layouts, plans and written or verbal instructions.
  • Demonstrated ability to create electrical and electronic schematics using CAD.
  • Demonstrated experience in effectively producing written documents and successful oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated record of working with others in the design, development, testing and installation of high-power RF vacuum tube-based amplifier systems and high-voltage systems.
  • Demonstrated technical skill in developing advanced concepts for high-power RF vacuum tube-based amplifier systems and high-voltage systems.
  • Demonstrated record of implementing engineering design in accordance with best practices and/or conduct on engineering principles.
  • Demonstrated skills in applying best practices and system engineering processes to requirement's definition and translating those requirements into designs that meet customer expectations.

Additional Job Requirements for Engineering Technologist 3:

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:
  • Demonstrated record of leading the design, development, testing and installation of high-power RF vacuum tube-based amplifier systems and high-voltage systems.
  • Demonstrated technical leadership in developing advanced concepts for high-power RF vacuum tube-based amplifier systems and high-voltage systems.
  • Demonstrated record of leading engineering design in accordance with best practices and/or conduct on engineering principles.
  • Ability to lead the installation and commissioning of a completely new RF test station.
  • Ability to design and implement a system to acquire, organize and analyze RF system performance data that will lead to the prediction of failures before they occur.

Education/Experience at Level 2: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering Technology, Science, Math or related degree and five (5) years of directly related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Education/Experience at Level 3: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Engineering Technology Science, Math or related degree from an accredited institution and eight (8) years of directly related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications and Skills
  • Demonstrated record of contributions to the design, development, testing, and installation of high-power RF vacuum tube-based amplifier systems, high-voltage or pulsed power systems.
  • Demonstrated experience working as part of a team to develop RF amplifier and/or high-voltage systems.
  • Demonstrated recent and successful hands-on experience assembling, installing, testing and troubleshooting of high-power RF or pulsed power systems.
  • Experience with high-voltage DC and pulsed-power systems.
  • Experience with computer-based circuit layout and simulation (PSPICE, Multisim, LTSPICE, etc.)
  • Operations experience at an accelerator facility.
  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires U.S. citizenship.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Physical Job Requirements: Ability to speak, ability to hear in a normal range, standing, walking, reaching overhead, reaching horizontally, reaching down, gripping with hands, lifting loads of up to 50 pounds, typing or keyboarding.

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: To be considered for this position, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter addressing: 1) each of the Minimum Job Requirements and the Education/Experience requirements at the applicable level or levels; and 2) the Desired Qualifications and Skills.

Additional Details:
  • Position does not require a security clearance.
  • Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.
  • The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employee drug test.
  • The Laboratory maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.
  • Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular status positions are converted to regular status.
  • Internal applicants should refer to Laboratory policy
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.
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.

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