Flight Testing Integration (R&D Engineer 4) | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Flight Testing Integration (R&D Engineer 4)

What You Will Do

Join our Team! You will be a member of the Flight Integration Engineering (Q-19) Group. Q-19 is responsible for supporting all flight integration and associated flight test efforts necessary to support the Los Alamos weapon design, qualification, and sustainment mission. Group scope includes flight test requirements definition, flight test system and sub system conceptual design, development, and fabrication and flight test execution oversight.

Roles and responsibilities of this position will include:

- Driving the development of flight qualification techniques

o Identify required skillsets and support hiring

o Build teams with specific capabilities to support tasks and mission

o Set milestones

o Execute scope

o Collaborate with other leads within and external to the group

- Testing

o Ground testing

o Flight testing

o Sensors

o Data acquisition

o Signal processing

- Knowledge of modern test techniques


o Modal testing

o Shock and Vibration testing

- Analysis techniques

o Closed form solutions

o Numerical methods

o Implicit and explicit analysis

o Eigensolutions

o Rigid body mechanics to include flight dynamics and mechanics

- Programmatic Responsibilities

o Working with Program Managers and internal/external customers to scope, plan and complete testing

o Support regular reviews

o Support peer review for programs outside of the group

o Represent the laboratory to external customers, with presentations and reporting

This posting is under the Associate Laboratory Directorate for Weapons Engineering (ALDW).

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Weapons Knowledge

Advanced knowledge of flight testing as associated with nuclear weapon delivery vehicles (reentry systems, cruise missiles, and airdrop ordnance), flight test vehicle design, sensor specification, data acquisition, telemetry, and post test data analysis.

Engineering Experience

Significant experience in one or more of the following: flight testing, weapon/system design: development, qualification, certification, assembly/production, or surveillance. Advanced experience in the application of system engineering principles, providing solutions in one or more of the following disciplines: mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, nuclear engineering, aeronautical/aerospace engineering, systems engineering.


Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to interact effectively with all levels of Laboratory personnel/senior management, including internal and external customers, as well as experience with conflict resolution.

Project Facilitation

Demonstrated and proven ability to meet schedule and deliverables for multiple concurrent projects with a range of priorities. Demonstrated advanced consultative record of developing and fostering successful cross-organizational teams to solve complex problems. Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimum supervision, as well as the ability to be an effective member of a multidisciplinary team.


A frequent amount of travel may be required due to programmatic complexity and frequent interactions with Sandia National Laboratory (SNL) and contractors as well as National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

Education/Experience: Position requires a Master's Degree in an Engineering field from an ABET accredited institution and 12 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. At this level a Ph.D. may be preferred.

Desired Qualifications:
• Detailed knowledge of nuclear weapon systems and delivery vehicles

• Familiarity with Air Force and Navy flight and test programs

• Familiarity with the development of component and systems requirements and specifications for components and systems

• Demonstrated technical leadership of small teams and/or developing technical strategies for organizations

• Experience with specifying and designing data acquisition and instrumentation

• Familiarity with engineering modeling tools

• Familiarity with engineering analysis

• Experience with programming languages

• Knowledge of Digital Engineering and Models Based System Engineering

• Understanding of NNSA and DOD qualification processes

• Active Q clearance

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:

For full consideration, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the key requirements of the position.
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